Category Archives: History

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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Vétuste

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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Qui ne continue pas à apprendre

I have a 3 x 5 card on my desk at school with a quotation by Gaston Bachelard that says, “Qui ne continue pas à apprendre est indigne d’enseigner” (key nuh kohn-tin-u pah ah ap-ren-druh et an-dean-yuh dohn-sen-yay), which means … Continue reading

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Un Aide-mémoire

The exhibit that I liked the best while I was in Paris this summer was Paris Libéré, Paris Photographie, Paris Exhibé at the musée Carnavalet in the Marais. Although it’s particularly pertinent right now, as Paris was liberated 70 years … Continue reading

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Au destin

When I get to Paris in June, I’ll be just on time to see Joséphine at the musée du Luxembourg. The former Empress of France was an interesting woman. Born on the island of Martinique to a family of sugarcane planters, Joséphine … Continue reading

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