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What is the "Disneyfication of Paris"?

The actual Disneyland Paris I've been pondering this question for the past few months and thought I'd put it to the Secrets of Paris community. "The Disneyfication of Paris" is a phrase that's thrown around a lot, especially after the French film Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (aka Amélie) became one of the biggest hits of 2001 despite the angry critics who said the director showed a fairy-tale version of Paris, not the "real" city.  The topic has come up again when the director Jean-Pier...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Globalization, Disneyland, Editorial, Disneyland Paris, Amélie, Poulain, Jean Pierre Jeunet, Understanding Paris, Disneyfication, Le Fabuleux Destin


Ho-ho-hum. Christmas in Paris

When you’ve gone around the merry-go-round of life as many times as I have, all you really want for Christmas is a thrill. Fact is, I don’t need more things (though a cattle prod would make a nice stocking-stuffer; I’d use it on those people trying to mow me down with their motorized scooters). No, what I want these days is adventure, tension, risk. Unfortunately, Paris tucks away its general surliness for the holidays, the way you might return Grandma to the old folks home. Everything is p...
Tags: Travel, France, Trees, Christmas, French Culture, Paris, Santa Claus, Scott, Frankenstein, Galeries Lafayette, Pisa, Living in Paris, Beggars, Scott Dominic Carpenter, Understanding Paris


La Modification

(text reprinted from JMWW) Paris changes, poet Charles Baudelaire wrote, faster than the human heart, and as far as my neighborhood is concerned, he was right. We’d hardly settled into our new digs before people starting tearing things up. Usually it started in the morning. A truck would wheel around the corner, and three men in coveralls would hop from the back. Before I had time to warm my coffee, they were chipping at asphalt. A team like this could dig an eight-foot trench in two days, ...
Tags: Travel, France, US, Paris, States, Construction, Street Art, Toilets, Einstein, Chinatown, Christo, Anne, Scott, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte Anne, Monsieur


Enjoying the Misery of Others: The French Elections

Most of us agree that America got off to a rocky start this year—all that niggling about healthcare, Russians, and nukes—but sometimes it helps to step back and survey the landscape. After all, couldn’t things be worse? Yes, in fact, they could: we might all be living in France. No matter how much you hate our own electoral process, some guilty comfort comes from watching the misery of others. In the spirit of “le masochisme,” the French double down on suffering, subjecting themselves to no...
Tags: Travel, Elections, Entertainment, France, America, Eu, Netflix, Atlantic, French Culture, Paris, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Misery, Penelope, Emmanuel Macron, Scott


Creeping Beneath Paris

One Sunday not long ago, on a Paris street that shall remain nameless, I met up with a mustachioed Frenchman we’ll call Gilles. He wore tattered blue coveralls and carried a four-foot-long iron bar. When no one was looking, he pried open a manhole cover, and we disappeared into the underworld. Like almost everyone in Paris, I had visited the catacombs before—at least the public part. You enter over at Denfert-Rochereau (where the original d’enfer part of the name, implying hellishness, earns...
Tags: Travel, Adventures, Paris, Notre Dame, Tunnels, Serge Gainsbourg, Underground, Seine, Quarry, Mines, Don, Gilles, Scott, Living in Paris, Denfert Rochereau, Quarries