Saturday, October 11, 2014

La maison des Célestins

Nice house isn't it? It's called the Maison des Célestins (after the name of a - very - old convent  that was in the same area) and it's located on the Quais (river banks), right at the Seine level, facing the Ile de la Cité. It used to be closed until may 2013 when it was turned into a cool restaurant and bar. Just one tiny detail though; the black space in front of it is... a road, with a lot of traffic except on Sundays when they turn it into a pedestrian area (the day I took the photo!).


  1. I have always wanted to know which house Madeleine lived in. You know, "In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread, Brushed their teeth and went to bed. They left the house at half past nine
    In two straight lines in rain or shine. The smallest one was Madeline." The caretaker is Miss Clavell, but as a little girl, I thought she looked like a nun. She was probably a nursing sister slash governess. My sister says she deduced which bridge they are shown to be walking across from the house, which presumably was a boarding school (although I always thought it was an orphanage--possibly because I thought Miss Clavell was a nun)--I think it is le Pont Neuf from the first Madeleine book. Which would make the one above perfect, with dormitory rooms and all, non?

  2. It feels quite enduring, looking at it from this perspective.

  3. Such a beautiful building! Though it's funny to see a couch out front since when some people put theirs on their front porches here in the U.S. it is usually frowned upon except in this shot it looks so chic!
    I'm wondering, does the traffic bring extra business Eric?

  4. Interesting. I don't remember seeing this place before. Very cool. I guess I'll never see all of Paris.