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Visiting Our Paris Legacies

Every year in September we get a glimpse of France’s loveliest sites…thanks to the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, this being the 21st edition, September 18th and 19th. And every year it’s themed — this year Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Minister of Culture and Communication, has organized the event around the theme of “Patrimoine, sciences et techniques” (“Inheritance, sciences and technology”).

Under this theme particular sites will exceptionally be open to the public…monuments, archaeological excavations, science and technology related sites within many sectors: factories, aeronautical observatories, space studies, maritime or related to transport, hospitals, teaching and research, famous laboratories of researchers, scientific collections of instruments, and more.

The tourist office is hailing two sites as “Coup de Coeur” (love at first sight):

Société générale, central agency in the 9th Arrondissement classified as a historic building. Open free Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Laroche House – foundation Corbusier (1923 – 1925) in the 16th Arrondissement. Open free Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are almost 200 sites in Paris alone to visit, so choose carefully to take in as much as you can in just two days! For the complete list, visit

Expect long lines to enter some of the top picks, so either go early or allow time and have patience. My favorites, if you haven’t already visited them, are:
* The Hôtel de Ville de Paris — normally only shown by private tour and one of Paris’ most beautiful buildings.

* The Palais du Luxembourg – Senate — may be your only chance to see the inner chambers of the Senate.

* Palais de l’Elysée – the President’s Palace — but expect the longest lines! Wonder if M. Chirac will be there to greet you?

* Assemblée Nationale – Palais Bourbon and Hôtel de Lassay — again only open to the public by tour, so take this special occasion to feast your eyes on the primary site of lawmakers.
For more information, visit the kiosk in the garden of the Palais Royal, by telephone information is available at 0 820 561 561 (0,118 euros a minute) to guide and direct you or visit the site at

In honor of this special weekend, today’s Property Picks are special properties offered not by agencies, but by the Notaires de Paris!

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

P.S. Before heading out to visit these special sites of Paris, stop by Parler Parlor for some French-English conversation and then stay for our Quiche Feast luncheon and sign-up with big discounts. See for more information.


Each week Paris Property Picks features a range of properties which we believe are on the market at the time of writing. These properties are featured in order to give readers a sample of what is currently available and a working example of prices being asked in various districts of Paris. As we are not a real estate agency, these properties do not constitute a sales listing. For those readers seriously interested in finding property in Paris or France, you can retain our services to do the whole thing for you. For more information, visit /frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html

2 rooms, Duplex, 52 m², Paris 2nd (75002)

*** MARAIS, 63 m², 3 rooms, close to Place Sainte Catherine, on the 2nd floor with an elevator, on a courtyard, to renovate.

Asking Price: 290,000 euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

*** TRIPLEX, 53 m², close to the BHV on rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie, in a co-op of three buildings, on the 5th and 6th floors and mezzanines.

Asking Price: 315 500 euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

*** PLACE MARCHE ST HONORE, 71 m², Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 4 rooms on the 3rd floor without elevator, on the street and courtyard, unobstructed view, sunny, to renovate.

Asking Price: 430,000 euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

*** TURENNE – EN DUPLEX, 4th floor (3rd and 4th floors with elevator), official address on Place des Vosges, principal entrance on rue de Turenne.

Asking Price: 590,145 euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

*** RUE ST ROMAIN, 5 rooms, i

deally situated in a beautiful old building with gueardian, elevator, sunny, parquet, moldings, fireplaces.

Asking Price: 928,278 euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

*** RUE SAINT MARTIN, 183 m², 7 rooms, on the 5th floor, salon, dining room, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths.

Asking Price: 1,005,000 euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

*** RARE ILE ST LOUIS VUE SEINE — QUAI D’ORLEANS, 208 m², 17th-century building, 2nd floor with elevator, gallery entry, salon, dining, 4 bedrooms, equipped kitchen.

Asking Price: 3,770,000 euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


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