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After the Fire: A Short History of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Disasters & Rebirths

Like most people, I felt a lump rising in my throat when I saw images of Notre-Dame Cathedral lapped with flames and choked by smoke on April 15th. The fire, ostensibly an accidental […]

Palais Royal in springtime, Paris. Julien Maury/Creative Commons

In Focus: Paris’ Palais Royal, a Haven From the Crowds

It may be just a few hundred feet away from the Louvre, the buzzing epicenter of tourism in the French capital. It may house a Michelin-starred restaurant, opulent boutiques, centuries-old theatres, covered passageways […]

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night exhibit at the Atelier des Lumières digital art museum in Paris

In Review: Atelier des Lumières, The First (All)-Digital Art Museum in Paris

When I first heard that an all-digital art museum and cultural space called the Atelier des Lumières would be opening its doors in Paris sometime in 2018, I was more than a little […]

Canal de l'Ourq during Paris Plages beach eventParis Plages at Bassin de la Villette. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

Best Time of Year to Visit Paris? There’s Charm in Every Season

  In all the years I’ve covered Paris, the question I’ve been asked more predictably than any other is “When do you recommend I go?” Again and again, I’ve disappointed those hoping for […]

These 5 Places in Paris Aren’t Usually Associated With African-American History. They Should Be.

“It’s a great city, Paris, a beautiful city––and––it was very good for me.”– James Baldwin, Another Country (1962) One of the most singular and important American authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin […]

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