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That Paris likes marketed itself as a romantic city is nothing new, you sometimes get scam for your money because Paris has no depth and most is just about entertainment. Luckily there are exceptions which are worth to visit and to have a hang-out. The Jardin d'acclimation is one of these exceptions. Of course the entrance fee is less under 10 Euros, but what is most important for children under 3 years its free, and if they are older just a few older Euros. And then playing facilities are safe so that you parents have the time to chat to each-other with-out being under permanent surveillance and attacks of the countless beggars in the rest of the town.
This little park, which has playgrounds, a spraying rainbow, animals from a typical Normandy farm, and pony rides, is located in the Bois de Bologne at the West End of Paris. The playing facilities of xylophones of all shapes and sizes in a "music garden,"tennis-court" sized trampolines, and two itchy brown bears — The commercial part offers funny thrills and chills attractions, including three roller-coasters and a bumpy horse ride.
From 1877 until 1912, the Jardin d'Acclimatation was converted to the Jardin Acclimatation - Anthropologique". At the higt of the colonialism of foreign lands, many Parisians were attracted in their natural curiosity to customs and lifestyles of indigenous people Nubian's, Bushmen, Zulus and many other African people. They were "exhibited" in a human zoo. The exhibitions were a huge success till this "human zoo was moved more to the outskirts on the other side of the city to the parc "Jardin Tropical" which today is in total decline like the French want to forget their colonial past.
Or, if you are without kids, you can walk arround in this 20-hectare large garden which is full of many different Asian designs, walls, roof-tiles and statues. This is a walk of 30 minutes to prepare yourself to visit the teahouse of Miss Li: Its a authentic Beijing teahouse offers you a intimate setting, away from the stress of Paris. Here you can enjoy rare teas, obviously, but also read real books, not kindles, and comics for free. The Teahouse of miss Li is furnished with ancient Chinese, traditional lanterns, wooden panels or lacquers.And it has some most impressive "Chinese graffiti".
The tearoom is a timeless and precious place, housed in a former warehouse of 350 sqm of the Jardin d'acclimation in the "Bois de Boulogne". One 2wo afternoons per week, Hippolyte Romain, who is the artistic director of the Jardin d'acclimation welcomes visitors and is serving rare teas he selected himself in China. He will advise you to choose the tea that will fit best to your mood or the color of the day. € 4 for the teapot. And you can take your time. All the time. Nobody is pushing you to make place for next guests.
In comparison to the many sports and leisure marinas along the French Mediterranean coast with sheer countless motor-yachts in the port of Marseille I found the highest concentration of sailboats. The day I visited the port winds of 100km/h and more where blowing through the port which caused a loud howling. There where no signs of the meter-high waves out side at the shores. The port is really good protected against freaky storms and the boats are save.
In the dusk the "Vieux Port de Marseille" is a picturesque image and you wonder seriously whether you're at the end of the Ocident, or at the beginning of the Orient is. Left and right of the Vieux Port,rows of houses rising up the hills, culminating on the south at the cathedral Notre-Dame de la Garde on the very top of the hill. To the north side is the old "Panier" district, the oldest part of Marseille.
The head of the Vieux Port is the famous Canebiere relating its name from the fact that in earlier times there was grown hemp, based for the production of ship's rope. At its outlet to the sea the Vieux Port is lined with 2 forts: the Fort Saint-Jean and the Fort Saint Nicholas.
Numerous bars and cafes to sit around the old port, to have breakfast or treat yourself a pastis and sinks into the idea that here at this point once the Phoenician ships came ashore to Marseille. Many restaurants line the Vieux Port, the quality varies considerably, from rip-off through to a fairly priced Bouillabaisse restaurant on a old Bark, the "Le Marseillois" in the port.
Another attraction of the Vieux Port is every morning has fish market, where the fish are offered for sale as freshly caught by the fishermen.
The Vieux Port of Marseille is since its inception in ancient times both: France's the oldest port , as well as its historical and cultural center. Its a port since 6 Century BC, quays today had be build during the 15 to 17 Century By the mid-nineteenth century, the port was the economic center of the city, open for maritime trade in the Mediterranean and for trade from French colonies.
Today the industrial port has shifted to the "Euro Marseille port" just a short walk to the north and the Vieux Port is a very good marina and popular meeting place for the Marseillais, Marseillaise and a tourists alike. The fortresses of Saint Nicholas and Saint Jean, the workshops and old customs buildings of the Vieux-Port are protected as historic monuments.
It is Le Corbusier realisation of his idea of the "vertical city" and is most of all especially colorful. The French are saying "Le Corbü" to this 138-meter-long concrete block. The official name is "Unité d'Habitation" which translates roughly as "a machine for living". Initially, the enthusiasm of the French people was even more restricted and they had called it "Maison du Fada" (House of the lunatic). You can find the "Le Corbü" in the Boulevard Michelet in Marseilles 9 °arrondissement and is officially known as "Cité radieuse".
The Swiss Le Corbusier, whose real name was Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris was one of the most important and influential architects of the 20th Century, but his ideas also provoked controversy. This housing concept is still controversial today and as I wrote in an earlier post here in my Blog that similar buildings like "Barre Balzac" in northern Parisian suburb of La Courneuve had been destroyed.
Between 1947 and 1951, the "Cité radieuse" built the first "machine for living". For 60 years in the futuristic complex are about 1000 people living in the Good 337 apartments. The apartments are located on floors nine double-box-shaped arranged with colorful painted loggias with high windows above the other. In the seventh and eighth floors to shops (bakery, etc), a small hotel and a laundry. On the accessible roof landscape is still a kindergarten, a miniature swimming pool, an outdoor theater and a elementary school.
Corbusier wanted to allow a broadening of high comfort and combine facilities for daily needs in one place - it is still in the kindergarten Corbusier House, The roof terrace has always been one of the most important meeting of the residents.
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