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Week 18: The troublesome centenary of Napoleon's death

100 years ago this week: Week 18Paris is marking the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon this year with low-key exhibitions and sober colour supplements. 100 years ago however, the centenary was far more controversial. Given ongoing tensions with Germany, was it appropriate to celebrate the life of an imperialist and one of history's biggest warmongers? If opinions differed wildly in the press, [Author: Adam]
Tags: Travel, Germany, Napoleon, Adam

Week 18: the troublesome centenary of Napoleon's death

100 years ago this week: Week 18Paris is marking the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon this year with low-key exhibitions and sober colour supplements. 100 years ago however, the centenary was far more controversial. Given ongoing tensions with Germany, was it appropriate to celebrate the life of an imperialist and one of history's biggest warmongers? If opinions differed wildly in the press, [Author: Adam]
Tags: Travel, Germany, Napoleon, Adam

Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month, May 2021: Book Giveaway- Paris, City of Dreams

CORRECTION: Last Friday I posted that June 19 is when Americans will be able to visit France again, it's actually June 9. My apologies. My friend gifted me this wonderful and fascinating book, Paris, City of Dreams: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Creation of Paris, and I am passing it on to you.   Acclaimed historian Mary McAuliffe vividly recaptures the Paris of Napoleon III, Claude Monet, and Victor Hugo as Georges Haussmann tore down and rebuilt Paris into the beautiful Ci...
Tags: Travel, Usa, France, Germany, Paris, Napoleon, McAuliffe, Victor Hugo, Claude Monet, Charles Baudelaire, Haussmann, Napoleon III, Richard Nahem, Paris City, Rosemary Flannery, Mary McAuliffe


I went to the Jardin des Plantes here in Paris to have a look at what is flowering there right now. As I am always saying, it was a beautiful day. I seldom get out on gray days. This sculpture was out front. That’s some alligator! A very tall tree starting to leaf. I think this was a type of magnolia tree but the bloom were a creamy yellow. I was going to get a photo of this gorgeous tree without any people but I decided to leave them in to show how huge the tree was. T...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Hawaii, Corsica, Sculpture, Paris, Italy, Sardinia, Napoleon, Blossoms, Jardin des Plantes, Cherry Trees, Magnolia Tree, Sardenia

Fun Facts About Italy: Interesting Things You May Not Know

Have you ever wondered what makes Italy such a unique country? Here are a few fun facts about Italy you may not know. Starting from its nickname, Bel Paese, meaning “beautiful country”.  If you’re traveling to Italy for the first time, or are just curious about the country, there are interesting fun facts you may not know. Where does the name “Italy” come from? The name “Italia” derives from the Greek “Italos”, which means calf. It was originally given to the region of Calabria by Greek coloni...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Milan, Rome, Unesco, Ferrari, Ducati, Italy, Vatican, Vatican City, Venice, Florence, Dolomites, Mediterranean, San Marino, Bologna

Rising from the Ashes - The 25th Anniversary of the Teatro La Fenice Fire in Venice

Teatro La Fenice New Year's Day 2021 - Photo: Ufficio Stampa (Venice, Italy) Twenty-five years ago today, the world watched in horror and disbelief as Venice's beloved opera house, Teatro La Fenice, burned to the ground. But true to its name, La Fenice -- The Phoenix -- rose from its ashes. During the pandemic, La Fenice has delighted the planet once again with its innovative livestreams, enriching our spirits and uniting the community as we applaud with emojis while confined insid...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Venice, Benjamin Britten, Napoleon, Verdi, Phoenix, Wagner, La Traviata, Maria Callas, Agrigento, Teatro La Fenice, La Fenice, Republic of Venice, Claudio Monteverdi

Look Up

On a walk in the 6th arrondissement of Paris on a search for more of those Space Invader mosaics/street art and found a few other things. Someone put this tile snake around the street sign. Cute. A bird on the street called Swallow Street in English. I used to see these all around Paris but haven’t recently. The artist puts plaster over his face to make these. We found Napoleon on Rue Bonaparte. A photo of some poinsettias in my apartment looking pretty in the s...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Napoleon, Poinsettia, Rue Bonaparte, Mosaic Street Art

Ca' Scarpa, a new exhibition space in Treviso, celebrates Venetian architects Carlo Scarpa & his son, Tobia

Entrance to Ca' Scarpa - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) A new exhibition space opens in Treviso celebrating the great Venetian architects, Carlo Scarpa, and his son, Tobia. The ancient church of Santa Maria Nova was suppressed under Napoleon, then went on to be used as a print warehouse for the Finance Authority. Thanks to Luciano Benetton, one of the co-founders of the Benetton Group, it was recently acquired by Edizione Property, and transformed into a spacious, contemporary cult...
Tags: Travel, Scarpa, Italy, Venice, Treviso, Gardens, Napoleon, Cappadocia, Venice Italy, Tobia, Tobia Scarpa, Valle, Cappadocia Turkey, Luciano Benetton, Rose Valley, Università

Behind the Paris Street Signs-Series 2, 16th Arrondissment

Did you like the first series in July of Behind the Paris Street Signs?   Here’s group two of the series. I’ve been spending time in the 16th arrondissement and spotted many signs with musicians, composers, and singers, so that’s the theme for this series. Alée Maria Callas I’m sure you know who Maria Callas is, but if you don’t, she was one of the great opera singers of the mid-20th century. Born Maria Anna Cecilia Sofia Kalogeropoulos  in New York City in 1923, of Greek immigra...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Greece, France, Berlin, New York City, Rome, Prague, Munich, Paris, Italy, John, Naples, Napoleon, Verdi, Mozart

Not Here

I am not in Paris right now, or even France. I am in Arizona getting my Mom set up in a new house. Her senior living place was getting cases of Covid and the staff couldn’t have much interaction with her so this seemed best. Fingers crossed. So, I have decided to make posts using photos I’ve never used or really old photos. The area my Mom is in does not make me want to take photos. The sun shining through the pyramid at the Louvre Museum. A look into a room at the Louvre where I bel...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, France, Paris, Arizona, Napoleon, Louvre, Da Vinci, Louvre Museum, Pyramid, DaVinci, COVID

Get 1% Better Every Day: The Kaizen Way to Self-Improvement

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in August 2015. It’s happened to all of us. You have a “come to Jesus” moment and decide you need to make changes in your life. Maybe you need to drop a few pounds (or more), want to pay off some debt, or desperately long to quit wasting time on the internet. So you start planni...
Tags: Japan, Featured, Life, Germany, America, Jesus, Toyota, Benjamin Franklin, Grand Canyon, Kaizen, Personal Development, Machu Picchu, Napoleon, Napoleon Hill, Jeff Olson, Rory Vaden

Off the Beaten Trail

A friend recommended a place to eat in what was once the Jewish Ghetto where Jews were forced to live until Napoleon conquered Venice and gave them the freedom to live where they chose as well as being allowed to build synagogues. I’ve been here before and don’t find it especially interesting compared to the rest of Venice but set out to try a new place called Gom Gom, a kosher Jewish restaurant, which turned out to be very good. An image seen in a window of an art gallery of a wedding in a...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Canal, Venice, Napoleon, Stefano, Madona, Saint Mark Square, Jewish Ghetto, St Stefano church

New Series: Behind the Paris Street Signs, Le Marais

While walking the streets of Paris have you ever noticed the blue street signs that sometimes are named after someone, and there’s a line or two describing who they are?   I’ve always been intrigued by the people listed on the signs, and thought someday, one day I would further research \them. After 15 years of living here, I finally decided to hunker down and actually do the research. This is the first entry in my new series Behind the Paris Street Signs. Each time I will write about ...
Tags: Travel, France, Germany, Israel, History, Paris, Kafka, Antoine, Waterloo, Napoleon, Marais, Les Halles, Benjamin, Levant, Place des Vosges, Carnavalet

Bottega Cini - New Concept Store in Venice Celebrates Excellence

Bottega Cini - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Bottega Cini, a new type of museum shop in Venice, is a cause for celebration. It is refreshing to witness the opening of a store that fits so perfectly into the local community, mixing commerce and traditional Venetian culture, positioned in just the right zone. Located directly in front of Palazzo Cini at San Vio in the Dorsoduro district of Venice, it is sure to attract both locals and travelers who visit the Accademia Galleries, the Pala...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Raphael, Venice, Cannes, Bologna, Napoleon, Agrippa, Linea, Andrea, Marco, Bauer, Sabin, Vittorio, Giovanni, Marisa

The Art Of Being Persian

It is sunset and I am standing on the top of one of the Towers of Silence — a massive rock citadel where the Zoroastrians once laid out their dead for the vultures, to avoid contaminating the air with cremation, or the earth with burial. Article by Samira Ahmed | Financial Times I look down on the desert city of Yazd, in the heart of the Iranian plateau. The adobe-walled settlement glows at dusk, brimming with life. There are hidden cafés down the winding streets, where university ...
Tags: New York, California, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Life, China, India, US, Iran, Earth, Bbc, Unesco, Marco Polo, Tehran, Shakespeare, Donald Trump

Another Look

So far our walks are starting in the same place-at the Musee d’Orsay. I was early meeting our friend so I went into the Tuleries Garden again. A look at one of the smaller ponds. A statue with a dog and some pretty clouds. I’ve never noticed this green scarf behind the sculptures on the Louvre. Seeing the Pyramid at the Louvre through the arch of the Arch de Triumph built by Napoleon, as was the large on on the Champs Elysees. And the Pyramid itself. An op...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Napoleon, Musée, Louvre Museum, Pyramid, Terrace, Tuleries Garden

What Should We Be Doing? | By Benoit Gateau-Cumin

Napoleon used to say an army is guided by its stomach: and here we are running out of food. In the worst possible way. When every bit of available food is used, it is merely a famine. When thousands upon thousands of gallons of milk are being dumped, it is fodder for civil riots. Our government, be it at the Federal level or each of our 50 states (semantics at this point) has to think "Got Milk?" among other things, and set up emergency measures for adequate distribution.
Tags: Travel, Napoleon, Benoit Gateau Cumin

Austria like you’ve never seen it before

Austria has an almost-exclave, connected to the motherland via a single dot on a mountaintop.Habsburgs were so fancy, they were buried in three different locations across Vienna.These and other absurd and obscure facts about Austria are the subject of a highly entertaining Twitter account. Unless you're into skiing, double monarchies or "The Sound of Music," you probably don't give Austria much thought. Yet everybody's second-favorite Alpine republic is a locus of many weird and wonderful fact...
Tags: Europe, London, Funny, Germany, Russia, History, Unesco, Austria, Vienna, Chile, Innsbruck, Innovation, Crimea, James Bond, Kaiser, Moscow

Abu Dhabi luxury travel

Jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the ultra-modern and sparkling clean capital of the United Arab Emirates. With 1.5 million residents, it is the second-largest urban area in the Emirates, after Dubai, which lies 87 miles to the northeast. Geographically, Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates, taking up roughly 80 percent of the country’s landmass. Nearly two-thirds of the UAE’s economic activity takes place here, with the majority of tourist attractions dotted along a ...
Tags: Travel, New York, New York City, Middle East, Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Uae, David Byrne, Napoleon, Louvre, All, North Africa, Big Apple, George Washington, Presidential Palace

French and Italian bread differences

We live in a world filled with diverse styles of bread. There’s Ethiopian injera and Indian naan, Irish soda bread and Slovakian vanoka. Not to mention the many types in the United States, like the humble loaf of potato bread. Few get as much attention in the US, however, as two generic styles that take their name from European countries: French bread and Italian bread. This classification itself doesn’t make a whole lot of sense — there are many types of French bread and many types of Italia...
Tags: Travel, Milan, France, US, Rome, United States, New Orleans, Napoleon, All, Parmigiano Reggiano, Zang, Genzano, French Bread, Jim Chevallier, Italian Bread, Bread Styles

Best architecture in Africa

Africa is big . Fifty-four countries big. Approximately 11.7 million square miles, or 20 percent of Earth’s land area, big. Around 1.3 billion people, 3,000 indigenous groups, and 2,000 languages big. To say nothing of its age, with a human history that began some 200,000 years ago and has since witnessed the rise and fall of countless empires, survived political wars and religious conflicts, experienced colonizations and reclamations of identity. Yet, despite its size and the individual herit...
Tags: All, Africa, African Architecture, Architecture

Take a Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs is “one of those places,” wrote photographer Félix Nadar, “that everyone wants to see and no one wants to see again.” If anyone would know, Nadar would. He spent three months in and out of the underground city of death, with its macabre piles of skulls and crossbones, taking photographs (see here) that would help turn it into an internationally famous tourist attraction. In these days of quarantine, no one can see it; the site is closed until further notice. But if you’re th...
Tags: Travel, Google, College, Life, History, Paris, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Roman, Josh Jones, Nadar, Paris Catacombs, Durham NC Follow, Allison Meier, Felix Nadar, Jean Paul Marat


My Daughter in Law and Granddaughter are visiting us from Texas (this was before we all went into isolation. They were told to do self isolation when they returned to the States.) The first thing we did was walk from our place to the Eiffel Tower. A view with the Eiffel Tower behind the carousel. The Seine is running high as you can see. The ducks are in an area you can usually walk on and no boats are running as they can’t get under the bridge. We showed them the Statue of Li...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Family, Texas, Paris, Flooding, Eiffel Tower, Napoleon, Seine, Beaugrenelle

Good News from Venice: The Royal Gardens have Re-Opened!

Strolling under the pergola - Opening of the Giardini Royali in Venice - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) After surviving wars, occupations, revolutions and neglect, the Royal Gardens in Venice, the Giardini Reali, re-opened on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Thanks to five years of effort under the wise, loving and passionate guidance of Adele Re Rebaudengo, president of the Venice Gardens Foundation, the public once again has a place in Venice to pause and reflect, surrounded by greenery, f...
Tags: Travel, Nazis, Austria, United States, Venice, Mussolini, Sissi, Franz Joseph, Napoleon, San Marco, Venice Italy, Santi, Royal Palace, Piazza San Marco, Dario Franceschini, Generali

Venice’s endurance symbolized in Royal Gardens re-opening

The gardens, first envisioned by Napoleon, had fallen into disrepair and underwent an extensive restoration.
Tags: Travel, Business, News, World, Venice, Napoleon, Royal Gardens

Buche de Noel Birthday Cake

Photo Via Buche de Noel Pierre Herme 1988   "Buche de Noel is my favorite cake!" Bright-eyed and hopeful was the response eagerly given by my French Husband, the newlywed. The flavor was a known fac; spread chocolate on anything and it was labeled Yann's. My mother had made jelly-roll cakes for my brothers and me when we were younger, was that the same thing as Buche de Noel? The only difference between the two cakes as I could see was that we could have a jelly cake any time of the year and in...
Tags: Travel, California, France, living in France, Paris, Coke, Provence, Waterloo, Napoleon, Noël, Les Halles, Don, Yann, Peter Mayle, Movable Feast, rue de Rivoli

Artisan Carnival Masks from Venice

There are numerous places in the world which celebrate what we call carnival. The oldest and perhaps grandest of these Pre-Lenten celebrations is the Carnevale di Venezia, which appears in the late 11th century and had a long run until Napoleon banned carnival completely in 1797—a ban which lasted until early in the 20th century, when Carnevale began to reappear, gaining steam every year until becoming the giant commercial success it is today. Carnival, like the Feast of Fools that preceded it...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Venice, Sardinia, Vivo, Napoleon, James, Carnevale, Lunigiana, carnevale di Venezia, Colombina Barocco Cavalli Bronze, Tuscan Masquerade Party Shipping, Fivizzano Ravioli

Place de la Bastille – Revolutions

The Place de la Bastille is of course quite directly linked to the 1789 Revolution - the destruction of the 14th century fortress, used as a prison, which was stormed on July the 14th, 1789. I have written on the Place and the fortress several times, e.g. here and here. The Place is now under reconstruction, meaning that cars and buses will have to take new paths and that pedestrians will be more welcome. The work is  not finished, but you can already now reach the “July Column” on f...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Paris, Army, Napoleon, Versailles, Prussia, Eugène Delacroix, Louis XVI, Napoleon III, Louis Philippe, Honoré Daumier, Paris 11, Paris 4, Paris 12

Why you should pick Corsica for your next vacation

Corsica offers the best of two worlds; it’s the perfect fusion of South of France mixed with island life. And it offers two very different worlds as well. On one hand its coastline is heaven for beach go-ers with many sandy beaches and coves with picture-perfect views over that shimmering azure. On the other hand, the rough natural beauty of the interior attracts the more adventurous type.   Or, for those of you seeking balance, you can simply enjoy both worlds! Transportation is straightforward...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, United States, Corsica, Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte, Nice, West Coast, Mediterranean, Bastia, Napoleon, Air France, Christopher Columbus, Campo, Ajaccio

Italy's Passion for Wine

My husband and I own a vine in Umbria. Not a vineyard, but a single vine (row 11, number 18), in Vigna Lorenzo at Monte Vibiano Vecchio. Since centuries before the birth of Christ, grapes have grown in this field, sheltered from harsh winds, its soil rich and its air pure. As we perch on sun-warmed stones overlooking rows of vines in stately formation, Maria Camilla Fasola Bologna, whose family has lived in the hilltop castello for more than a hundred years, tells me its story. More than two th...
Tags: Travel, Time, Rome, Italy, Alps, Hannibal, Napoleon, Umbria, Bacchus, Andrea, Dianne Hales, Monte Vibiano Vecchio, La Passione, Monte Vibiano, Vigna Lorenzo, Monte Vibiano Vecchio Since

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