While today Carmen is one of the most performed operas, it's debut was a true disaster. The composer George Bizet, never lived to see the success of his opera, as he died a couple days after the premiere.
The Tonka bean comes from a tropical tree in South America. It is used in cooking as well as in medicine, and has revolutionized the world of perfumery. Its fragrance, mostly made up of coumarin, has introduced the world to fern-based scents.
It is in 1900 in London that Puccini discovers the story of Madame Butterfly, and decides to make an opera of it. After a disastrous premiere, the play has flourished today, to be one of the most popular in the world.
64 spaces, 32 pieces, and an infinite amount of possibilities... Considered a "mental arm wrestle", the game of chess, once reserved for the noble classes, has now become one of the most renown thinking games of the world.
Developped in the 50's, ambroxan was used as a replacement to natural ambergris in perfumes. Its sensual scents and numerous facets made it a major player in modern perfumery, and can also be found in oriental perfumes as well as floral, aromatic, fruity and woody fragrances.
While strolling at the Marché des Enfants Rouge, there is a good chance that at the turn of a stand, you will hear a “Miam-Miam” In this case, do not hesitate and follow the sound of the voice, you are not far from the best sandwich of Paris (and maybe even of the world!)
Also called “liquid gold”, sandalwood has been used for more than 4000 years in Asia because of its numerous medicinal or olfactory properties.
Known in form of incense since the dawn of time, its use in perfumery dates only from the 19th century. Its olfactory roundness and ability to sublimate other notes quickly made it a must in modern perfume.
In 1498, three Portuguese ships crossed the Cape of Good Hope to reach the port of Calcutta. This is the first time European ships have anchored in an Indian port. This event marks the beginning of a long and fierce competition between the European powers. The control of trade routes between Europe and the Indian continent then exacerbates all desires.
The legendary Parisian restaurant Champeaux, opened its doors in 1800, and won eternal fame thanks to Zola. Originally located at Place de la Bourse, the restaurant went under new leadership in 2016, and transformed its image with the help of triple starred chef Alain Ducasse who will re-open its doors under the canopée des Halles.
Since antiquity, from Asia to the Mediterranean, cardamom has been used for its medicinal and olfactory qualities. Originally from India, cardamom is currently the third most consumed spice in the world after saffron and vanilla.
Backtrack to the first "circumnavigation" in history. The journey began in 1519, taking three years to complete, and began with five ships and 237 crew members, returning with 1 ship and 18 crew members.