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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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André Le Nôtre, Uncovering the Man Behind the French Formal Garden

When you imagine a quintessential Jardin à la Française, you likely think of the Palatial gardens at Versailles, the park of Fontainebleau, or indeed the Tuileries gardens in the heart of Paris proper. Well, all of these French spaces were designed by André Le Nôtre, a man so influential in the art of the French formal …

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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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Learning About England’s First Female Professional Landscape Gardener at Paddington Street Gardens, A Former Cemetery

The thing about London is that you never know what kind of history you’ll stumble upon next. And this is particularly true of the central part of the city, where the land has been inhabited since time immemorial. Space has been reused and repurposed since well before records began. And in the trendy and chic …

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