Follow the red line from the sacred to the profane in the town of Saint Denis where there are two types of kings; from the Basilique Saint Denis, the burial place of the kings of France to the Stade de France where the kings of football play.
The metro runs to the foot of the Basilica then there is a red line traced on the sidewalks between these two monuments so you won't get lost in the spaghetti of Saint Denis and the autoroutes. From the Stade de France there are a choice of well marked metros to get you back home or you can continue to walk along the Canal Saint Denis to Porte de la Villette.
Take an audio guide tour of the Basilica and learn about the kings of France, and funerary monuments as well as Gothic architecture. The Basilica is a major work of Gothic art, this church was the first to place a great importance on light, a symbol of divinity. It was designed b…
By Scott Dominic Carpenter author of French Like MoiListen to Scott read City of Light Bulbs
Surprise is the highest form of pleasure, and it’s easier to find than people think. You don’t have to invest your 401(k) in Powerball numbers to enjoy the fruits of unpredictability, or even travel by Amtrak. No, it turns out you can simply move to Paris, where the ordinary so often leads to adventure.
It went like this. Shortly before Anne returned from the States, I finished painting the walls and pushing the furniture back in place. During my final check, I discovered the bedroom lamp had burnt out. This led me to hoof it to the local supermarket, which stocks bulbs of various shapes and sizes.
Only after I returned home with my trophy did I realize my error.
In France, the base of a bulb is called a culot, a word derived from cul, which translates as “ass.” Although ungentlemanly in some contexts, c…
Did you know the French call their national holiday, the 14th of July, NOT Bastille Day?In 2021 the 14th of July Military parade is back, the theme this year is "Winning the future".
There will be lots of folks lining the Champs-Elysées for the event, so bring a mask or better yet for a safer, better view, with commentary watch on TV.
Read more about the day's events on Secrets of Paris.Where to watch the fireworks on the 14th of July fireworks with slightly smaller crowds and a panoramic view Paris west: Pont du Garigliano (as well as many of the other bridges) Paris east: The intersection de la rue Piat and de la rue des Envierges or the Parc de Belleville Paris north: Montmartre Suresnes: Mont Valérien, Terrasse du Fécheray Meudon : Terrasse de l’observatoire Saint-Cloud: Parc de Saint-Cloud, rond-point de la Balustrade also known as La Lanterne The top of the Montparnasse to…