According to legend in 1880 Napoleon III gave his wife the Empress Eugenie, this authentic Swiss chalet, which he had fully dismantled and reinstalled in the same way on an island in the Bois de Boulogne. At one time it was the location of a literary cafe frequented by Proust and Zola. The chalet has been burned and restored many times; the latest restoration took place in 2001 when the chalet was refurbished in French colonial style. It is located in the Bois de Bologne, on the largest lake in the park, Lac Inferieur. You get to the restaurant on a cute little boat that crosses the water.
Wallace fountains are public drinking fountains designed by Charles-Auguste Lebourg that appear in the form of small cast-iron sculptures scattered throughout the city of Paris. They are named after the Englishman Richard Wallace, who financed their construction. A great aesthetic success, they are recognized worldwide as one of the symbols of Paris. On a practical level, the water comes out of the top in a thin stream and goes into a basin in the bottom that is protected by a grate. It is a little tricky getting to the water, either stick in your hand or if you have one, use a cup. Originally two tin-plated, iron cups were attached to the fountain by a small chain, staying always submerged for more cleanliness. These cups were removed in 1952 “for hygiene reasons” by demand of the Council of Public Hygiene of the old Department of the Seine. Most of the fountains still present in the city still work, and distribute, contrary to popular belief, perfectly drinkable water. They are the rare points of free water in the city to the great relief of the homeless for whom they are a life-source and the thirst of passers-by.