Rue Cremieux is a gem **almost** hidden in the 12th. It is a street to saunter along as you gaze at the pastel painted wonders aligning each side and/or marvel at the highly imaginative and charming individualized touches. A cat leaping here, a bird soaring or, a trompe-l’œil tree, a Chat Noir acting as silent […]

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Paris submarine L’Argonaute sailed world’s oceans & set some records. On display at GARNORMOUS kids science center, Cite de Science. Tour the boat, fire torpedoes at your ex-boyfriend! (Ok, kidding…ya gotta pay extra for that). Feel cramped. See periscope, torpedo tubes, conning tower, cramped conditions! Museum nearby.  Sub has (had) but one bathroom and a […]

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How one cool Parisian (cat) stands out from his neighbors. A two-meter tall cat statue sits atop a grave. No dull, drab grays and blacks thanks…a very cool kitty as a way to remember what one persons’ life was all about. Cemetery in the 14th arrondissement has other famous (Simone de Beauvoir, Beckett,André Citroën, Julio […]

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Paris’ last VESPASIENNE (rhymes with Parisian) or ‘outside urinal’ on boul. Arago. This lonely green, slightly rusting hulk is perhaps the last of its breed. Named after the Emperor Vespasian, and dubbed ‘pissotieres’, they were once part of Paris’ response to a city on the go, or rather a city that just had to ‘go’! […]

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The brief, as in nine (9) year Republic of Texas put its first Embassy in Paris,France (the latter was first to recognize it). Words above the swanky Hotel De Vendome doors still attest to this. Paris 1st Arrondissement history.  

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Paris & STUNNING robotic clock, le Défenseur du Temps (Defender of Time). 4 meters high, 1 ton. GENIUS! Impressive automaton that combats the Air, Earth & the Sea. Sometimes all at once. But now lack of funds have stalled his efforts! See moving clock @ http://www.jacques-monestier.com/ Make time! Steps from Centre Pompidou, Anne Frank Garden […]

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Paris & the rising lamp-posts on the Pont du Carrousel. Imaginatively designed to rise & fall, & not block views of the Louvre! Majestic telescoping street lamps (by Art Deco designer R. Sube). While a great plan on paper, it didn’t fare too well in reality. As just prior to the mechanisms being set to […]

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Paris. Marie Curie was unique. As is the Curie Museum. She was the first woman to present a Physics dissertation, double Nobel laureate, first female prof (Sorbonne). She is buried in the Pantheon! Her husband Pierre Curie, daughter, & son-in-law also Nobel Laureates. 5 in one family. The Garden of the Musee is wonderfully quiet […]

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Before ‘Monuments Men’ there was real life Rose Valland who, for four yrs, risked her life daily while working at Paris’ Jeu de Paume (where Nazi’s hoarded their stolen art treasures) under Nazi eyes as they stole and shipped out priceless artworks. Valland, who unknown to the Germans, spoke German, kept logs of what was […]

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Paris used/rare book sellers are almost as famous as our other vibrant masterpiece, the Seine. How they work & the challenges they face are sorta a well kept secret and a true institution. History & more…time for a career change?  As with most great, intriguing French history the Bouquiniste story reaches far back into the […]

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Was out shopping and decided to dart across the so called ‘Love-lock’ bridge, (long standing tradition of lovers attaching locks to the bridge, then kissing and tossing the key into the Seine). I espied this couple in the process of attaching yet one more lock, and decided (as that’s my nature) to investigate.  Was in […]

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FRANCAIS: (English below) Tambour Hang et chants étherés à Notre-Dame de Paris: A l’ombre de Notre-Dame, vous verrez deux jeunes âmes souriantes. L’une chante (Adèle?) l’autre joue sur ce qui semble être un ancien tambour chinois . Mais!!, explique-t-il (interview Hang #2), c’est un instrument moderne, inventé à Berne (2000) et utilisé pour la première […]

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