The Little Prince Love letters – Consuelo and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Today, on Thursday 6 May 2021 the love letters of The Little Prince author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and his wife Consuelo, will be published in France. More than 160 love letters and telegrams will be published in addition to their sketches and photographs. French aviator AntoineContinue reading “The Little Prince Love letters – Consuelo and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”
French architects Lacaton & Vassal – thoughtful and respectful approach to apartment living. In April 2021, French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal were announced the winners of the prestigious 2021 Pritzker Prize, called the Nobel of Architecture. Together, Lacaton and Vassal design low-impact homes and public buildings based upon natural ecological responses to current livingContinue reading “French architects Lacaton & Vassal – thoughtful and respectful approach to apartment living”
Moulin Rouge in the time of James Joyce. In James Joyce’s novel, Dubliners (1914), Thomas Malone Chandler, known as Little Chandler and Ignatius Gallaher are in a bar in Dublin, Ireland. They are drinking whiskey and chatting about their friends. Ignatius thinks Little Chandler is too serious and should have fun in the world. “Have youContinue reading “Moulin Rouge in the time of James Joyce”
Paris is beautiful in the spring time, especially in its famed gardens – the Jardin des Tuileries in the 1st arrondissement and the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement. Although there are few tourists, locals are enjoying the wonderful display of cherry blossom flowers and blue skies. Cherry blossoms – Paris in the springContinue reading “Cherry blossoms – Paris in the spring time”
The Abbey of Saint-German-des-Prés – the abbey in the meadow. The Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the oldest churches in Paris. It was constructed in the 6th century. Located on the Left Bank in the 6th arrondissement, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church is opposite the Les Deux Magots café on the Boulevard Saint-Germain. In 542, afterContinue reading “The Abbey of Saint-German-des-Prés – the abbey in the meadow”
The Paris Opera House – now no opera, just ballet. The Paris Opera House is called the Palais Garnier. It is located at the Place de l’Opéra in the 9th arrondissement. Built from 1861 to 1975 during the reign of Napoleon III, it was first called le nouvel Opéra de Paris – the new Paris Opera. NowContinue reading “The Paris Opera House – now no opera, just ballet”
The best seasons to visit Paris. When tourism opens up fully, Paris will be popular once again. People always ask me, ‘When is the best time to visit Paris?” Always, I say. But if you are planning a visit, spring and summer are the high seasons: April, May, June, July, and August. Other favourable monthsContinue reading “The best seasons to visit Paris”
Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris will become an “extraordinary garden” The “most beautiful avenue in the world” – the famed Avenue des Champs-Élysées – is not seen as beautiful to many Parisians. They view it as an overcrowded tourist attraction that is now drab and unexciting. According to the architects commissioned to revamp the Avenue,Continue reading “Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris will become an “extraordinary garden””
Pantheonized in the Paris Pantheon. The Paris Pantheon is the burial place of France’s honoured citizens. To be pantheonised is to be entombed there. Pantheonised is not strictly the correct word, but it seems nouns become verbs these days. The pantheonisations – another verb for the act of being interred – don’t occur very often,Continue reading “Pantheonized in the Paris Pantheon”
Madame de Pompadour – her rise to prestige and power in the court of the King of France. Madame de Pompadour was the long-time mistress of King Louis XV of France. Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764) was born Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson – often ridiculed because poisson means fish. At the age of nine, a fortune-teller predicted that sheContinue reading “Madame de Pompadour – prestige in the court of the King of France”
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