Diner en Blanc and Hammurabi’s Code
This past spring, my family and I spent a wonderful four days in Paris, France. We explored the beautiful city, went to the Eiffel Tower, and visited the Louvre museum, where Hammurabi’s Code is housed. This towering black stone is the oldest recorded set of laws in the world!
tablecloth, and real dishware. This interesting tradition was started by a man named François Pasquier, who, in 1988, hosted a picnic in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne park with a group of friends. To make it easier to find each other, they decided to all wear white. The dinner was such a success that they held it year after year, inviting more and more friends every time. Their guest list eventually grew to include over 10,000 people.
Our trip reached its peak in the 30th anniversary of the Diner en Blanc. This is a giant dinner where thousands of people gather to share a meal together — all while dressed in white. In addition to the dress code, guests are expected to bring their own small table and chairs, a white
Traditionally, Diner en Blanc is by invitation only, but this year, they opened the event to the public for the first time. Over 17,000 people from all over the world traveled to Paris and met at 100 locations across the city. At 6:30 p.m., a text message went out with the exact location of the dinner. There was no charge to
participate, and there were no corporate sponsorships. This was just 17,000 people getting together for the hell of it. We sat with a huge crew from Sydney, Australia, including the 1996 Australian women’s Olympic rowing team!
Diner en Blanc was an incredible experience, the perfect end to our time in Paris.
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