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Clemenceau's slippers

I made (again) a visit to the Clemenceau Museum. It’s a small museum in the 16tharrondissement, actually the rather modest flat that Clemenceau occupied as from 1896 until his death in 1929. You have the feeling that nothing has changed, that everything is exactly as it was when he lived there. Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929) is one of the most remarkable men in French history. Medicine doctor, writer, journalist… but especially politician (Prime Minister during WWI). This is not the place...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Monet, Georges Clemenceau, Clemenceau, Paris 16, PeterParis


The only one left?

There seems to have been some experiments with gas lanterns in Paris during the first decades of the 19th century, but the real start was obviously only during the 1830’s.   Around 1870 there were some 20.000 of them in Paris, but the electricity started already to replace. It seems now that there is only one gas lantern left and it’s not in Paris itself, but very close to the Paris border in the suburb of Malakoff, in a very nice little street, surrounded by small individual cosy houses, “Se...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Malakoff, 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


The cat is back!

In a post I wrote soon four years ago (see here), I wrote about the black cat, "Le Chat Noir" , a famous cabaret which existed between 1881 and 1897. I'm afraid the cabaret closed forever, but the people behind the cabaret also published a weekly newspaper with the same name... and the newspaper is now back, until further on a monthly basis, and the number 9 will soon be published.  The previous one which was published between 1882 and 1897 had some very famous contributors with writers li...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Paris, Montmartre, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Satie, Suzanne Valadon, PeterParis, Rodolphe Salis, Charles Gounod Jules Massenet, Steinlen Wilette Léandre Caran, Romain Nouat, Le Chat Noir, Montmartre Museum


The most beautiful avenue...

The Champs-Elysées - often referred to as the world’s most beautiful avenue. Maybe…, certainly among the most beautiful ones, obviously with some 100 million visitors per year. Normally, most of my posts are trying to praise the beauty of Paris, but this time I must allow myself to come with some critics, something I have done very occasionally, e.g. here. I took some photos from the lower, eastern parts, of the “Champs”, between the “Rond-Point” and “Place de la Concorde”. Here a...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Champs Elysees, Paris 8, PeterParis


Scaffolding

I think this scaffolding is just too impressive and must be shown. Well, there is still time to see and show it. The restoration works will last for some six years, costing some 10M € - despite the fact that the church, Sainte-Trinité , is “only” some 150 years old. Just a reminder: Since 1905, there is a French law about the Separation of Church and State, based on the freedom of religious exercise with a complete neutrality of the State. However, the religious buildings, the bui...
Tags: Travel, Paris, State, Separation Of Church And State, Paris 9, PeterParis, Sainte-Trinité Church, Sainte Trinité


Discrete address

This building housed the railway company “Compagnie du Chemin de Fer de Paris à Orléans” between 1864 and 1938, when the national railway company ”SNCF” took over. In 2011 another giant company took over, “Google” . This is now where you find the headquarters of “Google France”. Find… well, you have to know. Of course, it’s not a secret address, but you can’t read “Google” anywhere. The company keeps a very low profile, including, as we know, when it comes to tax-paying, but this is perhaps...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google France, Paris 9, PeterParis, Compagnie du Chemin de Fer de Paris


Closed?

I took a walk in the direction of the Eiffel Tower… Closed? (See top picture.) No, but more difficult to access. The works are still ongoing, but the Tour Eiffel is now surrounded by an anti-intrusion wall - partly steel, partly bullet-proof glass. An estimated cost of 20 million € (23 million US$). For the moment you can get into the area just after a security control, but it has been said that in the future you may need a pre-purchased ticket to the Tower in order to...
Tags: Travel, Eiffel Tower, Tour Eiffel, Paris 7, PeterParis


Naked trees, walls...

The inscription on the wall, which you can now read, when the leaves have fallen, is HP . This corresponds obviously to what this building first was, a “Hôtel Populaire”. “Populaire” must here be understood not as a popular hotel, but as a hotel for people with limited resources, some kind of a charity establishment.   The building from 1910 was originally financed by a rich widow, who wanted to compensate for her late husband’s rather dubious affairs. This was one of several buildings she...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Salvation Army, Paris 11, Rue de Charonne, PeterParis


Saint-Augustin Church

A post about another church… Well, there are some 250 churches / religious buildings in Paris – with a domination of the Roman Catholic ones – some 140 … and so far this blog has only posts about some 50 (and my previous blog less than 10), so there is more to do. The Saint-Augustin Church was built during the 1860’s in an area, then completely newly shaped by Haussmannian boulevards … One considered that there was a need for another prestigious church building. During the constru...
Tags: Travel, England, Paris, Joan, Les Halles, Ballard, Napoleon III, Paris 8, PeterParis, Saint Augustin Church, Victor Ballard


Poor Jeanette...

Yes, it was snowing… poor « Jeanette ». She was portrayed by Paul Belmondo, the dad of Jean-Paul. She is one of the many statues in the Tuileries Gardens. I think that on average we have one (or half-a) day of snow per year here in Paris. So it happened last Tuesday. I had some walking to do, so… There were rather few tourists around, see the poor one alone on the upper deck of the excursion boat. I didn’t see a single book stall open. … and some ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Jeanette, Tuileries Gardens, Paul Belmondo, PeterParis, Jean Paul She


Refreshed...

I wrote about the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts », officially the leading French art school, a long time ago, almost ten years – see here. I mentioned then that some of the ancient buildings actually used to be part of a convent, the “Petits Augustins”. You can still find the chapel (after the Revolution used as a museum for monuments – now in general closed to public)… and the cloister. The cloister has kept three of the four sides with its arcades, but it’s al...
Tags: Travel, Paris 7, PeterParis, Ecole des Beaux-Arts


The only one left (bis)

I already wrote about « the only one left » here – soon 11 years ago – how time flies! I will not repeat what I wrote then, about the “vespasiennes”, about the 1200 of them in Paris during the 1930’s etc… So, the last one is still there. It was obviously repainted, cleaned… some ten years ago. It seems obvious that something has to be done again - it’s in very bad shape. As it’s the last one I hope it will remain there and will be saved forever, after some refreshing, please!!. It’s ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Arago, Paris 13, PeterParis, Vespasiennes


Lack of time...

Lack of time to do what I would call a “real post”, so… The other day I was at the Palais Royal (on which I have posted quite often, see here) and once again I was impressed to see some roses fighting against the cold. A little reminder of my country of birth. [Author: PeterParis]
Tags: Travel, Palais Royal, 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


Mascarons... Macron

The other day, last Monday, I walked along part of the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, from rue Royale to the Elysée Palace. This part of the street is where you find a number of 18th century palaces, some of them now embassy residences (Japan, U.S.A, United Kingdom…), and also some other mostly rather ancient buildings. It was obviously in fashion to decorate older buildings by “mascarons” , often grotesque faces. Paris is full of them, so we should take the ones I will show just a...
Tags: Travel, Japan, United Kingdom, Paris, Palace, Emmanuel Macron, Elysee Palace, Rue Royale, Louis XV, Macron, French Republic, Paris 8, Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, PeterParis, Mascarons Macron


Saturday morning, but no market...

Normally, a Saturday morning, there should be a market here… ... and no bars open for a « café-croissant »… … metro closed… … no traffic … … shops and theatres closed… (with one exception). We were all well protected. (I had no intention to talk about all this, but I had nothing else "in stock".)  ... and, remember, this happens only on Saturdays. You can visit Paris in a normal way Sunday, Monday, Tuesday... and, with a bit of chance, also next Saturday. ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, PeterParis


Blue stairs...

When I was in the area, visiting the « Cité Fleurie », see preceding post, I actually wanted to visit another little artist’s haven. Again, I had to wait until a kind person let me in. This place, much smaller, is referred to as the “Cité Verte” and if it still exists some 120 years after its creation, surrounded by modern apartment buildings, it’s thanks to the same artist who saved the “Cité Fleurie”, his name was Henri Cadiou… and once again the intervention by a French President, this ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Tove Jansson, Monet, Christina, Moomins, Tove, Linnea, Paris 13, Christina Björk, PeterParis, Cité Fleurie, Henri Cadiou, Adrien Holy, Paris Swedish Club


Chinese colours.

The winter at the Jardin des Plantes may be a bit dull. Of course, the “ménagerie” - the little zoo - and the different museums are there, but the gardens are not very colourful. (I guess this is my 8th post about the Jardin des Plantes – check them all here.) So... this year, there was obviously a decision to make the gardens more colourful also during the grey season. Some installations have been made, with the help of Chinese specialists - prehistoric and still existing animals...
Tags: Travel, Jardin des Plantes, Paris 5, PeterParis


Cité Fleurie

« La Cité Fleurie » - the name indicates of course that you should find a lot of flowers. Well, then mid-January is perhaps not the best time for a “flower-visit”, but I was anyhow so happy to manage to get into this little haven, in the middle of the 13th arrondissement, normally closed for “strangers” - but sometimes you are lucky. There are 29 small pavilions here, all artist studios … and only artists are admitted. The buildings are from the 1880’s and the building materi...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Google Earth, Rodin, Gauguin, Pompidou, Giacometti, Modigliani, Paris 13, PeterParis, Cité Fleurie, César Domela Henri Laurens Henri Cadiou, Jean Limet Picasso


Tram

The first part of the Paris circular tram line opened in 2007. I wrote about it in my previous blog, see here and here. Since a couple of days, 11 years later, you can now consider that about three quarters of the circle has been achieved. I took a walk along the additional part of the line the day before the opening, last weekend, from “Porte  de la Chapelle” to “Porte d’Asnières”.   (This should mean the end of a couple of years’ traffic jams – until the work with the next extension, prob...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Renzo Piano, Diane Arbus, Palace of Justice, Paris 18, Paris 17, Charles Garnier, PeterParis, Berthier Bessières Ney, Jeanne Angélique Compoint, Porte Dauphine


Plaques, plaques...

Walking along the streets, along the banks of Île Saint-Louis, you will probably find one of the world’s highest concentration of commemorative plaques. Almost all the buildings are from the middle of the 17 th century, most of them with the brothers Louis and François Le Vau as architects. You will find most of the names referred to on the plaques on Wikipedia (I “stole” only the portraits), but not quite all. There are names like Camille Claudel, Honoré Daumier, George Pompidou,...
Tags: Travel, Wikipedia, Marie Curie, Louis, Île Saint Louis, Paris 4, PeterParis, François Le Vau


Autumn colours

A last glimpse of this year’s autumn colours. (Too busy to write a real post.) [Author: PeterParis]
Tags: Travel, PeterParis


A little night walk...

A couple of days ago, I left, after an invitation close to the Pont Neuf, and decided to walk home. Half an hour's walk... and you really learn to tell yourself - "It's really nice to live in Paris!"  [Author: PeterParis]
Tags: Travel, Paris, PeterParis, Pont Neuf


Christmas display windows, again, again, again ,again...

Time again – for the tenth time - for what has now become a tradition on this blog, to look at the Christmas display windows of ”Galeries Lafayette” and ”Printemps”… … including the famous, always changing, tree under the “Galeries Lafayette” cupola.  You can find pictures from the preceding years here: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.  Most of the windows are made for kids... … a few for their ...
Tags: Travel, PeterParis


The Île-Saint-Louis church

The Saint-Louis island, Île Saint-Louis, was once actually two small islands, one has been named Île Notre-Dame since the 9th century, the other, smaller one, was named Île aux Vaches, the “cow island”. Both islands were mainly used for cattle, stocking of wood… It was only during the 17th century that the island started to be developed. Henry IV, who died in 1610, had launched the idea, but the real development took place during the reign of his son, Louis XIII (1601-43), supported by his m...
Tags: Travel, Louis, Louis XIII, Virgin Mary, Carle, Seine River, Henry IV, Paris 4, Pont Marie, Sainte Genevieve, PeterParis, Île-Saint-Louis church, Marie de Medicis, Christopher Marie, Saint Louis King Louis, Blanche de Castille


Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle

The present « Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye » is mostly of a some-kind-of-16th-century-“renaissance” architecture (Francis I’s reign), replacing some previous buildings. But one little part was left - the chapel, from 1238, which slightly preceded and for a while held the relics for which the Sainte-Chapelle (see previous post) was built.   This has always been a Royal Castle. Louis XIV was born and spent a large part of his life here, before moving to Versailles  (see here) in 1...
Tags: Travel, England, Paris, Francis, Versailles, Saint Germain, National Archaeological Museum, German Army, Napoleon III, Laye, Sainte Chapelle, James II, National Museum of Antiquities, Emmanuel Fremiet, PeterParis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye


My first visit...

I'm definitely not a hunter... I hesitated a lot before visiting, for the first time, the "Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature" (Museum of Hunting and Nature), which you can find in the Marais area. It was a nice surprise! The museum is housed in two 17th century buildings, "hôtels particuliers" - one of them designed by François Mansart, the architect of a number of famous castles, churches and other buildings - and was created in 1964, on a private initiative. It's now operated by a foun...
Tags: Travel, Marais, François Mansart, Paris 3, Chasse, PeterParis, Nature Museum of Hunting and Nature, Paul Peter Rubens Lucas Cranach


Au revoir

A last little post for this year with some, today, perhaps rather symbolic views! To "close" the year, I made a little collection of some of my 2018 photos, maybe the ones I preferred myself.Yes, hope to see you again in 2019! [Author: PeterParis]
Tags: Travel, PeterParis


Lack of time...

Lack of time to do what I would call a “real post”, so… The other day I was at the Palais Royal (on which I have posted quite often, see here) and once again I was impressed to see some roses fighting against the cold. A little reminder of my country of birth. [Author: PeterParis]
Tags: Travel, Palais Royal, PeterParis