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Category: Paris

Édith Piaf, the Murder of Louis Leplée, and Montmartre

Near the beginning of the movie A Star is Born, you see Jackson Maine watching Ally as she sings the…

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…

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…

The Macabre Epilogue of those who Drowned in the Seine

Meet the Seine River: it’s 776km long, the second largest river in France, it starts at Source-Seine just North of…

Marché aux puces

On one rainy Saturday morning, we stepped out on our balcony in Paris and discovered that somehow, quietly and magically,…

Je suis Charlie

January 7th marks the 1-year anniversary of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris; an attack that killed…

Musée Rodin and Le Penseur

Yet again another gallery experience from Paris, with a story… We were on a bus passing by Les Invalides and…

Adolphe Sax and the Cimetière de Montmartre

I’m going to slip in a post from Paris because a few days ago it was Adolphe Sax’s 201st birthday…

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