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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Square Nicolay (17th) …is not only something to behold, but a curiosity in its own right. Firstly, it has the distinction of a Russian pedigree yet, is attached to what my decidedly untrained eye says is an English type garden. Hmmm… 2ndly, it’s not exactly on any well-trod, publicly accessed walkway

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AUDIO PROBLEMS — HAVE A BUG!  PLEASE TRY AGAIN LATER! A DREAM STREET IN PARIS! Here’s a partial glimpse of Paris that’ll make you pack up, buy a ticket & hop the next jet here. (And…don’t forget kitty!) ….And…WHY NOT! Rue des Cite des Fleurs, in the the 17th…is a street ripe with ample charms: […]

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Walking thru a friends garden…past the cabin round back…done it  hundreds of times but, today…I see it. First the colours hit you: those amazing tender, soft, nurturing greens. Only Nature concocts those shades. Then the ‘wonders’ start to form and sprint across your mind:…”how long has it hung there, alone, abandoned…forgotten.. (Years? Decades?) quietly awaiting […]

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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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Paris has just opened Mediatheque Francoise-Sagan…the capitol’s 2nd largest (@ 4K m2). The facility has 77K books & 10K CD’s and other impressive stats and services*. BUT!  The real story for me is its history…long, long ago in the early swirling mists of French history the area where the Mediatheque stands was a farm, ..long […]

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Le COUR D’ALSACE-LORRAINE (12th): Just Another Paris Gem Hiding in Plain Sight! OK, this video is a tad longer than my usual posts, but le Cour d’Alsace-Lorraine simply can’t be covered with any justice in a minute. Named to honor France’s Alsace-Lorraine region, which it lost after picking a fight with Germany –the ill-advised Franco-Prussian […]

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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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NEW FEATURE#2: THE LIVES OF PARIS CARS: A CAR FOR ALL NATIONS—CHANTAL Q&A New Feature BG: Of the innumerable and truly amazing treats available to anyone sauntering along Paris streets, avenues and boulevards is the chance to come upon and appreciate the riveting and often enchanting array of cars and vehicles spanning any number of […]

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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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