the 6th arrondissement, is also a novelist. She wrote Le Divorce which became a mildly entertaining movie about the extramarital affairs of the French. Le Divorce received a very poor reception when it was released in 2003 but the cast includes Leslie Caron who, in my opinion, is the perfect French woman. Think Gigi, An American in Paris, and Chocolat. Good movies for a grey February weekend.
Ms. Johnson outlines the history of her neighbourhood from the days of La Reine Margot who was the first royal resident of the Left Bank. Alexandre Dumas wrote a historical novel, La Reine Margot, in 1854. It has been translated as Marguerite de Valois and has also been made into a movie three times. I enjoyed the 1994 version starring Isabelle Adjani and Daniel Auteuil. Queens Marie de Médici, who built the Luxembourg Palace with its famous gardens, and Anne of Austria, who built Val de Grâce on the Rue St. Jacques, were later residents of the 6th arrondissement
|Statue of Marie de Médici|
|A delicious salad from a restaurant in the 6th|