My favourite place: Paris, France

Our latest historical holiday sees David communing with the spirit of revolution in one of the world’s most fascinating cities

Notre Dame and Paris, France

This article was first published in the February 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

Paris is a place where histories and memories lie heavy on each other. In the centre of the city you are never more than yards from a discreetly poignant wall-plaque that reads “Ici est tombé” – “Here fell such-and-such, policeman, fireman, soldier, first-aider, resister, for France, for the Liberation, that France might live…” The plaques’ variations in wording and design signal their local and personal origins after the fighting of August 1944 which they commemorate.

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