Volumes 3-5 of Les Misérables are heavily set in Paris and before my flight has landed in CDG-Roissy, I promised myself that with my one-and-a-half month, I would visit every, single setting of Les Misérables in Paris. My biggest problem was how great Paris has changed from Paris of the 1830s to Paris of today. The Paris of Les misérables was still the medieval city of narrow, cobbled and zig-zaging streets, foul-smelling sewers and ineffective city planning. The Paris of today is the post-Haussman cosmopolitan city of wide, tree-lined avenues, white-washed, mansard-roofed, grilled appartments, closer to Phantom than Les Miz. Larger and more established locations were easy enough to find but residential settings were harder to find given the dissolution and re-naming of streets. I looked through the blogs of other hard-core Les Miz fans who have undertaken the quest before me and I’m returning the favor by posting this for those fans who will undertake the quest after me. Good luck and enjoy!
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