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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 ...

Climbing the Tower John without Fear

Climbing the Tower John without Fear (Tour Jean sans Peur) in Paris was one of my more interesting "museum experiences". No, there is nothing "fearful" about climbing the tower despite the title of the post.  The staircase is winding but not difficult and each level of the tower yields a bit of history, thus making each ...

Paris Walks Latin Quarter West

Walking Tour Interactive Map - West of Blvd St Michel On this self-guided Paris Walks Latin Quarter West is a self-guided walk that explores the area to the west of Boulevard Saint Michel. Length:  2.3 km (1.4 miles) Duration: 31 minutes (allow extra time to visit the churches, museum and Panthéon) Map at the bottom ...

Paris Walks Latin Quarter

Walking Tour Interactive Map  -East of Blvd Saint Michel Paris Walks Latin Quarter:  This self-guided walking tour shows you the location of former homes of well-known Paris authors, Oscar Wilde, Jean Racine, Balzac, Jean-Paul Sarte & Simone de Beuvoir and Gertrude Stein. In addition you have the opportunity to ...

Latin Quarter Paris

The Latin Quarter Paris (5th/6th arrondissements) is so called because at one time the university in this district customarily taught in Latin. Robert de Sorbon founded the Collège Sorbonne in 1257. It was a theological college of the University of Paris. The name Sorbonne has, in recent times, become synonymous with the ...

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Hôtels Particuliers

Hôtels Particuliers are private mansions that were once city houses for nobles. Ordinary maisons or houses were built with shared walls to the adjacent houses whereas the mansions were built free standing. There are many of these beautiful hôtel particuliers located in the Marais of Paris (click here to read about them). ...

Paris Marais

The Paris Marais is comprised of two neighborhoods, the 3rd and 4th arrondissements . This triangular area is bordered by rue Saint Martin, the river and Boulevard Richard Lenoir. In French, marais means marsh or swamp which is exactly what the Paris Marais was once upon a time. [caption id="attachment_1200" ...