The Musée d’Orsay – the Orsay Museum, Paris

The Musée d’Orsay – the Orsay Museum, Paris. On the river Seine in Paris stands the Musée d’Orsay – the Orsay Museum. When James Joyce lived in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, the building was not a museum. Instead, the building was the Gare d’Orsay – the Orsay railway station. The trains from GareContinue reading “The Musée d’Orsay – the Orsay Museum, Paris”

The People in the Photo by Helene Gestern: book review

The People in the Photo by Helene Gestern: book review. The People in the Photo (Eux sur la photo 2011, English edition 2014) is an epistolary fictional novel set in England, France, and Switzerland, from March 2007 to April 2008. The entire narrative is seen through the correspondence (letters and email) between two people. TheContinue reading “The People in the Photo by Helene Gestern: book review”

Metropolitain to Metro to M – signs at Paris Metro stations

Metropolitain to Metro to M – signs at Paris Metro stations.  I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the time continuum, the Paris Métro station signs gradually evolved and changed. And not for the better, in my opinion.  The Paris Métro railway began operations in 1900 to take people to the Paris WorldContinue reading “Metropolitain to Metro to M – signs at Paris Metro stations”

Gladiators and lions in the Arene de Lutece—the Lutece Arena, Paris

Gladiators and lions in the Arene de Lutece—the Lutece Arena, Paris. Today I am looking for the gladiator. I know I will not find the Roman gladiator, but I will find the place where he fought so long ago in the city of Paris. The ruins of the Arene de Lutece—the Lutece Arena—are still thereContinue reading “Gladiators and lions in the Arene de Lutece—the Lutece Arena, Paris”

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”