-It snowed (much warmer so far thank you!)
-The collections are stunning.
-19th century (and older) stuff is cool.
-My French colleagues work on crinoids and fossil asteroids-and they rock!
They have giant sea-urchin inspired object d'art lying around!
Jean Baptiste LAMARCK!!
On the base of the statue reads " Fondateur de la Doctrine de l' Evolution" which alludes to the more general concept of "change with descent" as opposed to Darwin's Natural Selection. Plenty to read about Lamarck here.
with many buckets full of specimens, both old and new to explore...
But, you don't come to Paris without taking in some of the sights...
the delightful gate at St. Denis..
the gorgeous architecture
but I've always been more of a fan of the subtle, street level art. For example there's literally 1000s of these "Space Invaders" by artist Invader located throughout Paris (and indeed the world). There's even a Wikipedia page about them..
and of course, you cannot escape without pictures of French cakes!