In the course of discovering what Paris' Marais quarter has to offer for sale, Richard and I passed by or through gardens, squares, landmarks, markets, and cafes. The Marais boasts some lovely squares, gardens, and parks. Early on our tour we passed through the Hotel de Sully’s gorgeous manicured lawns and found ourselves, much to my surprise, at the southern end of the famous Place des Vosges.
Paris is full of little squares and gardens. Richard pointed out a few that I hadn't noticed before, and showed me a somewhat secret garden that I’d never seen before and that doesn't appear on my map (and so I’ll let Richard keep this secret for his tours; but see photo above). It’s a rose garden that wasn't quite in bloom when we were there, but which was noticeably missing the ever-present tourists and teenagers that one usually finds during peak tourist season at places like the Vosges in the Marais, or in the more prominent Tuileries and Luxembourg Gardens. It was a calm, quiet, and very charming little garden. I definitely felt I had been let in on one of the city's best-kept secrets.