Animals

Inside Saint-Vulfran, Abbeville - ©Morburre / CC-BY-SA Inside Saint-Vulfran, Abbeville - ©Morburre / CC-BY-SA

Before the bombings in 1940, we could see a naughty creature, hung on the left side of SaintVulfran collegiate church in Abbeville: a stuffed lizard, about 2 metres long! What about the legend?This...

The bridge in the 17th c - ©The British Library / Public domain The bridge in the 17th c - ©The British Library / Public domain

It was the French chronicler Pierre de l’Estoile who told about this history in his Journal: it took place on the Saint-Michel bridge, in 1593... An Italian man fell madly in love with the wife of a...

De casibus virorum illustrium, 15th c - ©The British Library / Public domain De casibus virorum illustrium, 15th c - ©The British Library / Public domain

Payer en monnaie de singe, "to fob somebody off"... well, a pretty famous French expression! But do you know it comes from the Petit-Pont in Paris? We learn that in the book Histoire de Paris et de...

The castle - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The castle - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

Argy and the castle Small lords of Indre Argy is mentioned since the beginning of the 12th century. At that time, Archambaut d'Argy just founded Landais abbey (Indre). The d'Argy were small local...

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At the entrance of Longchamp racecourse (Paris) is a statue of the most famous horse in the world: Gladiator, an English thoroughbred! Anyway, he really deserves his bronze statue… This effigy was...

A lion in the castle - ©Emmenngee / CC-BY-SA A lion in the castle - ©Emmenngee / CC-BY-SA

The Devil in Bonneval ! 1227. A terrible earthquake did big damages on the keep. The lady of Bonneval, Anne de Lestrange, didn’t know what to do: her husband, Richard, left to wage war. He won’t...

Dog of Montargis (1868, A Pictorial History of France) - ©The British Library / Public domain Dog of Montargis (1868, A Pictorial History of France) - ©The British Library / Public domain

What’s this? Oh my gosh, Montargis has got "dog’s droppings" (crottes du chien)? No, don’t worry... it’s just the name of the chocolate speciality, here, created in 1968: a chocolate with sugared...

General view - ©Basilio / CC-BY-SA General view - ©Basilio / CC-BY-SA

On the evening of October 11th 1711, a huge crowd came back from the popular feast in Saint-Denis-de-Bron, a small village near Lyon. To get home, people had to cross the river Rhône. But suddenly...

The fountain - ©Mbzt / CC-BY-SA The fountain - ©Mbzt / CC-BY-SA

On the corner of rues Cuvier and Linné, here’s this strange fountain dedicated to naturalist Georges Cuvier. Yes, we are close to the jardins des Plantes... Sculptor Vigouroux made it in 1840, in...

The cat! - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The cat! - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

We call this little street of Troyes rue Maillard since the 15th century, but it became famous with the name ruelle des Chats, "street of the Cats"... Why? Look at that! According to the legend, a...


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