The Crossed Bridge: from butcher to bookshop to café

The Crossed Bridge: from butcher to bookstore to café. At 62 Rue de Vaugirard in the 6th arrondissement of Paris is Le Pont Traversé: The Crossed Bridge. Once a bookstore, and now a café. Le Pont Traversé has a history.  The writer and poet Marcel Béalu (1908-1993) founded the bookstore in 1949.  He was born onContinue reading “The Crossed Bridge: from butcher to bookshop to café”

Rueil-Malmaison – home of Napoleon and Josephine and the Imperial Jubilee

Rueil-Malmaison – home of Napoleon and Josephine and the Imperial Jubilee. Commune Rueil-Malmaison is the hometown of General Napoleon Bonaparte before he became Emperor of France. He married his first wife Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796. She bought the Château de Malmaison in Rueil-Malmaison in 1799, a run-down manor house on 150 acres of woodsContinue reading “Rueil-Malmaison – home of Napoleon and Josephine and the Imperial Jubilee”

Traditional Théâtre des Marionnettes – open-air puppetry 

Traditional Théâtre des Marionnettes – open-air puppetry.  The Théâtre des Marionnettes – Puppet Theatre – in Rueil-Malmaison, 12 kilometres west of the centre of Paris, has a traditional red tented open-air Guignol puppet show.  The Théâtre des Marionnettes in Rueil-Malmaison is located on the promenade of the banks of the Seine near the park ofContinue reading “Traditional Théâtre des Marionnettes – open-air puppetry “

Hôtel de Ville de Paris – headquarters of the French Revolution, esplanade of liberation

Hôtel de Ville de Paris – headquarters of the French Revolution, esplanade of liberation. The Hôtel de Ville de Paris – the City Hall of Paris – was the headquarters of the French Revolution and now is the heart of all things Parisien. It is the mayoral place for local government, receptions, exhibitions, the OlympicContinue reading “Hôtel de Ville de Paris – headquarters of the French Revolution, esplanade of liberation”

Rue de L’école de Médecine – a street of many names

Rue de L’école de Médecine – a street of many names. Rue de L’École de Médecine – School of Medicine Street – is a street of many names. It is located in the Odéon and Monnaie districts of the 6th arrondissement of Paris. It meets at Rue Dupuytren and ends at the Boulevard Saint Germain. AmericanContinue reading “Rue de L’école de Médecine – a street of many names”

Doing a Philippe Katerine in nature in Paris, March 2022

Doing a Philippe Katerine in nature in Paris, March 2022. I love Philippe Katerine’s painting of the blond girl, on a swing, in a pink frou-frou skirt, in the woods, kicking off her red pom-pom shoe. What freedom! What March madness on a spring day. It is a reference to the original 1767 painting by Jean-HonoréContinue reading “Doing a Philippe Katerine in nature in Paris, March 2022”

How American author Jim Tully meets James Joyce in Paris in 1929: paper trail to Paris

How American author Jim Tully meets James Joyce in Paris in 1929: paper trail to Paris. Researchers Linda McKee and Deborah W Walk mined Irish author James Joyce’s last personal library of documents, found an interesting note, and followed their instinct and interest, which resulted in their book, James Joyce and Jim Tully, The Paris Meeting,Continue reading “How American author Jim Tully meets James Joyce in Paris in 1929: paper trail to Paris”

Luxembourg Palace – the Senate building – in Paris is undergoing a restoration

Luxembourg Palace – the Senate building – in Paris is undergoing a restoration. Previously the Luxembourg Palace, the Senate building in the Luxembourg Garden is undergoing restorations. It is located at 15 Rue de Vaugirard in the 6th arrondissement. Marie de Medicis, wife of Henri IV of France, bought the land and commissioned plans in 1612Continue reading “Luxembourg Palace – the Senate building – in Paris is undergoing a restoration”

Odeon Theatre – two fires and from local hall to European theatre

Odéon Theatre – two fires and from local hall to European theatre. Irish author James Joyce visited the Odéon Theatre on the rue de Corneille in the 6th arrondissement of Paris quite often. If not inside, then outside on the cloisters. He said of the Odéon Cloisters in 1903, ‘It was an appropriate enough meetingContinue reading “Odeon Theatre – two fires and from local hall to European theatre”

French illustrator Antoine Meurant and the streets of Paris

French illustrator Antoine Meurant and the streets of Paris. In its gallery-restaurant Le Select in Montparnasse, Paris, there is a solo collection of illustrations by Antoine Meurant.  The collection of illustrations are everyday views of Paris and Parisian streets.  Antoine Meurant has also illustrated Le Select – the American Bar and Restaurant established in 1925Continue reading “French illustrator Antoine Meurant and the streets of Paris”