Tag Archives: Claude-Nicolas Ledoux

A city built on air

A few years ago, we found this postcard in a street market, showing a sinkhole in the Place Saint-Augustin. What on earth (or under the earth) had happened during the storm of June 15, 1914? We found one account in … Continue reading

Posted in Paris cemeteries, Paris civic functions, Paris history, Paris maps, Paris streets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Death and taxes

Whenever I buy postcards or other pictures of Paris, I gravitate to anything unfamiliar. So when I was leafing through some inexpensive engravings at an antiques fair on the Place St-Sulpice in June, I was immediately drawn to this one. … Continue reading

Posted in Paris architecture, Paris history, Paris maps | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments