My Very Les Mis Trip To Paris


A masterpost type of thing


Saturday (18th Oct. 2014): 

Part one

  • The barricade on Rue de la Chanv(er)rerie

Part Two

  • The actual historical barricade on Rue Saint-Merri
  • Rue de l’Homme Armé nro 7 (sort of)

Part Three

  • Rue de la Verrerie nro 16
  • Apollo’s Underwear
  • La Force prison

Part Four

  • La musée Carnavalet
  • An omelette called Marius
  • Victor Hugo’s home museum
  • Place de la Bastille

Sunday (19th Oct. 2014):

Part One 

  • The spot of Javert’s suicide

Part Two

  • Gorbeau House
  • Field of the Lark

Part Three

  • The Sewer Museum
  • Rue Plumet
  • (also Montparnasse cemetery and lots of random stuff)

Part Four

  • Café Musain
  • The Luxembourg Gardens

The stranger’s guide to Paris


Sharing this with everyone else in the Les Miserables community who might find such resources useful, and who has not yet encountered this book. 😉 I mean, hey, this book was published in 1837. It has descriptions of places, prices of things, routes, statistics, faculties, subjects and lecturers at the schools and academies…

Go nuts, you guys.

The stranger’s guide to Paris



les misérables + main places || (pictures are not mine)

  • la place de la bastille: square in paris where “la prison de la bastille” stood until its destruction in 1789 during the french revolution. in the novel, it’s the site of napoleon’s elephant.
  • la rue des filles du calvaire (trad. the street of the ordeal’s daughters/girls): marius’s grandfather’s house. it’s situated in the north-east of the 3rd arrondissement of paris. 
  • l’église saint-paul saint-louis: church where marius and cosette were married. situated in the marais quarter of paris (4th arrondissement). 
  • rue de la verrerie: marius & courfeyrac’s apartment. 
  • “la barricade de la liberté”: also the corinthe. situated rue mondétour and rue rambuteau. it’s where the barricade was built in the novel.
  • quai des gesvres: place where javert committed suicide. in the novel, he didn’t jump from a bridge but from an embankment. from his point of view, we can see notre-dame in the background.
  • café musain: doesn’t exist anymore. it was situated boulevard saint-michel. 

  • rue plumet: exist under another name now: “rue oudinot”. where jean valjean lived while raising cosette. number #55 doesn’t exist: the musical invented it. it’s hard to tell where valjean’s house could have been situated.

@mamzellecombeferre  next time!




A tous mes amis français, mes pensées vont vers vous et je vous souhaites courage et force afin de traverser ces moments difficiles.

In case any of my fellow Americans were unaware this message is an echo of the headline of Le Monde on 9/11: Today we are all Americans.

My parents were traveling in Europe immediately on and after 9/11, and everywhere they went people offered condolences and asked if they’d lost anyone that day. This generosity continued for the entire five weeks of their trip.

So the very least we can do is hold the people of Paris in our thoughts and prayers.

Reblogging for the comment. I thought this was familiar.

If you’re in Paris right now


– Emergency special number (if you need information) (please, use it carefully, too many calls will make the line crash): 0800 40 60 05 

– Schools and universities are closed tomorrow. (in the whole country btw)

– In Paris and IDF, it’s advised NOT TO MOVE. Don’t leave your home or the place you’re staying in unless you really have to.

– It seems taxis are free tonight if you need a ride home.


– 5 metro lines are closed: 3, 5,8 9 and 11

– Maps of the attacks (source: Libération). Streets are probabky closed around these areas.

What happening in Paris?


A very organized, very well orchestrated series of attacks across the city. There’s been at least three areas hit. One at the Stade de France stadium, another in a restaurant, and another at Bataclan Concert Hall. The latter has been declared a hostage crisis with potentially over a hundred kept in. Casualty toll keeps rising with new information.

Like I said before, the first stage in media’s handling of an event like this is very confused and murky. Everything has to be taken with a grain of salt because the situation is so chaotic. But there is undeniably something huge going on in Paris. For the love of god, if anyone is in or around the area, please be careful. 



Maps of the flight of Jean Valjean and Cosette 

Paris au temps des Misérables de Victor Hugo, p. 60-61

Full size found here and here

This is fantastic, thank you for sharing it!  I’d love to see any other of these maps you might have to share!