Paris, September 2021

Eiffel Tower. No need for an introduction. Photo courtesy of Yours Truly.
Café de la Paix, the Mecca of bohemianism. Host to the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Emile Zola, and a number of other writers from the romantic tradition.
France’s Pantheon, where Voltaire and Rousseau’s tombs are located. Voltaire — a bourgeois philosopher — and Rousseau, who was a romantic philosopher, were contemporaries and staunch nemeses of one another. Voltaire and Rousseau would write back and forth to one another, and in one of those instances, Rousseau told Voltaire “I hate you.” And ironically, their tombs are right across from one another. France’s government went above and beyond to bring Rousseau’s body back to Paris from Switzerland and place it in the Pantheon, mostly out of remorse for not valuing him while he was alive.
Moulin Rouge, the most famous cabaret and nightclub in the entire world, located right alongside the ‘Red Light District’ of Paris. Also not in need of an introduction.
Statue commemorating Ferdinand Foch, one of France’s most famous military generals. During World War I, Foch pulled off a victory over the occupying German forces by fostering an imbalance between the forward progress of German forces and their logistical support. Through this singular manoeuvre, Foch essentially brought an end to World War I and handed the Allied forces a victory.
Grave of Oscar Wilde at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, which is the world’s largest necropolis. Apparently, the glass barrier around Oscar Wilde’s grave was placed by Paris municipal authorities after the Paris municipal authorities had to power-wash all the numerous lipstick marks of the female visitors that had overridden the gravestone. Quite a sight to say the least.
Sacré-Cœur, or “The Sacred Heart of Jesus.” A testament to Catholicism’s esoteric tradition. Named after one of the most powerful prayers in Catholicism, which was pioneered by a female Saint named Margaret Mary Alacoque. Built as a sign of repentance after the Paris Commune of 1871 when a workers’ mob nearly toppled the central government in Paris (sounds familiar…) Along the stair railings and along the fences around the main building are where visitors place locks with their names on them as a wish so that their strivings for love come true.

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