Cherry blossoms – Paris in the spring time

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”

Claude Monet and his Water Lilies

Claude Monet and his Water Lilies. Water Lilies is not one painting. It is a series of paintings that French Impressionist Oscar-Claude Monet (1840-1926) worked on for thirty years, inspired by the water garden at his home in Giverny in Normandy. He created about 300 paintings of water lilies, with about forty in large format.Continue reading “Claude Monet and his Water Lilies”

Apartment: 71 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine

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”

Apartment: 5 Boulevard Raspail

Finally, after five months in Paris, staying in the small hotel on Rue de l’Université and in Ludmilla Bloch-Savitsky’s servants’ quarters, Joyce signed a five-month lease for an apartment at 5 Boulevard Raspail in the 7th arrondissement. The luxurious apartment was in the Montparnasse district, halfway between two gardens: the Tuileries Garden across the RiverContinue reading “Apartment: 5 Boulevard Raspail”

Hotel Bourgogne and Montana

Before James Joyce and his family could move into their new rental apartment, it needed renovations. So for a month, the Joyce family moved into a nearby hotel – the Hotel Bourgogne & Montana. Hotel Bourgogne & Montana still exists. It is located at 3 Rue de Bourgogne in the 7th arrondissement. It is locatedContinue reading “Hotel Bourgogne and Montana”