Appointments with Nature in Paris – June to August 2022

Appointments with Nature in Paris – June to August 2022. This summer, 2022, the Jardin des Plantes (the Botanical Garden) in Paris is hosting many outdoor activities for people to discover the biodiversity of the Garden and reconnect with nature. With the new ‘Les Rendez-Vous Nature’ (‘Nature Appointments’) event, there will be daily entertainment and activities fromContinue reading “Appointments with Nature in Paris – June to August 2022”

A puzzling fresco – the Tangram Building, Paris

A puzzling fresco – the Tangram Building, Paris. The Tangram Building in Paris is a building with a large, coloured fresco in enamelled glass, in the design of a tangram. A tangram is a puzzle consisting of flat polygons, called tans, which are constructed to form shapes. The tans are used to create minimalist designs that are: ‘eitherContinue reading “A puzzling fresco – the Tangram Building, Paris”

The Eiffel Tower in 2022: older and taller

The Eiffel Tower in 2022: older and taller. The Eiffel Tower in Paris turned 133 years-old on 31 March 2022. It grew older, but also taller.  On 15 March 2022, with the installation of a new digital terrestrial TDF radio antenna, Eiffel Tower grew by 6 metres (20 feet), making it now 330 metres (1,083Continue reading “The Eiffel Tower in 2022: older and taller”

Why Parisians adore Josephine Baker

Why Parisians adore Josephine Baker. Why is Josephine Baker still so revered in Paris?  American-born Freda Josephine McDonald (1906-1975) married her second husband, entertainer William Howard Baker, in 1921 when she was fifteen years old, keeping his name for life, despite her subsequent marriages. She first arrived in Paris in 1925 at the age ofContinue reading “Why Parisians adore Josephine Baker”

Rue Delambre and the plaques of Gauguin, Breton, and Hemingway

Rue Delambre and the plaques of Gauguin, Breton, and Hemingway. Paul Gauguin, André Breton, and Maurice Le Scouezec are just three famous celebrities who stayed in the Hotel Delambre in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. People know this by the three gold plaques, not on the façade, but in the entranceway hidden from view. Paul GauguinContinue reading “Rue Delambre and the plaques of Gauguin, Breton, and Hemingway”