With every step you take in Paris you are walking over ground that has thousands of years of history. You can read books and try to re-create some of those moments yourself. You can hire a historian and do a walking tour, usually covering lots of ground and (depending on the tour) barely audible due to the crowd hovering around the guide. Or you can hire a private tour guide, organize a time, hope for good weather and good information.
But what if you could pace your own adventure and follow the exact footsteps of an 18th century murderess right in the palm of your hands? To learn the intimate details and follow the intriguing paths of a historical treasure hunt from your phone.
You can visit the Palais Royale.
Or you can experience it.
That’s is exactly what you can do if you download a brand new App that launched this week. Beware Mme (Madame) la Guillotine was designed by Sarah Towle, an American expat living in Paris whom my blogging bud Karin of An Alien Parisienne did a remarkable interview and tour post that is far better than what I could repeat here. The story behind the woman who created this time travel technology is just as interesting as the application itself! Karin did an excellent job in her special report and I encourage you to take a moment to read it. Bonjour Paris also did a nice little write up on her.
There is so much history packed into this little Paris iPhone app, it is perfect for a solo tourist, a couple or even the whole family (recommended for children 12 and up). From Sarah’s website: “track Charlotte as she traverses Paris in pursuit of her victim, passing through the following points of interest: Palais Royal, Louvre Courtyards, Seine River, Pont des Arts, Café Procope, Place St. Michel, Palais de Justice and the Conciergerie.“ Wow, those are some amazing places!
I have purchased the app and I am going to do this tour myself on my next trip to Paris (I seriously cannot wait!). The iPhone application just launched this past Tuesday and needs some help with initial reviews, etc. So if you live in Paris (as many of my readers do) then I encourage you to buy this application (currently being offered at 20% off) and try it out. If you don’t live in Paris, but are considering visiting, buy it for your upcoming trip! You are also supporting a small business woman who fostered an idea and saw it through to completion with a lot of hard work and research and grass roots efforts.
And just to prod you along a bit I am going to give away 2 $10 iTunes certificates which will cover the cost of the App, which is currently $7.99. Just leave a comment and tell me your favorite moment in Parisian history and you will be entered to win one of the two email certificates. You have until midnight, next Friday, August 5th PST to leave your comment.
Bonne chance !