Tag Archives: Paris

French fries in Paris, 1909

I love dipping into that huge treasure chest, Project Gutenberg, and coming up with gemstones from the past: the arresting sentence, the paragraph or vignette illuminating the way things were beneath the radar of great events.  Here is an example: … Continue reading

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An Estonian in Paris

For a rich young Estonian aristocrat, a decorated officer in the victorious allied armies entering Paris in March 1814, the city was clearly a paradise in which he could live life to the full; in his case, very much a … Continue reading

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Paris blogs

As one who loves Paris, I am embarrassed to find that not only did I come to the estimable anonsparis blog rather late, but I didn’t know until recently about another useful site called Paris Secret.  It’s essentially a portal … Continue reading

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Paris Metro station names

Every time I visit Paris, I get a kick out of spotting street names with a particular resonance or mystery about them, such as Rue du Roi de Sicile in the Marais.  But there are plenty of evocative names on … Continue reading

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In praise of French women

An Englishman visiting Paris in 1801 pauses in his description of people and places to insert a prose aria on the intelligence and feeling he has observed in French women.

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Cityscapes

Visiting Paris again for a long weekend, I’m reminded how much I appreciate certain types of cityscape.  Whatever they are, almost all can be found here in the City of Light. That’s why I love it as much as I … Continue reading

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My Paris

Some cities – very few – we know as iconic citadels of our imagination, places of the heart, even if we have never been there: London and New York, of course; Jerusalem, possibly. And then there is Paris.

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