Day 516 Place des Vosges en le Marais

 The Hotel Sully is  a royal gateway to Place des Vosges. There was an enormous palace Hotel de Tournelle  at Place des Vosges back in the 1500s. 
The shop arcade that runs around the park on every side.   

It is the first planned park-then known as Park Royale and was built in Paris by Henry IV but the reason its inception was sad. 

Henry II who built Tournelle palace died from his wounds in a jousting tournament there. His wife Catherine de Medicis had the palace razed after his death replacing it with this beloved Parisian park. Bytw Catherine knew how to hold a grudge waiting ten years to capture and kill the knight who mortally wounded her husband.  

Four fountains splash in the summer while Parisians sunbathe often in their swimming suits. The buildings surrounding the park are different in that they all have the same facade. At their bases is an arcade with shops and apartments over the shops. 

Sadly all the Paris fountains were turned off for the winter.
A statue of Louis 13th dominates the center of the park.    A large carrousel once commermorated his marriage in the park. 

A Parisian water fountain. Yes I drank from it. 
Victor Hugo who saved Notre Dame with his Hunchback of Notre Dame lived here on Place des Vosges. You can still visit his abode which is now a museum. 

I love the Parisian street lights. No mere pole will do for Paris!! The varieties are infinite. 

Tomorrow off to the Jewish quarter of the Marais with more sightseeing on the way. 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret xxx

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