About this tower with globe on the roof of Jules Verne’s house in Amiens, France?! It conjures up images of a ride at Disney World and makes quite a striking appearance above the facades of the neighboring row houses. Jules Verne and his wife lived here from 1882 to 1900 and a tour of his home will make you feel as if he has just stepped out for a walk and will be rejoining you at any minute. One of the incredible features of the home is the English ship room, built to look and feel as if you are on an English sailing vessel from the late 1800’s and accessed by a wrought iron spiral staircase. Jules wrote part of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” on the writing desk displayed in this room.
In addition to seeing his tiny writing study, library and dining room, another highlight for STM was the room with the huge map painted on the floor, replicating the “Around the World in 80 Days” journey. What a clever idea to use in a modern day children’s playroom!
For up to date tourist information on visiting the house, check out http://www.amiens.fr The website is in French and English and gives tourist information for the city of Amiens.
If you wish to pay additional hommage to Mr. Verne, head over to his final resting place at Cimetiere de la Madeleine on Rue St Maurice. City maps available from the Tourist Information Center, which is conveniently located next to the Cathedral. It is about a 15 minute walk from the Cathedral to Jules Verne’s home.
Amiens is an easy 2 hour drive or train trip from Paris.