Le Maison de Victor Hugo

Maison de Victor Hugo

This post first appeared on 23 December 2011.


“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” -Victor Hugo

Anyone who has experienced the delights of Paris knows there are more than can be attended in one visit. Monsieur Hugo lived in the second floor apartment of Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée from 1832 to 1848. During those 16 years, he wrote several of his major works including a large part of Les Misérables (a personal favorite).

While touring number 6 place des Vosges you will observe some of Hugo’s furniture, samples of his writing, drawings, family portraits, and first editions of his work. Additionally, you will see a painting of Hugo’s funeral procession at the Arc de Triomphe. The Chinese salon from his home on Guernsey (years of exile) has been reassembled here.

Despite the fact that Hugo spent a number of years in exile, his funeral was a national event and he was buried in the Panthéon.

One of the most important of French Romantic writers, Hugo was a poet, dramatist and novelist. His best known works include Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.




16 thoughts on “Le Maison de Victor Hugo

    1. Ah, but there is no time like the present. However, remember when you do come, there is more to France than Paris. Don’t get me wrong as I love it there.
      Merci beaucoup!

  1. I can’t recall if I visited there or not back when I was an Au Pair. I went to A LOT of museums. I would scout out the free days and try to go then. But most had a reduced fee for students as well which was nice.

    1. That would be ideal. If not, perhaps one day you will return. Also, as wonderful as Paris is, France has much more to offer and everywhere I’ve been has been amazing!

  2. I’ve come to find your butterfly post, maybe I’ll get there soon, but I haven’t seen this one before…most interesting about Hugo 🙂

    1. That is why I posted it again. It was one of my earliest posts nearly three years ago and most people don’t go back that far. 😉 Thank you!

  3. Lea for some reason this post did not come into my inbox, this has been happening with a few blogs I follow. i might have to unfollow and try again. It is so frustrating to miss your lovely words and pictures.

  4. Kath, I’ve been having the same problem with several of the blogs I enjoy. I have heard from others saying the same thing so I don’t know what is going on at WP? Thank you for sticking with me.

      1. That is what I have been trying to do. Fortunately you and Christine still come through along with several others. Some I have to try and track down so I have no doubt that I am missing quite a bit.

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