The beautiful Place des Vosges is one of these hidden gems that most tourists are unaware even exist. It is the oldest square in Paris and the model for many of the residential squares in Europe.
The houses around the square were built to the same red brick design and tower over vaulted arcades. The next time you are in Paris escape the crowds and visit one of the many restaurants that now surround the square and then after eating enjoy the art in the galleries that have also taken root on the square.
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