Monday, July 11, 2011

American Writers in Paris Tour continued...

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
trailing ivy. 

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)


  1. I'm enjoying the tours, Kirsten. That The' spot is divine. Hope it's cool where you are. It's sweltering beyond sweltering here.

  2. I love your photos. Paris is one of my favorite places.

  3. Bonjour Kirsten,

    As always, your tours mean so much to me. I love your eye for what is beautiful and thank you for bringing this to us, us FRANCOPHILES!!

    BISES, Anita

  4. Fabulous tour Kirsten! Merci!
    Have a fabulous week,


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