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April 2013 - The Colonial Palace

The Colonial Palace

In 1931, at the height of its influence as a colonial power, France hosted an event called the International Colonial Exposition in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris.  In this month's Paris Insights, we take a look at the Colonial Palace, a monument that was built for the exposition and to celebrate the glory of French imperialism.

France Bringing Peace and Prosperity to the Colonies

A large guilded bronze statue once stood on the steps of the entrance to the Colonial Palace.  Read about its symbolism in this months Paris, Past and Present.

Bécaye Tounkara, Proprietor of Le Dogon

We had the occasion to dine at Le Dogon, a restaurant that specializes in cuisine from Mali and Senegal.  Read our review in Le Bon Goût to learn about the delicious food that we enjoyed there and to meet the restaurant's owner, Bécaye Tounkara.

Bonne lecture!

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One of Discover Paris' most popular walking tours is called Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden.

Explore the Luxembourg Garden and learn about the histories of such luminaries as Richard Wright, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Séjour, and Henry O. Tanner. Learn about the myth of the black Statue of Liberty, and see the contemporary sculpture that commemorates the abolition of slavery in the French colonies.

The tour, led by a knowledgeable and experienced local guide, involves about 2 hours of walking. Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden is a regularly-scheduled walking tour.

Click here to view the schedule: https://discoverparis.net/scheduled-walking-tours.

We look forward to helping make your trip to Paris memorable!

Paris Panorama Newsletters for 2013