My first neighbor when moving to Paris was Picasso. Nestled into a 19th-century apartment on one of the Haut Marais’s most charming streets, Rue du Perche, the museum that houses some of the artist’s most celebrated works sat in direct view, just meters away. Though he never lived in this once-private home called a hotel particulier, I still consider Picasso a part of my early Parisian life. Even prior to Paris, I was a great fan.
Aside from my respected neighbor, I became completely smitten with the Haut Marais, just north of the trendy Marais enclave. A maze of cobbled streets boasting boutiques with independent Parisian designers; centuries-old eateries alongside brand new in-the-know restaurants; galleries exhibiting the latest in contemporary art from around the world.
All of this became mine those first few years, and now, living further north in my beloved 75003 neighborhood, I have become one of the locals.