Day 518 – The Jewish Quarter in the Marais

   

We wandered down small narrow streets that was the Jewish section before WW2. Paris has begun posting memorials to the 70000 French Jewish victims of the Nazis who were sent to death camps. 

  

This commemorates some of the small children the enfants who were sent to the death camps. Some mere months old without their parents. 
 
 

A whole school was taken. The Nazis loved to go tot the schools and seize the students who were never to see their parents again. 

  

Synagogues are interspersed with shops like Kosher delis. Bytw don’t go on Saturday. They will be closed. Remember most Parisians live over the shops. 

  
You can also get your hair done next to a falafel shop! Handy!
  

Or head to the boulangeries for a tasty treat. 

  

Long narrow cobblestone streets are everywhere in the Marais interspersed between the grand boulevards like Rue Rivoli. 

  
 

All this is hidden behind grand buildings on Rue Rivoli. 

That’s it for today. 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret xxx

Day 517 Walk walk WaLk!!

 Is what you do on a tour…I do wish we could have gone in all these fantastic places. It took us three days to figure out how to get back to the Marais.  By then we were out of time to look. 

Carnavalet Museum. Such beauty. A statue of Louis XiV the Sun King famous for his lavish lifestyle his mistresses and his palace Versailles. And I thought this was a woman!   

 

Haussmann the designer of the wonderful Paris we all love today asked the city to dedicate HĂ´tel Carnavalet as home of the Paris city museum.   
  
The Marais is becoming upscale with fancy boutiques and shops lining the quaint narrow streets but the integrity of the old facades must be maintained. An expensive clothing store in an old patisserie.  Hmm I think I would rather have a tasty treat from a Patisserie than clothing. 

 
Fantastic carvings over the Guerlain store. The wrought iron is not bad either.  No time to sniff the famous perfume!

   

 A random building on a random street corner in le Marais. So man beautiful building …so little time to do more than looks and run. Zip zip zip on we charge to Carnavalet. So much to see no time to linger. 

   Around the corner from Carnavalet this impressive building was built for the illegitimate daughter of the one of the French kings. I think it’s the museum of locks and keys but I am not sure. Zip zip off we go. Be careful not to trip over gate locks cobblestones slopping sidewalks. 

 
Just in case she forgot a bar sis inter was added to her royal coat of arms…..the diagonal line between the fleur de lis. 

  

Lucky Parisians can rent one of these electric cars for 150 euros a year.  They can drove them 150 miles from Paris but no more. Hmm I could not drive to Atlanta in one but….there’s no gas. The solar panels charges them. You reserve one via the Internet were its flagged and held just for you. I think you can also just rent it for one trip. Incredible to think you have access to a car for a mere 150 a year. 

We are rounding the corner to the old Jewish quarter. Thanks for reading.  

Margaret xxx