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Title Polytechnic Holiday Party Paris '06'
Date 1906-1907
Document type Photograph
Description Photographs of a PTA tour group in Paris.
Theme(s) Urban Tours and City Breaks  Package Tours, Cruises and Organised Travel  
Regions Europe  
Country/State France  
Keywords tours, city, culture
Collection Photographs
Reference PTA/5/1/9
Library University of Westminster Archive
Language English
Additional information The first image was taken at Parc des Buttes, Chaumont: The Temple of Sybil, which is on top of the island's cliffs, 89 meters or 292 feet high. A suspension footbridge runs from a hill in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumonts to the island in the centre of the lake. (Note the handrails on the bridge, which appear to be logs but were molded from concrete in the 19th century.) The park, which replaced a gypsum quarry and execution ground, was begun in 1863 as the crowning touch in Napoleon III's plan for green spaces throughout Paris. The Parc occupies 61 acres (25 hectares) of hilly land in the 19th arrondissement, in the northeastern reaches of Paris. Its layout and design owe more to engineers and landscape gardeners than to nature. The site was carved out of the old quarries and slums with dynamite, then outfitted with such romantic touches as waterfalls, a grotto, a lake, and a folly, the Temple of Sybil, on top of a cliff with views of Montmartre in the distance.
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