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13 Nov

Paris, You Sent Your Love to Us for Years, Now We Send Our Love to You

Paris Sights

6 Oct

Exquisite Sights to see in Paris

“Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.”

**Michael Simkins

Museums & Palaces

The Louvre

Palace of Versailles

Rodin Museum

Palais Royale 

Musee D’Cluny

Musée d’Orsay


The Eiffel Tower

Albert Kahn Musée & Jardins

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris


Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre

Opera National de Paris

Sainte Chapelle


Le Marais

Ile de la Cite

Place de la Concorde

Canal Saint Martin

Parc de la Villette

Shopping & Fashion


Triangle d’Or

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Saint-Germain des Prés

Le Bon Marche in Sevres Babylone


JB Guanti, 59 Rue de Rennes

Rue de Rennes

Haussmann Saint-Lazare


Le Marais



Roller Skating

Activités nautiques, Bassin de la Villette, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand


Disneyland Paris - Tic et Tac © DR - OTCP

Disneyland Paris

Evasion Verte 1 - Paris - © OTCP - DR

Evasion Verte

Parc Asterix - Spectacle | 630x405 | © OTCP

Parc Asterix

Poisson clown, Aquarium de la Porte Dorée, Paris © DR


Natural Views

Luxembourg Gardens

Jardin des Tuileries

Bois de Boulogne

Jardin des Plantes

Parc Monceau


Rose Petals Shower the Statue of Liberty

8 Jun

In honor of D-Day and the veterans who could not make it to France for the memorial events, France was gracious enough to send helicopters over a memorial at the US Statue of Liberty. The helicopters poured out one million rose petals.  What an amazing gesture!

The Hundred Years War: A Short Presentation and Handout

19 Mar

This is the helpful handout I passed around. Helps keep things clear(ish)HundredYears War Handout 2.

Great Theatre: Notre Dame de Paris

17 Feb

I recently posted a link to the song “Belle” and some of you asked where the song came from.  It’s from a Parisian play based on Victor Hugo’s classic, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  No it’s not the version you watched as a child. Yes, the make-up is a little excessive. But this is still a truly gorgeous piece of theatre, and I would highly recommend watching it.  

This particular version focuses on the fact that this was a time of increasing emigration into France, where the people were confronting a flood of ever new and different methods of thought; most of which were often seen as a threat to both French culture and the power of the church itself.  These new people brought with them different languages, ideals, morals, and ways of life, which would forever alter the way France viewed itself and the world.  Indeed, it was a change that the entire world was facing.  I think perhaps the first song best describes the setting for the scene in Notre Dame. . . . The year was 1482 and earth sat at the cusp of change.  The Guttenberg Bible came out in the 1450s, and suddenly potentially anyone could have a translated version of the Catholic Holy book.  By 1517, Luther would bring with him the Reformation, and the church as they knew it would never be the same.  There is also strong evidence suggesting that the Church was already losing its sway over believers as new cultures (such as the Gypsies) introduced their own faiths into the mix.  No one can deny that this was a HUGE change for Western culture, and for many one of the greatest changes in their way of life.  And France was sitting on the very horizon of this change in our beloved hunchback’s time.  But it wasn’t just religion that was changing, so was philosophy, science, and the arts.  Remember that before the turn of the century, America would be on the map. This was the time of the Cathedrals:

 Today, the country is quite contented to remain a hub of globalization and a hodgepodge of peoples and faiths. But long ago, that was not the case and this version of the classic story does an excellent job of capturing that movement towards change.  You’ve already heard the love story, and the tale of triumph for the suffering; now listen to the story of a world on the brink of change, and the events that pushed it over.

You can see a translated version via QueenisGod via YouTube.

The Jedburghs: Spies, Espionage, and Sabotage!

29 Jan

Operation Jedburgh:

Spies, Espionage, and Sabotage

WWII was a war unlike any the world had seen before, and not just in the monstrous brutality so viciously enacted in the course of those few years.  There was also the fact that, for the first time in history, this was a war focused upon covert operations and guerrilla warfare.

In other words. . . this was a war of spies.   Continue reading

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