Tuesday, February 28, 2012

those Knight Templar Towers and German air shelters

Can you guess what these photos have in common?
A remnant of a Knights Templar tower tucked in a courtyard in the Marais

The worn Latin inscription on the stone floor of the Conservatoire d'Arts et Metiers

A leftover air raid shelter exit for the German army under a hotel in the Marais.
What do they all have in common besides being in the Marais?
They're each in a scene in my new book. I worked some considerable charm making painstaking revisits to obtain permission, sometimes, to get into these places. Some angry Polish workman and aloof hotel clerks might not agree. My apologies but voilà
they appear in

which comes out a week from today on March 6!
Cara - Tuesday


  1. They had not a chance at resisting you! Congratulations.

  2. Thanks, Jeffrey. My friend Pierre-Oliver video'd some of our not so successful attempts to gain entrance and sweet talk the hotel clerk - to get down in the caves to the old bunker took several visits, the manager who was never there - finally consented. The whole underground area was amazing and you'd never think it from the Belle Epoque lobby.

  3. Fascinating! I can't wait for the book...
    But then I don't have to wait that long :)

  4. Congratulations!!