Ever heard of “Branlage à la mouche”? Neither had I. It is an erotic service that was pompously extolled in the price list of a certain Mademoiselle Marcelle Lapompe in Paris in the year 1915, and would provoke outrage among animal conservationists today. With words that are not quite suitable for the ears of innocents, she explained all the details. Basically: A fly with its wings torn off stimulates the Johnson of a client taking a bath. A visit to the dimly lit “Blaine Bar” (65 rue Pierre Charron) can be quite enlightening, particularly if you take a detour to the smoking room where the historic document is hanging on the wall. Unfortunately, Paris didn’t earn itself the indomitable reputation as the city of love because of romance, but more because of the fact that it was celebrated as the hub of legal prostitution towards the end of the Second World War. And you can read here about how sexually liberated Paris really was.