Saturday, 4 March 2017

The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 19

There is a police station on the island of Cite in the middle of historical Paris.  It is where the world renowned La Notre Dame Cathedral is crowned.  The price of real estate of this island is literally ‘Priceless.’  And yet, behind the cathedral stands this police station (not to be confused with the prefecture de police on the other side of the Cathedral).  From the point of views of any real estate agents, it is a massive waste of potential, but…the history of this tiny area is too horrendous that may even have defeated human greed and vanity.  Now that does not happen normally, but this is Paris.

What I am about to share here, I must admit I have seen only two sources: Wikipedia and the news site LOCAL.  However, I could not find any other credible explanation for this peculiar situation of this tiny spot behind the altar of God.  

There once operated this butcher who offered cheap accommodation to the tourists.   The accommodation in Paris must have always been expensive.  Those unsuspecting tourists however were not seen checking out until the butcher was finally exposed to be a human flesh trader.  That he was not caught out immediately implies that the cursed flesh was fed to another unsuspecting tourists.  Parisians of the time must have gotten a wind of it, but living in Paris was hard enough, it still is wonderful but hard,  that they could not be expected to hold hands of the outsiders who would come and go.

I am not suggesting that Cannibalism is alive and well in Paris, but the attitude of anything goes with the tourists is still evident and I am not talking about financial rip-off.  Just last week I spotted a whole chicken at one outdoor market.  The price was unusually cheap for a chicken of this regional famous brand, but it was smallish so I gambled.  The worst that could happen was dry tasteless meat. 

Wrong.  As I bit into the morsel of my roasted chicken I heard that ominous ‘crack.’  I took out from my mouth a piece of bone that chipped of my front tooth.  And then I found the brittle bones inside the dry meat.  An old bird it was, perhaps?  But soon afterwards I started to feel sick.  Then I noticed that there were many other brittle pieces of bones, just too many for one chicken.  I pondered what the bird was being subjected before it was finally butchered.  Not being able to believe the worst, I tried the chicken again the next day and felt sick again, but not the kind of food poisoning sickness.  I felt I was being exposed to chemical.  I remembered ruefully that the woman who sold the chicken brought it out from the back of her stall instead of giving me the chickens on the display.  My Asian appearance is a dead giveaway that I was a non-Parisian.  I dumped the chicken in the bin.

My next true horror story of the modern Paris is about one restaurant.  If you have read my previous posts, you would know that I mentioned of it.  If my previous neighbor was a devil, this restaurant turned out to be a bigger devil that drove out other evils.  To be continued.