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Category: Paris

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…

The Grevin

The Grévin is France’s equivalent to London’s Madame Tussauds… which is rather ironic if you think about it; not only…

Père Lachaise and it’s Cats

Most people come to Cimetière du Père Lachaise looking for Jim Morrison’s grave. Say what you will, but this small…

Paris Underground

The world beneath Paris is layered like a cake; and, this layered world under the city has evolved to match…

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