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Medieval Houses in Paris

If you head into the lively Le Marais area of Paris, near Saint-Paul, around the corner from the main street, you’ll find Rue François-Miron. It’s a quiet little street but there is something special there – some of the oldest medieval style houses of Paris! The medieval houses stand out among the Parisian style architecture that one is used to seeing all over Paris.

As per the little history signboard near the houses, medieval houses are very rare in Paris. These houses are apparently as old as the 14th century. It is amazing to see such rare architecture in Paris. Le Marais is already such a gorgeous part of Paris and the houses on Rue François-Miron make it even more special.

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MusĂ©e de Cluny – National Museum of the Middle Ages

Musée de Cluny also known as Musée National du Moyen Âge is a museum in the Latin Quarter in Paris with one of the largest collection of Medieval items in the world. It is in a spectacular gothic style building which was originally Hôtel de Cluny but was later made a museum. In my opinion, it is one of the most underrated museums in Paris. The museum is so well organised and all the items in there are absolutely fascinating to anyone interested in the Middle Ages.

The most famous items in MusĂ©e de Cluny are the Lady & the Unicorn tapestries. There is also a great collection of sculptures, medieval weapons & armour, jewellery and stained glass art at this museum. My favourite part of the museum was the chapel and it’s gorgeous ceiling. The sundial in the courtyard near the entrance of the museum is also not to be missed. It is not a huge museum but you can easily spend an 1.5-2 hours in here.

I took photos of some of my favourite artworks. Enjoy!

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Villages of Provence – Saint-RĂ©my & Les Baux

After visiting Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes & Roussillon in the Luberon Valley, the tour continued to the mountain ranges of Les Alpilles ranges which brought us to Saint-Rémy-de Provence & Les Baux-de-Provence.

We didn’t spend much time at Saint-RĂ©my but it was a cute little village with a beautiful church Paroisse Saint-Martin. Vincent Van Gogh underwent psychiatric treatment in this village and also completed his masterpieces such as The Starry Night here.

Then we went to the top of the mountains to Les Baux which, as the name suggests, is beautiful. It is a medieval village full of hilly streets and cute little craft shops. It is no wonder that this village is considered to be one of the most picturesque villages in all of France.

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