Musee Victor Hugo is a tiny jewel tucked away in the beautifully symmetric Place des Vosges. Not growing up French ( a tragedy that I struggle with daily), I had never quite realised the significance and regard with which Victor Hugo was, and is, held. This museum helped to correct my ignorance.
|Louis XIII 1610-1643|
|Place des Vosges is the most symmetrical square in Paris, very beautiful and tranquil place|
|but still with a social conscience (100,000 people live on the streets each month)|
Victor's old apartment is now a fabulous museum. It had a fantastic audioguide available in English. Even better the boys stayed outside and I was able to enjoy it at my own speed, and in peace! It helped me realise that Victor Hugo was much more than an author. He was to feature again and again during our trip. I didn't set out to stalk Victor but we accidentally did a bit. He is buried at the Pantheon, and of course we went there. He was exiled for a time in Vianden, in Luxembourg, which is exactly where we took a day trip to when we stayed in Luxembourg for a few days. We went to see Vianden Castle, and found another Musee Victor Hugo along the way. It is one of the few regrets of my trip (apart from the fact that I wanted it to be two months longer) that I never did read Notre-Dame de Paris whilst we were there. At least I already have my reading for my next Paris trip lined up and ready to go.
|The great man himself|
|I've never needed a case for all my gloves (gants)|
|A portrait of his eldest daughter Leopoldine, who drowned in the Seine when she was just 19, newly married, and her new husband drowned in the attempt to save her.|
|Victor's father, General Hugo|
|Hugo by Rodin, a copy of this bust is also in Vianden|
|He was very big on wallpapered ceilings|
|Even the buskers are classier in Paris|
Saturday Snapshot, is a wonderful weekly meme from at home with books.