Opera Garnier

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An English Girl Lost in Paris

The Opera Garnier is the most famous Opera House in Paris, if not the world, thanks to Leroux’s novel ‘Le Fantôme de l’Opéra’ and the Lloyd Webber musical of the same name. The Palais-Garnier allow visitors to wander round, either as individuals or as part of a guided tour, and discover the Opera. There is basically nowhere off limits once you enter. You can climb the grand staircase, enter the auditorium, stand on the balcony, take a seat in a private box – the opportunities are, for want of a less cliché phrase, endless.

Now, I can’t exactly talk to you about Opera Garnier without discussing the elephant (or should that be Elephant Man) in the room – The Phantom of the Opera. The story itself, whilst neither 100% fact nor 100% fiction has inspired some changes in the Opera Garnier, for example, Box 5, which the Phantom requests is…

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Add Your Piece of History… 9th July

Add Your Piece of History

  • On this day in 1984.  A 760-year-old wing of York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in Britain, was gutted by a fierce fire started by lightning.  A rescue party saved most of the historic and valuable artefacts from the burning cathedral including tapestries and silver
    candlesticks.
  • On this day in 1982.  30-year-old Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and spent 10 minutes talking with Queen Elizabeth II in her bedroom before being arrested inside the palace at 3 am.  Major questions were asked on how he evaded 43 soldiers, 24 police, 350 palace staff members, dog patrols, surveillance cameras, electronic listening devices and other equipment.
  • On this day in 1877.  The first Wimbledon tennis tournament begins.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or general history).

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Palais de la Decouverte

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An English Girl Lost in Paris

Palais de la Decouverte is a science museum housed in a section of the Grand Palais. The museum was created in 1937, and tries to make science and maths fun for children and adults alike. It’s linked with Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Parc de la Villette.

The museum is divided into sections, each exploring a different aspect of the world of science. There’s an animal section, space, human body, magnetism, meterology and chemistry area. Possibly the most notable thing contained within its walls, is the planetarium which holds talks throughout the day. There are also demonastrations taking place in every area within, for example you can find out how rats learn from trial and error, how social spiders work, how the heart works, and how to make an electromagnet.

I personally hate maths, and I’m not the biggest science fan, but I managed to have a good…

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