Author Archives: Carina Stoop

Train station named after American civil rights activist Rosa Parks

Exactly sixty years and 12 days after refusing to give her seat to a white woman on a bus, a brand new train station named after Rosa Parks opened December 13, 2015. It is a nice symbolic gesture to name … Continue reading

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Paris still alive and kicking: Fluctuat nec mergitur

The Latin phrase FLUCTUAT NEC MERGITUR meaning: IT IS TOSSED BY THE WAVES, BUT DOES NOT SINK, is the ancient motto placed on the city coat of arms of Paris. Continue reading

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The Bièvre: the river that disappeared in Paris

In Nobody’s Boy, Hector Malot already had his Rémi walk along its banks. Victor Hugo also described the Bièvre in his poetry collection Atumn Leaves . These idyllic stories from the 19th century are like echoes of a bygone era. Continue reading

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Rimbaud on a Parisian wall

Since 2012, you can read Arthur Rimbaud’s famous poem Le Bateau Ivre (The Drunken Boat) on a Parisian wall.

After six years of preparation, consultation, campaigning and fundraising, Dutch foundation TEGEN-BEELD from Leiden Continue reading

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Paris discovers community gardening

The colourful wall painting is one of the first things that grabs your intention. Then you discover the trays with tomato plants, Chinese cabbage and chard Continue reading

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Les Berges de Seine: from motorway to chill boulevard

Once again Paris has managed to diddle motorists out of their driving zones. For more than a year the left bank motorway of the Seine has been transformed into a domain for hikers and bikers: a 2.3 kilometer long promenade, called Les Berges Continue reading

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The concierge at Rue de Grenelle 7

Her name is Renee and she works at a swanky apartment building in the 6th arrondissement Continue reading

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Water network from 1860 ensures clean streets

Every day, Paris consumes about 170,000 m³ of non-potable water through a system from the period of Haussmann’s city improvements Continue reading

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Women in cheese

They are called Marie, Marie-Anne as well as Sanae and Betty. These are names of professional women in the fascinating world of cheese: the so-called fromagers-affineurs Continue reading

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Montaigne’s magic

Who can help you go through your exams with relative ease? For years now, Parisian students think they know it. Opposite the Sorbonne, the oldest university in Paris, the bronze statue of writer-philosopher Michel de Montaigne Continue reading

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