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Category: France

Charles Godefroy and the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe has always been a rallying point for soldiers both starting and ending major campaigns in war….

Discoveries triggered by sleeping effigies at Père Lachaise

There are numerous graves at Père Lachaise with sculpted effigies of people sitting, lounging or sleeping on top of their…

The Panthéon and Hoche

The Panthéon in Paris is King Louis XV’s great contribution to the world of cemeteries… sort of. The original intent…

Who is buried in the Orchard Dump Cemetery? (a.k.a. Finding Max)

Note: The backstory of the Finding Max series can be found on the Remembrance page. All of the assumptions made…

Finding Joseph… at the Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery in Souchez

Cabaret-Rouge is close to Vimy Ridge (France) and is one of a handful cemeteries we visited outside of Ypres and…

The Dominion British Cemetery (a.k.a. Finding Jack)

For the posts on Jack McEachern and group of men from Cabri/Mill Village who fought with the 209th Battalion, start…

Vimy: One Hundred Years Later

Like mentioned in a bazillion previous posts, this year is the 100-year anniversary of Vimy Ridge. This is the battle…

Arleux-en-Gohelle (a.k.a. Finding Max)

On April 28th, it will be exactly 100-years since my relative (Max McKinnon) died on the outskirts of a small…

World War 1: Taken on Strength to France (Part 8)

This is the eighth post in a series about a group of World War 1 soldiers from Mill Village, Nova…

The Patron Saint of Murderers and the Oldest House in Paris

Across the Seine from Notre Dame, in old Paris, is Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre. This is one of the churches that we…

Notre Dame’s Unfortunate Suicide History

Meet Notre Dame de Paris: it’s neither the oldest, nor the biggest, nor the grandest church in France. But, it…

Steampunk Paris

Paris is steampunk… in a very complex and deep way. You could say that followers are les Vaporistes and that…

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