French As You Like It headquarters: A little wander in... Le Marais (Paris)

Part I)

“Add 3 letters to Paris and it becomes Paradise”. J. Renard


Where to stay?”

The Marais Swamp is one of the most inescapable quartier neighborhood of Paris. Its exceptional architectural patrimoine cultural heritage reflects the history of the capital until la chute fall of Louis XVI. In XX century this place is occupied by huge land of Marsh. Asséchés drained and cultured, these terrains lands are then turned into gardens. The origin name of the district comes from these terres maraîchères produce market-garden. In early XV11 century, Le Marais became the centre of elegance and culture. There are many old buildings in stone and coloured bricks that constitute one of the major attraits highlight of the area. Most of them are now museums: Musée Carnavalet, Hôtel des Sens, Hôtel de Rohan. In 1965, the Marais became a “secteur sauvegardéprotected sector.


You will be surprised and enchanted by Rue du Temple and Rue des Archives that are two very popular shopping streets. Cafes, restaurants, boulangeries bakeries and bars are easy to find and there is one for every taste. There is a huge cultural diversity in Le Marais that you can’t miss; you will discover les cuisines du monde, as well as typical Parisian bars.


Le quartier juif: “ Le Pletzl”

La Rue des Rosiers and the surrounding streets form Le quartier juif jewish district of Paris, picturesque for tourists and nostalgic for many Jews and Non-Jews. Le Marais concentrate the history of Jewish Emigrants diaspora in Paris.


If you are looking for a specific and oddball accommodation in the area, you will be able to find special offers and deals following your needs. You will find a wide range of amazing hotels very well located in the centre of Paris. Depending on the area or the type of services you are looking for.

We have selected four of them to give you a glimpse of our favourite quartier de Paris:

Le Pavillon de la Reine Paris – 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

Hôtel de la Place des Vosges – 12 Rue de Birague, 75004 Paris

Villa Mazarin – 6 Rue des Archives, 75004 Paris

Le Mije – Le Fauconniers – 11 Rue du Fauconnier, 75004 Paris


Learn French from Robots! A Lesson at Le musée des Arts et Métiers


robotTucked away in the Paris 3rd is one of the coolest and most underrated museums in Paris, Le musée des Arts et Métiers. The museum was founded in 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions and is now home to over 80,000 instruments and machines that date back to the 16th century. This is the place to come to see James Watt’s steam engine from 1780, Pascal’s original calculating machine from 1642, and Clément Ader’s Avion III that was flown 13 years before the Wright Brothers.

For architecture buffs, the building itself is interesting. It was built between the 11th and 13th centuries as a church and priory. The French government confiscated the building during the Revolution and it became a museum in 1799. Only in France can you find a working reproduction of Foucault’s Pendulum in a medieval priory!

The exhibits are organized by themes: Scientific Instruments, Materials, Communication, Mechanics and Construction, Energy, and Transportation, which offer a plethora of topics and conversations to build a French lesson around. Plus from now until January, the museum has a special exhibit on robots through the ages.

Here’s a short text on the museum to get you started:

Le Musée des arts et métiers propose une multitude d’objets techniques – machines, outils, instruments qui abordent différents problèmes de conception, de fonctionnalité, d’usage et de technologie. Sa collection constitue un apport culturel essentiel sur les origines, l’actualité et le devenir des Arts et techniques.

  • 1794 : Fondation à l’initiative de l’abbé Henri Grégoire: «Il sera formé à Paris, sous le nom de Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers, […] un dépôt de machines, modèles, outils, dessins et livres dans tous les genres d’arts et métiers.»
  • 1990: Restructuration du musée. Rénovation autour d’objets phares. In n’y a presque pas d’écrit (nom et date des objets) : surtout des écrans vidéo explicatifs.


Le CNAM (Centre National des Arts et Métiers)
Au cœur du musée, Cnam est entièrement dédié à la formation professionnelle des adultes. Il donne les moyens de se former à tout moment de sa carrière, dans toutes les fonctions de l’entreprise.

Le Cnam, avec son Musée des arts et métiers est un acteur majeur de diffusion de la culture et de valorisation du patrimoine scientifique et technique.

(aborder : to deal with ;  un dessin : drawing ; un genre : kind; un écrit : written document; dédié à : dedicated to ; un patrimoine : cultural heritage)

 Location: 292 rue Saint Martin, 75003, 75003 Paris, France
Transportation:  metros lines 3 and 11 at Arts et Métiers and line 3 and 4 at Réaumur Sébastopol
Hours: Open 10am to 6pm Mon, Tues, Wed, and Fri; 10am to 9:30pm Thurs; and closed Sun
Admission fees: 6.50 € for full admission

Interested in private French lessons in Paris? Call or contact us to organize lessons at Le musée des Arts et Métiers and at another museum “off the beaten path.”