From the bustling Boulevard Saint-Germain, you enter the streets of 6e at some point, because that's where Parisian life happily throbs with thousands of art galleries, bookshops, music, and bistros, at least in the summer. Then, silence...


furstenberg2Rue Furstenberg revolves around a namesake square where there are four huge trees, stone paths with a large retro lamp, and many old windows to peer at. Some windows are with flowers or wrought iron balustrades, while others are with curtains where you can imagine a house with sober elegance. There is some discreet shop with beautiful things, a wood-lined window like the old shops of the good, bygone neighborhoods, and a surreal silence.

The tiny square is a show (I know it's one place where square meters are among the most expensive in Paris), which is exactly the scene you want to see in Paris. You will feel like going back in time to the nineteenth century when you stopped under the shady trees of this square.

I expected to see Eugène Delacroix, the painter, rushing out of his studio with his easel and box of colors under his arm as he goes out to paint. His studio is to one side of this square. There is a romantic atmosphere, especially at night, under the lights of the five bulbs of the gigantic street light.

furstenberg4It was named after the Prince of Furstenberg, a descendant of Madame de Beauharnais, the adopted daughter of Emperor Napoleon. A Parisian told me that an invitation from someone to visit the square is a sign of love.

Maxime - Art & Culture

Bonjour, my name is Maxime. I obtained my name because my grandmother always took me to Maxime’s in Paris for my birthday, always in the company of her best girlfriend! When I was fourteen years old, I was already enamoured with their Parisian chatter. Now, when with friends, I know everything about the art of invisible make-up and light cocktails! The Parisian really has a very distinct character: she’s surprising and interesting. And she’s so feminine! As for invitations, it a real task: each day Paris offers new exhibitions, previews and vernissages. With a Parisian, you absolutely have to be in the right place at the right time!

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