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LE MARAIS PARIS AND BEYONG
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The Temple Square, the best place to relax in Le Haut Marais

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Parismarais Newsletter
Issue 96 may 2013
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LE HAUT MARAIS. SO HAUT !

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Le Haut Marais is without a doubt the neighbourhood growing the most in this moment. Everyone is talking about it as the most sought after neighbourhood in Paris. The largest concentration of French cinema stars live around the rue Charlot, rue de Poitou, rue de Bretagne, rue Saintonge, and Square du Temple. We often see them strolling and shopping. Le Haut Marais is in fact the place where the enclosure of the Templar knights’ fortress formerly was. It is a neighbourhood charged with history and it is today the one which attracts the most celebrities from all over the globe.

Le Haut Marais has nonetheless fortunately and happily been able to keep a village spirit. Certain people refer to it as Boboland (“Bourgeois Bohemian land”), however actually it reflects in reality a large mix of populations including retired creative artists. Many new residents are foreigners. Italians top the list, then Americans, English, and Brazilians. They love this little island of provincial charm in the heart of the big city.

Le Haut Marais is so popular that many unscrupulous real estate agents restaurants and hotels that are not actually in the Marais advertise themselves as being here. Be careful, the Haut Marais is only the north of Rue Rambuteau, South-east of République, Square du Temple, rue de Bretagne, rue de Poitou, and rue des Filles du Calvaire.

One of Le Haut Marais’ most charming boutique hotels in fact is simply and elegantly called “Hotel du Haut Marais”. Consisting of only 8 rooms and suites, you will receive a charming and authentic welcome. Among the other fantastic hotels in the area are the Hotel des Archives, the Hotel du Vieux Saule, the Hotel du Petit Moulin and the New Hotel Molay. The Hotel Molay is in the middle of a full renovation, but 3 floors are already completed, and soon it will be a very chic boutique hotel with its own fitness club.

Pascal FonquernieHere for your pleasure below are some of the best addresses of “Le Haut Marais”. Isn’t is so chic and so Haut ?

Enjoy le Haut, ( and le Bas ) Marais!

Pascal Fonquernie,
Editor PARISMARAIS.COM

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Where to Stay in le Haut Marais ?

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Hotel du Vieux Saule ***

Le Vieux Saule means « The Old Willow Tree ». A willow tree actually existed where the hotel now stands, and it was under this famous tree that Queen Marie Antoinette often sat and pondered. With bright renovated rooms, a delightful breakfast buffet served in a 16th century vaulted celler, a free sauna for hotel guests as well as their friends, and an attentive and welcoming staff, the Vieux Saule will make your stay unforgettable. The hotel is located near four metro stations and several bus stops. It is next to Café Charlot, the magic Rue de Bretagne, The Marché des Enfants Rouges, and Arts et Métiers museums. Hundreds of fantastic restaurants and shopping possibilities at at your doorstep.

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Hotel du Haut Marais ***

Ideally located in the heart of the authentic Marais, the 3rd district, just a stone's throw away from the Pompidou Museum, art galleries, and shops of young creators, the Hotel du Haut Marais was entirely renovated at the beginning of 2010. Hospitality and relaxation await you in a harmonious and quiet luxury. Each room is unique. This small, charming hotel has only 8 rooms. You will find more the spirit of a Bed and Breakfast here because Didier and Marc accommodate you on their premises, in their own house. You do however have complete independence as each room has its own bathroom, each one more original than the next. Didier has the pleasure of preparing your rooms and breakfast. He is at your disposal to help you enjoy your stay. As for Marc, in love with Paris and its secret little places, if you wish, he will help you to plan your visit and discover not only Paris' known historic locations, but it's hidden side as well.

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Hotel du Petit Moulin****

Discover the Hotel du Petit Moulin, quite unique and Parismarais’s coup de cœur. Each room is a veritable designer’s creation conceived by none other than Christian Lacroix. At the Hotel du Petit Moulin, you’ll receive a regal welcome without the stuffy formality. Mr Tim Godard and Mrs Karol Lor and their staff deserve a gold medal for their courtesy and kindness. Choosing the Hotel du Petit Moulin means choosing a haute couture boutique hotel with luxury, savoir-vivre and warmth. Your stay will be a memorable one. For the best prices, reserve well in advance via parismarais.com. You’ll rub shoulders with several fashion and decoration mavens who have fallen under the spell of this magical spot. Many rooms have been redecorated, always and reliably by Monsieur Lacroix, making each night a trip to a wondrous dreamland.

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When booking with us, you ll enjoy also many cultural offers dedicated to fine arts lovers

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New Hotel Jacques de Molay ***

The Hotel Jacques de Molay is named after the last Master of the Knights Templar due to the fact that their fortress was nearby. 12th century arches vault their conference room, able to accommodate seminars or groups of approximately twenty people. 2013 will be a revolutionary year for the Jacques de Molay, starting with their brand new superior quality buffet breakfast worthy of a four star hotel. The renovated Hotel Jacques de Molay will also soon have been entirely remodeled with a much more contemporary décor, while retaining its origins and unique style typical of the Marais. The new rooms have a lighter, more sober, and designer look, gorgeous bathrooms, high quality bedding, and impeccable soundproofing. Another real plus is the presence of a private fitness club with ultra modern weight machines, a sauna, and, if desired, a professional coach for personalized fitness sessions. A special offer of one night + fitness and personalized coaching is offered at 210 euros. Welcomed as friends by Philip, Joao and their entire team, you will have an unforgettable stay at the Hotel Jacques de Molay.

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Hotel des Archives ***

Located in the « Haut » of the Rue des Archives, the Hôtel des Archives was completely renovated in a modern, refined, and minimalist chic style. Each room is decorated with contemporary furniture, beautiful and elegant. Each floor has been harmoniously designed with a varied palette ranging from caramel and anise green to orange red. Soft lighting gives the lobby and rooms a serene, cozy atmosphere. The Hôtel des Archives has 19 rooms and two penthouse suites on the top floor. All rooms are equipped with cable TV, WIFI, a direct telephone line, an individual safe and air conditioning. You are also welcome in the lounge on the ground floor, where they serve a delicious buffet breakfast. If you book through PARISMARAIS.COM, for a long weekend, you’ll benefit from a special discount on Sunday evenings : stay 2 nights and get 50% off on your Sunday night !

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Hotel Ecole Centrale ***

Possessing a charming, antique interior and splendid wood beams, this friendly hotel offers rooms with a contemporary ambiance. Attributes include free WiFi access, air conditioning, satellite TV, minibars, and a buffet breakfast. Despite being centrally located - facing the great Arts et Métiers Museum one of the main advantages of this hotel is that it is on a quiet street with very little traffic. Should you stay on one of the upper floors, you’ll enjoy a lovely view of Paris rooftops. The warm welcome and provençal style are sure to make you feel right at home, which is why guests keep coming back, and recommend Hotel Ecole Centrale to their friends. Stay 4 nights, enjoy free breakfast and get a welcome bottle of Champagne, only with parismarais.com.

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Hotel HO Marais***

This new chic Design Hotel on Boulevard du Temple and has just opened. We have visited it and for sure, with its private spa and XL rooms, it’s a serious alternative in the luxury category to the pretentious Murano that is falling appart. The Ho Marais, - formerly Hotel Aquarelle –  is just at the Marais Boarder will be soon joining the PARISMARAIS HOTELS NETWORK and untill then you can reserve it through their own site :

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Eating Out in The Haut Marais

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Pramil

Tradition and creativity are the key words to describe this delightful restaurant, nestled in the heart of rue du Vertbois. In an elegant setting of light colours, the menu offers a gourmet cuisine, knowing how to expertly reinvent the classics. A cauliflower cake with chilli jam (9 euros) or home-made duck foie gras mi-cuit with eel are the prelude to traditional dishes such as boneless rabbit with artichokes and figs (20 euros) or sweetbreads with turnips. The menu (33 euros) lets you also succumb to their wonderful selection of desserts, such as “délice au chocolat au yuzu” (chocolate delight yuzu), or “nougat glacé” (iced nougat). On the wine list: Saint Estèphe Haut-Beausejour (54 euros), Chateauneuf du Pape, or Puligny-Montrachet Les Chenevottes 1er cru Chanson among other gems. Prepare your taste buds for a feast.

9, rue du Vertbois 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 72 03 60
www.pramilrestaurant.com

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Le Bistrot du Temple

You will be pleasantly spoiled in this charming restaurant by the pleasant and friendly owner, Pascal, who moved to the Haut Marais after running another gastronomic endeavour for twenty-five years in St. Martin. An innovative, inventive, international cuisine is offered, with new dishes presented every day. Regarding the artistic Marais decor, the walls of this cozy traditional bistro serve as a gallery, with original works available for purchase. Among the starters: avocado with citrus fruit, poached egg and purple potato chips (9,50 €); Scottish gravlax with beets (12 €); confit of beef ravioli in Thai vegetable broth. Among the dishes: sea bream crusted with herbs and parmesan (20 €); duck breast with apricot chutney juice in bitter cocoa sauce (18 €); lamb with marjoram and eggplant caviar (16 €). Among the desserts: warm chocolate tart with salted butter, banana cream and vanilla bourbon (12 €); nage de fraise "gariguettes" à la marjolaine (strawberries with marjoram) with Bulgarian yoghurt ice cream (12 €); “hot and cold” pineapple and vanilla mint with mango sorbet. The wine cellar is stocked by our fantastic sommelier, Pascal. You will be delighted by the welcome, service and "food art” that prevails at Bistrot du Temple!

19, rue de Picardie 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 77 48 01

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Le Petit Commines

A new gourmet bistronomic design restaurant in the Haut Marais run seamlessly by Sandrine, previously the owner of Colimaçon and the source behind its modern yet elegant décor in muted tones of beige, grey, and black. Comfortable chairs, tablecloths, lights, and tableware are all perfectly in harmony. She and her team, including her sommelier Stéphane, offer you more than 50 prestigious wines to choose from starting at incredibly reasonable prices and the dishes are as beautiful as they are delicious. The wine in fact is also an integral part of its stunning look by actually being a decorative element. Book it fast as there are only 30 tables and don’t miss their killer chocolate desserts including the sinful chocolate fondant with real vanilla ice cream and salted butter caramel sauce.

16 rue Commines 75003 Paris
Tél.: 01 42 74 57 09

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La Royale

At the heart of the Haut Marais and Filles du Calvaire district, among the fashionistas, bourgeois bohemians, "Marais-addicted" and locals, The Royal offers a lovely covered terrace on the Boulevard and an interior decorated “neo-fifties” style, with references to classic cinema and Paul Newman.
A traditional brasserie with delicious yet unpretentious dishes such as salmon filet with crisp vegetables, hot strawberry soup, eggs Benedict and Salades Royales, it also offers a wonderful selection of cheese and charcuterie plates as well as some very surprising cocktails. La Royale offers a quality - price ratio rare for the area, accompanied by a warm welcome. Open from morning until evening except Sunday, La Royale is a not-to-be-missed spot directly overlooking the stunning Cirque d'Hiver.

11, bd des Filles du Calvaire 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 72 37 19

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Altaglio

If you thought you knew all about pizza and how to make it, think again! Altaglio, recently settled into the heart of the Haut Marais close to the rue de Bretagne, reinvents the concept and offers a wide selection of pizzas created, sold by weight, and sliced ??on demand. Hot or cold pizza, nearly 40 varieties can be presented and prepared by a professional pizzaiolo who is a trained expert in making its special, airy dough. The Patate e Tartufo (potato and truffle) pizza at 34.20 euros per kilo is a must of the house. Let yourself also be tempted by such delicacies as Zucca e Pancetta (zucchini and bacon) at 38.80 euros per kilo, or Prosciutto Cotto (ham) at 33.85 euros per kilo. Lovers of sweets, both young and old, will not be disappointed by their excellent chocolate and mascarpone foccacia. It is a delight for the most discerning palate, to be enjoyed without moderation on or off the premises.

27, rue de Saintonge 75003 Paris
09 50 48 84 06

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Le Sancerre

Close to the Square du Temple and boasting a panoramic terrace in the heart of the Haut Marais, the gourmet bistro Le Sancerre offers a traditional, unpretentious, generous, and seasonal cuisine served non-stop from 11h to 23h with a wide wine selection as well. Lovers of « a la plancha » cooking or fresh fish will be impressed, not to mention of course the meat lovers. Try their famous hamburger served with pommes-allumettes French fries at 14.80 euros, accompanied with a local wine from an ever-changing selection available by the glass (starting at 3.90 euros), including some from organic or independent producers. The Morgon or Château de Corcelles are very popular. For snacks, a selection of Poilane sandwiches and salads is available. In the evening, an entrée + main course + dessert is about 25 euros. Le Sancerre is a popular wine bar to have happy hour, with a large selection of cocktails (both alcoholic and non- alcoholic) where friendliness is the rule.

87, rue des Archives 75003 Paris
Tel : 01 42 72 65 20

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Les Comptoirs de Carthage

The alternative Anglo-Tunisian cantina where you can meet the locals and enjoy great meals. Kate and her family are from Liverppol and Tunisia… English spoken here ! Nearly all ingredients are organic and the menues are influenced by our three cultures – English, French and Tunisian Cuisine with one of the best organic Couscous in Paris to eat in or take away to order (Lamb, meatballs, and at least seven vegetables...17€) During the week different menues every day. Simple and savoury. For example: Vegetable soup 6€, Broccoli quiche with mixed salad 10 € Roast filet of porc with steamed apples and fresh mashed potatoes plus vegetable 14€. Desserts: Apple or banana crumble, Tiramisu at only 5€

27 rue de Picardie
75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 48 04 37 37

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Le Petit Curieux

This adorable little gem right in the heart of the Haut Marais has a warm, friendly atmosphere that draws you in as does its name. The dishes are traditional with an unexpected twist that never fails to please, such as the appetizer of truffled poached eggs, or the purée of carrots and cumin. Main dishes such as roasted spare ribs with homemade barbeque sauce and basmati rice or ravioli with saffron sauce practically melt in your mouth. Portions are generous, well worth every calorie, but better to fast beforehand than miss out on their beautiful and delectable desserts, such as chocolate fondant with Bailey’s sauce or the delectable tarte Tatin. The house wine is good, quite reasonable, and sold either by the bottle or “à la ficelle” (meaning you pay for what you drink of the bottle).

16 rue des Filles du Calvaire 75003 Paris
Tél.: +33 1 42 74 65 79
http://www.lepetitcurieux.com

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Drinking Out, Cocktail Bars

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Little Red Door

The Little Red Door is a nice surprise starting with the unusual entry into this bar opened in October 2012. Its subdued lighting and Brooklyn-style bar has among other touches very unique sofas, as well as a spacious mezzanine that can can hold a dozen people. The cocktails are between 13 and 16 euros, a bit pricy, but very sophisticated. Perfect for accompanying a fairly short but quality menu.

60 rue Charlot 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 71 19 32

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Candelaria

This miniscule, New York- style taqueria fronts an absolutely lovely secret- a glamourous cocktail bar with music and a supremely fun ambiance in the back found only by passing through an almost unnoticeable door. The bar is open every day from 6pm-2am, and serves a refreshingly original array of drinks.

52 rue de Saintonge
75003 Paris

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Café Charlot

Just in front of Paris’s oldest covered market Enfant Rouges, built in 1610, discover the new rendez-vous of the “in-crowd”. In the northern, burgeoning part of the Marais, the Café Charlot has quickly become “the place to be”. Have a seat on the only sunny terrace on the northern side of rue Bretagne. Clever décor gives the place a homey 1920s feel with old posters and antique phones on the wall. The café’s specialty is the house cheeseburger. Happy hour from 7 to 9 is a must. Run, do not walk to this fine address. You may have to fight for a table for the Café Charlot is a definite fixture in the neighbourhood.

38, rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 44 54 03 30

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Beaucoup

The third restaurant of Julien Fouin and Ludovic Dardenay opened in rue Froissart after six months of renovation work. Large windows, blond wood, Scandinavian seats, and blue benches are surrounded by industrial suspensions. Residents, hipsters of the rue de Bretagne, and fashion people who are "not too familiar with the crisis," often know the place well. With an average bill of 40-45 euros, in fact, it is better not to know the crisis. However, they do have a mini formula for lunch only at 16 euros (starter + main course) and one at 21 euros (appetizer, main course, dessert).
Perfect if you want to feel like a New Yorker.

7 Rue Froissart 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 77 38 47

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Trendy Shopping

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Segoola Optician

SEGOOLA gives you the latest in optical and solar within a concept store that is both charming and friendly. In a style which is chic and rock, houndstooth sofas reside alongside large leather trunks that blend beautifully with the space's trim and molding. A Polaroid photo-corner allows you to study your new look and take the cliché with you if in doubt. The displayed glasses appear to rotate in glass bells hanging in the air. The finest selection of frames, seen first in SEGOOLA as a luxury accessory - branches made of python, turtle shell, black gold . They will help you find THE pair of glasses to fit your style. Vintage and luxury models, designers' latest creations (Retro Super Futur, Lunor, Thierry Lasry, Garrett Leigh, Emmanuelle Khan, Linda Farrow) come together to meet the creators, artists, fashionistas or globetrotters meeting in this unique space. Men and women will both will leave happy at the staff's friendliness, wearing their newly acquired fashion accessory.
An affordable range from 100 euros to 600 euros.

104, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 74 55 20

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Couleurs & Cachemire

Lovers of cashmere, silk and pashmina woven authentically by the best craftsmen of northern India, go without delay to this shop, just steps from the Place des Vosges. You will discover a wide selection of fabulous hand-embroidered shawls, exceptional cashmere stoles (50 to 135 euros), beautiful silk scarves (starting at 85 euros), with both traditional as well as creative and contemporary motifs. Beautiful pieces of exception, accessories indispensable for stylish wardrobes, both male and female, to wear in any season.

11, rue de Bearn 75003 Paris
Tel : 09 51 59 43 21

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La Squadra

Issuing from a long family tradition specializing in knitwear, the brand La Squadra inaugurates its new shop in the Marais with a complete collection of chic ready- to- wear men’s clothes inspired by yachting and sportswear, made of sumptous fabrics in classical cuts. Original pieces range from polo, pointed- collar and turtleneck tops to chino and straight-leg trousers. Here you will find the must-have item to complete any male wardrobe.

3, rue des Filles du Calvaire 75003 Paris
Tel : 01 44 61 10 00

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Simonne & Lisa B

Nestled in the heart of the Marais, between art galleries and designer studios, Simonne & lisa B has a sharp selection of women's clothing and accessories made in limited editions by young designers from the best fashion schools in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Although of the pieces presented are unique, they have in common the quality of the materials selected, the authenticity of manufacturing processes, and the research in the cuts- all at quite reasonable prices, such as coats from 300 to 650 euros, and dresses / skirts from 200 to 350 euros. Ystérique, Fille à papa, Tina Blossom and Warmi are just some of the brands to discover by this veritable "team" of promising young designers. To be enjoyed without moderation for lovers of rare and quality pieces.

19, rue de Poitou
75003 Paris
http://www.simonneetlisab.com/

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La Boutique Extraordinaire

You enter here intrigued, and leave here dressed in a textile work of art. Several creators exhibit here and truly spotlight the noble and rare materials utilised. Each piece of clothing is a true collector's item that will whisper sweet nothings in your ear and be soft to the touch… All that, at reasonable prices, with  organically-responsable principles behind all the products, as well as the know-how of the creators. La Boutique Extraordinaire really is the first textile art gallery.

67, rue charlot 75003 Paris
Tel: 01 57 40 68 85
http://www.laboutiqueextraordinaire.com/

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Merci

Merci's aim is to bring together, under one roof, products and customers who traditionally have not had the chance to meet : vintage furniture or contemporary creations; emerging new fashion brands or already-recognised collections; impulse buys, affordable for all or much rarer pieces, sometimes in limited editions.
Merci is a shop which works like a magazine. Over 15 exhibitions/events around a selection, and an original theatrical design in harmony with the year, have transformed the place into a "store-destination". The exhibitions' themes put over the merci point of view on a trend, a change in society, the work of a designer or an irresistible take on a project.

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris
www.merci-merci.com

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CULTURE & ARTS : FESTIVAL NOMADES 2013

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This year's “Nomades” Festival is approaching, and yet again this fun and original idea is an opportunity to make surprising and artistic cultural discoveries in the north and so called « Haut Marais ». PARISMARAIS.COM  as usual paving the way and unearthing true gems, offers a pared-down selection of our favorite, not-to miss places. This selection is obviously not exhaustive and should be viewed as an appetizer to “Nomades”, which contains more than 150 fantastic places and events to enjoy.

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LE MARAIS MAP, DOWNLOAD FOR FREE !

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To prepare for your trip to Paris, you can download the exclusive Parismarais map of le Marais for free!

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You can also visit the following page where you will find more maps of Paris and le Marais as well as selected places to visit.

Fabulous, n'est-ce pas ? :
parismarais.com/map-of-le-marais.htm

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