History

History
Paul Sérusier - The Talisman

It may seem a stretch to imagine that a small, unfinished landscape, painted on the lid of a cigar box during summer vacation, would end up in the Musée d’Orsay. And yet that’s just...
Boule de Moulins Stamp

It was Plato who suggested that ‘necessity is the mother of invention.’ Parisians trapped by the Siege of 1870 certainly took this epithet to their hearts. As we discussed in the first article on...
Boulangerie

Since Roman times the area known as the Beauce Plain, a flat, fertile, treeless expanse of open country southwest of Paris served as the granary for this burgeoning metropolis.  The life and longevity of...

It's now been over 90 years since a single French soldier slain on the battlefield of the first World War but whose name and origin remained unknown, was buried on November 11, 1920, under...

How can the world forget the tragedy of the Great War?It is difficult to realize that the thousands of young people who went to France to defend the world against the German onslaught are...

At the end of the 19th century, a band of iconoclasts burst upon the Parisian scene and set the city aflame with their artistic vision. The movement was short-lived, but it would change the...

Wallace Fountains: the name given to the forest green water points found in most squares in Paris. Despite being an iconic part of the Parisian cityscape and something we most probably pass everyday, few...

Albert Einstein said,"The world is a dangerous place, not because of the people who see evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." Oradour-sur-Glane was a thriving community tucked into the...

When it comes to revolutionary writers, the French have many claims to fame. Very few look as chic, handsome and, well, French, as the philosopher and novelist Albert Camus. He’s a kind of an...

I often think back of the years, growing up, when much of the news was about France during WWII.We cannot forget the crying bystanders watching the German soldiers entering the city, and later,...

King Henri IV of France was a man of courage and foresight who, more than 400 years ago, saved his country from pious quarrels and taught the French to enjoy life rather than slaughter...

Napoleon III’s ill judged attack on Prussia led to one of the most humiliating defeats in France’s history, and saw the city surrounded and isolated, with no chance of escape. The Siege of Paris...