- The Washington Times - Monday, August 7, 2006

I was lucky to have missed the ungodly heat in the District last week, and even luckier because of where I was: Paris.

Since I was fresh from this story about pop-culture-related tourism, my antennae perked up immediately when I learned that, sure enough, there’s a “Da Vinci Code”-themed walking tour of Paris. It mostly centers on the Louvre Museum, and it’s easily the most popular of the city’s professional guided tours.

Also, in the hilly section of town called Montmartre, there are various sights familiar to fans of ” Amelie,” which, like “The Da Vinci Code,” starred the impossibly cute Audrey Tautou.

Far be it from me to claim that I’m immune to this sort of thing: I braved the sleazy Place Pigalle — think pre-Guiliani Times Square — to sneak a peek at the Moulin Rouge cabaret.

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