History

Sights, museums, statues and museums aren't simply meant to be seen but also to be understood. Behind them, whether seen or unseen, lies history, famous, infamous, intimate or obscure.

Off-Beat Touring: Paris Hospitals and Medical Museums, Part 2

Part 2 of an article about hospital and medical heritage in Paris, including Louis Pasteur, Marie and Pierre Curie, military medicine and George Orwell.
Love locks, Paris, 2011 (c) Joe Wilkins

Paris Love Locks Sold for Charity

This is for all the lovers out there—at least for those who attached locks to Paris bridges over the Seine and for those who are disappointed that love locks have been banned from the city center. On May 13 bunches of them will be up for auction at Paris's official pawn shop.

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 ...

Sarah’s Key, an interview with film director Gilles Paquet Brenner

Young French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner reflects on his latest film, Sarah’s Key, in an interview conducted by Daniele Thomas Easton on the occasion of...

Seduction, Wealth and the Skirt-Chasers of the Marais

Thirza Vallois recounts tales of seduction and wealth and the skirt-chasers of the Marais, including Victor Hugo, DSK, a duke, a king and a playwright.

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 Reawakening of the Hotel Lutetia: Living Large on the Left Bank

On April 14, 2014, the Hotel Lutetia will close for a three-year renovation. This article, written in early 2013, provides a "before" view of this historical hotel as its owners were seeking a new path to glory that eventually led to its closure for a major overhaul.

Charlotte Corday and the Bathtub Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat

This article about Charlotte Corday and the assassination about Jean-Paul Marat in 1793 contains France Revisited first contest-with-a-prize. Read the article and try to answer the contest questions at the end. Good luck!

Private Paris & France Tours

Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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