History

Every city has a unique history and it contributes to the magic of the location and the people.


French Lessons at the Sorbonne

Each year a new flock of foreign students arrive on French soil hoping to unlock the ‘Da Vinci Code’ for speaking French like a Frenchman or French woman. Few of us succeed – but do we ever give up? Never give up! Here is the Class of ’76-’77. Full of […]


Sebastien Chabal – Vercingetorix Reincarnated?

He’s been nicknamed ‘The Cave Man’ but maybe Vercingetorix might not be a bad comparison either. Vercingetorix is known by practically all French school kids as the fearless leader of the Celts (or the Gauls) as the Romans called the Celts In two major battles Vercingetorix faced off with the […]


American Embassy in Paris: Embarrassing Address!

Levi Morton US Ambassador to Paris 1881 So what do you do when you’re invited to set up your legation at a new address in the venerable City of Lights and the address you’re proffered for your legation is, well, a little embarrassing? Such was the situation in 1881 when […]


La Poste, Culturally Speaking

In France, La Poste or The Post Office is much more than just a place to buy stamps. You can also do your banking at the post office, and before the days of mobile phones and phone cards, foreign students used to go to the post office to make their […]


Paris Sculpture & Architecture: Free to View 24/24

Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007 You don’t have to go to a single museum when you’re in Paris. The street is your museum. Walk in Paris’s old neighborhoods like the Marais on Paris’s Right Bank, Metro: St. Paul or the Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis in […]


Hotels with a History

The first time I heard about the Hotel Lutetia was when Eva and Werner Bernstein came to Paris. Werner and Eva met in Rochester, New York. She was a dentist and he showed up in her office just as she was getting ready to finish up for the day. As […]


Confessions of a Montparnasse Model: Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Cite Fleurie Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007 Armand LaCroix in his atelier at Cite Fleurie, 1977 Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007 I’d like to say I did it for art. Or quite simply, to become part of Montparnasse history.The truth is, for students in Paris,finding a summer job […]


Paris’s Piaf: Slice of Post World War I Paris

There are plenty of good reasons to see Olivier Dahan’s film “La Vie en Rose” a biography of singer Edith Piaf. She was born in Paris in 1915. She lived in the Belleville district of Paris (in the northeast which remains to this day a working class neighborhood). If director […]