Paris Stories

Holocaust Memorial

Posted on Aug 27, 2017

Holocaust Memorial

Yesterday on my way to fill my water bottles in Square Lamartine in the 16th, I passed by this memorial in the park. Look carefully at the ages of these children. Oddly enough, I had just read a review of a book that a man (Victor Ripp) wrote and the little boy he wrote about, a family member, is one of the names on this memorial. Alexandre Ripp, 3 years...

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Mini Châteaux Parc in Amboise

Posted on Aug 25, 2017

Mini Châteaux Parc in Amboise

I visited the Mini-Chateaux Park last week with two very fun California ladies.  I had heard of the park but shrugged it off.  And I was wrong to do so!  What an incredible find, even if you have or haven’t seen the real chateaux.  Both Susan and Linda are miniature artists so their fascination in all things small is not surprising.  The park is about 1.5 kilometers of walking, there are 2000 pruned bonsai trees, it took 50 artists/model makers to construct the chateaux and they are...

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A Quiet Day in Versailles

Posted on Aug 25, 2017

A Quiet Day in Versailles

Did you know you can still visit the gardens of Versailles even the Chateau is closed, on Monday?  It’s actually pretty fun and an advantage of the fountains not being on is that you can actually see the statuary.  The restaurants by the Grand Canal are open and you can rent golf carts and bikes or take the little train to move around the grounds.  And maybe the best part of all, is that there aren’t lots of people in your...

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Christian Dior

Posted on Aug 24, 2017

Christian Dior

Recent visit to the Exhibition, Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve. Sublimely beautiful! A little crowded but worth it. Get your ticket in advance online so you don’t wait in line! Through January 7, 2018. Arts&Decoratifs...

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Opera Royal at Versailles

Posted on May 22, 2017

Opera Royal at Versailles

I had the great privelege of attending a performance of Médée by Marc-Antoine Charpentier at the Royal Opera house in the Chateau of Versailles. And not only was it an amazing performance, I was seated in the Loge du Roi! So basically, I’m sitting in Louis XIV’s box watching an opera that was written for him and that he may even have watched from this same seat! How about...

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Celebrating 10 Years in Paris

Posted on Oct 3, 2016

Celebrating 10 Years in Paris

I’ve been in Paris for 10 years now!

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Hey America! We’re OK over here in Paris!

Posted on Jun 17, 2016

Hey America!  We’re OK over here in Paris!

Not much pretty in the news these days it seems.  Here in Paris nor in the United States.  But, I must say, I think the picture being painted is much dire than it is.  We’re OK.  Really.  Come and see me.  And maybe let’s all stop looking at the news!        

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Le Val-de-Grâce Church and Military Health Museum

Posted on Apr 13, 2016

Le Val-de-Grâce Church and Military Health Museum

This incredibly beautiful building was commissioned by Queen Anne d’Autriche in 1645 as thanks to God for her having finally born a son and heir to the throne, Louis XIV, who at the age of 7, laid the first stone. Its initial purpose was as a convent and it remained one until 1795 when it became a military hospital. Today it houses the museum of the history of military health services and a school for military medical training. The hospital itself is in a modern facility to the east of the...

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France and WWII

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

France and WWII

I talk about WWII and the occupation of Paris with my guests who visit.  I do it in a very simplistic way.  I visit memorials and interpret historical markers.  Scholastically speaking, I don’t really know that much about the war. But now, living in a country where they really did feel and see the impact of the war, well, it makes you sit up straight.  I’m sure that American Veterans have this experience as well when they are sent to fight war in other countries.  They see it and...

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Reims and Epernay

Posted on Mar 16, 2016

Reims and Epernay

It’s a quick TGV to get to either Reims or Epernay.  Hard to do both in one day but either one gives you a nice glimpse of the champagne mystique.  Reims is a bigger city with several nice cathedrals and the museum of the surrender which is very interesting if you can squeeze it in.   Epernay is smaller, cleaner and has a couple of well known champagne houses.  I like both.  When I’m in Reims, I usually visit Veuve Clicquot and when in Epernay, I liked the visit at Moet &...

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