The spirit of Paris

Jules Renard said:  “Add two letters to Paris and it becomes paradise”. And Paris remains the City of Light… Two thousand years of history have not silenced the ancient city of Lutetia, so endlessly talked, and dreamt, about. As the world’s number one tourist destination, Paris remains a Mecca for lovers. No matter the clichés and the colours – from a kiss in front of the Hôtel de Ville to strolls on the banks of the Seine – our capital is a weaver of dreams. Continue reading The spirit of Paris

The Paris of writers

Paris is an intimate dream, a secret world, an enchanting digression. One the one hand, real city life, pushes forth:  concrete, haughty, drab, and traditional; on the other, the Paris of dreams shines through, the one everybody imagines, that settles in the mind of onlookers, of fleeting tourists. The one that runs through its citizens’ veins. Books about Paris have never been so abundant. Continue reading The Paris of writers

Paris, elder daughter of the church

Initially rich with an abundance of pagan temples, Paris welcomed its first churches in the 4th Century. But it was the arrival of the Merovingians that marked the start of the epidemic. From 500, with conversions all the rage, Clovis covered Paris in religious establishments. Here’s one at the summit of the mountain of Sainte Geneviève dedicated to Peter and Paul. Continue reading Paris, elder daughter of the church

In the time of the Guillotine

Here, we’re going to take a look at the full history of the slicer, but to begin, remember that it’s at 9 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie that it was tested, on sheep. Once it became an official instrument of power, it was first set up in the place du Trône renversé (‘upturned throne’ square; ex-place du Trône and future place de la Nation) to execute robbers of the crown jewels. Continue reading In the time of the Guillotine

The Top Tables on the Grands Boulevards

Whilst the Bourbon Restoration played a part in the success of the restaurant Rocher de Cancale, so dear to Balzac, the July Monarchy, followed by the Second Empire, saw the birth of top tables, principally on the Grands Boulevards. Continue reading The Top Tables on the Grands Boulevards

Paris’ madcap projects

So he could go quickly from one point to another Jules Seguin had no intention of demolishing the streets, but to fly over them. He gave considerable thought to a means of connecting Porte de la Muette to Place de la Concorde… by hot-air balloon! Continue reading Paris’ madcap projects