Sunday, March 8, 2009

My favourite spot: Place de Furstemberg

In a breathtaking city like Paris, it is naturally very hard to tell which place is "the most beautiful one". The answer will always be subjective and difficult to give. However, like most people, I have some favourite spots in the town where I live. I have written about some of them, and there are more articles to come.

I love the cosy area near Abbesses, the superbe park "Jardin du Luxembourg", the impressive courtyard of "my" university La Sorbonne (see separate articles), the charming island Ile Saint-Louis, the stunning Place des Vosges, the village-like Place Dauphine, and many other addresses. Nevertheless, if I should name THE place that best captures Paris' spirit, I would elect Place de Furstemberg.

The dimensions are perfect, the surrounding architecture rich, and the harmony complete. It is grandiose, but it doesn't give you the feeling of being in a busy and big city. It is Paris.

At the very address of Place de Furstemberg you'll find some nice textile- and interiorshops. One minute walk will take you to the English-spoken wineshop "La dernière goutte" (6 rue Bourbon le Château) as well as to Cosi, the perfect place for lunch with delicious sandwiches made with straight-from-the-oven-Italian bread (54 rue de Seine). No mystery I come here almost every Saturday...

Métro Mabillon (line 10) or Saint-Germain-des-Près (line 4)

PS: The marvellous litography illustrating this article is made by Jean-Pierre Petit who was generous enough to let me share it with you.