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February 17, 1904: Madame Butterfly

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.

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Restaurant to be

Discover the flavors of Morocco while never leaving the Marais. All you need to do is get yourself to Chez Omar, located at 47 rue de Bretagne to have one of the best couscous in all of Paris.

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January 5, 1874: The inauguration of the Garnier Opera

Three bombs, one unknown architect, and 13 years of work is what it took to bring the most Napoleon III themed edifice to the City of Light.

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January 11, 1886: First world championship of chess

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.

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Ambroxan

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.

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Chez Alain Miam Miam

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!)

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The Sandalwood

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.

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December 10th 1901: The first Nobel prizes

After its foundation, the Nobel Prize organization has awarded 590 prizes to 935 people or organizations. Their goal is to promote each year “people who have brought great benefit to humanity”.

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December 1st 1600: Creation of the British Company in the West Indies

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.

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Le Café des Musées

Authentic Parisian brasserie since 1924, le Café des Musées welcomes you to a friendly and warm atmosphere in the heart of Paris.

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The Orange

Very present in Eau de Cologne, orange is part of the citrus fruit family just like other citrus fruits, lemon, bergamot or grapefruit.

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October 12th 1512: the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

In 1508 Michelangelo, a sculptor, hesitated to accept an order from Pope Julius II for fear of failure. Four years later, he offers the world one of the greatest masterpieces of Western painting.

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October 6th 1889: The Moulin Rouge

Instant success, fire, golden age, resurgence, worldwide fame, … Moulin Rouge’s history is the image of its revue: tumultuous and extraordinary!

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Restaurant to be: Champeaux

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.

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Cardamom

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.

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September 6, 1522: The first World Tour

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.

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September 20, 1946: The First Festival de Cannes

The Palme d'Or, the climbing of the steps, the runway of stars running along the Cannes seafront... The Cannes film festival is considered the Festival of Festivals dedicated to cinema. But the journey was long before it reached this international recognition.

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August 28, 1963: "I have a dream"

The march in Washington to support equal civil rights for all, unifies thousands in the country's capital. It's towards the end of the day, around 6:00pm, that Martin Luther King announces this celebrated phrase that has marked American history.

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At Lily and Marcel's

Located along the Seine, Lily and Marcel's traditional Parisian brasserie welcomes you!

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Iris

Iris is one of the most expensive raw materials on the market in perfumery. Despite having over two hundred different species, only three are used to create perfumes.

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August 7, 1876: Mata Hari

Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was born in the Netherlands She was to draw her dancer and courtesan name, Mata Hari, meaning the eye of day in Malay, from her exotic travels. She was to draw her dancer and courtesan name, Mata Hari, meaning the eye of day in Malay, from her exotic origins.

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