Notre Dame

Notre Dame, 2019 There are 87 cathedrals in France, all of them named Notre Dame meaning "First Lady" as in the Virgin Mary. All but one of those cathedrals include "du ______" in their name describing its location; e.g. Notre Dame du Rouen is the cathedral in Rouen, France. The Notre Dame in Paris is … Continue reading Notre Dame

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Les Invalides

Les Invalides - Paris The beautiful gold dome of Les Invalides can be seen from all parts of Paris. It was established in 1670 by Louis XIV as a hospital and home for aging and sick soldiers. The complex includes a large church, 15 courtyards and many buildings. The National Military Museum is located here, … Continue reading Les Invalides

“Peppers Pleece”

You ever wonder who invented passports?  I mean, really, who had the bright idea to require a passport to enter a foreign country?  A passport, by itself, does not entitle a person to enter a foreign country; it is merely a document issued by a national government that certifies the identity and nationality of its … Continue reading “Peppers Pleece”