History

Paris Parks begin Winter Hours

The gardien ending his day at Square Louis XIII - Place des Vosges in the 4th arrondissement of Paris walking toward the statue.

Walking through Square Louis XIII (also known as Place des Vosges), my short cut route was cut short. The route became the long way around! The corner where I usually exit was already locked! And then I heard a hint of why.”Le square ferme. Mesdames, Messieurs et Mesdemoiselles*, le square ferme,” he called out. To my surprise the 7:30 pm closing time was no longer; it was now 5:45 pm! The majority of Paris park changed to winter time when the clocks fell back an hour. …

Exhibit: Viollet-le-Duc, Visions of an Architect

Lady walking in front of the poster for Viollet le Duc exhibit at Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Viollet-le-Duc renovated the crumbling walls and put his imprint on about one hundred French monuments, including Vézelay, Pierrefonds, Notre-Dame de Paris, Carcassonne, Saint-Sernin. At la Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine until March 9, 2015, all of the signage and labels are in French and English. An opportunity for the public to see for the first time a considerable quantity of newly acquired graphic drawings and writing and relate to the public the various facets of this temperamental artist. This retrospective exhibit celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of his birth.

Ironies in Paris-Rue Nicolas Appert, a New History

Nicolas Appert street sign Charlie Hebdo offices

Street names in Paris are one way to discover the history of France. With over 5,000 streets, avenues, boulevards, cul-de-sacs and dead ends the name of the street often has a simply-phrased history beneath the name. An example is rue Nicolas Appert in the eleventh arrondissement. Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner who made pastries and candies, invented the method for conserving food in a tin can and lived between 1749 and 1841. Direct Matin is one of the free metro newspapers in France. They have a section called “Pourquoi…” … about Nicolas Appert’s invention.

Paris Hôtel de Ville Guided Visit

Visit Paris city hall in French. Weekly visits are available for thirty individuals. It is recommended to sign up at least two months in advance. During the summer, visits are held twice a week. More information is available at Salon d’Accueil, 29 rue de Rivoli (4° arrondissement) from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. Their phone number is +33142764343. If you are in a group, call +33142765404. The tours are in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and last one hour.

Wandering around Paris

Woman looking at a map in the Louvre on ThatLou tour for the Paris le nez en l'air story

Wandering around Paris with your nose in the air is the idea behind a website of self-guided walks. Although it might mean you have no particular goal or end in sight, wandering and gazing around, the website with the same name gives a beginning and ending point with lots in between. Paris has plenty of great, guided and personalized walking tours. Many are listed on my Paris Walking Tours page with more ideas on my Tours, Guides, Walks and Wheels .