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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<br />

Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in Paris at the World Fair 1878 Source<br />

Album de la Statue de la Liberté, Public Domain<br />

Aerial view of the Exposition Universelle of 1878, public domain<br />

The head of the Statue of Liberty was also<br />

showcased in the garden until it was packed<br />

in one of 214 wooden crates for shipment to<br />

the United States. The Statue of Liberty was<br />

designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste<br />

Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. It was<br />

given by the people of France to the United<br />

States and dedicated in situ in 1886. There are<br />

more than 100 replicas of the iconic statue<br />

including more than 30 in France!<br />

Palais du Bardo<br />

The Palais du Bardo, built for the Exposition<br />

Universelle of 1867 in the 14th arrondissement<br />

at Parc Montsouris, was designed by the<br />

French architect, Alfred Chapon. The original<br />

Bardo Palace was the 13th-century royal<br />

residence of the Hafsid family, located in<br />

the suburbs of Tunis. It was one of the most<br />

important museums of the Mediterranean<br />

basin, tracing the history of Tunisia over<br />

several millennia. Chapon carefully recreated<br />

a reduced-scale replica of the Bardo Palace<br />

in Tunisia in pure Moorish style. Six statues of<br />

lions flanked the staircase of honor that led to<br />

a brilliantly green-tiled, colonnaded courtyard<br />

evoking A Thousand and One Nights. The Bey<br />

of Tunis rested here during his visits to the expo<br />

in a private bed chamber with an adjoining<br />

harem room.<br />

After the expo, the City of Paris bought<br />

the Palais and commissioned a redesign<br />

by Gabriel Davioud. It accommodated<br />

housing for the staff of the astronomical<br />

and meteorological Observatoire de Paris,<br />

installed on its premises in 1876. In 1974 the<br />

building had deteriorated to such an extent<br />

that its occupants were evacuated. A fire<br />

destroyed it completely in 1991.<br />

Most buildings of the Expositions Universelle<br />

were meant to be temporary and only a few<br />

vestiges remain, most famously the Eiffel Tower<br />

(1889), the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais and<br />

the Alexandre III Bridge (1900), the Palais de la<br />

Porte Dorée (1931) and the Palais de Chaillot<br />

and Palais de Tokyo (1937). But you’ll find<br />

drawings, paintings and maps of all the buildings<br />

created at the Musée Carnavalet museum.<br />

Sue Aran lives in the Gers department of<br />

southwest France where she runs French Country<br />

Adventures which provides private, personallyguided,<br />

small-group food & wine adventures into<br />

Gascony, the Pays Basque, Tarn and beyond…<br />

The Good Life France | 59

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