Wednesday, July 4, 2012


It's the Dodo Manège in the Jardin des Plantes

Le Jardin des Plantes is a botanical garden established in 1635 under the reign of Louis XIII. Originally called le Jardin du Roy, the King's Garden, it--with all of its galleries, laboratories, menagerie, collections and library--was renamed le Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle during the French Revolution. Its menagerie, created in 1793, is the second oldest zoo in the world.

un dodo:  a dodo, an extinct flightless bird found on Mauritius until the late 17th century
un manège:  a carousel, a merry-go-round; a riding school
faire un tour de manège:  to have a ride on a merry-go-round
une ménagerie:  a menagerie, i.e., a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition

Children's Song
Listen to Le Dodo, number 20 on the list of this link by French children's entertainer Chantal Goya

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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