Artifact: Paris

1.27.2013

By Andrew Belonsky

This week's artifact is an entire village.

 Typically our featured city's artifact is an object. In Las Vegas, we found Bugsy Siegel's wristwatch, and in Miami we dug up a 1932 blueprint for the Collins Park Hotel.
 

While there were a few items from Paris we wanted to share, such the artwork of Romaine Brooks, a bisexual artist whose work resembles that of her temporal, aesthetic and philosophical contemporary Claude Cahun, but ultimately we decided on an entire village, La Roche-Guyon.
 

In addition to romping around the historic streets and exploring the 12th Century castle, including a dungeon built into the domineering cliff that looms above this village about an hour north of Paris, visitors can hike through the Arboretum de La Roche-Guyon, a free-of-charge refuge with trees from all over France.
 

Bring a picnic for your excursion to prove once and for all that being provincial can indeed be quite chic.

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