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Place des Vosges    

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Place des Vosges

Paris, France

One of Europe’s first examples of urban planning, the “Place Royale” was one of the continent’s first residential squares and the oldest in Paris. Stroll in and out of the shops and cafes that line the quiet arcades around the central Louis XIII Square, or take a detour by house 6, where Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables, once lived; today, the apartment is a museum where you can view Hugo’s books, drawings and more. Fun fact: The square was once a frequent location for duels! 

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