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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 in 1755 was to build a church to replace the crumbling Abbey of St. Genevieve, but due to lack of… Continue Reading →

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 found while wandering medieval Paris. It is every bit as crumbly, old looking, and eclectic as you’d expect for a… Continue Reading →

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 certainly is the most well known and most visited landmark in Paris. 13-million visitors from around the world pilgrimage to… Continue Reading →

Steampunk Paris

Paris is steampunk… in a very complex and deep way. You could say that followers are les Vaporistes and that the industrial revolution plus the concept of uchronie appeared in French literature in the 1800s, but understanding of Steampunk in… Continue Reading →

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 Dijon, and ends at the English Channel. It runs through Paris and is crossed by 30+ bridges within the city…. Continue Reading →

Marché aux puces

On one rainy Saturday morning, we stepped out on our balcony in Paris and discovered that somehow, quietly and magically, a sea of rain tarps stretching as far as the eye could see appeared along Boulevard Haussmann overnight. These tarps… Continue Reading →

Je suis Charlie

January 7th marks the 1-year anniversary of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris; an attack that killed 12 people and wounded another 11. The killings spawned a worldwide movement to support freedom of speech and brought the… Continue Reading →

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 La Niña calmly said, Hey, there’s “The Thinker”. She was pointing to the top of a statue head that I… Continue Reading →

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 (November 6, 1814). Sax is one of the many graves found in the vast necropolis that is the Cimetière de… Continue Reading →

The Grevin

The Grévin is France’s equivalent to London’s Madame Tussauds… which is rather ironic if you think about it; not only was Madam Tussaud French, but she also created both wax sculptures and death masks for many of the figures now… Continue Reading →

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 and rather unassuming headstone (#8) gets a lot of attention and draws crowds. It’s not hard to find, just follow… Continue Reading →

Paris Underground

The world beneath Paris is layered like a cake; and, this layered world under the city has evolved to match the world above in both complexity and in mystery. First, way way down, are the catacombs, the caverns that house… Continue Reading →

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