The Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Madeleine Church in Paris

The Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Madeleine Church in Paris. Today I am comparing the architectural features of the Notre-Dame Cathedral with the Church of the Saint Mary Magdalene, generally known as the Madeline Church, in Paris.  This is what James Joyce was doing when he was in Paris. His Irish friend Arthur Power visited JoyceContinue reading “The Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Madeleine Church in Paris”

The Black Foliated Church with Flying Buttresses

The Black Foliated Church with Flying Buttresses. Today I am looking for a black foliated church with flying buttresses.  What is a black foliated church? It’s a church made of stone that has thin layers of metamorphic rocks. It also means that it could be decorated with leaf-shaped curves. Flying buttresses are external arches thatContinue reading “The Black Foliated Church with Flying Buttresses”

Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Cluny Museum

Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Cluny Museum. Today I am looking for the distinctive spirit of the Middle Ages right in Paris. In Paris, James Joyce could conjure up medieval times, and their links to Dublin, as a conversation with his friend Arthur Power shows: “To my mind the Boulevard St Michel is one of theContinue reading “Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Cluny Museum”

The alibi: When I was in Paris, Boul’Mich

The alibi: When I was in Paris, Boul’Mich. Do you need an alibi if you are arrested for murder somewhere? Well, you could always say you were in Paris. On Boulevard Saint-Michel, specifically, and in 1904 to be even more precise. It has to be said in the most natural tone, of course. Nothing pretentious. Continue reading “The alibi: When I was in Paris, Boul’Mich”

That Frock from Le Bon Marché

That Frock from Le Bon Marché.  Today I am looking for that frock from Le Bon Marché. I don’t know what that frock looks like, except that it would be circa 1904 and matches a coral necklace. I can’t be specific about the date of the dress.  ‘I wore that frock from the B MarcheContinue reading “That Frock from Le Bon Marché”

The Gold Skinned Men in Paris

The Gold Skinned Men in Paris. Today I am looking for gold skinned men in Paris. Not golden statues, although there are many of those, and they are easy to be found.  I’m reading James Joyce’s Ulysses, Episode 2, Nestor: ‘On the step of the Paris stock exchange the goldskinned men quoting prices on their gemmedContinue reading “The Gold Skinned Men in Paris”

The Chambers of the Paris Catacombs

The Chambers of the Catacombs. Catacombs, by definition, are morbid and mournful chambers for the dead. They are not burial places, for there is no dignity in death. Catacombs are a city’s ossuary, a network of underground passageways filled with human bones, deposited and blessed with religious rites. Human-made, human-laid.  Paris has several ossuaries, andContinue reading “The Chambers of the Paris Catacombs”

The Madame in Rue Gît-le-Couer

The Madame in Rue Gît-le-Couer. Today, I’m looking for evidence of the Ulysses character, Kevin Egan, who is, in real-life, Joseph Theobald Carey, a friend of James Joyce. I am in rue Gît-le-Couer in the 6tharrondissement. There is no grainy sand in rue Gît-le-Couer. No razorshells, no squeaking pebbles, no unwholesome sandflats. This is not theContinue reading “The Madame in Rue Gît-le-Couer”

Coronavirus pandemic – documentary trailer released

Coronavirus pandemic – documentary trailer released. Georgian film director, Beka Mikadze, has released the first short 2-minute trailer on his upcoming COVID-19 Pandemic documentary – Pandemia – to be broadcast in the near future.  Through my Georgian assistant, I was contacted by the Georgian-Canadian company, the Gantiadi Ethno Cultural Film Association (GECFA), in April 2020Continue reading “Coronavirus pandemic – documentary trailer released”

A Gargoyle Face on Rue Saint-André-des-Arts

A Gargoyle Face on Rue Saint-André-des-Arts. Today I am looking for gargoyles.  Days after President Macron lifted the two-month ‘deconfinement’ of citizens for their protection during the Coronavirus pandemic, I’ve resumed walking more than the previously imposed one-kilometre distance.  During the two months, citizens required a permission slip with name, age, address, and reason forContinue reading “A Gargoyle Face on Rue Saint-André-des-Arts”