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Why Is Napoleon Buried at Les Invalides in Paris? Episode 135

Why Is Napoleon Buried at Les Invalides in Paris?


Les Invalides in Paris at night

As you probably know, Napoléon Bonaparte’s importance in French history and life is difficult to over-estimate. Yet, surprisingly, we haven’t talked about Napoleon much on Join Us in France besides in Episode 58, titled Napoleon in Paris. This has everything to do with the fact that, well, it’s a complicated subject, and it is impossible to do it justice without going on and on and on about it and be a little bit more scholarly than ideal for my taste. BUT, Napoleon has left his mark in almost every aspect of French culture and history, so we can’t ignore him. So, let’s start the year 2017 gently by dipping our toes gently into the Napoleon soup and ask a simple question: Why is Napoleon buried at Les Invalides?

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Moulin Rouge in Paris, Episode 126

Moulin Rouge in Paris

Gary and Leslie in front of the Moulin Rouge
Gary and Leslie

Moulin Rouge, Is It Worth a Visit?

Do you love the French cancan? If you do, you may be tempted to get tickets to see the Moulin Rouge show. But there are so many things to do in Paris, will the Moulin Rouge be worth it? Should you go with dinner and the show or just the show? Brenda and Gary, my guests on today’s show, help you answer that question for yourself.

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With its 120 years of history, the Moulin Rouge is the archetype for cabaret performances, often imitated, and world-famous. But what is it really like once you get inside? What sort of act has it become? Gary and Brenda tell us what they experienced, what they were hoping to see, and what they actually saw.  Enjoy the show!

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Paris Sewer, Episode 125

The Paris Sewer


Paris Sewer sign at the entranceToday Brenda and Annie discuss our visit he Paris sewer or “Égouts de Paris”. Oh, my, what a place! You have to know that when you visit the Paris sewer, you are actually in the sewer, this is not a reproduction or a show-room. Once inside, you are walking over actual sewer lines and you get the full effect, smell and sight and all. How much does the Paris sewer really stink? Should you go or should you pass? Find out in today’s episode.

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Places Mentioned in this Episode: the Paris sewer or Égouts de Paris

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