Monday 26 November 2012
Greatest Cities of the World- Paris
Our Australian ABC has recently been rescreening Griff Rhys Jones' Greatest Cities of the World. I haven't seen any of the other cities, but made sure to catch the episode on Paris.
Griff takes us on a 24 hour journey through Paris on a single day. Exploring such Paris staples as bread, the life of a Parisian waiter and a Parisian dog.
There are many glorious glimpses of Paris of course. And some fascinating facts along the way.
Paris was considered "too beautiful to be bombed", which is why it survived World War II so well.
200 years ago Paris was France's second busiest port.
There are two water systems in Paris. The newer one supplying drinking water. The older system for street cleaning.
Baguettes were a Viennese invention. In Paris 70% of the bread is made by hand, compared with 3% in the UK. Parisians may queue for bread twice a day.
Most disturbing is the image of Griff greasing the large mechanism that keep the lifts of the Eiffel Tower running with molten mutton fat. Apparently this occurs once a week.
Fascinating to accompany a canine client to the Salon de Toilettage, and see the use of dog cologne.
We also get to visit the bee hives on the roof of the Opera Garnier who make one of the most expensive honeys in the world. I must try some of that next year. I am also looking forward to helping to consume the 80,000 bottles of champagne that need to be drunk in Paris each day.
It all appears to be on youtube if you've missed it.