As you remember, we left off on our writer's tour last time
on a gorgeous late spring (summer-like) day.
I loved the look of this Salon de The
along the way with its
flower boxes and
And this unique way of serving ice cream
to warm tourists.
Leaving Gertrude Stein and Rue Christine
and heading west on small streets to Rue Bonaparte,
I then turned right onto L'Hotel des Beaux Arts.
Here, at 13, L'Hotel des Beaux Arts
the tour states that Thomas Wolfe lived here for a year in 1925
(though another chronology of his life would put him here at another time).
On either side of the front door are plaques,
one dedicated to Jorge Luis Borges
(according to the plaque, the Argentine writer
who lived here during frequent visits to Paris
from 1977 to 1985).
The other a plaque announcing that
Oscar Wilde died in this building on
November 30, 1900.
Sources say he died destitute in Paris
of cerebral meningitis,
the cause disputed by family and doctors.
He was buried at Cimetiere de Bagneux but was
moved to Pere Lachaise in 1909.
His epitaph a verse from his poem,
The Ballad of Reading Gaol:
"And alien tears will fill for him
Pity's long-broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn."
We'll continue our tour next time
and until then, you can see more of it yourself
(Photographs copyright: Kirsten Steen)