LIBERATION OF #PARIS FROM #NAZI-GERMAN OCCUPATION … 70 YEARS AGO … AUGUST 25 1944 …

  Parisians are beginning to return home from their summer holiday. They are complaining about the overcast Paris sky and having to put on a jumper. (There has been a drop in temperature in Paris and it very much feels as if autumn is here, at least not far away.) However, they are returning to […]

A SHORT STORY … ‘PROOF OF LOVE’ … FOR YOU TO READ … (COPYRIGHT: MARILYN Z. TOMLINS)

BY MARILYN Z. TOMLINS Bella Woolcock died three days ago. This is what the doctor told her sister-in-law. We all know that Bella died more than twenty years ago. The old woman they found in the bedroom of the small, untidy cottage was not Bella. Bella was beautiful and she was never going to grow […]

FIELDS OF GLORY … SURESNES AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL …

Close to Paris, on a hill named Mont Valerien there are 7.5 acres (3.0 hectares) which will forever be America. For 1595 Americans it will also be their earthly home forever. These are service men and women who had died here in Europe of wounds or illness, or at sea, in WW1 and WW2. Of […]

PICASSO MUSEUM IN PARIS … REOPENING … IN OCTOBER …

The wait was long – and it is not over quite yet. But, I am sure, on Saturday, October 25, I am going to say that it was worth waiting for. On that day Paris’s Picasso Museum is to reopen after a five-year closure for renovation. And on that day I will be there! That […]

A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE … TILL #NAPOLéON CALLED HER #JOSEPHINE …

  I will forgive you if you have never heard of Rose Bonaparte. You must though have heard of Josephine Bonaparte. To be exact of Empress Josephine Bonaparte, wife of Emperor Napoléon and thus France’s first ever ‘empress’. So there must be something in a name, because I am sure if this Rose had remained […]

#CAILLEBOTTE PARK … IN #YERRES … A COOL PLACE ON A HOT DAY …

  Are you in Paris and looking for a place for cooling down – and I am not talking of an ice cream parlour – then look no further. I have found such a place for you. It is 23 kms (14 miles) south-east of Paris and the RER D train will get you there […]

THE PARIS PRISON ‘LA SANTé’ … CLOSES …

  In our day and age with crime on the up and more and more prisons being constructed, a prison here in Paris has actually closed. It is La Santé – Maison d’arrêt de la Santé – last of Paris’s intra-muros jails. And along with Fresnes and Fleury-Mérogis one of Paris and its region largests. […]

MY BOOK ‘DIE IN PARIS’ NOW IN YAD VASHEM LIBRARY …

    My book DIE IN PARIS is now in the library of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. They described the book to me as constituting “an important contribution to our library”. I look on this as a great honour. Die in Paris is already in the research sector of Paris’s Shoah Memorial Museum. This too […]

TOWER OF SAINT JACQUES … TOUR SAINT-JACQUES …IN PARIS … OPEN FOR VISITS …

    If you are to visit Paris this summer you will see a high stone edifice in a small park in the very centre of the city. You will think there ought to be some more of it – it ought to be part of something – yet it will stand there all alone: […]

#TOUR-DE-FRANCE 2014 … DETAILS …

In a nutshell: The 2014 race consists of : 22 teams / 9 cyclists per team = 198 cyclists The teams are: Sky (English) AG2R-La Mondiale (French) FDJ (French) Cofidis (French) Bretagne-Séché (French) Europcar (French) Garmin (American) BMC (American) Trek (American) Movistar (Spanish) Katusha (Russian) Tinkoff (Russian) Astana (Kazakhstani) Belkin (Dutch) Cannondale (Italian) Lampre (Italian) […]

#Kalinka #Bamberski … A father revenges the rape and murder of his daughter …

In 2011 I wrote about the ‘#Kalinka #Bamberski Case’ for the US-based true-crime site, #crimemagazine.com. I start the article as follows: In the early hours of the morning little happens in the town of Mulhouse. Mulhouse, of slightly over 110,000 inhabitants, is geographically in eastern France, in the region of Alsace, but it is often […]

HéLèNE #PASTOR … WOJCIECH #JANOWSKI … #MONACO … A SENSATIONAL MURDER …

Hélène Pastor ? Wojciech Janowski ? Monaco? Who among us ‘9 to 5’ folk working to have food on our table have ever heard these names? Monaco, yes, we have all heard of Monaco: the 0.78 sq miles (2.02 sq km) tax-free paradise nestling between France and the Mediterranean. Yes indeed we have heard of […]

My books

-0- DIE IN PARIS – (True crime) – the story of Dr Marcel Petiot, WW 2 French serial killer. BELLA … A FRENCH LIFE – a novel set in Paris and the beautiful Normandy coast of France. BELLA … A FRENCH LIFE – THE COOKBOOK – recipes of the food the characters in the novel […]

FOR THE LOVE OF A POET … A READER’S REVIEW … LIKENED TO DR ZHIVAGO …

I am sure that with every profession there are days when one has thoughts of not continuing. Perhaps this happens more often to writers because writing is a lone and lonely thing to do. Today I have had a wonderful review for my newest novel – For the Love of a Poet. The kind of review that […]

#D-DAY … 70 YEARS ON … WERE THERE ANY GOOD #GERMAN SOLDIERS …?

There is no escaping the fact that in three days – on June 6 – here in France the world (I suppose I can say ‘world’?) will be commemorating D-Day of 1944 when the Allied nations landed on France’s Normandy coast and chased the Germans from French soil which signalled the beginning of the end […]

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MY NEW BOOK

MY NEW BOOK

- For the Love of a Poet - a novel set in the Soviet Union.

BELLA … A FRENCH LIFE

BELLA … A FRENCH LIFE

My new book - a novel:
Bella ... A French Life. Published as an e-book. Paperback in December.

DIE IN PARIS

 DIE IN PARIS

The horrific story of WW2 French serial killer Dr Marcel Petiot, France's most prolific killer.

Bella … A French Life – The Cookbook

Bella … A French Life – The Cookbook

Out now. Do you like good food? Well, why not try some of Bella's recipes?