Jules Verne was one cool cat. You can’t write books like; Around the World in 80 Days, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Centre of the Earth without having something a little bit special about you.
So looking on our new ‘Places To Go Map’ (more on that another time) for somewhere to explore; the home of Jules Verne seemed ideal.
Located on the corner of a quiet residential street, ‘the house with the tower’ is fantastic. Wandering inside you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a different world.
On the ground floor there is the fabulous winter garden, dining, drawing and various other rooms all decorated and furnished the way they would have been when Jules Verne lived there.
Go up the spiral staircase and there are rooms dedicated to Jules Vernes publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel as well as Verne’s study and library.
Make your way up to the attic and there is an amazing collection of memorabilia and books, it was like the attic in the Goonies!
They were rather serious about not taking pictures… but I couldn’t resist getting snapped in the library and grabbing a shot of his study. The study was actually the smallest room in the house. Verne worked in there from 5am and had a small bed next to his desk in case he was tired during the day.
One of the things that I was most moved by was a framed letter from the Boys Empire League whose members had all pitched in and bought Jules Verne an engraved, gold handled walking stick as a way of saying ‘thanks for writing such awesome books’. The fact that all those boys all gave their pocket money to say thanks is touching enough, but the fact that Jules Verne, kept that letter and now it is framed on a wall in his house over 100 years later, is even cooler!
It was definitely a good way to spend a couple of hours. We left feeling very inspired!