This sign is the window of the doll hospital near the Canal Saint Martin in Paris.
'Here we replace the bad heads'. Now if it only were that easy with humans. I would be the first volunteerBut the doll hospital is a bit scary. On the inside the sick and injured dolls are strewn about. I took Stuart Neville there and he wanted to leave in a hurry. Vowing he wouldn't show his little daughter the photos he took.
In the 10th arrondissment there's a shop - on the site of an old forge - only a bit of the oven left but the shop still specializes in metal work and wrought iron decoration - balcony railings, those intricate iron net like enclosures for trees on Paris streets. Now the heavy work is done at their factory in the countryside. But if you're inclined to put a royal insignia from Versailles in metal on one of your walls or in front of your fireplace you can purchase this or others forged from the REAL molds at the Versailles iron monger before the Revolutionaries looted the iron forge.
Up the street from this store is an electronic fix-it shop the size of a large closet. The man who works here will re-wire your lamp, repair your old radio, hair dryer or toaster. For decoration he's got his supplies and posters all over the ceiling.
At the bouqiniste stalls on the quai you can find old copies of Paris MATCH. Here's one from 1939 and below 1940.
But you won't find these two - our own award nominated duo Stan and Michael - unless you come to Cleveland and join us - most of us except Leighton and Dan, sigh - at our panel at Bouchercon moderated by the most excellent Monsieur Rozovsky.
Cara - Tuesday