|Erin and Jaymi – The Fountain of the Four Parts of the World|
8:55 AM – With Erin from Miami (USA) and Jaymi from San Francisco (USA), we left the “Porte d’Orléans” at the south end of Paris to run toward the center of the city, cross the Louvre, then return by a parallel route.
Do you know the garden of the Great Explorers, the small long and narrow park, situated very close by the garden of the Luxembourg?
In its entrance, south side, we met the Fountain of the Four Parts of the World, as we can see it on the photo above, behind the pond. This bronze fountain, realized by several artists from 1867 till 1874, symbolizes the four Continents, Africa, America, Asia and Europe (Oceania not being represented).
We also name this fountain the Fountain Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux having sculptured the women who represent the continents.
We are in the axis of the meridian of Paris. In the background of the photo, we recognize the Paris Observatory, created in 1667.
By running northward, in the Latin Quarter, we crossed the Hotel of Abbots de Cluny, where resides, nowadays, the Museum of the Middle Ages:
|Erin and Jaymi – Hotel of Cluny|
It is at the Museum of the Middle Ages that we can admire the magnificent Tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn .
Of return southward, we entered the beautiful gallery Véro-Dodat, a passage created in 1826. For the amateurs of fashion, it is at the end of the gallery that one of the most famous mode shoemakers created his first shop. Shoes with very high heel, incompatible with the running…
|Jaymi and Erin – Galerie Véro-Dodat|
We went to finish our running by way of the beautiful Montsouris Park, of which the construction was decided by the baron Haussmann in 1860 to match in the South the Park of the Buttes Chaumont, the other big garden in the North of Paris.
|Erin and Jaymi – Montsouris Park|
Merci Erin ! Merci Jaymi !
The route of the tour: