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PARIS & ILE DE FRANCE LEGGETT MAGAZINE

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n my view, Paris is the most

romantic city on earth, and

tucked into the heart of

the city is an area called Le

Marais. The small, mediaeval,

lanes have a unique "buzz"

that you won't find anywhere else

in Paris. They are full of quirky bars,

designer shops, fabulous restaurants,

art galleries and old-fashioned

patisseries. Think of how Soho used

to be in London, or how the west

village is in Manhattan but with much

prettier architecture! You will see

straight away that this was originally

an area exclusively for the wealthy, it

fell out of favour with the merchants,

and so the artists and bohemian

types moved in. It is also the most

famous Jewish quarter in Paris and

has a large proportion of LGBT bars

and clubs too - I did tell you it was

cosmopolitan!

I would encourage you to visit

Savandary Boulom is one of our agents in central Paris, she

has lived in the Marais for eight years and tells us why she

loves the City of Light so much.

Le Marais without a guidebook and

to just follow your nose, there is

something special to see around

every corner. No doubt you will

come across the Place des Vosges

which, to my mind, is the most

beautiful square in Europe. Blink and

you will miss the famous Bastille,

as the original building has long

gone, but do please find time to

visit the superb Picasso museum.

Above all, take your time to explore,

and stop for coffee and pastries so

that you can properly soak up the

atmosphere.

Of course, property in Paris is

significantly more expensive than

elsewhere in France - but the good

news is that it is remarkably good

value if compared to other world

capitals, such as London, New York

or Hong Kong. The Notaires de

France tell us that the average price

in Paris is 9,900 euros per sqm, rising

PARIS &THE ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

Alexandre Rotenberg

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