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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 ...

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 ...