Guide To France’s Château de Coucy

Once more unto the breach! I have to tell you all about visiting the Chateau Coucy, a must see ruin not too far from Paris. Chateau Coucy is a 13th century French castle in the Picardy region of France. It was once the grandest defensive fortification in France. It’s a perfect day trip from Paris … Read more

Guide To Paris’ Trendy South Pigalle Neighborhood

“Je n’invente rien, je redécouvre.” (“I invent nothing, I rediscover.”) — August Rodin Here’s my complete guide to visiting the South Pigalle neighborhood of Paris’ 9th arrondissement. It takes you to must see sites and tells you the best things to do, see, and eat. South Pigalle used to be a rather naughty neighborhood. But … Read more

Genius Interrupted and Resurrected: Guide To Camille Claudel’s Famous Sculptures

“The events of my life would fill more than a novel … I live in a world so curious, so strange. Of the dream that was my life, this is the nightmare.” — Camille Claudel to Eugène Blot, Montdevergues Asylum, 1935 Here’s my guide to the life and famous sculptures of French artist Camille Claudel. I’ve … Read more

The Best Painting in the Louvre in Paris: Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa

“The truly gifted individual does not fear obstacles, because he knows that he can surmount them; indeed they often are an additional asset; the fever they are able to excite in his soul is not lost; it even often becomes the cause of the most astonishing productions.” — Théodore Gericault Here’s my guide to seeing … Read more

Guide To Paris’ Swoonful Musée de la Vie Romantique in the 9th Arrondissement

Here’s my guide to the Musée de la Vie Romantique, a romantic museum in the romantic Nouvelle Athens area of Paris. It’s one of Paris’ best small museums and it’s dedicated to Romanticism. In the lexicon of swoonful museums names, the Musée de la Vie Romantique wins top prize. Just saying the name out loud … Read more

Inside Les Invalides and the Army Museum: A “Dudes” Museum in Paris

If you’re a lover of French history or antique weapons, then Les Invalides and Paris’ Musée de l’Armée is a must see site in Paris. Or if you’re a dude. Apparently, dudes love the place. As I walked in, I overheard a group of friends chatting about the museum. One woman remarked, “it’s a dude’s … Read more