HISTORY
The Court of Miracles was an area in the 2nd arrondissement (an administrative district) dating back to the Middle Ages.  Victor Hugo, one of the most important French writers, described the Court of Miracles in Les Misérables as a den of poverty. In the 17th century this area was renamed Bonne Nouvelle (literally Good News), after the clean-up of the Court of Miracles and the expulsion of the brigands which was thought to be “good news’.
Since the 12th century Rue Saint-Denis has been one of Paris’ main shopping streets.
The Grand Boulevard was created in the reign of Louis XIV and is one of Paris’ most beautiful streets. At the end of the 18th century it became a popular hangout and fashionable avenue.
In the 1850’s Baron Haussmann planned the Avenue de l’Opéra, Rue du Quatre Septembre, Rue Réaumur and Boulevard de Sébastopol, as well as creating  many shopping passages and shopping arcades, which are worth a visit.
NOWADAYS
The area called the Sentier district is devoted to fashion boutiques and wholesale outlets. It is also well-known for its designer clothes shops.

RECEPTION AT THE B&B
The Bed & Breakfast is situated in the heart of Paris, in the centre of the 2nd arrondissement. This historic area of Paris has always been lively as if there is always something going on in those very lively streets. The numerous narrow and small streets bustling with many textile shops make this area really attractive. Moreover, its central location means you can reach many of the main tourist attractions on foot. On the way, you will find some splendid shopping passages and arcades such as the Passage du Grand Cerf or the Galerie Vivienne dating back to the 14th century, home to several designer shops.

 

The B&B has good access to public transport links (buses, metro, RER trains and trains, taxis and bike rentals). It is also situated close to most of Paris’s theatres, museums, cinemas, shopping arcades and passages, restaurants, cafés and stores (i.e. Galeries Lafayette, Printemps). Also nearby are the Châtelet-Les-Halles district, the Montorgueuil area (a hangout for chic ‘bobos’, the bourgeois-bohemians), Rue Etienne Marcel with its designer shops, the Marais neighborhood (the oldest area in Paris), the Pompidou Centre, the Beaubourg Museum and finally the 10th arrondissement with its Turkish, Indian and Pakistani restaurants inviting you to discover Asian food with menus offering inexpensive but good authentic cuisine.
Families, couples, singles and friends are welcome in this B&B. The spacious flat has three bedrooms, with a connecting door between two of them. There is also a kitchen and a shared bathroom/toilet.
The owner, a tireless traveler, has let his imagination run free for the decor of the flat. The harmonious interior decoration has been carefully arranged. It is at the same time both modern and kitsch with furniture of various styles. Each piece of furniture has been chosen with care. In the flat there is a sofa from contemporary furniture manufacturer Cinna, a Louis Philippe chest of drawers, a Louis Vuitton trunk, as well as a designer ceiling light, a 1970’s coffee table and a contemporary red fireplace.
The Haussmann-style building was built in 1901. Made from cut stones, the building has 6 floors although no lift, and a paved courtyard. There is also a caretaker. The Bed & Breakfast, situated on the 4th floor, is a typical Parisian apartment with mouldings, wooden floors and fireplaces.  The period stairs are also made of wood.
Your host has been living in Paris since 1991. In love with the ‘The City of Light’ and a great connoisseur of Paris, he will be able to advice you on your cultural or culinary experiences and nights out. If you want to be completely free and independent, he will be very discreet; otherwise he will be more than happy to advise you. The B&B is located on Rue Saint-Denis. The street is quiet from 7pm everyday and at weekends as cars are not allowed to drive down this street except for access. This is a non-smoking B&B.

 
 
     
 
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