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At the Maison de Victor Hugo

by John Broening (May 2013)

The Place des Vosges is the coziest and most expensive square in Paris. Identical, high-ceilinged 17th century apartments on four sides. An arcade that runs all the way around and houses a Michelin three-star restaurant where lunch can run you a thousand Euros. A gated park, full of fine gravel and poodle-like topiary, that takes up most of the square and expresses the French mania for placing a strict order upon wild things; for some reason, it makes me think of classic French poetry, with its elaborate officially sanctioned taxonomy and precision-cut alexandrines.  more>>>