Le Marais, the chic district of Paris

Its name may literally mean 'The Marsh', but Le Marais, in the third and fourth arrondissements of Paris, is traditionally one of the most elegant and aristocratic city districts. As you'll see from our photo gallery, it's also bohemian, artistic and one of the most lively and cosmopolitan areas in the French capital.

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Spreading along the right bank of the Seine, Paris. Here you can browse around the antique shops and, of course, make the obligatory stop at the pavement cafe Ma Bourgogne, among the city's most famous. For tourism there are many fine city mansions or palaces – known in French as 'hotels', Victor Hugo's house, the elegant Hotel de Sully and the Picasso Museum, in the magnificent Hotel Sale.

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