The Grilles of the Luxembourg Garden: photography exhibitions. On the perimeter of the Luxembourg Garden – Jardin du Luxembourg – is a large black iron fence – railings topped with gold-coloured arrows. It is called the Grilles du Jardin du Luxembourg – the Grilles of the Luxembourg Garden. In 1865, during Louis Napoleon’s reconstruction of Paris, theContinue reading “The Grilles of the Luxembourg Garden: photography exhibitions”
Jardin du Luxembourg, 6th arrondissement – March 2021.
Jardin du Luxembourg, 6th arrondissement – February 2021.
Liberty Leading the People – Delacroix’s famous painting. “Liberty Leading the People” is certainly Eugène Delacroix’s most well-known painting, and perhaps of any French artist. It is housed in The Louvre in Paris. Painted in 1830, it depicts the French people, particularly Parisians, marching under the tricolour French flag, representing liberty, equality, and fraternity. It’sContinue reading “Liberty Leading the People – Delacroix’s famous painting”
Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Garden gets a facelift. The Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden) in Paris, under direction of the Senate, undertook restorations to the Medici Fountain from June 2020 to December 2021. The statues have now been cleaned, the scaffolding around the statues and grotto has been removed, the repairs to the reticulatedContinue reading “Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Garden gets a facelift”
Jardin du Luxembourg, 6th Arrondissement – November 2019.
Animal art installations in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris. On 11 April 2021, the Luxembourg Garden in Paris added a new feature in its large grounds – three wooden deer statues. A week later, another art installation appeared – a group of foxes and rabbits. A few days later, yet another one appeared – wild boar.Continue reading “Animal art installations in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris”
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 buzz of bees in Paris. Why did Napoleon love bees? He loved them so much that the bee became his signature emblem. It is said that bees were his symbol of tenacity. But bees are now very much a Parisian motif. Scientists from the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA-France) – the National InstituteContinue reading “The buzz of bees in Paris”
After the lease at 5 Boulevard Raspail expired, French poet Valery Larbaud, who announced to France that James Joyce was a ‘genius’ of literature, offered James Joyce his apartment, rent-free, while he was on vacation. This was timely, and the Joyce family accepted the kind offer. The Joyce family moved into the quiet, comfortable, andContinue reading “Apartment: 71 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine”