Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Paris 1st Report

Madame Le Chef and I are great fans of Paris Walks, which are walking tours in English led by very well prepared, intelligent and amusing guides in various neighborhoods in Paris. Unfortunately we've been on almost all of them so we were happy to discover a new one which had a history of science emphasis and centered around the Jardin des Plantes in the Latin Quarter.

The tour started with the remains of a Roman arena. The original stonework had been repaired with modern additions but the basic structure was there. Instead of blood, guts and fake naval battles there were some guys playing soccer.

The Jardin des Plantes has a zoo and, although we didn't visit it, the animal images over flowed.

Even the merry-go-round had a didactic slant.

The actual building.

Science and commercialism.

Under the trees on a hot day.

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