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Floating Metro to Arrive in Paris in 2013

Parisians will soon be able to take a boat to work, while visitors can navigate their way through the city by cruising along the...

Radiating from Paris: Our Glorious Ladies of Gothic Architecture (Part II: Reims, Amiens, Practical...

France Revisited pays homage to that great Gothic monument at the center of the capital and to four other Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedrals within 100 miles of Paris in a two-part article. Part II below concerns Notre-Dames of Reims and Amiens and includes practical tips for visiting all five. Part I concerns Notre-Dames of Paris, Laon and Chartres.

Jewish Paris: The Deportation Memorial, the Shoah Memorial and the Holocaust Center

Jewish quarters come and go, but anti-Semitism never goes out of fashion. Most recently in France there’s been a growing attraction of the “quenelle,” a down-turned Nazi salute now understood by most to be an anti-Semitic, anti-establishment gesture. It has gained favor among individuals and groups who ...

Vice & Versailles: A Master Gardener Delves Into the Dark Shadows of the Louis...

As head gardener of Versailles Alain Baraton is responsible for restoring and maintaining the majesty of the backyard of kings, but he appears to relish in declaring that “Versailles was a great shop of horrors.” In the book "Vice et Versailles" Baraton leads readers into the dark side of the great palace.

Ville Impériale (Imperial City), a New Trademark, Promotes Napoleonic Tourism

The European Federation of Napoleonic Cities, created by Charles Napoleon, launches the trademark and logo “Ville Impériale” (Imperial City) in the town of Rueil-Malmaison, home to Josephine's Chateau de Malmaison.

The March Equinox at Saint Sulpice Church

The March equinox, also known as the vernal or spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, occurred today. That’s the moment when the sun is...

European Heritage Days: “Paris Historique” decries destruction of historical buildings

The architectural heritage of France—local, regional, national, European—is part of what makes this the world’s number one tourist destination and what makes Paris such as magnificent walking city. But should that architectural heritage be maintained at all cost?

Radiating from Paris: Our Glorious Ladies of Gothic Architecture (Part I: Paris, Laon, Chartres)

As Paris prepares the jubilee celebration honoring the 850th anniversary of the beginning of construction of Notre-Dame Cathedral in 1163, France Revisited pays homage to that great Gothic monument at the center of the capital and to four other Notre-Dame Cathedrals within 100 miles of Paris. This is a two-part article. Part I below concerns Notre-Dames of Paris, Laon and Chartres. Part II concerns Notre-Dames of Reims and Amiens and includes practical tips for visiting all five.

Defining Expatriates: American Women Between the World Wars

When does an American stop being a long-term resident of Paris and become an expatriate? The answer depends on both the subject and the...

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