Sunday, August 8, 2010

YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW PARIS .... UNTIL NOW

DID YOU KNOW ?

- The Seine river flows at 2 km/ hour.

- The 1st traffic light dates from 1923, and was installed at the crossroad Strasbourg Saint Denis.

- The Arc de Triomphe was the 1st roundabout in the world !

- 30 species of fish live in the Seine river.

- The Paris pavements, the famous  " pavés" were made of wood before being  stone.

- The Pompadour, who had a strong craving for diamonds, lies forever under the Place Vendôme in a chapel which has now disappeared.

- The choice of settlement for the BHV was made over an umbrella.
Its founder, a bloke named Ruel, had  placed stalls selling umbrellas and other items  in different sites of Paris . The best sales went on at the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Rivoli.
So, that's where he decided to build his empire. Smart guy !

1 comment:

aurelinfo said...

Salut
Je t’ai mis un +5 sur boosterblog.
Merci d’avance pour le retour.

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A bientôt

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