Once a large monastery and a tiny market town, the French name of this city means “St Germain in the meadows”. This is a fitting name for this area outside of the city walls, just south of the Seine and west of the Latin Quarter. The monastery was founded in 532 A. D. by Childebert, the second king of France. Over time, it gained power, but did not survive the Viking raids of the 9th century. The monks then camped in the ruins until 990 until the time when the monastery was eventually rebuilt by King Robert the Pious. Read the entire story here…»
Video Tour of Saint Germain des Pres, Paris, France – Part 2(5:18)
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the area just south of the Seine and west of the Latin Quarter. Prior to its current state, this area was once a large monastery and a tiny market town.
The name Saint-Germain-des-Prés translates into “Saint Germain in the meadows” in English, helping to explain the neighborhood’s location just outside the walls of the city. Read the entire story here…»
Paris Video Tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Part 1 (6:17)
The Saint-Germain-des-Prés area stretches just south of the Seine and west of the Latin Quarter, and was once a large monastery and a tiny market town. Its name in French means “Saint Germain in the meadows”, and that was exactly where it was located: outside the walls of the city.
The monastery was founded in 532 by Childebert, the second king of France. It became rich and powerful, but did not survive the Viking raids of the 9th century. The monks then camped in the ruins until 990, when the monastery was rebuilt by King Robert the Pious. Read the entire story here…»
Paris’ Right Bank cafés deserve their place in literary history. Nevertheless, the history behind Harry’s, Café de la Paix and the Ritz pales in comparison to the formidable literary pedigree of their Left Bank counterparts. The cafes of the Left Bank were immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s classic works The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast. In the books, and in reality for that matter, the cafes of Montparnasse and St. Germain des Pres were packed with intellectuals drinking, socializing and writing. We at New York Habitat are a nostalgic bunch and we can’t resist the charms of the Left Bank watering holes.
Part two of our literary pub crawl through Paris begins in St. Germain des Prés on the boulevard St. Germain. Three cafés; Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore and the Brasserie Lipp all boast a history of intellectual patrons and belle-epoque charm. The Flore was a second home to Jean Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and was visited, at varying times, by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Truman Capote. Les Deux Magots affectionately calls itself a “literary café,” thanks in part to its frequent visits from the ubiquitous Papa Hemingway. The Brasserie Lipp beckons to passerbies in this heavily trafficked neighborhood with its mouth-watering neon beer sign. It is said that on the day of Paris’ liberation in 1944 Hemingway was the first in the Lipp’s door for a drink (a claim common among Parisian café lore). All of these eateries are conscience of their history and have raised prices accordingly, while not outrageous do expect to pay a bit extra for the ambiance. Read the entire story here…»
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