a short one

Tucked away in the Place des Vosges in the Marais Quarter is Victor Hugo’s home, now turned into a commemorative museum. Enjoy these snapshots of the interior, where one of the most famous French author and poet once lived.

To learn more about Hugo, author of works such as Les Misérables and « The Hunchback of Notre Dame » as well as countless works of poetry, click here (there is an option in the right hand corner to translate to English).

For more information about the apartment in Place des Vosges, where you can learn more about the actual rooms themselves, click here.

Below is one of my favorite poems by Victor Hugo, a poignant piece written about a visit to his daughter’s grave after her death, from which he never recovered. You can hear it being narrated here if you like.

Demain, dès l’aube

Demain, dès l’aube, à l’heure où blanchit la campagne,
Je partirai. Vois-tu, je sais que tu m’attends.
J’irai par la forêt, j’irai par la montagne.
Je ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps.

Je marcherai les yeux fixés sur mes pensées,
Sans rien voir au dehors, sans entendre aucun bruit,
Seul, inconnu, le dos courbé, les mains croisées,
Triste, et le jour pour moi sera comme la nuit.

Je ne regarderai ni l’or du soir qui tombe,
Ni les voiles au loin descendant vers Harfleur,
Et quand j’arriverai, je mettrai sur ta tombe
Un bouquet de houx vert et de bruyère en fleur.


Tomorrow, at dawn, in the hour when the countryside becomes white,
I will leave. You see, I know that you are waiting for me.
I will go by the forest, I will go by the mountain.
I cannot stay far from you any longer.

I will walk the eyes fixed on my thoughts,
Without seeing anything outside, nor hearing any noise,
Alone, unknown, the back curved, the hands crossed,
Sad, and the day for me will be like the night.

I will not look at the gold of the evening which falls,
Nor the faraway sails descending towards Harfleur.
And when I arrive, I will put on your tomb
A green bouquet of holly and flowering heather.

3 comments on “a short one

    • I am so glad that you are able to share these with me ! It makes me happy knowing others are able to see what I am experiencing. Stay tuned for the posts about Italy, I know you’ll love them ! xx much love to you Nonna

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