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There are many spots and landmarks in Paris where you can actually feel the history.
Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris (built 1605 to 1612) located again once again in the wonderful Marais district, is one such location.
I visit it at least once every trip I make.
It is a true square, and very large (140 by 140 metres) with the residential architecture of the same design on all four sides.
It has been and still is, one of the most fashionable and expensive squares to live in.
In particular, I love the long strips of vaulted corridors that span the length of each side.
They protect the entrances to private residences but also numerous luxury hotels, galleries, cafés and restaurants.
I like starting in the easternmost corner and walking all the way around, stopping partway for a café crème or a tea with a delicious treat!
On the southwest corner is the former home of French writer Victor Hugo where he lived for 16 years between 1832–1848.
It is a museum now and well worth taking the time to visit when you consider that he worked on, among his other masterpieces, the bulk of the iconic “Les Miserables.”
Nothing miserable about Place des Vosges however.
In the middle of the square is one of Paris’s most beloved green spaces.
It is beautifully landscaped with linden trees, loads of benches for sitting or canoodling with a loved one, and grassy areas, popular for Sunday picnics.
Overseeing the square is the statue of Louis XIII who became King of France in 1610 and as such was honoured when the square was built.
I too have been known to find one of those benches with a book, or a snack, to do my share of people-watching.
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LEADING Her Way!
My Interview with Paris Real Estate DIVA Adrian Leeds
THIS Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
What is it like being a single woman of a certain age in Paris?
How can I afford to live or own an apartment or property in France?
Paris Property Consultant Adrian Leeds, Writer, Speaker, and TV Personality has the answers and as my 4th 2022 Women of Global Interest, she is my guest this coming Wednesday for our Live Broadcast and will answer these questions.
Originally from New Orleans, Leeds moved to Paris for a year in 1994 and never left. Adrian authors three Paris guide publications a week, and stars in HGTV’s House Hunters International, as the TV program’s most popular agent!
She is an expert in helping find exciting and affordable properties to invest in and own in France and making the process easy and painless.
Even if that is just a dream, you will want to join me to hear more about Adrian’s exciting life, and times, all of which underscore that this woman of a certain age in Paris is still leading the way!
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.