Catégorie : History

Ladurée in NYC

Article by Frank Cierpial Montclair State University is on Spring Break this week, so at the time when I would normally be in Advanced Spoken Language, I was on a train into New York Penn Station to find one of Paris’s newest most prized treasures, La maison Ladurée. Read more →

Festival Baroque – Paris

I discovered recently through a friend of Chéri’s that there is a new and first-of-it’s-kind event happening in Paris : a baroque music festival. It immediately caught my attention and I feel it is imperative to share it with my lovely readers! I will be attending at least one concert from the festival, and if you are in Paris from… Read more →

Monuments off the Beaten Path – The Château de Chantilly

Post by contributor Jenny Bailey With so many tourists visiting Paris every year looking for great deals, it’s hard to imagine that there are still some places that are relatively unheard of. Away from some of the more popular attractions, there are however various monuments that are equally as impressive. One of these is the Château de Chantilly – a… Read more →

Saut Hermès – 2012

Recently I was let out of work early to go spend the rest of the day at the Saut Hermès! It was a glorious sunny day in Paris in the middle of March, and life felt like a million dollars. I walked from work to the Grand Palais where the 3 day jumping contest event was being held for the… Read more →

Monuments off the Beaten Path – Église de la Madeleine

Guest post by Jenny Bailey Following on from Part I of monuments off the beaten path, I took a look at another attraction that is less known by most tourists staying in Paris hotels. Dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, L’Église de la Madeleine is a Roman Catholic Church that occupies a commanding position in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Designed… Read more →

Monuments off the Beaten Path – Fontaine des Innocents

Post by Jenny Bailey Whilst world-renowned landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe are well worth visiting, discovering some of the other monuments in Paris that are slightly off the beaten path is just as rewarding. For a fascinating piece of history, tourists staying in Paris hotels near the Les Halles district should check… Read more →

A Quick Guide to Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Post by Jenny Bailey When most people imagine 19th century Paris they usually picture artists in berets painting on easels, or bourgeois thinkers discussing the philosopher Descartes over a glass of red wine. Perhaps the picture in their head is of neither of these things but of impoverished writers sipping on absinthe in a typical Parisian café? Any of these… Read more →

Friday en Français : Bonne Fête La France!

Hier le 14 juillet, la France a fêté son indépendance de l’ancien régime. Mais certains ne savent pas si c’est pour fêter la prise de la Bastille, prison d’État horrible,  le 14 juillet 1789, OU la fête de la Fédération, qui a eu lieu le 14 juillet 1790. La fête de la Fédération célébrait l’union entre la monarchie soumise au… Read more →

Marie Antoinette was here (posthumous)

Square Louis XVIII A pretty little square in the 8th, with a chapelle, where the remains of Louis the XVI and Marie Antoinette were lain for 21 years, until their remains were removed by order of Louis the 18th, January 21st in 1815 to the cathedrale of Saint Denis where most of the other French kings and queens are buried.… Read more →

Tour Saint Jaques

As long as I had been in Paris, the Tour Saint Jaques had been under scaffolding, and hidden by the screens that cover them. I had no idea what was underneath all that white. A complete mystery to me, I heard that it had been under scaffolding since 2001 waiting for the argument over who was to pay for the… Read more →

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