"A walking tour of Jardin des Plantes, Part II" Jardin des Plantes - Botanical Garden Tip by Jefie

  Where Verlaine died and Hemingway wrote!
by Jefie
  • Where Verlaine died and Hemingway wrote! - Paris
      Where Verlaine died and Hemingway wrote!
    by Jefie
  • Walking down rue Mouffetard - Paris
      Walking down rue Mouffetard
    by Jefie

From Place de la Contrescarpe, you can retrace your steps a bit on rue Descartes until you reach No. 39. This is where French poet Paul Verlaine died on January 8, 1896, and it is also where Hemingway rented a room on the top-floor which he used as a place to write.

You can then go back to Place de la Contrescarpe and onto rue Mouffetard, one of the oldest streets in Paris. You'll find countless shops, boutiques, markets and restaurants on both sides of this pedestrian street, and it therefore offers a nice alternative to eating in the Latin Quarter.

You can follow rue Mouffetard all the way down the hill, which will take you to Saint-Medard church. This little church is famous for supposedly having been the site of numerous miracles, which resulted into a fit of mass hysteria that forced the authorities to close the church in 1732, which in turn prompted an anonymous prankster to put up a sign that said "By order of the King, God is forbidden to perform miracles in this church".

From there you are only a few steps away from the metro station Censier Daubenton, on to your next destination!

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris
Directions: Quarter Jardin des Plantes
Phone: +33 1 40 79 56 01
Website: http://www.jardindesplantes.net/

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  • Updated May 2, 2007
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