Sergio and his partner Nicolas spent an action-packed week in Paris, September 19th-26th, 2015. They planned this whole trip by themselves, starting with a well-situated hotel at a good price: Hôtel Cluny Square. They also got a Paris Pass which means they prepaid for many of the best museums in Paris and avoided many lines–not all as we will see below!
The city of Paris considered razing the Marais in order to build this the monstrosity pictured below. It was supposed to be a brilliant idea by Le Corbusier, but it would have been one of the greatest sins perpetrated against the City of Light.
Everyone loves the Marais neighborhood today, so it is hard to believe that at one point it was on the chopping block. This episode is the story of the circumstances that made such a near miss come about.
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You may also want to listen to Episode 27 where Elyse told us about the history of the Marais Neighborhood, and Episode 37 about Marseilles and its famous Cité Radieuse.
Rodin is the sculptor who brought us the Thinker, the Gates of Hell, the Kiss, and the Burghers of Calais. A museum dedicated to his work re-opened early 2016 in the 7th arrondissement in Paris and showcases his best and most famous works as well as many pieces you may have never heard of but will astound you with the emotions they will bring out in you. In this episode Elyse describes why this museum is so important and why both Elyse and Annie recommend that you go visit it next time you’re in Paris.