Walking in the footsteps of the Revolution

Today we had a guided tour of the Latin Quarter, where many of the people involved in the revolution lived and where many of the events took place.

We also walked past where Jean-Paul Marat lived and was killed by Charlotte Courday. Marat is immortalized in the portrait by Jacques Louis David and it is one of my favorite paintings, so I was incredibly excited to see the building where he lived.

the building where Marat lived when he was killed
the building where Marat lived when he was killed

 

Jacque Louis David's Death of Marat
Jacque Louis David’s Death of Marat for reference

One of the places that we passed was Le Precope cafe, which is the oldest cafe in Paris and has been frequented by the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon. Although it’s a little pricey, I really want to go back there for dinner one night.

La Precope, the oldest cafe in Paris
La Precope, the oldest cafe in Paris

 

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Napoleon’s hat that he left as a form of payment and never returned for

We also went to the Carnavalet Museum, where we were supposed to see the revolution exhibit but it unfortunately was closed for renovations. We still walked around the other exhibits. One room had store signs from medieval Paris which I found really cool.

medieval streets signs of Paris
medieval streets signs of Paris
a cool tidbit we learned on our tour--they made street names secular after the Revolution (and changed them back again later) and you can see the Saint is etched out in the older street sign etched in the building
a cool tidbit we learned on our tour–they made street names secular after the Revolution (and changed them back again later) and you can see the Saint is etched out in the older street sign etched in the building

 

a pretty view of the Latin Quarter, the neighborhood where our walking tour was
a pretty view of the Latin Quarter, the neighborhood where our walking tour was

 

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