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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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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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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Into the seemingly endless vault of lividity which sadly passes for Paris skies these dark, dreary days, comes the chance encounter with a throbbing, pulsating burst of brightness!  It is the Sun!  And despite being horrifically late for a  meeting, I decided to stop and grab a few frames (proof, in case my fellow reprobates […]

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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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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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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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A French daily, Le Parisien, has written that Clément Ader was the first man to fly (on Oct 9th 1890, 13 yrs before Wilbur & Orville). His plane hangs in Paris’ Musée des Arts et Métiers. The flight was only centimeters high, and but 50 meters in length. So, who knows? (OK, seriously, as an […]

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