The Lights of the Louvre

Kamal Bennani Photography

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The Louvre Palace is a former royal palace located on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris, between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. Its origins date back to the medieval period, and its present structure has evolved in stages since the 16th century. It was the actual seat of power in France until Louis XIV moved to Versailles in 1682, bringing the government with him. The Louvre remained the nominal, or formal, seat of government until the end of the Ancien Régime in 1789. Since then it has housed the celebrated Musée du Louvre as well as various government departments.

The “Old Louvre”

The Old Louvre occupies the site of the 12th-century fortress of King Philip Augustus, also called the Louvre. Its foundations are viewable in the basement level as the “Medieval Louvre” department. This structure was razed in 1546 by King Francis I in…

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Fireworks over the Empire

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Today  sees the launch of the latest Empire.Kred extravaganza  to celebrate the events of the weekend.

Starts today at 8:00 pm ET and runs through to the 5th July ,

There are two parts to the celebration

You can send SPARKLERS to your friends on Empire.Kred so that they can light them in celebration of the weekends events , everyone you send a sparkler to will also receive eaves .

Note : Please do not light the sparklers before you send them !!

The second part is the hunt for Sparkling clues scattered throughout the site by Squirrel , the Empire.Kred moderators and friends , You will find them on missions and in the forums.

Crack the clue , find the matching member profile and post your answer on their timeline. If you have the correct answer and the correct profile you will earn a reward .

At the moment it…

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The rooftops of Paris – Opéra Garnier

Kamal Bennani Photography

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The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.

The Palais Garnier is “probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, or the Sacré…

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Congrats to April Fool Winners

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I, Sir Rudiger, am honored by the outstanding participation in my April Fool’s Profile Pic Hunt. This was a tough one, with LOTS of players changing their pics. Next time, I will have to include a vote for best and/or funniest photo!

The entries were spread all over the treehouse and I, Sir Rudiger, personally certify the results. NO ONE got them all and everyone had some wrong, but our winners were amazing hunters.

Please put your paws together for:

GRAND PRIZE:
Lisa Luhman (e)AUREATE

AUREATE

SECOND PRIZE(s):
(e)LATEBLOOMERS and (e)IESL

THIRD PRIZES (s)
(e)DJDUNCAN(e)ANGELIKA(e)NICKYKRIEL(e)GLL

SPECIAL PRIZE FOR ASTOUNDING ENTRY BY A NEWCOMER
(e)WILDMANWEBER

ANOTHER FUN FACT: Every one who DID sign up with Sir Rudiger was found by at least two people.

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES? I, Sir Rudiger, will contemplate that over a pitcher or two of fermented pumpkin ale. I usually do investment missions, but…

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The hidden village (Picardie, France)

Kamal Bennani Photography

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Shot taken near Guizancourt (Somme, Picardie, France).


Somme is a department of France, located in the north of the country and named after the Somme river. It is part of the Picardy region of France.

The north central area of the Somme was the site of a series of battles during World War I. Particularly significant was the 1916 Battle of the Somme. As a result of this and other battles fought in the area the department is home to many military cemeteries and several major monuments commemorating the many soldiers from various countries who died on its battlefields. The famed Battle of Cressy also took place in this department.

Picardy is one of the 27 regions of France. It is located in the northern part of France.


History

The historical province of Picardy stretched from north of Noyon to Calais, via the whole of the Somme department and the north…

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