La Maison de Jean-Jacques Rousseau dans les Charmettes

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, of Social Contract fame, lived in a house in the Charmettes, just outside of Chambéry, from 1735-1742. He kept a garden and vineyard there while he spent the rest of his time writing. It is open to the public for free and there is also a temporary exposition until December 31 titled “Je ne suis pas à vendre” that includes the showing of the film Crésus.

La Maison

Inside the House

Bedroom

Herb garden and house

View of Chambéry and the Alps

Let’s herbalize (?) with JJ!

I want this archway at my future house.

C’est dommage que les Savoyards ne soient pas riches,
ou peutêtre seroit-ce dommage qu’ils le fussent;
car tels qu’ils sont, c’est le meilleur et le plus sociable peuple que je connoisse.
S’il est une petite Ville au monde où l’on goûte la douceur de la vie
dans un commerce agréable et sur,
c’est Chambéri.
- Rousseau (writing with 18th century orthography)

It is a pity the Savoyards are not rich:
though, perhaps, it would be a still greater pity if they were so,
for altogether they are the best, the most sociable people that I know,
and if there is a little city in the world where the pleasures of life
are experienced in an agreeable and friendly commerce,
it is at Chambery.

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  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    Ah, the memories of my philosophy classes….!
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Modern Montréal =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    Ah, the memories of my philosophy classes….!
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Modern Montréal =-.

  • http://www.savagereflections.blogspot.com/ Berowne

    I think you’d be interested in my post “Hudson Second, French First” on my blog. The French discovered New York some 85 years before Henry Hudson, but few know about it.
    By the way, how do I become a followed of your excellent blog?
    .-= Berowne´s last blog ..Hudson Second; French First =-.

  • http://www.savagereflections.blogspot.com Berowne

    I think you’d be interested in my post “Hudson Second, French First” on my blog. The French discovered New York some 85 years before Henry Hudson, but few know about it.
    By the way, how do I become a followed of your excellent blog?
    .-= Berowne´s last blog ..Hudson Second; French First =-.

  • http://www.toile-impression.fr/ toile photo

    The house looks really beautiful, the view, the scenery is really beautiful, the garden looks very nice, romantic view (it just needs a little sunshine in the photos).

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