Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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Vel d’Hiv Roundup of Paris Jews … 75 years ago … and Dr Petiot …

On July 16 and 17 – Sunday and Monday – this year of 2017, France commemorates what was, for the French, the most horrendous episode of WW2. But only after the war had been, had ended, and they thought back to the years from June 1940 to August 1944 when Nazi Germany occupied France, in […]

PARIS POLICE MUSEUM …

 Do you want to spend a really interesting couple of hours in a Paris museum? Of course, you would! Therefore, Paris’s Musée de la Préfecture de Police – the Police Museum – is the place for you. The museum in Paris’s 5th arrondissement (district) looks quite antisocial when standing in front of No. 4 rue […]

Having sex in public in France is against the law …

A young man and woman, both in their early twenties, and both partially clothed, started to make love, lying on the ground in front of the townhall of the town of Cherbourg. It was 8 o’clock in the morning of Sunday, June 25. It being a Sunday there were still few people about. However those […]

PARIS POLICE BREAK UP PROSTITUTE RING …

    The law on prostitution is ambiguous here in France. A woman can take payment for sex, but no other person is to benefit from it. In other words, pimping is illegal. So too is a brothel. So too is paying a woman for sex. In other words, a man caught paying a woman […]

Princess Diana’s death … 20 years ago … The two A’s: Accident or Assassination? …

  This year – Thursday, August 31, 2017 – it will be remembered worldwide that on that day in 1997, twenty years into the past, a Mercedes S280, bearing the number plate 688 LTV 75, smashed into one of the pillars supporting the overpass of a Paris tunnel, the Pont Alma underpass. Nothing unusual about […]

Peace in Paris … Sunday, June 4, 2017 … absolute hell in London …

All hell has broken out in London, yet, Paris this morning of Sunday, June 4, 2017,  is a haven of peace. Probably the way Jesus of Nazareth envisaged a Christian day of rest should be. I walked around Paris’s beautiful Montsouris Park this morning. Lots of couples out in the park with their small children.  […]

Guillotining … the procedure …

  Is there anything more French than the guillotine, you may well ask? As a true crime writer resident in France, I’ve written about this head-chopping apparatus which was first put to work in 1792 and last put to work in 1981, four years after capital punishment had been abolished by a parliamentary vote (1977). […]

Jacques Truphémus … French Painter … Exhibition Caillebotte Property, Yerres …

  You need not hang your head in shame because you have never heard of this artist: Jacques Truphémus. I have not, not until I went to, or rather returned to the Caillebotte Property in the town of Yerres, 23 kms (14 miles) south-east of Paris.  The Caillebotte Property, once the family home of the […]

Jardin des Plantes … When a zoo is a menagerie …

I love zoos. Therefore, I often go walk around in Paris’s two zoos –  Vincennes Zoo and the Jardin des Plantes Zoo. I even have an annual pass for the Vincennes one. You can read what I wrote about the Vincennes Zoo here  The Jardin des Plantes Zoo is different. It is smaller. Very much […]

The French … Most polite people in the world …

The next time you walk in a park in Paris – the Tuileries, Luxembourg, Montsouris, Jardin des Plantes  whichever – you will come to realise how polite the French are. They would not want you to walk on the lawn, or pick the flowers, for example, but they will tell you so in a most […]

MZT painting flowers …

  When I am not writing, or reading what others have written, I paint. No, not walls, but canvases.  Here is a series of paintings I’ve done of flowers: and yes the above ‘Flowers in a teapot’ is also mine.         I do hope you like all of the above. All are […]

RADIO STATIONS IN PARIS …

  Here is a list of Paris’s radio stations according to their popularity. All broadcast 24/24 every day of the week, but night broadcasts are repeats of the day ones. In millions of listeners from January to March 2017: RTL 6,590 up by 5,8% from same period last year France Inter 6,259 up by 10,9% […]

Chemin des Dames … Battle of the Ladies’ Road … and Dr Marcel Petiot …

  Today, April 16, 2017, France commemorates the Battle of the Ladies’ Road – Chemin des Dames. This battle begun on this day of April 16 one hundred years ago had left 40,000 French soldiers – the Bearded Ones (Poilus) – dead or wounded and the town of Craonne destroyed. One of the wounded was […]

Sèvres porcelain … that which makes the difference on the dinner table …

  Don’t ever think that a museum filled with porcelain items will be a bore. The Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique museum is nothing but boring.  In the town of Sèvres, 10.5 kms (6.5 miles) south-west of Paris, I spent a really pleasurable and interesting two hours in the museum recently. I can actually […]

MOST SECRET PLACE IN FRANCE …

    Is it possible to hide something which is 35,000 sq m (376,737 sq f or 8.65 acres) large? In France, it is being done. This most-secret ‘thing’ is hidden away on a terrain of 11.6 hectares (29 acres). And even if I know where this is in France, I won’t tell you: won’t […]

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