The Weirder Side Of Paris: A Guide To 101 Bizarre, Bloodstained, Or Macabre Sights, From the Merely Eccentric To the Downright Ghoulish

The Weirder Side Of Paris: A Guide To 101 Bizarre, Bloodstained, Or Macabre Sights, From the Merely Eccentric To the Downright Ghoulish

by Susanne Alleyn

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Overview

Welcome to the weirder (and darker) side of the City of Light.

You've probably visited-or plan to visit-the Paris Catacombs. But for history buffs, travelers trying to escape the overcrowded "must-sees," and fans of the bizarre, macabre, or morbid, there's a lot more than the Catacombs to explore in the offbeat, often creepy side of the city that most tourists never see.

Forget all the clichés about romance-the most romantic sight you're likely to find in this oddball, grim, or gory Paris will be a tombstone. In these pages you'll discover the city's stranger secrets and grislier history, from the sites where the guillotine did its bloody work, to the graves of its victims; from the Louvre's forgotten medieval basement to a Métro station that celebrates potatoes; to statues of Death, a stroll through the sewers, and an irreverent look at some of the oddest (and ugliest) tombs in the famous cemeteries. With background and practical information for over a hundred bizarre and sometimes gruesome sights, weird artworks, wacky museums, and out-of-the-way historical locations, many free to visit, The Weirder Side Of Paris is an indispensable guide to the city that you never knew existed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781973809340
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/24/2017
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Susanne Alleyn is happy to describe herself as an insufferable knowitall about all kinds of historical trivia (although she lost on Jeopardy!), and she has been researching and writing about the history of Paris for nearly three decades. Her latest works are Medieval Underpants And Other Blunders, a guide for writers of historical fiction; The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities; and her sixth novel, The Executioner's Heir, first in a pair of novels about eighteenth-century Parisian executioner Charles-Henri Sanson. Her research for The Executioner's Heir provided her with, among other things, endless information about guillotines, execution sites, and the gorier details of Parisian history.

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