On the first Wednesday of every month, air raid sirens can be heard throughout the streets of Paris. Don’t worry - they aren’t preparing against an invasion. It’s meant as a tribute to the city under occupation. It also has the bonus side effect of testing out the equipment.
Next time you’re having a stroll, listen out for the siren that stands out oddly against the bustling sound of a modern city.
If you’ve been to Paris before then odds are you have either seen or been up the Eiffel Tower, but have you ever looked closely at the building way across from it, on the other side of the Champs de Mars?
The Ecole Militaire, also known as the French Military School, has some interesting stories to tell. During the liberation of Paris in August 1944, the Nazis were convinced that hiding in beautiful old buildings would stop them from getting bombed.
They were right, but this didn’t stop the French Resistant fighters from engaging in guerrilla warfare. In fact, you can still see the bullet holes on the side of the building today!
It’s the only monument in Paris that has kept them as a reminder of the fierce fight for liberation.
The Writing on the Wall