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Episode 26: “We’ll Always Have Paris: A Visit from Hitler”

“Everyone in Paris once.” – German military catchphrase

This week, we’ll continue our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. Tuesday was D-Day, so let’s take a look at an understudied element of the hospitality industry: occupation tourism. What happens when an entire army comes to town? What happens when your conquerors are also your customers? How do you defend your country if the other side is keeping your economy afloat? And what if the best way to keep your city safe…is to allow your greatest enemy to walk in through the front door? This week, we’ll study one of the strangest and most consequential vacations in history, when Adolf Hitler put World War II on hold and went on a morning stroll through Paris.

Episode 26: “We’ll Always Have Paris: A Visit from Hitler”

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Episode 25: “We’ll Always Have Paris: The Ritz Paris Bar”

“I have come to liberate the Ritz.” – Ernest Hemingway This week, we’ll continue our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. I don’t know about you, but after all this history, I could use a drink! Luckily, I know just the place. This week, we sneak behind the bar

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Episode 24: “We’ll Always Have Paris: Love Locks”

“A public monument is not there just for lovers.” – city official, Paris (2014) Now that summer’s around the corner, Paris is bracing itself for the annual influx of tourists. With 36 million tourists passing through Paris every year, tourism has a profound influence on the capital and the country at large. Tiny trends morph into

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Episode 23: “Four’s Company: The Scandalous House of Claude Monet”

“No one but myself knows…the trouble I give myself.” – Claude Monet What are you doing April 26th? If you’re in San Francisco, the answer could be seeing ME, your friendly neighborhood podcast host, helping to launch the Legion of Honor’s newest book club, Page Views. In honor of their newest exhibition, Monet: The Early Years,

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Episode 22: “The Sweet Life of French Bees”

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo Spring is in the air! After such a spooky, scary episode last month, I’m keeping the newest episode short and, dare I say it, sweet! This week, we take a detour into the life of French bees to learn more about their surprising history,

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Episode 21: “The Road To Hell”

“Où est-elle la mort ? Toujours future ou passée. A peine est-elle présente, que déjà elle n’est plus.” – inscription, Paris catacombs This week we’re drilling deeeeeeep into the history of Paris, all the way through the layers of modern construction, past the detritus of two thousand years of civilization, all the way into the

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Episode 20: “The Three Alexandres, Part 4”

“One has always had a childhood, whatever one becomes.” – Alexandre Dumas fils This week, we’ll conclude my mini-series about the three men named Alexandre Dumas: Alexandre Dumas the war hero; his son, Alexandre Dumas the author; and his grand-son, Alexandre Dumas the playwright. Together, all three men rose to the top of their professions, garnering tremendous fame

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Episode 19: “The Three Alexandres, Part 3”

“Why do you mention my father?” screamed he; “Why do you mingle a recollection of him with the affairs of today?” – Edmond Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) This week, I’m continuing my mini-series about the three men named Alexandre Dumas: Alexandre Dumas the war hero; his son, Alexandre Dumas the author; and his

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