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Honoré de Balzac’s house in Paris … If you love his books, you should visit this house …

At No. 47 Rue Raynouard in Paris’s chic 16th district (arrondissement), there is a house, one not very large or grand, but which all the same left me in silent awe. This house is where French writer Honoré de Balzac, had lived. I visited the house, today a museum – the Maison de Balzac – […]

 WW2 FRENCH SERIAL KILLER DR MARCEL PETIOT … LE DOCTEUR PETIOT …

    From 1940 to 1944, the Second World War raging, Frenchman Marcel Petiot, to all appearances a kind family doctor – and loving husband and father – was killing people in Paris. The Nazis’ killing spree having acted as background, and indeed offering protection, for his killings, he, at the start of 1944, it […]

Aveline Museum in the Paris suburb of Saint-Cloud … little known but beautiful …

The Aveline Museum must be the most difficult museum to get to in France: certainly, the most difficult to get to in the Paris region known as the Ile de France. I visited this museum for the first time on Thursday, May 17 this year (2018), and believe me, I nearly did not get to […]

FRANCE HONOURING THE AMERICAN SHERMAN TANK …

    One would say that there is not much to the town of Bourg-la-Reine, and there is not.   However, almost every day tourists turn up: many Americans or British, but a fair number of Germans too. So, why?  Why do so many foreigners come to this town? The answer: a Sherman tank. A M4 […]

THE DOGGY BAG ARRIVES IN PARIS …

You are sitting down in a Paris restaurant, and you are hungrily waiting for your order to be served.  You have ordered Blanquet de Veau – a delicately-flavoured veal stew. And here comes the waiter, and when he puts the plate of food down on the table in front of you, you nearly faint. It […]

Saint Geneviève … PATRON SAINT OF PARIS & NANTERRE … AND HEALER …

As far as miraculous healing is concerned, Saint Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes and Saint Catherine Labouré of Paris come to mind. Both had had visions of the Virgin: the Virgin having spoken to them too. Bernadette was fourteen at the time and a shepherd; Catherine, twenty-four and a nun. The visions had appeared to the two […]

COST OF DYING IN FRANCE …

Thinking of moving to France?   With a pending BREXIT many Brits are indeed thinking of doing so. Well, do you know what it costs to die in France? Here is a list: Cremation: € 650 – Coffin in beech wood (undertakers are quite straightforward when it comes to cremation by advising that an expensive coffin […]

Coming to Paris on vacation? … April, May and June public transport strike dates …

For various changes President Macron is planning for France’s State-owned and controlled SNCF – Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer – railroad company, the rail unions, dissatisfied, have called its workers off on strike. At first the plan was for a month’s strike – all of 30 consecutive days – but it has now been […]

‘Die in Paris’ … new review on amazon …

 Got this review of my true-crime DIE IN PARIS.    John in Pariswrote a review 2018-02-15 KILLER DOCTOR. TRUE CRIME. TRUE HORROR. Marilyn Z. Tomlins’, ‘Die in Paris’, the story of France’s most prolific serial killer – Dr Marcel Petiot – was an Xmas present from somebody who knows I like page-turning thrillers. The choice […]

PARIS’S NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL VICTIM OF ITS SUCCESS … ITS BEAUTY …

Parisians are not known for  being welcoming to tourists. We, who live here in this capital of France, think there are too many of them: contrary to those in charge of the State’s coffers who love the tourists, and never fail to point out that France is the country which receives the highest number of […]

Raven Crest Books … My publishers …

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PARIS METRO … SOME UNSAFE STATIONS … BECAUSE OF DRUG TAKING …

You would have reached this website because you are a visitor to Paris and you will be using the métro to get about in and around the city. First on your mind will be the question: Will it be safe? Yes, it is, but for two lines:  4 and 12. Not that I am now […]

Saint Julien le Pauvre Church in Paris … beautiful …

I came to this church quite by chance, so now I am trying to ensure that you know of its existence and will go and see it. It was just before Christmas 2017 and a friend and I were walking around Paris’s Left Bank. We had a few minutes earlier fled from the crowds gathering […]

Dupont de Ligonnès Family Murder from 2011 … remains unsolved … UPDATE

In 2011 the murder of a woman and her four teenage children – and of the family’s two Labradors – shook France. The woman’s husband, father of three of the children, was nowhere to be found. Today, almost seven years ago, he, the presumed killer, is still nowhere to be found which makes the case […]

Maroilles Cheese … Best on earth …

Undoubtedly, you have heard of – eaten – France’s camembert cheese. And France’s Roquefort cheese. However, what about France’s Maroilles cheese? No! Then you are missing a real treat, because take it from me, Maroilles is France’s nicest cheese: not only France’s nicest cheese, but the nicest cheese in all the World. The cheese was […]

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French translation of my novel - For the Love of a Poet

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