A insider video tour of one of Paris’ off the beaten path, semi-hidden urban gems. Square des Peupliers is a fascinating locale basically in the heart of the city, the 13th arrondissement!

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BETWEEN HEAVEN & HELL: ….(This is an update to earlier essay. I recently passed the Passage D’Enfer and couldn’t resist taking a pleasing detour thru its charmed atmosphere, a virtual step back in time. One of the most amazing, and forgiving aspects of Parisian is how many interesting, entertaining and pleasing world-class activities one can […]

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THE CAR THAT IS FRANCE! Seeking French Insight? Ya better know the Iconic 2CV! Abt half the price of a VW beetle when 1st fully available, the skeletal 2 Citroën 2CV only came in grey & was first sold to farmers & doctors. 1st seen in ’38) as the Très Petite Voiture (very small car) […]

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Taxi, Mec? (Cab Buddy?)  For those who know their history, this cab on a Paris street made me laugh and think about….History. September 6th (1914) wasn’t a great day to be in charge of the military protection of Paris. WWI was but a few weeks old and, shockingly, the Huns were threatening from the east…and […]

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How a French Chateau resurfaced in Saskatchewan, Canada! In the 60’s the plucky pilots at Canada’s base near Marville, France wanted a spiffy ‘Mess’ so they bought an old French chateau in Montmedy from the 1600’s, took it apart & completely rebuilt it on the base (omitting 1 blank of wood!..pay attention). PROBLEM: France pulls-out […]

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….and we were off! Armed with freshly brewed coffee in nearly leak-proof cups nestled in our laps and the GPS all GPS’d. Car gassed and scant traffic at a lazy 5am departure time. The clochard (bum) manning the garage exit ramp was dozing as we lurched into the street and nosed the creaky car towards […]

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  French ‘Chateau’ Becomes Officers Mess, then gets Flown to Canada. Those clever Canadian pilots! CLICK ABOVE TO SEE YOU TUBE VIDEO ABOUT THE OFFICERS MESS How a French Chateau resurfaced in Saskatchewan, Canada! In the 1960’s the plucky pilots at Canada’s air force base near Marville, France wanted a spiffy ‘Mess’ so they hunted […]

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