New York Habitat Video with David Hill Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Part 2 – Paris, France Hello I’m David Hill with New York Habitat. Today we’re going to visit another lively neighborhood and a trendy place to live… Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This is the second episode of our 3-part series on Saint-Germain-des-Prés. If you haven’t yet watched the 1st episode, you can find it on our YouTube channel. While you’re there, subscribe to our channel and you’ll get notified when Part 3 is posted in a few weeks. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is located just south of the Seine river and west of the Latin Quarter. It was once home to a large monastery and a tiny market town. It’s name in French means “St Germain in the meadows” and that was exactly where it was, outside the city walls of Paris. What makes Saint-Germain so popular today? Let’s take a look. The rather busy road leading to the Montparnasse Tower is the rue de Rennes. In its smoky cellars New Orleans Jazz and Be Bop were introduced to Paris by the likes of Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. From the 1950s, the cellars were the place to hear anti-establishment singers like Gainsbourg, Brassens and Brel. Today, the jazz cellars and bohemian atmosphere have been replaced with clothes, shoes and accessorie boutiques. If you’re looking to visit some offbeat streets of the area, walk along the Saint Germain Church on rue de l’Abbay. You’ll come to a charming square, the Place de Furstemberg. Number 6 is where the artist Delacroix had his last apartment and studio, now home to the Delacroix museum. While you’re there, also stop to have a look on the corner of the square and rue Cardinal, where two American expatriates of the 1920s, Harry and Caresse Crosby, set up a printer that published works by D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce, and letters by Proust and Henry James. The rue de Seine, and the streets leading off it, are renowned for their art dealers. The small galleries are great for browsing and buying. Some are entirely private, while many others are subsidized by the Saint-Germain area. Those that receive funds can be distinguished by a sign saying “Art Saint-Germain” hanging out from the walls. At number 31, you’ll find the home of George Sand, where she lived when she first came to Paris to become a writer. She was a highly successful novelist, but also known as the mistress of several important people, not least of which, Chopin. After navigating all these streets and boulevards of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, you will start to get a feel for what it’s like to live in this area. Of course, the best way to immerse yourself is to live like a local by renting a furnished apartment or a vacation rental, in the heart of this famous neighborhood. New York Habitat offers furnished rentals at Saint-Germain-des-Prés and all over Paris. There is no better way to experience the true Paris flavor than to live in a true Parisian apartment. Our final stop in this episode dedicated to Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the Odéon Theatre. After being inaugurated by Marie-Antoinette in 1782 and a couple facelifts in the 1800s, today the theater is most recognizable for its massive neo-classical columns. The play The Marriage of Figaro was staged here for the first time. Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed our tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, an area where history and culture meet. If you can think of anything we’ve missed, make sure you leave a comment in the comment section below. Staying in an apartment is without a doubt the best way to experience Saint-Germain-des-Prés. And the best way to find a vacation rental is to visit our website at nyhabitat.com. Wherever you decide to stay in Paris, New York Habitat will have the perfect apartment for you. I’m David Hill with New York Habitat. We hope to see you soon, sipping coffee like a local in St-Germain-des-Prés!