Last week, when I asked which writerly places you, dear readers, would like to see, Yali suggested the home of Victor Hugo in Paris. Les Misérables was my favorite novel for years and is still among my most-loved books, so my interest was definitely caught by her recommendation.
The Maison Victor Hugo was the home of Hugo and his family for sixteen years. Its walls saw the writing of many works; The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and a large portion of Les Mis are among them. Oh, what I would give to hear the stories those walls could tell–good, bad, and boring–about the writing of works that still capture us. The walls also watched more than a few great minds come and go. Hugo visited with more than one notable writer in his family’s second floor apartment, including Alexandre Dumas, another author I’ll always love. A few famous and infamous characters have called the building home at times. The address is thoroughly filled with history.
The house, or rather Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée, is preserved by the city of Paris as a museum. If I ever make it to Paris, you can be sure this will be one of the first places I see.
Any other places you would like to see?
Until next Thursday,
Katie (Unwritten, Untitled)
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