Weekly Wilson - Blog of Author Connie C. Wilson

Welcome to WeeklyWilson.com, where author/film critic Connie (Corcoran) Wilson avoids totally losing her marbles in semi-retirement by writing about film (see the Chicago Film Festival reviews and SXSW), politics and books—-her own books and those of other people. You'll also find her diverging frequently to share humorous (or not-so-humorous) anecdotes and concerns. Try it! You'll like it!

“An American in Paris”: hôtel de ville

The hôtel de ville in the fourth arrondissement is only open to groups by arrangement.  Our class was fortunate to have the opportunity to see the interior of this beautiful building.  It is a 19th century reconstruction of the 17th century town hall that was burned down in 1871.  It is highly ornate with elaborate stonework, turrets and statues overlooking a large, beautiful square complete with fountains and night time illumination.   The square was once the main site for hangings, burnings and other executions.  It was here that Ravaillac, Henri IV’s assassin, was quartered alive, his body ripped to pieces by four strong horses.








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