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Scavenger Hunt : The Invinsible Line

Paris is a beautiful & magnificent city. Full of love & light to shed on the world.

Many visitors walk around with their gaze up on the Eiffel Tower or on the grand architectural detailing on buildings that makes this city so beautiful. But few look at the details that are directly under their feet.

Directly under their feet is an invisible monument that marks an invisible line that crosses all of Paris & defined the starting point for the whole world!

I am talking about The Paris Meridian Line (or as Dan Brown liked to call it – The Rose Line). This line was the Prime Meridian or Zero Meridian, that the world used as the datum for all measurements of longitude. It was established in 1667 and revised/extended several times, most famously by François Arago (1786-1853).

Unfortunately, in 1884 it lost out to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) as the universal starting point for the Prime Meridian that still stands today. The French, being a stubborn bunch abstained from that directive and continued to use the Paris meridian until 1911.

This imaginary line crosses North/South through parks, city streets, private properties and even has some famous monuments sitting on it & aligned with it.

Now that line is gone & almost forgotten – save – for the artistic tribute to Arago by Dutch artist, Jan Dibbets. In 1994/95 he recreated the line by placing 135 bronze medallions and marking small pieces of the line.

This Arago Line is most noticeable, in the only remnant (within Paris) still existing today. At the Paris Observatory you can see an actual piece of the line created in the paving pattern.

But throughout Paris, the artist placed the medallions – each 12cm [4.7″] in diameter, inlaid into the ground along a 9.2km [5.7 mile] stretch of the Paris Meridian Line.

The Medallions have the word “Arago’ & a letter ‘N’ & ‘S’ to represent North & South directions. A newer version – La Meridienne Verde Medalions – fills in where previous medallions were missing.

These are your guides & finding as many as you can may be difficult but will give you a new – out of the ordinary – adventure in Paris.

The Hunt Is On!

Find the 5 southern-most markers (within Paris) and what monuments/buildings are they close to.

Some are difficult to find, others are missing with a hint of their existence. The fun is in the searching while finding them is an added reward.

HINT :
To start you off, these are the locations of some of the medallion markers within the Louvre.

  • In the Louvre (Richelieu Wing), 18th – 19th c. French Sculpture area, in the passage between the 5th – 18th c. and the 18th – 19th c. areas
  • In the Louvre (Richelieu Wing), 18th – 19th c. French Sculpture area, on ‘mezanine-level’ walkway on the south side of Cour Puget
  • In the Louvre (Richelieu Wing), 18th – 19th c. French Sculpture area, between the escalators, at the top
  • At the Louvre (Napoleon Court), east of the pyramid.
  • At the Louvre (Napoleon Court), east of the pyramid.
  • At the Louvre (Napoleon Court), east of the pyramid.(missing just void)
  • At the Louvre (Napoleon Court), east of the pyramid.
  • At the Louvre (Napoleon Court), east of the pyramid.
  • In the Louvre (Denon Wing), Etruscan and Roman Antiquities area, on the main ground floor stairs
  • In the Louvre (Denon Wing), Etruscan and Roman Antiquities area, just inside the door to Room 31
  • In the Louvre (Denon Wing), Etruscan and Roman Antiquities area, Room 31
  • In the Louvre (Denon Wing), Etruscan and Roman Antiquities area, Room 21

Connect the dots & it will point your way.

Bonus Round :

Find the piece of the line (not medallion) that Dan Brown made famous as ‘The Rose Line’ (in his “Da Vinci Code” Novel). Well, its not really the real Paris Meridian (off by 100ft), but it serves an equally as big – not the purpose Dan Brown said – but similar to the Paris Meridian.

What purpose does it serve?

HINT : This line involves (2) Rose windows, an obelisk & a medallion. Each serves a purpose for the line, but they seem out of character inside the church where Victor Hugo was married.


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FreakN Friday Video – Horror Cat

FreakN as in freaking amazing! freaking wonderful! freaking funny!! You get the idea…

So I am doing something different here. I am going to post every Friday a new song/video that I find to be amazing, wonderful, inspiring, funny and to share it with you in the hopes of spreading fun & lightness around.

Maybe you’ll like my choice or hate it, let me know, but the real purpose is just spreading fun & lightness around. Since the economy took a dive, people & things just seem to be getting heavy & significant now-a-days. Even some of my posts.

So, anyway the idea is to have a fun Friday & a post that will amaze you, make you laugh (Oops, I know I said that already!) or just really make you stop and think.

Let me know what you think – Rate it! Comment on it! Steal it!

Oct 3,2008 : Horror Cat Attacks!

Horror Cat is here to eat Fancy Feast and murder human beings… and she’s all out of Fancy Feast!

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You Got Peanut Butter on My Phone!

OK today is a shitty! no a sucky! not a great day! Have you ever had one of those days where nothing you do seems to go right! I just wanted to go to bed by midday.

So I went upstairs and started to prepare lunch before I take a nap. My 10 yr old son noticed I was pissed so he was helping by make my favorite sandwich – Peanut Butter & Jelly. I don’t know what it is about a PB&J; sandwich, but it usually puts a smile on my face…

Well, today it did just that… but in quite a different way!

My cell phone rings & I’m fumbling to answer it before my client is sent to VM – but Damm!!! – they make these cell phones so tiny – anyone could easily drop one.

And that is just what happened. I am holding the phone with my cheek against my shoulder – and of course I had to be nosey. I leaned forward to see him make my sandwich and my tiny, shiny, favorite Blackberry Pearl (can you hear my cries) just slides, as if greased with butter, right out of my shoulder.

Oh shit! doggy doo (my son’s listening – I can’t contribute to the corruption of a minor!). My first thought is “don’t fall on the PB! – no not face down at least!!!” As I am thinking those words, I see my black Pearl slide (matrix-like) down my favorite red, polyester Hawaiian shit; roll off my outstreched arm (hey in the movies they catch it in mid air, why not me!); and does a flip – you know like the end of a slide dropping into the pool.

As I am thinking “- no not face down at least!!!” that is exactly what the phone decides to do – a belly flop into the PB.

My son turns and faces me with a look of suprise & fun and says “Hey you got phone in my peanut butter!” I immediately start laughing and that commercial runs thru my head. I reply. “Hey you got peanut butter on my phone!”

I try to snatch it off the PB (Hey, the 5 second rule may apply – maybe it won’t stick), but as I turn it over I see the splatter of PB on the buttons. We both start laughing and the burden and the blues of this day just washed away.

Needless to say, throughout the day, everytime I answer the phone I get the perfume of PB and it makes me smile.

Have a great day and don’t let life get you down. Live and enjoy each day…

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Blog the Recession

Came across Motherhood Uncensored’s blog & she has this great nude celebs idea for all bloggers to help one another.

Help some bloggers by increasing pageview, contributing to their ad revenue. But an even simpler idea: Getting to know one another, even commenting on each other’s posts and helping each other out.

She calls it “Blog the Recession Month.”

Her idea is nice & the premise is simple:

If you read blogs, then for the month of August, make the “pledge” to click through from your feed reader. No obligation to leave a hilarious comment or send a long stalkerish email (although both, within reason, are always lovely). Just click through to the blog (not on ads unless you are so led) and if you’re feeling generous, click around to their older posts.

Just those extra page views can make a big difference for bloggers who could really use the help…

Pageviews, ad revenue but most important, comments. Comments are always nice to get. It helps me feel like someone is actually visiting & I’m not “sitting here blogging at myself.”

I love the idea because it’s fun, creates a community with like interests, and most of all allows me to feel like I am contributing something to you.

Welcome & Thanks for coming by…

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