On our last day in Paris, we visited Victor Hugo’s house. It is in the Marais district at the Place des Vosges, said to be one of the most symmetrical squares in any city. There was a small ticket counter but entry was free, though a printed ticket was still required and up the old grand staircase we went …

You may know Victor Hugo as the author of the novel Les Misérables, which became a modern-day popular musical. He was also the author of Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) which was published in 1831 which also became a much-loved Disney cartoon feature. One consequence of the novel was to bring about the restoration of the cathedral which today is a “must-see” in the city of lights.

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Victor Hugo lived here from 1832 to 1848. In the apartment are collections of drawings, paintings, and documents. There is a room filled with Chinese furniture and ornaments. There appears to be a “rigidity” about the household, but that was how people of means lived two centuries ago. Victor Hugo did not always live here for he later spent, due to his political views, several years in exile in Jersey, and finally settled with his family on the channel island of Guernsey.

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After saying farewell to Victor Hugo, we went back to the flat we had rented, collected our luggage and boarded to Eurostar back to London. (Where we later strolled down Portobello Road and the house George Orwell lived! More about him in another post …)

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