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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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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The Allée des Justes in the Marais

A street sign which has been taped off and below it another one with a new, intriguing name is not common occurrence in the Marais. A 60 metre section of the rue Grenier sur l‘Eau Continue reading

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The battle for a historically accurate renovation of Hôtel Lambert

In 2007 the Emir of Qatar’s brother, Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani, bought Hôtel Lambert which is situated at the tip of île Saint-Louis from the Rothschild banking family. For the impressive sum of € 80 million Continue reading

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Magic meridian medallions

On the 200th anniversary of his birth, the city of Paris held a contest to design a new Arago memorial. Arago (1786-1853), a famous French astronomer, scientist, humanist Continue reading

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