To say that the new building was unpopular is a vast understatement. Just about everyone hated it and began immediately figuring out how they could tear it down. Finally in 2002, the Mairie de Paris undertook to "redevelop" the 4 hectare site. That's almost 10 acres in the very heart of the city! The estimated cost four years ago was 809 million euros.
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, little Miss Toots turned one year old ten days ago. How that year flew by.
She celebrated by eating Hedgehog Cake...
...wrestling with her Mum (who made the cake)...
...and posing formally with Papa.
Happy Birthday, Clio!