Saturday, May 7, 2011

La Maison de Balzac

Balzac's house is located in what was formerly the village of Passy, now the 15th arrondissement, a very upscale neighborhood just across the river from the Eiffel Tower.

The house and garden are beautiful:

To keep track of the 4,000 (?!) or so characters that populate the Human Comedy, the author fuelled himself with coffee, as he wrote for 12-16 hours a day. In the absence of a local Starbucks, he had his own favorite coffee pot:

It was a lovely afternoon. Here are Paddy and Karin, at the nearby Charles Dickens Square (many of the streets in the 15th are named after famous authors):


  1. Rats! I thought I had posted a comment here yesterday, but it's gone.

    I'm excited to see Balzac's coffee pot -- I keep a copy of his essay on coffee-drinking (and -abusing) pinned up at my desk. Here's a link to the original (about halfway down, under the heading DU CAFÉ):