PARIS NEWS UPDATE: (…add old typewriter SFX) T-minus 8 to EASTER folks! The Paris pâtissier world is in max high gear…(more SFX) ..trucks crammed w/sugar, butter & chocolate rumbling thru the nite..arriving w/NASA-like efficiency…a city girds itself w/ Gandhi’esque sangfroid…kids lick magazine recipes…parents drool…dogs dream…Paris to distribute insulin to all kids 12 and under…”ooooh…the humanity”…. […]

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Paris’ ‘NOTRE DAME DE TRAVAIL’ …a few minutes from Gare Montparnasse is in the 14th. It is, in short, a place of worship built (1902) for the working class. The idea was to have a church which reflected the congregation and where worshipers felt comfortable praying together.   Here’s the cool part: The entire inside is […]

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Le Chemin du Montparnasse, once a vital part of Paris’ Montparnasse art scene, circa early 20th Cent, (just an alleyway, really!) was also –till just recently, home to le Musee du Montparnasse –though now it is shuttered. Le Musee began life as the studio of Russian artist Marie Vassilieff, but after serving as volunteer nurse […]

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Going Postal/Passage D’Enfer Along the aptly named Passage d’Enfer (boulevard Raspail, 14th) is the remnant of the old ‘Royal’ mailing system. It may not be akin to discovering a Coelacanth, but is a cool visual example of Paris’ fading past.  Before the current ‘odd & even’ house numbering system, the first house on a street […]

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Visiting France/Paris? Cool website lists 100’s of FREE outdoor’ish kinda things to do… Hikes, Forests..in French but navigable (esp w/Google Translate). As my rather savvy best friend quips…..“any moron can pay”!  I’m here if you’ve questions.  Have yet to master adding URL in the FLASH box, so please cut & paste! http://www.aev-iledefrance.fr/loisirs-nature/nos-parcours-en-foret  

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MASS GRAVES FOUND BENEATH PARIS SUPERMARKET: SEE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/02/mass-grave-paris-market-monoprixe_n_6786046.html Okay, a tad glib, but if you’ve ever had to wait in a Paris store line, this is what you often envision: the food expiry dates kick in –and a few lives go phhht, before one gets within sighting distance of the cashier.  

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