VOL. 18 NO. 1
|The Independent Traveler's Newsletter|
Paris, they say, is the city that changes least. After an absence
of 20 or 30 years, one still recognizes Paris. "
- Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) French writer, director and actress
IN THIS ISSUE:
House in Paris?
Ici et Là
de l'Annonciade - St Tropez
THE OLDEST HOUSE IN PARIS?
by Arthur Gillette
Many, many Parisians and non-Parisian tourists visit such ancient buildings as the 3rd century Roman Bath vestiges at the Cluny Museum and, of course, the 12th-14th century Notre Dame Cathedral, not to forget other venerably aged churches as the 12th century Saint Pierre de Montmartre and its contemporary Saint Julien Le Pauvre in the Latin Quarter. Then there are the Medieval military buildings such as Fearless John's Tower (see our December 2006 issue).
Yet, how many may wonder what and where is the oldest dwelling house in the French capital?
Until recently, apparently not all that many. The general accepted answers were a bit unsure - even fairly hotly disputed. One candidate was two side-by-side half-timbered buildings on rue François Miron in the Marais district, which you can see here.
This candidacy was perhaps the more attractive since it is situated just across the street from the headquarters of the Historical Paris Association. You can visit its web site here (in French).
was that, although the cellars and ground floors of these buildings date
most probably from the 14th century, the rest was remodeled in a Medieval
style during the 1970s!
A Runner Up Takes Over
On the following page you can see it at 3 rue Volta, still in the Marais
district. Strongly in its favor was the fact that, after many fires
caused by the wood infrastructure of half-timbered houses, Queen Catherine
de Medicis had that type of construction forbidden in 1560. So, 3
rue Volta had to have been built well before then.
inside. . .
with a click
> to read our Lifestyle Feature about one lucky couple who found their perfect corner of France in Our Life in the Bucolic Allier.
> if you are off to the Côte d'Azur, here's a preview of a museum you won't want to miss in St. Tropez. Join Anita Rieu-Sicart at Musée de l'Annonciade.
> to catch up on what's going on in France and French-related events in the U.S. with our Ici et Là column.
> if you think Rugby originated in England, Two Anglo-French Sports Mysteries may change your mind!
our FRANCE 2014 article with more about
anniversary events in Normandy and the Northeast.
Coming in our Spring issue:
Paris Plage - beaches on the Seine
Hermione - sailing to America 2015
TONGUES . . .
by Arthur Gillette
Welcome to Twisted Tongues, a French word game everyone can play. See if you can come up with the correct translation of the phrase in question. You may be quite surprised by how it differs from what you first thought it meant.
Answer from our Autumn issue: Chercher midi à quatorze heures = "to look for noon at 2 PM?" It means to be very confused, lost.
Être un ours mal léché. = "to
be a badly licked bear?" Oh, no. Do you know the answer?
Gillette to take advantage of his amazing knowledge of Paris
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