How to Research a Location for your Book (without going there).

In the fourth Princess the Cat adventure (working title: Princess the Cat Liberates Paris), I send Princess and Max to the Parisian landmarks we all know: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. I’ve been to all those places before, but I wanted more detail. It wasn’t necessary for the story, but I didn’t want to add an irrelevant detail that would annoy a Parisian.

Thankfully, I was able to watch several videos on youtube to check on specific locations that I don’t remember perfectly.

Like climbing the stairs of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

And I also got some views of the Cathedral via a photography video.


Additionally, I also used Google Maps and got a streetview from the exact position Princess encounters in the book. Again, all the detail wasn’t necessary, but I’m hoping the extra research makes the story feel a little more real.


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All of Princess the Cat’s adventures take place in the late 1980s and early nineties, so hopefully the environs of those landmarks haven’t changed significantly since then. Or, at least a nitpicky Parisian doesn’t have such a strong memory!