Paris Stories

Cats in the Cemetery

Posted on Apr 3, 2017

Cats in the Cemetery

Had a beautiful day yesterday and decided to spend it in my favorite cemeteries!   If started with me tending to my adopted “plot” in Saint Vincent’s and then moving on to Montmartre where there is a colony of feral cats (they are well cared for and managed).  It was fun to sit in various places and listen to the birds sing and crows scream and finding cats “hiding” here and there. You can see my post on...

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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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Giverny

Posted on Mar 15, 2016

Giverny

As with Versailles, there’s lots more to Giverny than Monet’s house and gardens.  Don’t skip those either but give yourself a few extra hours and walk to the other end of town to see the cemetery where he and his family are buried as well as the little church.  And there are many shops and galleries and the museum of impressionists that often has good exhibitions.  And do not miss lunch and a visit to the gardens at Hotel Baudy....

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Versailles

Posted on Mar 15, 2016

Versailles

There’s much more to Versailles than the big over the top chateau.  There’s also the gardens, the two palaces of  Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s estate and hamlet (it’s a working farm).  You should plan to spend your whole day out here.  There are very decent restaurants on site down by the grand canal and you can rent bikes and golf carts to speed things up. But if you’ve visited the chateau already or if you want to modify the day a bit, think about visiting the...

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Georges Clemenceau

Posted on Mar 11, 2016

Georges Clemenceau

I use the metro stop Champs Elysees-Clemenceau all the time and finally, I’m getting around to knowing who exactly is Georges Clemenceau anyway?  Lo and behold, the guy has his own museum, in his former home, located between the Trocadero and Passy metros (Line 6 or 9) on rue Benjamin Franklin.  They have audio guides in English so no excuses for not visiting. This man is worthy of his museum.  He was a medical doctor, journalist and Statesman.  A full and rich life and I think, a very...

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St-Pierre of Montmartre

Posted on Mar 9, 2016

St-Pierre of Montmartre

One of my very favorite little churches in Paris.  It’s been through a lot over the centuries.  Some kind of church has been on this site since the VI century.  Saint Denis is said to have been martyred here and it has since been associated with that event (250 A.D.). It became the church of Saint Pierre in the 1100’s when the site became a Royal Abbey.  It suffered the worst years during the 100 years war (1400s) but in 1534, it was the site of the founding of the Society of...

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