Category Archives: History

Ce que j’ai lu

I’ve enjoyed some good reads lately that were either in French or that had a francophile angle. Each was a book that I’ve owned for a while. I’m commited to finishing  all my backlog of books before I buy any … Continue reading

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Le Zouave

I’m sure you’ve heard about the tremendous flooding going on in France. Many towns are half-submerged under muddy water and tearful families are taking stock of sodden treasures. In Paris, the Louvre and musée d’Orsay had to close, along with … Continue reading

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France- Normandy D-Day : Sword Beach, Ouistreham and Pegasus Bridge…- 50 photos. — ICI & LA NATURE PICTURESj

The beaches of Normandy are the place where the Allied Forces Landing took place in WWII. More than 60 years after the D Day, the Normand Coast and its seaside resorts are nowadays peaceful but remain deeply rooted in the … Continue reading

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Qu’ils reposent en paix

June 6, 1914 marks the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle to liberate France from Nazi occupation. After the dramatic landing on the Normandy beaches, the Allies continued to battle inch by bloody inch across France. In an effort to … Continue reading

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La chance sourit aux audacieux

A seldom-told story of bravery during the Holocaust was the decision of the rector of the Grand Mosquée de Paris to protect Jews. Si Kaddour Benghabrit provided refuge and certificates of Muslim identity to a small number of Jews to allow … Continue reading

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Right around the corner from our apartment in Paris was a strange little door to nowhere. It made me curious. What was the story behind this battered, graffiti-spattered wooden door. Barely visible above the door, carved into the triangular stone … Continue reading

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Napoléon avait 500 soldats

Our apartment for our Paris sojourn is going to be in the Marais, one of my favorite neighborhoods. And in that neighborhood is the always interesting musée Carnavalet. Until August 8, they are hosting the exhibit Napoléon et Paris. The … Continue reading

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