Animal, Insect Menageries and Blooms-Jardin des Plantes

Insect menagerie Jardin des Plantes - bee (elbow antennae) on purple flowers

It’s time to celebrate the two hundred and twenty years of the Paris historical zoo at the National Museum of Natural History’s (Muséum national d’histoire naturelle) in the Jardin des Plantes. An exhibit opened at the Cabinet d’Histoire for celebrated animals (Animaux célèbres de la Ménagerie) who lived in the historical menagerie from 1794 to today. The showcases are filled with mementos from those early days: postcards, illustrations, souvenir plates, books, illustrations, models, and other paraphernalia from the past. Many of the animals referred to are now found in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.

Concert Festival Marin Marais 2014 Has Begun

Poster for Festival Marin Marais 2014

Every year the Festival Marin Marais, first held in 2006, celebrates the birthday of the musician and composer, Marin Marais. Marais played in the court of Louis XIV , the Sun King, for forty years. This year eighteen Baroque concerts are performed in October and November at three different venues for one price: ten euros. The musicians work for donations….

Flea Markets and Brocantes in France

Plates in a dish rack at a bric-a-brac/brocantes/flea market in Mézilles, France in August

Take a train and go outside Paris and “chiner” for antiques and second-hand treasures. One suggestion to find something different is to go to a “vide-grenier”. People empty out their closets, display and try to sell their no-longer-in-use belongings on the streets of their cute little towns! The second weekend in August was the vide-grenier in Mézilles, France.

Postcard from Paris Plages

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Paris Plages is open mid-July to mid-August, even if it rains. To watch the  updated video in HD high quality, I suggest you put the YouTube setting to 720p (the wheel in lower right corner of video).

On the Hotel de Ville plaza play volleyball or wheelchair basketball. Fill up your water bottle at the “Eau de Paris” stations (eau=water). This is the 12th annual Paris Plages sponsored by the mayor’s office of Paris (Mairie de Paris). Paris Plages is always in three locations: Along the Seine (Voie Georges Pompidou), Hôtel de Ville plaza, and Villette. Music, activities, dancing, etc.

This is a reissue of yesterday’s deleted post. The video was not high quality.

Music: Charles Tenet “Marie-Therese” photos: Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson

Paris Hôtel de Ville Guided Visit

YouTube Preview Image Visit Paris city hall in French. Weekly visits are available for thirty individuals. It is recommended to sign up at least two months in advance. During the summer, visits are held twice a week. More information is available at Salon d’Accueil, 29 rue de Rivoli (4° arrondissement) from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. Their phone number is +33142764343. If you are in a group, call +33142765404. The tours are in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and last one hour.