The Morrison Hotel Mystery
The death of Jim Morrison is not the only mystery in the Rue Beautreillis. On this street where the leader of The Doors spent the last few months of his life and where he (probably) died, another door stands curiously alone. But what is it?
The last bastion standing
Today only one significant element of the city’s 19th century fortifications remains standing. Where is the Bastion n°1 and what purpose does it serve today?
The World's Oldest Surviving Basketball Court
How did a game invented by the YMCA in America cross the Atlantic in the late 19th century, and why has this Paris court survived so long?
Monday, 29 December 2014
Although I would have been happy to see these posts in the top 5, in several respects the trio below really do represent what I appreciate most about running this blog; discovering new places, doing some detective work and meeting people. All I wish for in the future is that I continue to find these things.
Here then are my three favourite posts, in no particular order...
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
If the production has dried up, I am nevertheless pleased to see that three of these five posts are in the all-time top 10 on the blog. The subjects are scarcer and take a little bit longer to appear, but I’m glad that they still interest you, my reader.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Friday, 7 November 2014
Friday, 17 October 2014
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Picking up the postcards, it was the name that attracted me first. Elisabethville. There had to be a story behind such a name, but the photos on the cards provided few clues. Clearly the town was a recent one, with the postcards highlighting municipal architecture, apparently from the 1960s. Why did the postcard manufacturers choose to promote a town hall annex and an indoor market? Was there anything else in this town?
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Meanwhile, in a unique and incredible museum a few streets from here, it is the rain that is causing headaches. The microclimate over the 10th arrondissement is a little menacing at the moment...
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Sitting opposite on the other side of the Boulevard Victor, separated by the neat green carpet of the tramway, is another building that is almost military in form. Around 50 metres long - but only 10 metres wide at its broadest point (barely more than 2 metres at its narrowest) - this nautical looking structure though has no connection to its combative neighbour. This is perhaps architect Pierre Patout's finest moment, and a piece of design history that you could today own - if you have €2 million to spare.
Friday, 2 May 2014
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Friday, 4 April 2014
I grew quite attached to that gorilla. But then it wasn’t just any gorilla, it was a Zoo Project creation.
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Here I briefly review the book and speak to its author about some of the issues she raises.
Friday, 14 March 2014
Friday, 28 February 2014
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Way back in 2008, when this blog was a mere tot, I tried to launch a miniature visual database of disused and transformed cinemas in Paris. One that I missed back then though is perhaps one of the most interesting of all – the Victor Hugo Pathé – which was a special location for several reasons.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Friday, 10 January 2014
The Villa des Ternes in Paris's 17th arrondissement is a neat warren of tree-lined roads and imposing buildings dating back to the 19th century. It was originally situated outside of Paris, in the grounds of a chateau that once stood nearby, but little by little the city has crept up around its edges. Nevertheless, it remains private, and the gates at its limits are still firmly locked to outsiders.