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Welcome to one of the Last Cinema Prop Houses in Paris


Alright, you can forget about all those other times, this time, I really did find Paris’ best-kept secret. It’s taken me almost a year to gain access to the 4,000 square meter prop house hidden in central Paris, one of the last three to still survive within the city.

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCVXVIII)


1. These Cartoon Celebrity Mash-ups Find all of them by Rui Pinho on Behance.   2. A Selection of Modernist Gingerbread Houses Compiled by Present & Correct.

Here’s Someone Selling a Belle Epoque Chateau on the French Version of Craigslist


(c) Olivier Cabaret I‘ve been keeping a watchful eye on the monumental Château d’Aubiry since it first hit the market in 2011; a stunning 1500m2 Art Nouveau palace complete with Gustave Eiffel-designed greenhouses situated within a 12 acre park.

The Messy Nessy Kitsch-mas List


Was Christmas better in the seventies? All that tinsel, polyester and fake snow. Yesterday, I shared my gift guide for the nostalgic old world traveller, today, I thought we’d get a little less classy and a little more sassy…   A Classy Cross Stitch Cross-stitches by Alicia Watkins available on her Etsy shop.

Seriously though. The Things Children Used to Play With…


I was doing my morning rounds of the online auction sites, looking for an interesting Christmas gift for my Pa, when I ended up being fixated on a sale of unusual vintage toys made between 1850 and 1950.

Here’s What to Buy a Nostalgic Old-World Traveller


They would rather blow their budget on a voyage aboard the Orient Express than take the low cost the airline.

Stop Everything, Allow Your Inner Child to Enjoy these Adorable Felt Sculptures


Nope, there was absolutely nothing that was going to stop me from dedicating an entire post to these soul-wrenchingly adorable little fluffy felt sculptures.

Discovering Ancient Roman Ruins in a German Parking Lot


© Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, Sabrina Walz One of the most visited sights in Germany is the Cologne Cathedral (der Kölner Dom) where it’s easy to spot swaths of tourists taking in its Gothic beauty.

Welcome to Liberace’s Secret Parisian Palace of Kitsch


In 1972, Marie-Helene de Rothschild threw a surrealist dinner party at the family’s mansion in the suburbs of Paris. Dali was there of course, and Audrey Hepburn showed up with her head trapped inside a Magritte birdcage.

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCVXVII)


1. Turn-of-the-Century American Postcards That Hint At Having Sex The series called “It’s Easy To Say, But Hard To Do,” is a double entendre reference to a man asking a woman to get married.

The Hollywood Canteen where Movie Stars were at your Service


Hours away from being shipped off to Europe’s battlefields or back on US soil for a brief reprieve, there wasn’t a single American serviceman passing through Los Angeles in the 1940s that wouldn’t have lined around the block for an evening at the Hollywood Canteen.

A Brief Compendium of the American TV Dinner


It could be said that Thanksgiving gave birth to the American TV dinner. The executive of Swanson TV dinners, Gerry Thomas, claimed he conceived the idea after the food company found itself with a huge surplus of frozen turkeys because of poor Thanksgiving sales.

The State of Berlin After Hitler


Did you ever hear about the Californian high school teacher who wanted to teach his class how the German people accepted Hitler as their leader, so he created a Nazi-like movement at his school in just 5 days?

The Other English Royals


(c) Newcastle Libraries I‘m feeling terribly British these days. Of course, I’m not, and I now live across the channel in French enemy territory, but I did grow up there and always felt a sense of loyalty and affection towards the great kingdom that raised me.

Coney Island’s Short-Lived but Utterly Insane Dreamland


There’s no question that New York’s Coney Island is an utterly outrageous place; it’s most known for its freak shows, retro roller coasters, annual hot dog eating contest, and start-of-summer mermaid parade… and that’s all just the tip of the iceberg.

Having a Grand Old Time at a Real-Life 1920s “Westworld”


Are you watching HBO’s new American sci-fi western thriller, Westworld? (Or at least trying to follow the twisted plot?

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCVXVI)


1. Women sit for a portrait in Salzburg, Austria, 1929 Found on Nat Geo Found   2. These Eggs The latest chef d’oeuvres by jeweler Ananov, one of the main exhibits he made for the “400 years of the House of Romanov” at the Historical Museum of Moscow in 2013.

For Sale: A Half a Million Dollar Dodo Skeleton & other Curiosities for Your Cabinet


I bet you’d find all sorts of real-life Indiana Jones and Tintin-type characters attending an auction like this one. Summers Place Auctions in England are the world’s leading auctioneers of Natural History (and garden statuary), and they’ve got the goods to prove it.

How the Expansion of Paris could Start with an Abandoned Radiation Bunker


I was knocking back my first mouthful of champagne when my host politely informed us that we were standing just feet away from the bunker where Marie Curie and her family had experimented with radioactivity in the 1920s and 30s.

Electric Jewellery and the Forgotten Genius who Lit Up Paris


Known as ‘The City of Light’ for nearly two centuries, Paris led the way during the Age of Enlightenment, and yet history has forgotten one of the most bizarre and beautiful uses of light ever witnessed by Parisian society: electric jewellery.


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