The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

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Spring 2022

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.

Musée de l'Homme and

Musée de l'Homme and Chaillot – National Dance Theater. Often left out of tourist itineraries, the Palais de Chaillot is worth visiting for the magnificent architecture as well as the extraordinary museums. Plus there is a wonderful view over the Eiffel Tower and the Champs du de Mars from the Esplanade des Libertés et des Droits de l'Homme, between the two wings. And there are several places to eat including the Café de l'Homme, at the back of the back of the Musée de l'Homme, one of the favourite spots for Parisians in summer with a terrace overlooking the tower opened in 2020. The space between the palais and the Seine is set with gardens, designed by Jean-Charles Alphand, and an array of fountains. Within its gardens, two large animal statues stood – a rhinoceros and an elephant, which were removed and stored during the demolition of the old palace, and have been located next to the entrance of the Musée d’Orsay since 1986. Saint-Michel Fountain 58 | The Good Life France

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