REVIEW: BLOOD ROYAL by Eric Jager

Centered around the brutal and shocking assassination of the Duke of Orleans, brother to the King of France.Returned home one night, he was set upon by a gang of mounted ruffians who bashed in his skull and left him for dead on the cobblestone street of Rue Vieille du Temple. Jager’s retelling of the incident…

Pere LaChaise and Sacre Coeur: Paris

On the outskirts of the city is Pere LaChaise cemetery.  It’s an enormous graveyard and is full of generation of families and famous ex-pats.  There are several notables buried here, including Edith Piaf, Jane Avril, Stephan Grappelli, and Seurat, to name a few.  It would be impossible to find all of these graves, but we…

Of Stairs and Hunchbacks: Paris

Our last day in Paris and the last day of the honeymoon.  We went to Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame first to try to beat the crowds.  There was no one there and we just walked into the church.  It’s quite deceptive — it is beyond enormous inside.   The railing along the…

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