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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Clockwise: Palais du Bardo, vintage postcard, Public Domain

Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in Paris at the World Fair 1878 Source

Album de la Statue de la Liberté, Public Domain

Aerial view of the Exposition Universelle of 1878, public domain

The head of the Statue of Liberty was also

showcased in the garden until it was packed

in one of 214 wooden crates for shipment to

the United States. The Statue of Liberty was

designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste

Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. It was

given by the people of France to the United

States and dedicated in situ in 1886. There are

more than 100 replicas of the iconic statue

including more than 30 in France!

Palais du Bardo

The Palais du Bardo, built for the Exposition

Universelle of 1867 in the 14th arrondissement

at Parc Montsouris, was designed by the

French architect, Alfred Chapon. The original

Bardo Palace was the 13th-century royal

residence of the Hafsid family, located in

the suburbs of Tunis. It was one of the most

important museums of the Mediterranean

basin, tracing the history of Tunisia over

several millennia. Chapon carefully recreated

a reduced-scale replica of the Bardo Palace

in Tunisia in pure Moorish style. Six statues of

lions flanked the staircase of honor that led to

a brilliantly green-tiled, colonnaded courtyard

evoking A Thousand and One Nights. The Bey

of Tunis rested here during his visits to the expo

in a private bed chamber with an adjoining

harem room.

After the expo, the City of Paris bought

the Palais and commissioned a redesign

by Gabriel Davioud. It accommodated

housing for the staff of the astronomical

and meteorological Observatoire de Paris,

installed on its premises in 1876. In 1974 the

building had deteriorated to such an extent

that its occupants were evacuated. A fire

destroyed it completely in 1991.

Most buildings of the Expositions Universelle

were meant to be temporary and only a few

vestiges remain, most famously the Eiffel Tower

(1889), the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais and

the Alexandre III Bridge (1900), the Palais de la

Porte Dorée (1931) and the Palais de Chaillot

and Palais de Tokyo (1937). But you’ll find

drawings, paintings and maps of all the buildings

created at the Musée Carnavalet museum.

Sue Aran lives in the Gers department of

southwest France where she runs French Country

Adventures which provides private, personallyguided,

small-group food & wine adventures into

Gascony, the Pays Basque, Tarn and beyond…

The Good Life France | 59

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