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Eighteen years ago on a whim, Opera de Garnier prop assistant  Jean Paucton studied beekeeping at Paris’s Jardin du Luxembourg. He bought a hive and had every intention to take it to his country home, 45 minutes out of the French capital.

But the opera house’s fireman – who had been raising trout in the building’s underground reservoir (the inspiration for the subterranean lake in Phantom of the Opera) – suggested he put the hives on the roof where the bees wouldn’t bother anyone.

Two weeks later, he returned to find the hive full of honey. The bees were thriving. Now he keeps five hives atop Paris’s opera house and sells the honey in the gift shop.

Since, a few fellow Parisian beekeepers have followed suit. Nicolas Géant set up hives on the roof of the Grand Palais and the terrace of the Louis Vuitton headquarters, and Pastor Pernot atop his church, l’Eglise Reformée de l’Etoile.

[story via Tarik in Paris last weekend, then here and here. Photos by The Bee Photographer.]

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  1. Great story!
    I’ve recently heard a similar story whiwh takes place in an art school not far away from where i live :)

    December 11, 2011
  2. that is so cool! (and to be cheesy: that honey would really be the flavour of paris, ha.) bees are awesome.

    December 11, 2011
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    December 13, 2011

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