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Benjamin Franklin Duplessis

An American in Paris: Benjamin Franklin at the Musée Carnavalet

The Carnavalet, like the Cluny, is one of Paris’s lesser-known museums. It is dedicated to the history of the capital and contains a unique collection (some say a hodgepodge, I call it a treasure trove) of objects related to life in Paris since prehistoric times. You won’t find any masterpieces there, but every Paris lover, […]

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Carnival in Paris, Marie-Antoinette and the French Revolution

Today is Mardi-Gras, Fat Tuesday, the last day before Lent. Before the French Revolution it was the occasion for bawdy, sometimes lewd masquerades. Raucous parades filed through the streets of Paris, like the promenade du bœuf gras (“fat ox parade.”) A young boy, called “King of the Butchers” with a gilt crown, sword and scepter, […]

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