Belle Époque

La Belle Époque, or the Belle Epoque, was a period in French history that is synonymous with peace, prosperity, economic growth and optimism. Occurring during the era of the French Third Republic (which began in 1870), it was a period...

Stories and Myths About Absinthe

The significant flower in absinthe is the flower of artemis absinthium, – wormwood. Named for Artemis, the Greek goddess of chastity and childbirth.  The plant was used to promote menstruation and the name may result from...

Does Absinthe Cause Hallucinations?

In films like The Mind of a Cafe Waiter, absinthe is depicted as causing serious hallucinations. Even a century later, Eurotrip conveyed a person who was drunk on absinthe hallucinate that they were seeing and...

Absinthism VS Alcoholism

Absinthism: The disorder associated with the habitual abuse of absinthe. The symptoms included hallucinations, sleeplessness, tremors, blindness, mental deterioration and convulsions. There has been debate over whether absinthism was due to absinthe or the alcohol contained therein....