Friday, January 29, 2010

Water, water, everywhere


No, it's not Venice.  This is what much of Paris looked like exactly 100 years ago.  This photo is of rue de Seine, about a block and a half from where we're living, and it comes from the exhibition at the Galeries des Bibliotheques Nationales called Paris Inondé.  A combination of extraordinary weather events and progress, including the new Metro system whose tunnels allowed rising water to infiltrate deep into the city, caused flooding that lasted for several weeks and brought the city to a grinding halt.

The water rose to levels never seen before or since.  Here's where the water level usually is in January.

It's a fascinating exhibit and you can see much of it by clicking on this link Paris Inondé .

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