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JR and the Louvre Pyramid

30 years ago, March 29, 1989, the Louvre Pyramid, imagined by the Chinese-American architect I.M.Pei (still alive, 101 years old) was inaugurated by François Mitterrand.   The pyramid, has since, especially in the beginning, been criticized by many, loved by others (like me). So, 30 years later, it was time for a celebration and JR got the job. JR does not only stand for Larry Hagman. It goes also for Jean René, a French photographer and graffiti artist, who works all over the g...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Street Art, Louvre, Urban Art, Pei, Agnes Varda, Larry Hagman, Francois Mitterrand, Paris 1, Louvre Pyramid, Paris Panthéon, PeterParis


Ship bows

A new visit to the “Palais Royal” …, but first something about the address of my blog.  I’m back to my original blogspot address. Some bad experience about a “lost blog” (for a couple of days) a few years ago made me consider using a “domain” and I got, via Google, a www-address, which you have to pay for (not much). This has to be renewed on an annual basis. I have paid, but the www-address can’t be reached: "This domain registration expired on 01/31/2019" . I spent a very long mome...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Paris, Arizona, Peter, Richelieu, Palais Royal, Paris 1, PeterParis


Ship bows

A new visit to the “Palais Royal” …, but first something about the address of my blog.  I’m back to my original blogspot address. Some bad experience about a “lost blog” (for a couple of days) a few years ago made me consider using a “domain” and I got, via Google, a www-address, which you have to pay for (not much). This has to be renewed on an annual basis. I have paid, but the www-address can’t be reached: "This domain registration expired on 01/31/2019" . I spent a very long mome...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Paris, Arizona, Peter, Richelieu, Palais Royal, Paris 1, PeterParis


Only for a limited time...

FIAC is an annual important art fair, for fairly contemporary art, using the Grand Palais. This year it took place October 17-21. Some artwork can also, for a limited time, be found outside, on some squares … and also in the Tuileries Gardens. I went there the other day, maybe a bit too late, but I found some of the exhibited items. I’m not going to give the names of all the artists, you can find it all here. We recognize of course Calder… This double horn makes it...
Tags: Travel, Tuileries Gardens, Paris 1, Grand Palais This, FIAC, Jardins des Tuileries, PeterParis


Only for a limited time...

FIAC is an annual important art fair, for fairly contemporary art, using the Grand Palais. This year it took place October 17-21. Some artwork can also, for a limited time, be found outside, on some squares … and also in the Tuileries Gardens. I went there the other day, maybe a bit too late, but I found some of the exhibited items. I’m not going to give the names of all the artists, you can find it all here. We recognize of course Calder… This double horn makes it...
Tags: Travel, Tuileries Gardens, Paris 1, Grand Palais This, FIAC, Jardins des Tuileries, PeterParis


Saint-Eustache Church

I made a post about the Saint-Eustache Church already in my previous blog (see here), now a bit more than ten years ago.   I thought it was now time to make a new post. The church is spectacular and has a lot of history to tell, and especially... I discovered some details which I neglected in my previous post. Let’s first have a general look on the church. Here, we can see the church already in 1734, then about 200 years old, surrounded by buildings. I turned “Google Earth” in the...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Keith Haring, Mozart, Louis XIV, Rubens, Liszt, Berlioz, Pigalle, Paris 1, PeterParis, Saint Eustache Church, Eustache Saint Eustace, Richelieu Molière Madame de Pompadour, Lully Sully, Colbert Rameau


Yes, green at last...

Yes, there are now trees and a lot of green to be found again, once you have reached the ground level after having arrived to “Les Halles” via one of the underground metro (1, 4, 7, 11) or RER (A, B, D) lines. I could perhaps quote what I already wrote in a previous post about « Les Halles »… « The first market on this spot was established during the 12th century… », but you can perhaps rather have a look here - or here and here.   Well, still regretting why not at...
Tags: Travel, Nelson Mandela, Chamber of Commerce, Les Halles, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Eustache


The Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois Church

The Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois Church got its name from a man who was a bishop at Auxerre during the 5th century. A previous church was destroyed by the Vikings during the 9th century, a second one from the 11thcentury was replaced by the present one during the 12th and 13thcenturies – of course with a number of additions and modifications during the following centuries. The church is situated very close to the Louvre and has always been some kind of a royal church. It becam...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Vikings, Louvre, Monet, Town Hall, Marie, Germain, Auxerre, Haussmann, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Tuileries Palace, Saint Germain l'Auxerrois Church, Auxerrois Church, Saint Bartholomew 's Massacre


Pavillon Marsan restored.

I sometimes report on things around Paris which would need repairs, restoration, refurbishing… With all historical landmarks, it’s obvious that it’s not an easy task to keep everything in perfect shape. Sometimes some donators are around, but in most cases we also talk about tax money. So, some kind of indulgence must be there, but also admiration when you look on the results of some restoration work. I just recently reported about the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church (see post here) and he...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Louvre, Louis XIV, Tuileries Gardens, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Pavillon Marsan, Tuileries Palace


Mosaic pavements

Especially the arcades along Rue de Rivoli and Rue de Castiglione, but also the ones around the Palais Royal gardens, offer some mosaic pavements. They are not all over the place, some are in good shape, some not… For how long have the mosaics been here? I have no clear answer. I found the names "Gentil and Bourdet" behind a pillar. This corresponds to a ceramic company with activities during the first half of the 20th century. They worked together with leading architects and...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Swann, Harold, Palais Royal, Peter Olson, Paris 1, rue de Rivoli, Annick Goutal, Rue de Castiglione, Gentil, Bourdet, Rue de Rivoli Palais Royal, Palai Royal, Rue de Rivoli Rue de Castiglione, Leon Tolstoy


Something missing (2)

When leaving the Tuileries Gardens (see preceding post) I noticed that something else was missing.  Well, some of the beautiful lamp posts, candelabras, on Place de la Concorde (several posts here and here) have suffered. We should remember that they have been here since the 1830’s when the present look of the Place was created by the architect Jacques Ignace Hittorf (I talked about him several times, e.g. here). Most of candelabras look fine…. … but a few are in i...
Tags: Travel, Place de la Concorde, Tuileries Gardens, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Jacques Ignace Hittorf


Something missing...

I posted a few times already on the statues in the Tuileries Gardens, see e.g. here, hereand here. I found a post on the excellent blog “Paris-bise-art” (also in activity since some ten years) about the marble (?) statues that were placed here during the 18th and 19th centuries and the article talked about in which shape these statues may be today. I guess that we agree that these statues need to be renovated, cleaned… and that some missing parts should be added. ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Louvre Museum, Tuileries Gardens, Peter Olson, Paris 1, La Fontaine, Paris 16, Jardin de Ranelagh, Jardins des Tuileries, Ranelagh Gardens


Place Vendôme again - some "details"...

I have already made a number of posts on the beautiful Place Vendôme , but maybe it’s worth having a closer look on some “details”? The major architect of the place, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, was the grand-nephew of Jacques Mansart, who gave the name to the “mansard roofs”, here with a mixture of oval and rectangular windows. The design of the street lamps is already worth some closer looks….  … as well as the differently decorated pediments. Ther...
Tags: Travel, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Place Vendome, Jules Hardouin Mansart, Jacques Mansart, Jean Baptise Poulletier, Hotel Ritz


A concert opens the doors…

The Protestant churches in Paris are in general closed, except for masses … and sometimes a concert. So, I went for a concert… and finally got to see the interior of the “Temple Protestant de l’Oratoire du Louvre”.  This church with origins from the early 17th century was first built for the French branch of the “Oratory of Saint Philip Neri” which appeared as an alternative by the Catholic Church, trying to counterbalance the Protestant Reformation. Just across the street from the Lou...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Catholic Church, Napoleon, Louvre, Versailles, Ingrid, Protestant, Chopin, Peter Olson, Paris 1, rue de Rivoli, Philip Neri, Oratoire du Louvre, Louis XIII Cardinal Richelieu, Gaspard de Coligny


The inauguration didn't take place...

Just behind the early 18th century facade of one corner of Place Vendôme, at no. 7, things have changed. The buildings were refashioned around 1930-31. The premises were prepared for the opening of a bank office, “Banque de Suède et de Paris”, created by a Swede, Ivar Krueger, born in 1880. The opening of the new bank office was planned for March 13, 1932, but the day before, Ivar Krueger died, most probably by suicide. Through the large windows, we can see some decorated walls... ...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, France, New York Times, Paris, Ericsson, Stockholm, Krueger, Mary Pickford Douglas Fairbanks, SKF, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Place Vendome, Ivar Krueger, Ewald Dahlskog, Potel Chabot


The Vendôme Column

I already posted about the “Vendôme Column” a number of times, e.g. here, here and here…  and I told how the Napoleon statue has been replaced, that the column has been torn down, re-erected…  In my latest post I said that the column was under renovation. Now, since a couple of months it looks like “new”. I thought it was worth showing some details again. Let’s read the inscription on the base of the column in approximate translation: “Napoleon, the august emperor, has dedicat...
Tags: Travel, France, Austria, Hungary, Napoleon, Frances, Marie Louise, Grand Army, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Place Vendome, François Rude, Francis II


Time for a bit of poetry?

After a little break… I’m happy to resume my blogging activities again. This will be the tenth year of this blog (which was preceded by another one), not far from 1000 posts... In this one I will be back to Palais Royal , a cold day, no leaves on the trees …   ... but with some roses still struggling. What was new was a number of chairs, somehow, in a modernized, simplified, way referring to what was popular during Victorian / Second Empire times – then with...
Tags: Travel, Palais Royal, Peter Olson, Paris 1


Last minute shopping… ?

People were queuing up in front of the very fashionable - and expensive - shoe shop Christian Louboutin – famous for its red-lacquered soles. I was not aware about the fact that they also sell men’s shoes - also there people were queuing up. Most of the shoes are in the price range 500 – 1000 euros or dollars… I did not join the queue, but walked again through the beautiful and now very fashionable Galérie Vero-Dodat . I wrote about it already in 2008. You can find links to different posts ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Christian Louboutin, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Gerard de Nerval


Old buildings.

This pharmacy, at no. 115, Rue Saint Honoré , is there since 1715. On the wall you can read “Fabrique d’extraits évaporés à la vapeur et dans le vide” (Makes extracts, evaporated, steamed in the void). This is where Axel von Fersen bought the invisible ink he used in his correspondence with Marie Antoinette. (I trust you know about the flight to Varennes and the possible more or less close relationship between Marie Antoinette and Axel - if not, you may read e.g. here, here, here or here...
Tags: Travel, Marie Antoinette, Louis XIII, Richelieu, Axel, Richard Wagner, Molière, Henry IV, Honore, Bourdon, Peter Olson, Paris 1, rue de Rivoli, Philippe Auguste, Philip Neri, Axel von Fersen


A different metro station.

The metro station “Louvre-Rivoli” used to be the major one for visitors to the Louvre. It's on the first Paris metro line, no. 1, created in 1900. Since the pyramid entrance with underground installations was created in 1989 it’s rather the “Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre” station which is used by the majority of the Louvre visitors… but the “Louvre-Rivoli” station is still the one which has a specific “Louvre touch”. Originally created like this in the 1960's, it has recently been renova...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Palais Royal, Peter Olson, Paris 1


Temporary exhibition

The love locks have left the Pont des Arts (see previous post here), new glass panels make it again possible to get an unobstructed view of the Seine. The city is now renewing a previous tradition to expose art on the “art bridge”. Under the title “La Passerelle Enchantée“ (The Enchanted Footbridge) there is at present a solo show of sculptures - by Daniel Hourdé - to be seen – until June 12. I was there a few hours before the official opening and the installations were st...
Tags: Travel, Paris, La Samaritaine, Pont des Arts, Henry IV, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Ïle de la Cité, Paris 6


How to make the pyramid disappear.

Street artist and photographer JR has managed to make the Louvre pyramid (more or less) disappear. June 27 the pyramid will again be back to normal. If you are interested in JR and his work, you can go here. Visiting the “Cour Carré” , actually the older part of the present Louvre, built during the 16th and 17th centuries, you will get another surprise. Eva Jospin (the daughter of former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin) has created a “panorama” with twisted mirrors...
Tags: Travel, Louvre, Jr, Peter Olson, Paris 1, Eva Jospin


"Parade"

The ballet “Parade” had its première at the Châtelet Theatre, May 18, 1917. It was a creation by Serge Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes”, with music by Eric Satie, libretto by Jean Cocteau, choreography by Léonide Massime (first dancer and lover of Diaghilev) and costumes and set by Pablo Picasso. Guaillaume Appolinaire wrote the program note and described it all as "sur-realistic" - this was the beginning of the expression surrealism. The fact that we were in the middle of WWI possibly furt...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Peter Olson, Square des Batignolles, Paris 1, Diaghilev, Eric Satie


Les Halles - new version (2)

I have already talked about "Les Halles" several times on my blog (see here) - the long history, how the place was remodeled in the 1870’s and then again in the 1970-80’s… and now once more. The work is in progress – should be completed next year. For the moment “La Canopée”, supposed to remind us of a natural canopy, is finished. (Some pigeons seem to appreciate.) The really more natural part of the park with trees and pathways has still to be done... … and th...
Tags: Travel, Les Halles, Peter Olson, Paris 1


A different-looking metro station.

Under the typical designed Guimard metro entrance on Île de la Cité , the design looks different from most other Paris metro stations. The Cité station was opened in 1910. It’s on line 4, which was the first one to offer an underwater crossing of the Seine.  (You can read more about the line and the spectacular underwater work here.) On Ïle de la Cité,, with its many famous landmarks, this is the only metro station. I have not been able to find anything about the design,...
Tags: Paris, Peter Olson, Metro Cité, Paris 1, Guimard, Ïle de la Cité