LE #MONT-VALéRIEN … A PLACE OF SADNESS, BUT ALSO OF PRIDE …

I descended from the bus which had brought me from Paris’s district of La Dèfense to the town of Suresnes, 9.3 kms (5.8 miles) west of the capital. The sun was shining ‘brightly’, as the cliché goes, and far down to my left lay Paris, a magnificent picture postcard. But I had not gone to […]

BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY IN FRANCE FOR SALE FOR VERY LITTLE … A BARGAIN …

  I have a dream. You will know who had said the above. Well, do you not also say it? I know I do. If you are dreaming of a house in France, then I am doing you a great favour by telling you that your dream can now become reality. Look at the picture […]

#SAAD-AL-HILLI … #SYLVAIN MOLLIER …5 SEPTEMBER … 2 YEARS & NO ARRESTS …

On Wednesday, September 5, 2012, the Iraqi-born Saad Al-Hilli took his wife, two small daughters and mother-in-law for a drive. Having set off from the camping site in France’s Upper Savoy – Haute Savoie – where the family had been for a while spending a holiday, Mr Al-Hilli pulled his BMW into a lay-by close […]

#FOR-THE-LOVE-OF-A-POET … MY NOVEL … ANOTHER READER LOVES IT …

  It is a wonderful experience when someone has read what you have written and liked it. It is even better when that reader is an author. This week an author reviewed my ‘For the Love of a Poet’ on Amazon and on Goodreads. You can read the review here  on amazon.com and here on amazon.uk and […]

#Princess-Diana … 17 years ago she died …

On the day of Saturday, August 30, 1997, Princess Diana and her lover Dodi Al-Fayed arrived in Paris by plane from Corsica where they had ended their idyllic love cruise. That night – in the first minutes of Sunday, August 31, 1997 the car in which they were rear seat passengers crashed in a tunnel […]

BELLA … BELLA … WHAT’S IN A NAME? …

  English author John Needham has so liked my short story ‘Proof of Love’ that he has written about it on his website. You can read what this fine writer has written about my short story here and where a link will bring you back to this site where you can read the short story in full […]

#PARIS-TOUR-GUIDES … YOU NEED A LICENSE TO BE ONE …

You see them – tour guides – all over Paris and at castles – chateaux – like Versailles, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Malmaison and so on and so on, and museums like the Louvre and even in cathedrals like Notre Dame de Paris. You my sigh when you walk into a room of a chateau or museum […]

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 […]

Page 1 of 3512345...102030...Last »

HOW TO CONTACT ME

Should you wish to contact me you can do so by email: marilyn@marilynztomlins.com

Blog Archive

Translator

If you wish not to miss one of my blogs, do subscribe.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

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?