Rank #1: 4. Bertillon
Music by The Owl: http://www.youtube.com/c/theowlmusic
and Poddington Bear.
Logo design by the fabulous Double Merrick: https://doublemerrick.myshopify.com
Rank #2: 3. Père Lachaise
Music from 'The Owl' find more of her work here: https://www.youtube.com/c/theowlmusic
Logo designed by the talented Double Merrick; find more of his work here: https://doublemerrick.myshopify.com
Rank #3: 5. The Morgue
Music 'The Owl' http://www.youtube.com/c/theowlmusic
Further reading: 'Spectacular Realities' Vanessa R. Schwartz
Rank #4: 13. The Flood of 1910
Paris has avoided destruction time and time again in her long history. Saint Genevieve got down on her knees and, as if by miracle, Attila and his horde avoided Paris. Vikings came and went, siege, disease and urban planners all reeked havoc on Paris. Both World War I and II threated Paris with ruin. So it was surprising for me to learn that the Seine, the river that runs through Paris, fundamental to the cities identity, nearly caused its downfall in 1910 when it flooded.
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Music: The Owl, Dance Nostalgique
Further reading: 'Paris Under Water' by Jeffrey H. Jackson
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Rank #5: 9. La Cour des Miracles
La Cour des Miracles, so named because each night, as if by miracle, the blind would regain their sight, the deaf hear their names being called and the lame regain use of their limbs. In this episode come with me to the slum of 17th Century Paris precariously perched between the city proper and the outside world; a hidden den of thieves, outlaws and prostitues made famous by Victor Hugo in his novel 'Notre Dame de Paris.'
Music by The Owl
Rank #6: 15. The Bloody Barber of Rue des Marmousets
Growing up in London I was familiar with the story of Sweeney Todd the bloody barber of fleet street who would cut more than your hair before despatching you to his neighbour Mrs Lovatt to turn you into a pie. So imagine my surprise when, on moving to Paris I discover that they have claimed this story as their own. Sweeney Pierre maybe? I decided to investigate and see who really, if anyone owns this story and if I can find out if there is any truth in it.
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Rank #7: 12. A Whiff of Grapeshot
Come with me to the Saint Roch church and have a look at some of the scars left on Paris. These particular ones date all the way back to the Revolution and can blamed a certain young Corsican and, in the words of historian Thomas Carlyle, a whiff of grapeshot.
Music by The Owl
Further reading Andrew Roberts - Napoleon the Great.
Rank #8: 14. The Obelisk
The obelisk, at over 22 meters high, made from rose Granit and weighing in at an estimated 227 tonnes sits proudly in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and at over 3,000 year old is Paris’ oldest monument. Come with me and lets find out about the fraught journey of the Obelisk from Louxor to Paris.
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Rank #9: 7. La Guillotine
When the French talk of The Revolution of 1789 they might want us to think ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ but most of us probably think of the Guillotine. Come with me as we find traces of her around Paris and discover how her status, stature and use changed over the 200 years that she was used as the means of execution in France.