On the trail of the aristocrats, from mansion houses to secret gardens | Marais

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The walk begins on Île Saint-Louis and moves on to the Marais.

The rendez-vous point is the Hôtel de Lauzun, on quai d’Anjou. It is one of the most beautiful private town houses to have been built on Île Saint-Louis. A succession of illustrious owners lived in this beautiful property, such as the Duke of Lauzun or the Marquess of Richelieu. Baudelaire also lived there. Acquired by the City of Paris in 1928, today it houses the Institut d’Etudes Avancées (Institute of Advanced Studies), devoted to scientific research.
Cross the Seine at the Pont Marie bridge and head for the Marais…You can stop off at the Hôtel de Sens, where the Forney library has been housed since 1961. It is a vestige of mediaeval art that was built towards the end of the 15th century. The shelves of this library are incredible for both the number and the diversity of the works on display.
At Saint Paul, head for Bastille and go through the Hôtel de Sully. It is a magnificent town house in the Louis XIII style, with a pleasant garden and courtyard. Acquired by the State in 1944, today it houses the Centre des monuments nationaux (Centre for National Monuments).
Leave the garden of the house and go to the Musée Carnavalet on rue des Francs Bourgeois via place des Vosges. This was also a bourgeois home until it was acquired by the City of Paris in 1866. At the instigation of Baron Haussmann, the Prefect of the Seine, it became a museum devoted to the history of Paris. It has a magnificent garden in the French style.
Just a stone’s throw away, on rue Elzévir, which is adjacent to rue des Francs-Bourgeois is the Musée Cognacq-Jay. It is installed in the Hôtel de Donon. It contains a collection of European art from the 18th century that was collected between 1895 and 1925 by Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jaÿ (who founded La Samaritaine), which they bequeathed to the City of Paris.
A little further down rue des Francs Bourgeois, the National Archives are located in the Hôtel de Soubise. This is one of the handsomest private town houses in the Marais. The museum displays documents drawn from the National Archives in a permanent manner, as well as temporary exhibitions. Why not head for its magnificent garden (undoubtedly one of our favourites) and enjoy a quite break.
Ready for a lunch, tea or coffee break? Go to the lively Café de la Perle just down the road. Whether outside or inside, you will be glad you went there.
Sticking with the rambling theme, you might prefer the Swedish café at the Swedish Institute… which is also installed in an old private town house – the Hôtel de Marie – Go through the blue carriage door and settle into the quiet of the Institute’s cobblestoned courtyard.
Have a nice ramble!

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6577 HOTEL DE SULLY On the trail of the aristocrats, from mansion houses to secret gardens | Marais
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6575 HOTEL DE SULLY On the trail of the aristocrats, from mansion houses to secret gardens | Marais
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303E MUSEE CARNAVALET On the trail of the aristocrats, from mansion houses to secret gardens | Marais

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6569 CAFE SUEDOIS On the trail of the aristocrats, from mansion houses to secret gardens | Marais
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