For the Parisian love of carousels

For the Parisian love of carousels. The French love the carousel, the merry-go-round: le carrousel, la manège. And I love them too.  The turning-rides and round-abouts may have been around since Roman times, but the English word ‘carousel’ originated from the French word. It originated from an eccentric 18th century Frenchman, Guillaume Joseph Roussel (1743-1807), known asContinue reading “For the Parisian love of carousels”

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”

Apartment: 42 Rue Galilée

At the end of November 1932, James Joyce paid a one-month deposit on a flat at 42 Rue Galilée in the 16th arrondissement, not in Passy, but in the impressive Champs-Élysées quarter abutting the 8th arrondissement, and only twenty minutes, by foot, to the Eiffel Tower. The apartment was close to the Arc de Triomphe and theContinue reading “Apartment: 42 Rue Galilée”

Hotel Lord Byron

On 20 October 1932, the Joyce family moved into the Hotel Lord Byron at 5 Rue Chateaubriand in the 8th arrondissement, on an S-shaped street one block from the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but on the northern side. Far from the Seine, and twenty-five minutes to the Eiffel Tower, it was, however, closer to the Arc deContinue reading “Hotel Lord Byron”

Hotel Le Belmont

The lease on their Passy apartment expired so the Joyce family decided to holiday in England. On 17 April 1932, James Joyce, Nora, and daughter Lucia went to the railway station in Paris with their luggage, but Nora had a severe crying episode which put a stop to their plans. They took a taxi toContinue reading “Hotel Le Belmont”

Hotel La Résidence

James Joyce married Nora Barnacle in England on 4 July 1931, after living with her for twenty-seven years. His children, Giorgio and Lucia, attended the wedding. Joyce intended to move permanently to London, but a few months later, he decided to return to Paris. He arrived in Paris in September 1931. James and Nora JoyceContinue reading “Hotel La Résidence”

Hotel Grand Powers

Before the Joyce family left to go to England, they spent almost two weeks in the Hotel Grand Powers in the 8th arrondissement at 52 Rue Francoise 1er in the 8th arrondissement. They intended to relocate to London permanently. Hotel Grand Powers still exists. It is located at 52 Rue Francois 1er near the AvenueContinue reading “Hotel Grand Powers”