A communiqué from the Minister of the Interior, Léon Gambetta, announcing the start of the Siege of Paris. This would have been posted on administrative and public buildings throughout the city for everyone to read. (image credit: Les Archives de Paris)

Un tapis Smyrne (Smyrna carpet) in a Parisian stairwell

Which one of these two delicious treats was almost impossible to find during the Siege of Paris?

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Alysa Salzberg

is a writer & worrier. She recently published her first novel, “Hearts at Dawn”, a “Beauty & the Beast” retelling that takes place in Paris, her adopted home.

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