Maison du Balzac
Type: Art & Culture, Attractions, City, Cultural Venues, Historic Sites, Sightseeing, Uniquely Here
This museum is the former house where the great French writer, Honoré de Balzac once lived. During his day, this area of Paris, called Passy, was very much outside the city. In fact, this hillside... Read More
This museum is the former house where the great French writer, Honoré de Balzac once lived. During his day, this area of Paris, called Passy, was very much outside the city. In fact, this hillside was once covered in vineyards. The author of La Comédie Humaine was quite an entrepreneurial author, even self-publishing at first before his writing became acclaimed and he achieved notoriety. His printing house was located in the 6th arrondissment, the façade of which can still be seen on rue Visconti. Legend has it that this house out here in Passy, very close these days to Radio France, used to have an underground tunnel by which he could escape when creditors came calling. Today the house has been fully restored into a museum dedicated to Balzac. In one of the rooms, you can even see his desk a which he used to write. Another one of the rooms features all the characters of La Comedie Humaine, reconstructed in caricature form.
- Things to Do in December: "Give yourself some extra time for after the museum visit, because the little tea house/coffee shop on site serves marvelous cakes and soothing hot and cold beverages. It is like a little oasis perched above the River Seine in this very gentile Parisian neighborhood."
- Best for Things to Do in December Because: More than a museum, here you get a sense of how Honoré de Balzac, one of France's greatest authors, once lived and worked.