Paris – The Latin Quarter

( Originally Published Early 1900’s ) The uses to which monasteries, convents, and churches were put after the Revolution had driven forth their occupants, were many and varied, but it is worth while to consider the old monastery of the monks of St Bernard : it is on the rue de Pontoise in the 5th […]

Baron Haussmann—urbanist Thoughts On Paris

Men pass along a street and disappear; the houses live on. A street discards its original costume very slowly unless someone comes with a conscious determination to demolish its houses, change its line, and render it “modern.” Fortunately Paris has never had the habit of too long periods of such demolition. But there was once […]

Going Up In Paris

At le Bourget you can do it in an airplane. In the Métro, you can mount without any effort from beneath the earth to a third-story level on the via-ducts. Both these methods are for persons without initiative. The true adventure is to go on foot up all the columns and towers some lighted, some […]

Cemeteries Of Paris

There are twenty-three cemeteries listed in Paris. Many of them can only be explained by the fact that they served the villages which lay outside the city itself. Even Père-Lachaise was outside the wall of 1784. I do not recommend visiting any of them, unless you are curious to see the tombs of the well-known […]

Newspaper Paris

The greater number of newspapers are on the Right Bank. The first newspaper was founded in 1631 by a man who knew that his paper must be supported by the “ads.” He had his office in an attic on the Cité and had his “announcements” (the French still use announces for news-paper advertisements) posted in […]

Literary Paris

Like the Paris of the artists it has few limitations. Publishers, however, are for the most part on the Left Bank, where they have been from time immemorial be-cause of the schools and universities which drew them there. Magazines have their offices here, too. One publisher on the boulevard St Germain, which is lined with […]

Weather Of Paris

It is not the weather but the “Paris Basin” which is to be blamed. If the Seine, in those prehistoric times, had not wandered about and cut down all the softer stone to the present level of its banks; and if the harder stone of the Butte Montmartre, the Butte Chaumont, Belleville, and the rest […]

Walls Of Paris

The first medieval wall built (1180) around Paris made it resemble an egg, with the Seine across its middle like a broad band whose decoration was the Cité. In this diagram the highroad of St Martin divided the Seine and the island pretty equally. When, at the end of one hundred and ninety years, another […]

Paris – The Obelisk Came From Egypt

It had been presented but not delivered by Mohammed Ali, Viceroy of Egypt, to France. And Louis-Philippe, had the doubtful honor of seeking a way to get it to Paris. For it measured seventy-six feet and weighed two hundred and forty tons, and this was 1831, when what few steamers there were in the world […]

Paris – Lavoisier

You will see his monument behind the Madeleine; he has a short street given him, and out on the rue de Chazelles, where he used to have a field for raising potatoes, there stands a house in which one of the most famous builders of bridges has his offices. But if you only study the […]