Low afternoon sunlight draws out the colour of old stone walls and highlights varied textures.

 

 

This building in rue du Petit Musc has probably been rebuilt and adapted many times over the centuries since the street was first developed, sometime before 1350.  These stones would have stories to tell if you knew how to read them.

The name of the narrow street hides its own story.   A nineteenth century writer suggested that Petit Musc derived from the Latin petimus, meaning we attack or strive for, but the truth is probably more prosaic.  Originally rue Pute-y-Muse, from the prostitutes who could be found there and the old French verb muser, meaning to stroll, the name was corrupted (or sanitised) first to Petit-Musse and then to Petit Musc.