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Maison de Balzac, Paris
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Visit Maison de Balzac, the house in which Honoré de Balzac wrote "La Comédie Humaine". The museum presents you with personal memories belonging to the writer and his family as well as priceless and numerous original editions, manuscripts, and illustrations. You will also enjoy an exhibition of paintings, engravings, and documents about his relatives.

If you manage to attend at the right time, check out the temporary theme exhibitions and events about the author as well.

In 2012, Maison de Balzac was renovated in order to meet current standards and now has a more modern appearance. The house is also notable for underlying cavities, which have been identified by pottery shards as former troglodyte dwellings dated to the time of the late Middle Ages. These excavations, however, are not open to the public. Make Maison de Balzac part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris vacation generator.
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  • This House, which belonged to Balzac, is full of personal items, annotated manuscripts and interesting paintings. There is even the Brewer of the writer :)
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  • It's in a quiet corner of the District of Passy is the home of Honoré de Balzac. In fact it is that one of the houses of the great writer, who had many, despite its constant financial worries. This House it did not own, in fact he praised her, was not particularly conducive to inspiration to write his works but especially to flee his creditors. Indeed this discreet home sits below of the current street offices (which was called street bass in the 19th century) and has access by another very small street below of the street offices, the street Berton. This allowed him during the unexpected arrival of creditors by one of the streets, to save the other. The back of this House lets see a superb 'madness', the mansion, currently the Embassy of Turkey, which at the time was the home of Marie-Thérèse Louise of Savoy-Carignan, Princess de Lamballe, friend of the Queen Marie-Antoinette. The Princess de Lamballe was the first woman to have been guillotined, on 3 September 1792 during the revolution. Balzac would have liked to buy the mansion that once belonged to the princesse de Lamballe, but it in never had the financial means. Balzac was a sort of dandy which can be seen in his house, his cane adorned with turquoise and other gemstones. He was also a worker force of the entry that the coffee was the main drug. His coffee pot porcelain, decorated with initials "HB" is on display in a showcase. We were lucky to have a speaker whose knowledge about the life of Balzac was exhaustive and, in addition to its excellent explanations, showed us the lithographs and etchings exits specially secured rooms at the Museum, for us. If you are interested, not only Balzac but also the Paris of the 19th century, go visit the home of Balzac in Passy, if possible by appealing to a speaker of the Museum.
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  • If you go there you can arreter.entree free, but otherwise, nothing very exciting or moving. Certainly we understand the hard work of the author, good chronology of his work, but other than that, no heat, no home and garden a little abandoned. Too bad the place could be picturesque!
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  • It is here that Balzac was hiding when the creditors wanted to make her skin, the House is equipped with a double-entry (or double-output). Seeing them happen upstairs at the street of Passy, the writer fled by Berton Street. The scent of the human comedy still permeates the modest office where the genius of French literature to blasphemies.
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  • Nothing to add in addition to the already comprehensive comments, but since you're in the area, or that you intend to get there do not hesitate to visit the surrounding area. On the occasion of a walk in this neighborhood found only residential and so little known, is one of the most charming area of Paris: the equivalent of Montmartre more chic, but also much quieter (little or no tourists and no dedicated... shop). A piece of countryside in the heart of Paris as a big part of du16eme which remains a course of charm for its houses full of greenery, quiet and green streets, his "Square X, Y Villa, Impasse Z and its parks" which make of this district, imagine always cold and charmless, a must which has nothing to envy's Montmartre. Many streets are unchanged since the time when Passy and Auteuil were still villages and independent municipalities not attached to Paris: cobblestone streets sinuantes between the houses and mansions, shaded vegetation, stairs, incredible views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. In addition, the inhabitants of this district have wanted and could preserve this aspect (the power of relationships and money played a lot, when compared with less fortunate neighborhoods who have been disfigured as Montparnasse, among others...) Step back in time towards the end of the 19th taking a walk in this neighborhood. Go around the House down, you find yourself in a narrow cobblestone alley, and his gas lamppost. Coming from Trocadéro and towards the House of Balzac, take a look at the buildings, many are unique by their construction technique or materials employés(contigu à la maison de Balzac, est édifié le premier immeuble en béton armé,1920 environ) Street Franklin, the façade of a building is decorated with concrete in a beautiful art deco (early) with a very nice geometric effect style and floral 1915/1920 approx. (has check address and date) construction on Google!) See: Street offices, waters and its Museum of wine (!), Franklin Street, the Embassy of Turkey lodged in one of the most beautiful mansions in Paris, visible from the House of Balzac. You will see the modern parcel housing (avenue Marcel Proust) below the street offices overlooking the Haussmann buildings, which, because of the altitude, the ground floor, on the 4th floor buildings, and therefore cave underneath apartments! Take the bridge under the Skytrain to the Bir-Hakeim subway and enjoy this place refilme and filmed commercials, movies Inception (the scene with the new recruit and diCaprio that creates a reflection to infinity with 2 mirrored doors on this bridge under the Skytrain... Take a tour of the impasse/square Alboni (?) formed by the Passy metro station and 2 buildings identical Haussmann "rococos" with their such domes of the giant bulbs, between which the subway rushes. The interiors of the film "last tango in Paris" with Marlon Brando are shot (for those who spend every day with the metro between these buildings, it can interest them...) You can start the ride by the Passy or Trocadéro (via Franklin Street) station, like this, the market is a descent down the Hill of Passy.
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  • Little House on the heights of the 16 eme with a beautiful garden Paris
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  • If you are a fan of literature, especially of Honoré and its human comedy, you'll love visiting his house. It puts into perspective his work in the time and the spirit, the character of the writer soaked with coffee in an addictive race for writing and for the back of debts. Mind boggling to see in synthesis that all the characters of la Comédie humaine have links in an almost romantic genealogy.
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  • Very pretty place: bubble of calm in the 16th arrondissement seini. It feels like... magic campaign!
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