Paris 2006 - My Hotel

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Rue Victor Cousin, at the entrance to my charming hotel, Hôtel de la Sorbonne. The hotel is directly across from the Sorbonne. Victor Cousin (1792-1867) is a famous French philosopher who taught at the university. If you travel to Paris and plan to stay in the Latin Quarter, I can recommend this hotel. But don't expect typical American amenities like air conditioning, a spacious room, or a nice big shower! You will instead get a simple window for fresh air, a room barely big enough for the bed to fit, and a cramped European bathtub with a spray nozzle. This was all just fine with me, but others might prefer more familiar American-style luxury (and you can get it if you're willing to pay for it).

The hotel entrance. The middle doors lead to a courtyard. The door on the left leads to a tiny hotel lobby, with one of those European lifts that's only big enough for one person, or perhaps two if you are very close friends. My room was on the fifth floor, the top floor.

The window of my room, with the French doors and iron railing of my little balcony. In the morning before breakfast and in the evening before going to sleep I sat on the bed, just looking out the window ...

... at this view, of the roof of the Sorbonne across the street, with the dome of the Panthéon visible a few blocks away. I will show more of the Panthéon later. When I tired of this view, I looked left a bit and ...

... enjoyed this view, the dome of the chapel of the Sorbonne. The roof of my hotel is visible in the upper left corner. I realized that I had the good fortune to be in the very best room of the hotel in terms of the beautiful view out my window. If you stay at this hotel, and want this view, ask for "chambre cinquante-trois" (room 53).

This picture is looking down out my window onto the street. The Sorbonne is on the left. Rue Victor Cousin, which is renamed Rue de la Sorbonne a few yards further down on the left, is a typical narrow Parisian side street. Every morning around 6 am workers came by in street cleaning machines. A bit later, when the shops and restaurants opened, the proprietors came out with brooms and swept the water off the sidewalk into the street. So every day started with clean and sparkling sidewalks and streets.