History

History

Most people don’t realize that the event marking French Independence Day, known in France as La Fête Nationale, began well before July 14, 1789, and the sacking of the Bastille Fortress. In fact, the...

When the French Revolution is discussed everyone thinks of the Bastille. However, there is a little visited site in Paris where riots began on the 28th of April 1789. It was these...

I’d like to pay tribute to a woman who was not a sign of her time, but a sign of times to come. She was the first woman in France ever to receive...

1860: Napoleon III's competition to design a palatial new Paris opera house In 1860 a little-known 35-year-old architect by the name of Charles Garnier won the competition to build Paris a new opera house.  Launched...

If your home were on fire, what would you take? The photo albums? That’s so 1999. In 2012, you’d just grab a bag of memory chips and DVDs. Jewelry? Sure. But if it weighs...

Sometimes we are drawn to a place because of what we hear about those who lived there. This week we celebrate Women’s Day and, with travel in mind, I thought of the great women...

  Le Jardin du Luxembourg in the heart of Paris is a pure delight any time of the year and is the second largest park in Paris. A thick forest surrounds the back of the...