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Human Zoo- A Haunting Past in Paris’ Bois de Vincennes

The disturbing idea of a human zoo really changed my viewpoint of this forgotten garden of the Colonial Exposition. The epitome of racism, the garden hides its sordid history in the corner of the Bois de Vincennes. This place of public exhibition promoted French colonialism. Le jardin d’agronomie tropicale René Dumont ...

We Toured Versailles by Bike and Had a Wonderful Time!

A guided tour of Versailles was not something I ever thought we’d consider. In years past, watching tour groups being rushed here and there with no time to enjoy the sights just didn’t seem appealing to us. But, we love cycling so when we found a guided tour of Versailles by bike, we decided that it might be time to have ...

Paris Bike Rental – Vélib’ Rental Scheme – Vélos in Paris

Paris Bike rental scheme is called Vélib' (velos libre or free bikes)and you'll find these bikes stations everywhere now. Where would you rather be.... enjoying the beauty of Paris above ground, or down in the depths of the metro. The first 30 minutes of your bike rental is free. These bikes are available round the clock and ...

Château de Vincennes – You Don’t Have to Leave Paris to Visit a Château !

Château de Vincennes is easily accessed via the Paris metro – just take the metro line 1 to the end of the line and you will arrive at the Château. After exploring the Château, Bois de Vincennes awaits exploration either on foot or by bike. [caption id="attachment_1183" align="aligncenter" width="474"] Tour du ...

An Emotional Visit to the French Deportation Memorial – a Holocaust Memorial

As I approached the French Deportation Memorial on Ile de la Cité, I felt myself becoming tense.  Over the years, I’ve read many books on the holocaust. From my first encounter of the deportation and holocaust atrocities through the Diary of Anne Frank, I will never forget my mother’s admonishment. We must never forget ...

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Pep’s Umbrellas is a True Paris Treasure Tucked Away in Passage de l’Ancre

Pep’s Umbrellas was the treasure I found when I explored Passage de l’Ancre (Passage of the Anchor)! From the outside, this particular passage looked industrial and bland. But the door was open- who could resist? I'm glad my curiosity got the best of me. If you’ve ever read Alice in Wonderland, then you know how I ...

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Les Papilles is our Favorite Paris Restaurant

Without a doubt, our favorite Paris restaurant is Les Papilles. Although we like to think of ourselves as budget travelers, we always save money for a visit to Les Papilles. This is, after all, Paris that we are talking about! We love the neighborhood bistro feel to Les Papilles and that we are lunching with ...