We started our tour with the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Located in the Northern part of Paris (in the 19th district to be more specific) it is one of the 4 major Paris parks created by the Emperor Napoleon III who wanted to imitate the example of London. Les Buttes-Chaumont were built on an old limestone quarry. Gorgeous setting to relax on a Sunday afternoon, don't you think?
The Statue of Liberty is the very own symbol of the friendship between France and the United States. The original one, as we all know, was a gift to the US from the people of France. Designed by Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the original is located in New York harbor. Well, 3 years later, a quarter scale replica was gifted to Paris by the Parisian community in America to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. This piece is located on the Île aux Cygnes. Wonderful story all over...
Our French lesson of the week was... "Garçon, le menu s'il vous plaît!" (Waiter, the menu please!) All you have to do after that is just relax and enjoy wonderful French food!
Then we went to my favorite Salon de Thé (tea room) in Paris : the delightful Angelina. Located on the Rue de Rivoli near Concorde, Angelina mixes a Belle Epoque décor with some of the best pastries and above all hot chocolates you have ever tasted. Follow Proust and Coco Chanel footsteps and just give it a try!
We then headed towards the south of France. More particularly down to Marseille. The Neo-Byzantine basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde, seen from the old harbor is an architectural jewel. The inside of the basilica is decorated with gorgeous mosaics. A must see!
The movie of the week was the French movie Fantômas. This hilarious trilogy features Jean Marais playing both the journalist Fandor and the villain Fantômas himself, as well as our iconic Louis de Funès as the Commissaire Juve. Last the gorgeous Mylène Demongeot as Fandor's fiancee. Will the trio succeed in stopping the evil Fantômas? You'll have to watch to know the answer!
Last but not least, we featured Charles De Gaulle, represented here during World War II. President of France from 1959 to 1969, he was the leader of the Free France during WWII. Famous for his speech of June 18th 1940 on the BBC, authorized by Winston Churchill, he exhorted the French people not to be demoralized and to continue resisting the German occupation. The lesson being, never give up hope.
All right that's it for today.
Au revoir, till next week!