History

History

Who was Vidocq? Many cultures have legendary criminal heroes: America has the Western outlaw and Al Capone, Latin America the drug lord, Britain has Robin Hood, Japan the yakuza gangster, Greece the 19th century...

It’s hard to believe that January 20th marks the one-year anniversary of Paul Bocuse’s passing. Is it possible that it’s already been one whole year since this monument of French cuisine left us? But...

If you will be spending the first weeks of January in Paris, escape the winter chill and make sure you catch these two amazing Picasso exhibits before they close. Picasso arrived with his friend and...

Jazz fanatics may be less interested in hunting for bargains in the famed Marché aux Puces in Clignancourt than in searching out La Chope des Puces where Django Reinhardt played and gave birth to...

Hidden passageways and underground treasures… Bien sûr there are still secrets in Paris! Just recently, the spotlight has fallen on a forgotten crypt, hidden beneath a parking garage in the 5th arrondissement. Le Parisien...

To coincide with the Musée d'Orsay's hugely popular exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso's blue and rose periods, we dive into the great artist's time in Paris... In 1901, Picasso’s Blue Period coincided with the death of...

The unique charm of Paris is based upon its savoir-vivre, that je ne sais quoi... the indescribable, yet completely recognizable, way of life which has become embedded in our subconscious. To “think Paris”, as the...

In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, I’d like to share a few of my favorite patriotic music sheets, scored at the flea markets. We’ll also pay homage to the Tin Pan...

From the day it was completed in 1889 as the entrance to the World’s Fair, the Iron Lady showcases the beating heart of the city. “I ought to be jealous of the Tower, she is...

Celebrating cooler weather and fresh starts, let’s take the plunge and re-charge the batteries with five slightly bizarre bathtub tales from the City of Light. And why not? As my indomitable grandmother used to say,...

An interesting fact about Paris church organs: I read recently that out of the 150 churches and 50 convents in Paris in 1789, 130 of them vanished as a result of the “tsunami” that...

For fifty years Parisian cultural life centered on the writer Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. Known simply as Colette, her name was one of the most famous in France. At her death in 1954, Colette’s fame was...