Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Long before New York Habitat offered Americans an option to pricey Paris hotels and accommodations, much earlier than when Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald frequented the old Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop in Paris, and well ahead of the hordes of U.S. tourists that now pack the Latin Quarter there was one man that started the American in Paris phenomenon: Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin was a Founding Father, inventor, charismatic diplomat and one of the most pivotal figures in the birth of America and conception of Franco-American relations. Franklin was an American in Paris before there was an independent American nation to speak of. A standout among the bevy of Paris entertainment choices this winter is Benjamin Franklin: An American in Paris:1776-1785 at the Carnavalet Museum. Of course, New York Habitat has dozens of Paris accommodations available for the duration of the historical exhibit.

Coinciding with what would be Franklin’s 300th birthday, the Carnavalet exhibit traces his diplomatic mission to Paris from 1776 to 1785 during the American Revolution. Located in the 3rd arrondissement and running until March 9, the exposition brings together 340 paintings, sculptures, objects and documents highlighting the role this historical monolith had in both the American and French revolutions. Central to the museum’s portrayal is the immense celebrity and personality that befell France with Franklin’s arrival and near decade long sejour. History buffs interested further in the Franklin’s French connection should pick up a copy of A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America at one of Paris’ many English-language bookshops(bookstore blog link). The Carnavalet Museum is fittingly located in the Bastille quarter on rue de Sévigné, steps from Metro stations Saint Paul and Chemin Vert.

History lovers planning to view the exhibition while in Paris have plenty of New York Habitat accommodations to choose from. First off, the modern feel and elegant furnishings in this Studio in Le Marais  (PA-2473) give it an great feel. For more contrast, try this modern 3-bedroom apartment rental in Marais-Les Halles (PA-1516).

Thanks to Benjamin Franklin’s unprecedented diplomatic mission and subsequent French aid to the bourgeoning states we can now affectionately refer to ourselves as Americans in Paris.

What other Paris exhibits are you looking forward to this winter and spring? Please Comment Below