Yes, the jewelry on the Red Carpet is always stunning, but Oscar Night only happens once each year. Paris, however, is a year-round display of the best of the jeweler’ art. When in Paris, check out the windows on the Place Vendome on the Right Bank. And for your enjoyment, one of the most glorious pieces ever, plus a little lagniappe for those of more modest tastes.
A mere 1500 rooms and 130 acres of gardens, Château de Fontainebleau astounds and amazes. Check the map. The huge Château is dwarfed by green.
Zoom in an out if you wish. It’s immense. Imagine its “humble beginnings” as a hunting lodge. Imagine the wealth disparity between the French and their royalty that spurred the revolution. Imagine the artists and architects, the best of their times. A visit is a history lesson for the ages.
What’s new? The restoration of the Turkish Boudoir, 7 years of it, has now resulted in an interesting glimpse into the life of Marie Antoinette, for whom it was built in 1777 by the Rousseau brothers.
“All of the originality and preciosity of the so-called Turqueries, together with their modernity, reach their full expression here: with exceptionally harmonious décor and furniture, an extraordinarily rich choice of materials and patterns borrowed from the original repertoire, not to mention the lighting effects created by the moving mirrors and transparent fabrics.”
Here’s a little map overlay with the country of France placed under a map of the Continental US state boundaries. The total area of France is 211,209 square miles, making France slightly smaller than two Colorados. France is smaller than the state of Texas at 268,820 square miles of area.
The average population density of France is 120.56 people per square kilometer, last measured in 2013. For the same time period, the United States was last measured at 34.56 per square kilometer.
The population of France is currently around 63 million people. For historic population and future population predictions, see Population Pyramid
According to the US Census Bureau’s population clock, the estimated 2015 United States population (July 2015) is over 321.3 million. California has the largest state population of 39 million, almost 2/3 that of France.
Paris, the capital of France, has a population of 2.34 million people, slightly more people than those who occupy Houston, Texas which has the fourth highest population among cities in the United States.