Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Today was a great day for fountains.  First we found the dragon fountain near Gare d'Austerlitz.  It seems to rise out of and then descend back into the pavement of Place Augusta Holmes.  It's an artwork rather than a drinking fountain.

In Jardin de Reuilly there's a fountain that dispenses both chilled and sparkling waters.  Only in France!  It's built into a gardening shed.

And we found the two remaining types of Wallace fountains.    Sir Richard Wallace was a philanthropist who financed the construction of a large number of cast iron drinking fountains that have become a symbol of the city of Paris.  This happened in the 1870's when Paris was rebuilding after the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune episode.  He developed four models of the drinking fountains.  Today, 67 large model fountains, 9 small model fountains, 2 colonnaded fountains, and one applied model remain.  You'll remember that I've already showed you photos of the large model Wallace fountain and the applied model Wallace fountain.  On the Promenade Plantée we saw two of the small model Wallace fountains.

And in Place Pierre Demours, we saw one of the two remaining colonnaded Wallace fountains.

My lunch today was a duck breast salad with mushrooms and pears.  Very tasty!

Today's cheese:  None

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