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Vestiges of the Past

Parc Monceau – a bit of England in Paris

Parc Monceau is a lovely little park in the 8th arrondissement. Slightly more than one-third the size of Luxembourg Gardens which was built to resemble the Florence gardens of Catherine de Médicis' childhood, Parc Monceau is an English style garden.  This park has a less structured feel than the Luxembourg Gardens and I was ...

Vestiges of Vanishing Vespasiennes in Paris

The Vanishing Vespasiennes certainly has a catching ring to it, doesn’t it? Whether it be a boîte à sable, or a Vespasienne, when something is on the verge of disappearing, I just have to document it. Hence, my search for the last Vespasienne in Paris. Curiosity alone was enough to intrigue my husband so we arranged our ...

boîtes à sable

Boîtes à Sable

When I discovered that there were so few boîtes à sable  (boxes with sand) remaining in Paris, I had to find them……. Or at least one of them! These boîtes à sable are remnants of Paris’ past, dating from the nineteenth century. Beautiful cast iron boxes, boîtes,  were used at one time to hold the sand, sable, ...

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Come with me as we wander Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery. The 4 hours we spent in Père Lachaise was such a peaceful respite from the site-seeing we had been doing. The beautiful paths and shady trees encourage you to meander and refresh yourself. It is the most beautiful place and so different from traditional cemeteries ...