La maison du juge - 3
Hôtel du Port
"- You can move into the Hôtel du Port... It's the best of the two hotels...And if you can get a room with the window on the side of the foyer, you will have a view on the house of the judge." (5)

When Maigret arrives at the Hôtel du Port, he enters the bar-room and when he walks on:
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"Then a kitchen. Then a foyer, only used on sundays. Everything smelled like new. White walls, a ceiling in pinewood..." (5)

So the foyer was newly built, an annex to the original building. This could only be done on the left side (North) of the building, looking to the hotel from the bridge. On the other side was, and still is, the road running.
A room with a window on the side of the foyer would have offered a view of the judge's residence. This means that this residence must be on the left side of the hotel. That is the North side of the bridge.
Maigret and Hulot are therefore looking in the in-land direction while standing look-out on the bridge.

Gazing at the house, the customs officer tells Maigret:
"- My wife is watching the back of the house." (5)

This means that from their home she can see the part of the building that the two watchmen can not see. That is why Aline and Justin Hulot's house must be situated behind the house of Forlacroix, the judge, from the point of view of Maigret and Hulot.
La nuit du
La guinguette
à deux sous
L' inspecteur
Les larmes
de bougie
Vente à la
To conclude
The setting of the different points of interest in this story, the bridge, the house of Forlacroix, the Hôtel du Port and the house of Aline and Justin Hulot most probably should be as presented in the following sketch:
La maison
du juge - 1
La maison
du juge - 2
La maison
du juge - 3
Mon ami
Maigret à
L'Auberge aux
Le notaire de
M.Gallet, décédé
Le charretier de
"La Providence"
Chez les
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L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer - La Grande Rue - from both sides - 1930's
The real "Maison du juge" !!!
In a reaction on the publication on the Web of this story-analysis I received an email of Monsieur Jean-Pierre Richardeau. He is the owner of the house that stood model for "La maison du juge". Manifestly the house is still there.
Until 1989 it was an annex to the Hôtel du Port. J.-P. Richardeau bought the house and now lives in it.
The house was so well known to Simenon because he stayed in it himself in 1940 to write.
That is what the newspaper article says that Mr. Richardeau sended. According to Claude Menguy (as mentioned in L'Univers de Simenon by Maurice Piron) "Félicie est la - Maigret and the toy village" was written in L'aiguillon.
This stay of Simenon in L'Aiguillon needs further investigation.

The photo that is shown is part of the newspaper article. I'll try to obtain pictures of a better quality.

Thanks very much to Mister Richardeau for his kind co-operation.
During his stay in the Hôtel du Port Maigret is served a "Mouclade" for dinner:
"- Do you like 'Mouclade'?
- What's that?
- Mussels with cream, a local dish.
It was a shame that all this happened just when the 'Mouclade', which was a culinary masterpiece, was served...
Maigret frowned his eyebrows, sat rudderless for a moment, gazed dreamy, and then, abrupt:
- Curry! He said triumphantly. I will bet anything that there is curry in it."
Recipe for "Mouclade des boucholeurs"
Ingredients (4 persons):
2 kg (4.4 lb) Mussels, 4 shallots, 100 gr (3.5 ounce) butter, 2,5 dl (8.5 fl.oz) dry white wine, 3 toes of garlic (chopped or pressed), 1 full tablespoon of flour, 1 egg yolk, 250 ml (6.7 fl.oz) sour full cream, 1 or 2 teaspoons of curry powder, 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley, salt, black grained pepper.

Brush the mussels well under flowing water (remove the beards if there are any)
Peel and chop the shallots and fry them a short while in 60 gr (0.7 oz) of butter
Add the wine and let it boil for a very short while
Add the mussels, add pepper, turn the heat up, shake the pan once in a while
Remove the mussels from the casserole when the shells are open (after about 7 minutes)
Throw away the mussels that didn't open
Sieve the contence left in the casserole
Remove one part of the shells of the mussels and keep them warm
Fry the chopped garlic in the remaining butter, scatter the flower over it and stir constantly (do not let it become brown)
Add the sieved fluid little by little, keep stirring
Remove the casserole from the heat.
Mingle the yolk with the curry powder and the cream and stir this mixture gently through thickened fluid
Ad the parsley and salt and pepper
Heat the sauce gently while stirring: do not let it boil
Arrange the mussels on soup plates and pour the sauce over
Serve with a dry white wine and tasty white farm bread and butter.
I want to thank Sandra, Webmaster of FautaWeb for her kind co-operation and helpfulness in gathering information on La Faute-sur-Mer and l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer. Please visite the site on: FautaWeb
From top to bottom:
- Photo Hôtel du Port: domain: owner-address: Renaud Pinoit, sarl, 5 passage du littoral, 85460, la faute sur mer, France ( Adaptation by G. de Croock.
- sketch of the locality: G. de Croock.
- Postcards Grande Rue, l'Aiguillon, FautaWeb,
- Photo "Moules Boucholeurs": Günther Beer, Barcelona. In: Culinaria Frankrijk,Kühnemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Keulen, 1998
5) Georges Simenon, La maison du juge, 1939. Excerpt translated in English by G. de Croock out of the Dutch edition, "Maigret en het huis van de rechter", vertaling Halbo C. Kool, Bruna Pockethuis b.v., Utrecht, 1984.
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