News for the week of March 4

Our next book club selection for March 20 at Schuler's was is Billie, a story about a unique friendship between two young people. The book was the  number one best seller in France by French author Anna Gavalda.  For more information please contact Marijke Wiersema.

And speaking of books. . . 

My pick this week is The Streets of Paris: A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History by Susan Cahill noted author of the Hidden Gardens of Paris. I know, the title is a mouthful but this is not only fun and informative to read but comes with lots of handy tips and information about not-so-common places to visit.

France in America

There's still time to get to the Speed Museum in Louisville, KY to see the "Women Artists in Paris 1850-1900" exhibition. Eighty paintings by thirty-seven artists from 13 countries truly spectacular. . .  like this work by Louise Abbéma (that's Louise on the right right with Sarah Bernhardt in the white dress):


How well do you know Paris? Today we look at the 10th arrondissement.

1. What are artists who make hand fans called?.

A. Éventiers.
B. Éventaillistes.
C. Éventailleurs.

2. How many locks are there in the canal Saint-Martin?

A. 5.
B. 9
C. 12.

3. Why is one of the canal Saint-Martin locks called "the lock of the dead"?

A. It is bridged a high gangway popular among those attempting suicide.
B. It evokes memories of an old gallows.
C. The locks name actually comes from a corruption of the French word for "Moors."

4. How wide is the narrowest building front in Paris, at 39 rue du Château-d'Eau?

A. 1.2m.
B. 2.3m.
C. 3.2m.

5. Which of the following is spanned by the rue de l'Aqueduc?

A. The canal Saint-Martin.
B. The tracks of the gare de l'Est.
C. The gardens of the Lariboisière hospital.

Answers to last week's quiz on the 9th arrondissement: 1. C, Greek-inspired architecture; 2. A, Anvers; 3. B, crossed by plasterers’s carts; 4. C, one-way traffic; 5. A, Cave of Thieves.

Travel in France: Provence