Rue Delambre and the plaques of Gauguin, Breton, and Hemingway

Rue Delambre and the plaques of Gauguin, Breton, and Hemingway. Paul Gauguin, André Breton, and Maurice Le Scouezec are just three famous celebrities who stayed in the Hotel Delambre in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. People know this by the three gold plaques, not on the façade, but in the entranceway hidden from view. Paul GauguinContinue reading “Rue Delambre and the plaques of Gauguin, Breton, and Hemingway”

Not everyone wants a facelift – especially La Comedie Italienne theatre

Not everyone wants a facelift – especially La Comedie Italienne theatre. The “Comédie Italienne” (Italian Comedy) theatre in Rue de la Gaîté, Paris, in the 14th arrondissement is about to have an unwanted facelift – or, in this case, a façade-lift. The Comédie Italienne is the only Italian theatre in France. It has a distinctive,Continue reading “Not everyone wants a facelift – especially La Comedie Italienne theatre”

La Rotonde renovations, June 2020 – still a sign of the times

La Rotonde renovations, June 2020 – still a sign of the times. There is no direct mention of James Joyce visiting La Rotonde brasserie on the Boulevard du Montparnasse, nor is it mentioned in any of his books. It is on the edge of the 6th arrondissement, where the 14th arrondissement begins. Facing La Rotonde isContinue reading “La Rotonde renovations, June 2020 – still a sign of the times”

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”