with its artwork, gardens and vaulted arcades!
the Place was built by King Henry IV in the 1600's
and known as the Place Royal.
including poet Theophile Gautier, writer Alphonse Daudet (both at No. 8)
and Cardinal Richelieu (No. 21 from 1615-1627),
it was also home to the author of Paris' (likely) most famous stories:
'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Miserables'.
many of the pages for his famous 'Les Mis'.
It is now a museum dedicated to his life and work.
was once a favorite spot for duels.
While a favorite pasttime of walking the Place is poking in art shops...
(Had to take this one because, well, BECAUSE IT'S VENICE!)
(And loved how this piece, with light behind it,
creates a shadow of itself on the wall
and the shadow becomes the art).
and see inside the courtyards.
** He is known in France even more for his poetry than his novels.
Next time you're in Paris,
Maison de Victor Hugo
(All Photographs copyright: Kirsten Steen)