At our March 17 meeting we had a collaborative presentation of le Paris de Haussman.
Dominique Allsop explained how, in the middle of the 19th century, Napoleon III commissioned Haussman to redesign and rebuild the capital, at that time torn apart by the effects of the revolution and polluted with slums. These two men shared a huge, idealistic vision of a great city with high standards of living conditions and good access by road.
Paul Robertson, himself an architect, then gave us a slide show illustrating the changes brought in at that time. It was a fascinating afternoon and very well-attended.
At our next meeting, on Tuesday, March 31, Brigitte Adam will challenge us to consider cultural differences between the French and the British by organising a causerie sur les différences culturelles entre la France et le Royaume-Uni.
As usual, there will be refreshments and informal chatting afterwards. Anyone is welcome and the venue is still Holy Redeemer Church Hall in Upper Church Road at 2.30pm.