13 Days until THE BONES OF PARIS…
It’s 13 days until The Bones of Paris, Laurie R. King’s suspense novel of 1929 Paris.
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From page 87: In the daytime, the broad plains of the Place Denfert-Rochereau was a chariot race of taxis and trucks, but at this time of night, [Stuyvesant] and a rag-and-bone man in a horse-cart were the noble lion’s only companions. Old books called this the Place d’Enfer, at the Barrière d’Enfer: Hell Place, at the Hell Gate.
The Paris city walls are still quite visible in the road system around the center, and the system of arrondissements established in the 19th century attempts to make order out of the sprawl. Place Denfert-Rochereau marks one of the ancient city gates used to tax incoming goods. An interesting series of articles on the development of Paris can be found on the blog Decoding Paris.
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