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Bois de Boulogne: The Rendezvous of Wealth and Opulence

A previous post described the random free spectacles of the Paris streets. The largest and most ostentatious free show had a steady schedule. Every day, between 2:00 and 4:00 PM, the wealthy shamelessly exposed their luxury to each other, and to the unwashed masses, in the Bois de Boulogne parade. 942 more words

19th Century France

Architectural Gem: Palais Garnier

The Opéra Garnier in Paris is a beautiful neo-baroque building with great ornamentation and decorative richness, very typical of the period of its construction, the nineteenth century. 400 more words

Tourist Attractions

I(ntoxicated) Pencil – Episode 48

In our first installment of the Impolitic reading series, Paul and Sean tackle Leonard Read’s libertarian classic, “I, Pencil” (1958). Then the boys get mad as hell about Brett Kavanaugh before closing out with a strained historical comparison of post-Cold War America and Second Empire France. 43 more words


The Confederacy Looks to France

September 5, 1863 – Confederate Lieutenant General Edmund Kirby Smith urged foreign envoy John Slidell to get France to intervene on the Confederacy’s behalf so that the French puppet regime in Mexico would have a friendly neighbor to the north. 764 more words


The Laird Rams

September 5, 1863 – Charles Francis Adams, U.S. minister to Great Britain, threatened war unless the British stopped clandestinely building warships for the Confederacy.

Adams had demanded that the British government investigate allegations that naval warships were being built in British shipyards for Confederate use. 560 more words