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Gorgeous Gardens and Fabulous Flowers: Parisian Gardens 102

Steps away from the Seine, you too can discover another delightful Parisian landscape, the Jardin des Tuileries.  Running from the Louvre all the way to the Place de la Concorde and covering 63 acres inside the 1st arrondissement, this garden holds many sweet surprises for the neophyte tourist. 1,156 more words


Food Questions: Catherine de' Medici

This is the first post of a new series in which I investigate food-related questions that pique my interest.  While I plan to conduct research to look more deeply into these subjects, I don’t claim to be an expert.  1,223 more words


HISTORICAL BOOK REVIEW SERIES: 'The Black Prince of Florence' by Catherine Fletcher

Ruler of Florence for seven bloody years, 1531 to 1537, Alessandro de’ Medici was arguably the first person of color to serve as a head of state in the Western world. 902 more words


Catherine de Medici

I don’t know much about Catherine de Medici. She’s right in my favorite monarchical time to study, but the wrong country. I know she’s Italian, married to the French, and the first mother-in-law to Mary Queen of Scots. 212 more words

Historical Fiction

I’ve read less than I would have liked this month, but I’ve managed to read three books I have wanted to read for a while, so I still consider it a successful month.

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Hidden History

The Louvre.  The name commands attention.  Not just for the treasures it holds, but also for the building itself. Visit at night if you can.  Sit in the darkened main courtyard, near the famous pyramid, and imagine the screams of those who perished during the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in the 16th century.  733 more words


Is Nostradamus real?

Obviously Nostradamus the man is real. He lived in France in the 16th century and wrote prolifically for about 20 years. His prophecies have been in near continuous publication since then. 534 more words