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The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Chateau de Chenonceau

The Royal Love Triangle That Shaped the Chateau de Chenonceau

There were three of us in this marriage, it was a bit crowded. Diana, Princess of Wales in an interview on BBC Panorama (1995)  With those infamous words, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, blew the lid off her husband, Prince Charles’s, long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles on prime-time television to

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Promenade Plantee a converted railway garden in Paris

A Parisian Tale of Two City Railway Gardens

Turning disused city train tracks into urban parks are all the rage these days.  The grandaddy of them all, the Parisian Promenade Plantee was opened in 1993.  Other city railway gardens around the world now include New York City’s The High Line, Sydney’s The Goods Line, and Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail.  Philadelphia

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How The Inquisition Made Friends and Influenced People

And, the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan Although Thomas Hobbes was writing about the conditions of war in 1651 not much had changed since medieval times.  Life was even nastier and shorter if you caught the attention of the Inquisition.  The ecclesiastical body

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Not Just Pretty Medieval Faces in Carcassone

I was fascinated by the stone medieval carvings in the city of Carcassone, the largest and best preserved walled city in Europe.   The faces were so expressive that you could only marvel at how talented the stone masons must have been. This statue is Lady Carcas who supposedly fended

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Visiting The D-Day Beaches in Normandy

Did you know that when the Allied Troops landed on the D-Day beaches, they were accompanied by a bagpipe player? Private Bill Millin, also known as Piper Bill, was ordered by the British commander, Brigadier Lord Lovat,  to play the bagpipes to keep the soldiers’ spirits up. Contents1 Piper Bill2

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