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Affaire de la rue des Marmousets: The Butcher Barber and Baker of Île de la Cité

The affaire de la rue des Marmousets is one of those Parisian urban legends which is told in hushed tones during sombre candlelit evenings. The Parisian Sweeney Todd is said to have been a butcher and barber duo who lived side by side in Île de la Cité during the 14th-century. The birthplace of Paris, …

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Fontaine des Innocents & Cimetière des Innocents

Impressive and grand, the most ornate of the public fountains in the 1st arrondissement is easily that of the Fontaine des Innocents. Quite literally translated into English as the ‘Fountain of the Innocents,’ this Parisian water feature was created during the 16th-century and is the oldest public fountain in Paris. Rather shockingly, the Renaissance fountain …

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In Search of the Real Life d’Artagnan: Inspiration for the Three Musketeers

For the first time, William Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest, is performed. The year is 1611. Just a year earlier, Henry IV of France was assassinated by François Ravaillac. 1611 too, is likely the year in which the real-life d’Artagnan, otherwise known as Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d’Artagnan, was born (though no one is quite …

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Milos – Birthplace of Aphrodite & Discovery of Venus de Milo

There are several destinations in the Cyclades which are well known around the world; Mykonos and Santorini to name but a couple of the iconic Cycladic Islands, a set of isles forming a circular shape in the Aegean Sea. However, what you may not know is that Milos is one of the hidden gems of …

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That’s Amore: Visiting The Juliet Balcony & The Real Life Letters to Juliet

There’s a place in Verona where the broken-hearted travel to. Down on their luck in love individuals can venture into the heart of the city of Love in search of advice. In fact, anyone can. All you must do is wander down the little cobbled lane that leads to the Casa di Giulietta. There, the brokenhearted …

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