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Vincent van Gogh … July 30 1890 …buried in Auvers-sur-Oise … 128 years later he still lives …

  Today – July 30 – in the year 1890 – it was a Wednesday – Vincent van Gogh was buried in the village where he had died – Auvers-sur-Oise.  He had died the day before – Monday, Tuesday, July 29, from a gunshot wound. About his death I will say no more.    However, […]

SEXUAL HARASSEMENT IN FRANCE … WHAT OFFENDERS RISK …

It is summer and France is under a heatwave.   All – female, male, thin, fat, beautiful, ugly…  whatever – are wearing shorts or hot pants, the females in very revealing dresses and tops as well. Often when a girl/woman is raped people say: “Look what she was wearing; she was asking for it!” This summer, […]

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 […]

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