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”

Les Invalides – cleaning of the north facade in progress

Les Invalides – cleaning of the north facade in progress. The facade of Les Invalides in the 7th arrondissement of Paris is being cleaned. Cleaning is still in progress with a third of the north facade completed.   Les Invalides is a building complex containing several museums and monuments, including the Army Museum.  The north facadeContinue reading “Les Invalides – cleaning of the north facade in progress”

French Foreign Legion on parade on France’s National Day

French Foreign Legion on parade on France’s National Day. The French National Day – Fête Nationale – known as Bastille Day, is celebrated annually on 14 July. The holiday is celebrated with parades, an aerial flyover, and fireworks.  One of the groups marching in the parade included representatives of the French Foreign Legion – Légion étrangère. The ForeignContinue reading “French Foreign Legion on parade on France’s National Day”

Rue du Fouarre – from illustrious to dirtiest to unknown but interesting

Rue du Fouarre – from illustrious to dirtiest to unknown but interesting. Rue du Fouarre in the 5th arrondissement of the Sorbonne district of Paris has a changeable history, but remains a location for education. In the 13th century, it was called ‘the most illustrious street in Paris’ but by the 19th century, it was called ‘one ofContinue reading “Rue du Fouarre – from illustrious to dirtiest to unknown but interesting”