Paris : The other character

Paris: a great setting for a fantastic story.

Paris is steeped in History but has not yet found itself a contemporary legend like other capitals which can offer an experience that partly involves the imagination.

One of the first things you may want to do on discovering New York City is to rename it Gotham. At the corner of each block, staring up at the skyscrapers, you expect to see Spiderman, Batman or any of a host of super-villains leaping out from the pages of a Marvel, DC or Darkhorse magazine.

Visitors to London can experience the same syndrome. From Baker Street to Whitechapel, the distinctions between work of fiction and historical fact, Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper, blur in the imagination.

Tourists visiting Paris experience the same confusion, unable to separate fantasy from historical truth. You regularly hear tourists asking whether Quasimodo really was for real.

Like all cities, Paris has its legends, anchored in the memory of a distant past. Each stone, house, monument, street or wharf has countless stories to tell, each as riveting as the next.

The legend of Wadé takes its place in this rich heritage, bringing a more contemporary, cosmopolitan and fantastic touch, while rooting itself in a complex historical context. This backdrop, in turn, brings credibility to the fiction, enriching it with fact and detail. The fantastic element enchants the present, offering the simple pleasure of plunging the bright city of Paris into the thickest, darkest mysteries.

Wadé brings with him his terrible secret. So keep your eyes open, you may run into him one day.

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