Since most of the plot takes place in Paris, I was able to draw from my own memories of the city – having lived there for two years during the late nineties. The apartment where I stayed at that time, was located in the Passy, not far from Trocadero and with a direct view of the Eiffel Tower through the French doors of my bedroom. The apartment where Alexandra, Ryan and Michael stay during their assignment, was inspired by this place, although I unfortunately had to exclude the Eiffel Tower in order to preserve historical accuracy =)
Montmartre is also largely based on memory – I used to love going there on weekends to enjoy the view of the city. During the Regency period, Paris wasn’t as huge as it is today, and Montmartre was still outside the city limits and free from Paris taxes. Wine was made by local nuns there – and Alexandra and Michael do sample a glass or two =) Toward the end of the 19th century, Montmartre became a place for seeking entertainment with singers, artists, performers, and famous cabarets like the Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noire increasing in popularity.
My biggest challenge in terms of describing a place with as much accuracy as possible was probably the Tuileries Palace where Napoleon resided. The magnificent edifice, which was located right before the Louvre if you happened to be coming from the Tuileries Gardens, burned in a fire in 1871 and was eventually demolished after the ruins had stood on the site for eleven years. A couple of old photographs do exist, but it was difficult describing the interior as well as I would have liked, until I stumbled upon a very detailed account by N. Robinson in Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, Volume 17 from 1884. I’ve included the link below, for those of you interested in reading about the history and the interior of this magnificent palace that sadly, no longer exists.
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