Is the Wine Museum in Paris a must-see? The Musée du Vin is located near the Eiffel Tower and if you are interested in wine you may want to stop by and take a look around. Or should you skip it? Brenda takes us along and lets us know what she thought so you can see for yourself!
Rodin is the sculptor who brought us the Thinker, the Gates of Hell, the Kiss, and the Burghers of Calais. A museum dedicated to his work re-opened early 2016 in the 7th arrondissement in Paris and showcases his best and most famous works as well as many pieces you may have never heard of but will astound you with the emotions they will bring out in you. In this episode Elyse describes why this museum is so important and why both Elyse and Annie recommend that you go visit it next time you’re in Paris.
A few years back I wanted to visit the Curie Museum in Paris and it was closed for renovations. It reopened in 2012, but I didn’t have a chance to see it until 2015, but this one was worth the proverbial wait. It’ s a small museum: even if you carefully look at every display, it will only take an hour or two.
There won’t be throngs of people clotting around the Mona Lisa, you’ll be able to look at everything without being rushed. And, in keeping with the Curie spirit, admission is free, but you must go Wed-Sat from 1 PM until 5 PM. Squeeze it in, it’s worth it!
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How she met Pierre
Two elements and one baby in the same year
The medical uses of radium
An odd courtship
The radioactivity puzzle
1903, a hard year for the Curie family
Radioactivity gets into everything!
Pierre voluntarily exposes himself to radium
“Nul n’est prophète en son pays” (you can’t be a prophet in your own village)
In science we must be interested in things, not in persons
In this episode I give you the background information you’ll want to know before you go so you can appreciate what she was all about. Nobody can do justice to a great family in the span of a short podcast, but I shall try.
Discrimination Against Women as Seen in Marie Curie’s Life
She could not enroll in the university in Poland, she had to expatriate herself in order to study
Everyone assumed she was her husband’s assistant
Her husband Pierre is the one that made sure she got recognition
She didn’t have a chance to teach at the Sorbonne until her husband died
The nomination for her first Nobel Prize did not initially include Marie’s name!
In a science team that included both men and women, everyone used to assume the men did all the work
Marie Curie could not present her findings at the French Academy of Sciences because, being a woman, she couldn’t be a member of the Academy of Sciences
The Curie Museum in Paris is lovely, but it’s tiny. There are old-dead generals with more recognition than she gets in Paris, and that is outrageous!
No use of the first person in formal papers which makes it difficult to decide who did what
Marie Curie was not only hard-working, she was brilliant as well
Albert Einstein said “Marie Curie is, of all beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted”
And finally, this is the standard response people received when they requested an autograph picture: