Friday Fun Facts – La Marinière Did you know? Those blue and white stripes found on the iconic French Sailor’s shirts known as “la Marinière” follow very strict laws… The French Sailor’s shirt composition MUST follow these exacting rules: “The body is to contain precisely 21 white stripes (20mm), and 20 or 21 indigo blue stripes (10mm). The three-quarter length…
Did you know??? Friday Fun Facts Statue of Liberty – The United States and France have a long history together. In commemoration of this alliance, the French offered the now famous Statue of Liberty in 1886. Created by French sculpture Bartholdi and built by the famous Gustave Eiffel, it represents freedom for the people – a belief held strongly by both countries. But there are so many more sisters living in Paris…
Just three years later, Americans residents living in Paris gave the French a 1/8 scale replica of our beloved Statue of Liberty. Housed on the river Seine, she faces west to gaze across the oceans towards her favorite sister in New York City.
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Did you know??? For a period of six weeks in the winter and again in spring, France’s retailers put their lingering unsold stock on sale for the savvy to pick up at serious discounts. From Wednesday January 11th through Tuesday February 21st, 2017.
Clearance sales began with the advent of the first department stores in Paris, the earliest dating back to 1784. Retailers needed a way to dispose of surplus inventory to clear the way for new merchandise. An idea dreamed up by François Mannoury to spur buying, the first official clearance sales were held at the “Petit Saint Thomas” in the mid 1800’s. He was also the creator and first to offer sales by correspondence.
The last execution by Guillotine in France happened not so long ago… The Guillotine was designed by the surgeon Antoine Louis inspired by devices found in Italy. Dr. Louis perfected his new toy by practicing on the corpses left behind by his botched surgeries and a few sheep (dinner?). It was first presented to the French in 1789 by his friend the Doctor Joseph Guillotin from where it gets its name.
Street name use began in Paris in the 14th century. At first written on canvas and hung off buildings, then followed much later in 1761 by the now famous blue enamel plates. Before the numbering system came along, the only way to locate a home or business was exclusively by its street name. The “Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche” (“Street of the Cat that Fishes”) is the narrowest street in Paris (1,80 meters – about 6’ft), and one of the oldest.
Friday Fun Facts – Did you know? No one ever danced on the Pont d’Avignon (more precisely the Saint-Benezet Bridge) as the song claims, but under it… In the middle ages, the bridge traversed an island called “Isle de la Barthelasse” where guingettes (party boats) used to dock under the arches.