Last week I had to go to Paris to pass an exam : the Diplôme de Compétence en langue (DCL) in chinese. I only had a few hours to take advantage of this short trip, this time I decided at first to take a break at the Paris poetry market. It’s a good opportunity to meet poetry publishers and to remind us how essential poetry is nowadays. So many voices from all around the world, so many books, so many thoughts.
I made some great discoveries, like the very dynamic Editions des Vanneaux, I highly recommend their latest « Corse, Carnets Nomade », by Angèle Paoli, with drawings from David Hébert. It’s a declaration of love to Corsica, in a very rich and demanding language, a must-have !
And then, something really special to me. As a child I was incredibly fond of wild life : I had a few books displaying wild animals and their biotope, and I was so passionate that my parents finally offered me an encyclopaedia on the subject, the « La Faune » encyclopaedia. I could read those volumes for hours and hours, I knew a lot about the species, their names, theirs habits. I still don’t understand why I didn’t turn this into a job as an adult, or even a hobby. Still, I often watch documentaries on wildlife, I am a David Attenborough fan !
For people like me, there is a paradise right in the heart of the city, where I still didn’t take the time to wander : it’s called the Muséum of National History. Not only can you find the fantastic Gallery of Evolution, but also a zoo, the Paleontology and comparative Anatomy Gallery, a garden of plants and the Grandes Serres and botanic Gallery.
You can spend entire days in these astonishing places, I only had the time to (quickly) visit the Gallery of Evolution, and there was a temporary exhibition about comets which I found surprisingly very exciting.
The main attraction these days seems to be the spectacular Trix, but I didn’t have much time, had to catch my bus back to Rennes. I am in no way a tourist advisor but believe me, if you spend some time in Paris, it’s definitely worth to visit this area, especially with children.