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Jean Paucton has (completely unintentionally) become one of the world’s most famous beekeepers. On a whim, the 77-year-old former prop assistant for l'Opéra National de Paris took a class in beekeeping in early 2008. Mr. Paucton originally set up his hives on the balcony of his Paris apartment, but after receiving more than a few complaints from his neighbors he decided that he needed to find his “pets” a new home. Thankfully, the Palais Garnier allowed their longtime employee to continue his hobby on their roof. Soon after, the beekeeper and his bees were photographed for Paris Match - the international press went wild! Jars of Mr. Paucton’s honey are now among the most expensive in the world. Isn't the finished product beautiful? :) 

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Reader Comments (5)

Did he start teaching in 2008? It suggests that he just started beekeeping and making honey in 2008, however, according to other information I have read on Jean Paucton he has been doing this for many years. There is a 2003 article in the New York Times about him. Just trying to clarify.

09.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Have you seen the bees on the roof at Fortnum's, my favourite London department store? There is even a bee-cam so that you can see them coming and going!

http://www.fortnumandmason.com/fortnumbees.aspx

09.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitty

that is so cool! i love his labels and his cute grin. what an awesome photo series.

How marvelous!

09.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLena

this is lovely! i am a beekeeper and have yet to harvest the honey. but having the bees around in the garden is utter joy.
your blog is very beautiful.
xx
fashionbater

09.27.2011 | Unregistered Commenterfashionbater

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