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Paris Tourist Attractions

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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Le Passe-Muraille

The History behind Le Passe-Muraille Le Passe-Muraille is a short story by Marcel Aymé (1902-1967) which is forever immortalized in a small square on rue Norvins in Paris. Le Passe-Muraille loosely translates as “walk through walls”. The statue in Place Marcel Aymé, which passes through the wall, represents Dutilleul, ...

Alixe Fu's Exhibition in Paris

Alixe Fu’s Exhibition in Paris

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Alixe Fu's  exhibition in Paris as I had actually been headed for the neighborhood outdoor market! I love Paris! You never know what you are going to discover from one day to the next. Having just left Damman Frères Tea shop in Place Vosges, I remembered that I had seen a ...

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Cirque d’Hiver

Approaching the Cirque d’Hiver (Winter Circus) after dark is a breath-taking experience!  The building dates to 1852 and is the world’s oldest circus building still in use.  It was built so that the Cirque d’Été (Summer Circus) which took place every summer under a canvas tent in Paris would have a winter home. If ...

Stravinsky Fountain

Stravinsky Fountain

He may have a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame, but if you’ve ever seen the Stravinsky Fountain in Paris, you know that this monument to Igor Stravinsky is much more impressive than a brass star in the sidewalk! However, if you’re in Los Angeles, you can find Stravinsky’s star in the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard ...

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Flame of Liberty

What do Princess Diana and the Flame of Liberty have in common? Here’s what I discovered. In the tunnel beneath Pont de l’Alma, Paris, Princess Diana died in 1997 in a car crash. Not far from this tunnel is Place de l’Alma where the Flame of Liberty is located. Ten years before the death of Princess Di the ...