By Charles Margerison
Have you questioned how the Eiffel Tower was once equipped? Or, what it will were prefer to wander the streets of Montmartre 100 years in the past and meet humans like Edith Piaf and the well-known painters? As you stroll round the urban of sunshine, you're traveling within the footsteps of fantastic humans together with Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gustave Eiffel. in several methods, all of those impressive characters made significant contributions, making the town of Paris what it truly is this day. A urban journey in contrast to the other, impressive humans of Paris takes you on a desirable trip with those icons of 1 of the world's such a lot visited towns. you are going to meet those that contributed to the song, the artwork, the structure, the politics and different important facets of the city's lifestyles. Come nose to nose with those that constructed the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Tuilleries Gardens and different nice locations. stroll round the urban with the tales of the folk who created the websites we like to go to. what's a BioView®? Your journey of the folk and areas of Paris comes alive via BioViews®. A BioView® is a quick biographical tale, just like an interview. those precise tales offer an effective way of studying approximately impressive those who made significant contributions and adjusted our international.
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Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 53 Amazing People of Paris Eugene Belgrand 1810 – 1878 People cannot live without water Although the River Seine ran through Paris it was polluted Rubbish of all kinds was thrown into the river The life blood of the city was becoming stagnant At the same time, thousands of new people were arriving Something had to be done to ensure a safe and clean water supply Baron Haussmann appointed me as Director of Waters and Sewers in 1855 As an engineer, I understood the magnitude of the problem There were no easy solutions It required planning on a grand scale A system of tunnels was designed to carry water Filtration systems had to be put in place Organizing the projects and the men was a big job The sewer system of Paris was quadrupled in 15 years Above ground, aqueducts were needed The Romans had taught us how important they were It was amazing that they built them without modern tools As a result, we doubled the amount of water flowing to the city In all, four times as many homes benefited The effort to give Paris clean water was essential Without it, the spectre of cholera hung over the city We knew it would kill without regard Our efforts were a race against time In the process, I needed to learn quickly Many scientists were employed We needed information on geology, chemistry, and other specialisms In addition to being an engineer my main job was management Co-ordinating thousands of workers and suppliers was demanding Creating a new water supply was a fascinating job After all, we were improving the sanitation of the city Beyond that, we helped create the new Paris.
After the Revolution, a new Government took over A note with my husband’s belongings was sent to me ‘To the widow of Lavoisier who was falsely convicted’ His death was a disaster not only for me but for science I reflected on the decision I made at the age of 13 A decision to marry made under pressure It was a decision that I never regretted. © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 41 Amazing People of Paris Joseph Montgolfier 1740 – 1810 ‘I would like to fly over the city of Paris,’ I said In 1777, the idea of how to do it arrived I was 37 years of age at the time Few gave credence to my wild theory When drying laundry over a fire, I noticed the cloth moved Could hot air make a heavier-than-air object rise from the ground?
Amazing People of Paris Andre Le Notre 1613 – 1700 Bienvenue Welcome to Paris and, in particular, the Tuileries Gardens The Tuileries Palace once stood here That building was started in 1564 by Catherine de Medici Famous people lived there, including the King Louis XIV and Napoleon The Palace was the royal residence before 1871 The building was destroyed by revolutionaries of the Paris commune Next to the Tuileries is the Louvre It was originally a fortress King Francois I started the re-building in 1546 A hundred years later, King Louis XIV spent a lot of money He developed both the Tuileries and the Louvre © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 25 Amazing People of Paris It was my privilege to be the landscape designer at the Tuileries The smell of flowers was in my blood My father and grandfather were gardeners They passed on their practical skills As part of my training, I studied painting and architecture I succeeded to my father’s job as head gardener at the Tuileries in 1637 I was ready for the challenges ahead My work came to the attention of King Louis XIV of France A powerful ruler, he wanted the most beautiful gardens Money and men to do the work were supplied King Louis was generous and appreciative of my work He had absolute power and wanted everything to be just as he decided The King also asked me to design the gardens at his Palais of Versailles Work began in 1661 At the age of 48, I was in my prime and full of energy At Versailles, I also laid out the radiating city plan The Avenue de Paris was the largest of its kind in Europe It was a busy period for me with many projects at the same time One of them was to extend the gardens in the centre of Paris That became the Champs Elysées Other projects included the Chateaux at Fontainebleau I worked there for two years from 1645 I also developed other properties at Grand Trianon and Clagny In all, I had a fascinating job It enabled me to make Paris beautiful.
Amazing People of Paris: Inspirational Stories by Charles Margerison