Denfert Rochereau is a sort of historical pun. It is the name of a General who fought in the 1870 war against Prussia. Before that, it used to be called “Place d’Enfer” (Square from Hell). As people are wont to call the square "Denfert” it is as if it hadn’t changed names at all. From... Continue Reading →
Emperors do like their lions and eagles. This little beast can be seen on lampposts all around the square. Now, the funny thing is that this Arch was designed for the benefit of Boney I (he even wanted 4 of them but only 2 were built, the Carrousel and this one), but it was only... Continue Reading →
The Lion in Denfert is the symbol of French resistance in Belfort (one of the 3 districts of Alsace), the only area which resisted the enemy in 1870. A symbol of heroic resistance, the square was renamed from d'Enfer (the "square from Hell" in a manner of speaking) into Denfert Rochereau (the name of the... Continue Reading →
This is, undoutedly, a snow-lion. Hence the following song (Babilonia and Feist) A snow-covered statue is surveying the frozen pond where, on normal occasions, kids are sailing toy-boats.
I keep hearing that Montparnasse is no longer what it used to be, that the old spirit is no longer there, that the Montparnos, these bohemian artists aren't around anymore. Well, all the nay-sayers are at it to show that Montparnasse is a thing of the past, dead and buried. But rest assured you lovers of French culture, this is not true.