My Impression

What I wrote in Paris

Our last location we visited. From Francois –Xavier, you pass a house and garden enclosed with black gates that come about as close to where Valjean and Cosette lived after the convent. The Rue Plumet is another completely changed again place from when Hugo would have known it. However number 7 is an old building which nods to the fact that it as there around the same time. There are trees across the street which gives the illusion of a garden as well. The street opposite it, Rue Vaneu, has on its street sign that it is named after a boy killed on the barricade in 1830, a rare remembrance of the past. Another small secluded road for Vajean and Cosette to escape, changed beyond the ‘Hugo period’ of recognition!

On Reflection

This was the last location we needed to tick off on our list of twelve locations we had to visit on our trip to Paris. We walked from the Metro stop, Saint Francois Xavier, which was the nearest stop to the modern day Rue Plumet, Rue Oudinot. The Metro stop is named after St Francois Xavier who has a church dedicated to him on the opposite side of the road and is probably the only building that might have been here when Hugo was. On the way from the Metro, we passed a house surrounded huge fences and what looked like a big garden even though I couldn’t see over the top but made me imagine that that was where Valjean and Cosette might have lived. And happened to be the only place that reminded me of the location Hugo describes. The area is quite, dare I say, residential suburban with the same wide boulevards as the other locations out of town. The street itself is a medium size compared to the wide sweeping boulevards and windings alleys of Place St Michel. The current number seven, where Hugo lodged Valjean and Cosette, is a nod to the past as it is probably the oldest building in the street. However the street is so built up, I can’t imagine any houses having the slightest bit of garden of which Hugo says that it has more than an acre. I think when Hugo set it here it was another out of town suburb, such as the convent, that was far out from the busyness and bustle of the centre of the city. Interestingly, there was a plaque on the wall which said that Pierre de Coubertin, the founder on the modern Olympic Games lived in this street. The street that intersects the Rue Oudinot, Rue Vaneu, has on its street sign that it was named after a boy killed on the barricade in 1830, which is a remembrance in modern Paris of the history that took place here that has otherwise been hidden beneath the pavement. This location is another secluded road out of town for Valjean and Cosette to hide, that has changed quite substantially since Hugo was here.

7 Rue Plumet 3
Rue O 1
Sign 1
7 Rue Plumet 3
No. 7 at a different angle
No. 7

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