The great flood of Paris

One hundred years ago, Paris suffered one of the worst floods in its recorded history. The Galeries des Bibliothèques has compiled an online exhibit to show off some of the striking images from the flood, including an interactive exhibit with more than 1,300 photos. At one point, the water hit more than 20 feet above normal levels. The flood crippled the city’s infrastructure, leaving many Parisians stranded when even the trains could not longer operate after several major stations flooded, including the Gare D’Orsay on the right bank. The images are striking, often haunting reminders of mankind’s fragility compared to the brutal force of nature.

I was so intrigued by the imagery that I ordered a copy of Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 by Jeffrey H. Jackson, just published by MacMillian.

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3 responses to “The great flood of Paris

  1. Wow, what awesome photos. Thanks for the link 🙂 Paris is one of my favourite cities and it's interesting to see it in such a different light.At the risk of sounding like a geeky fan, I recently read your book and absolutely loved it! I did a chef's course here in NZ from Aug-Dec (studying at Cordon Bleu is a dream if I ever win lotto!) and your trials and triumphs were all too familiar. I think the personality 'types' that do cooking courses are the same worldwide as I could pick out my classmates in your descriptions.Jo 🙂

  2. great post. I would love to follow you on twitter. By the way, did you learn that some chinese hacker had busted twitter yesterday again.

  3. My twitter address is http://twitter.com/katflinnAnd thanks for the nice comments on the flood photos…

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