Thursday, 11 December 2008

la photo du jour

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The Folies Bergère is a Parisian music hall which opened on 2 May 1869 and was at the height of its fame and popularity from the 1890s through the 1920s.

Shows featured elaborate costumes; the women's were frequently revealing, practically leaving them naked.

In 1926, Joséphine Baker, an African-American expatriate singer, dancer, and entertainer, became an overnight sensation at the Folies Bergère with her suggestive "banana dance", in which she wore a skirt made of bananas and little else.

la photo du jour

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A statue alongside rue Rambuteau, which was the first wide street to be built in medieval Paris, a concept introduced to improve hygiene and combat cholera. 

Excerpt from wikipedia: La rue Rambuteau est une rue du centre de Paris qui relie le quartier des Halles, dans le 1er arrondissement, au quartier du Marais dans le 4e. Elle longe le Forum des Halles et la façade nord du centre Georges-Pompidou, et marque la limite entre le 3e et le 4e. Elle occupe une place particulière dans l'histoire de Paris, car c'est la première rue percée à travers le centre médiéval, sous le règne de Louis-Philippe, quelques années avant les grands travaux haussmanniens.