Archive for May, 2011

Place du Tertre

By annesophie
May 31, 2011
Place-du-Tertre-Paris-France

Why does the Place du Tertre swarm with mediocre artists clamoring to paint your portrait? As is often the case in Paris, it’s Baron Haussmann’s fault! But for once, the baron did some good along with the damage when, by razing many working-class neighbourhoods in central Paris, he unwittingly encouraged the development of Montmartre (which [...]


Musée Picasso

By annesophie
May 26, 2011
musee-picasso-paris

Right in the middle of the fashionable Marais district, in between the Pompidou Center and the Place des Vosges, the Picasso museum is entirely devoted to the great spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881/1973). Housed in the Hôtel Salé, a 1656 superb city mansion, it was opened in 1985 with 203 paintings and 156 pieces of sculpture coming [...]


Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes

By annesophie
May 17, 2011
Jardin des Plantes

The Ménagerie du Jardins des Plantes, Paris, once was a dreadful place, with small cages, rusty wire all over and a terrarium that smelt like an open sewer. I visited it several times during the seventies because it was conveniently placed, close to the Gare d’Austerlitz and to the Jardin des Plantes with its museums [...]


La Grande Arche

By annesophie
May 10, 2011
La Grande Arche

It is all, every last bit of it, all reinforced concrete and granite and zillions of square metres of every kind and colour of glass that you can think of. It is under construction forever. It has its own ring road. Train station. Now it has Metro too, added to the RER that is even [...]


La Madeleine

By annesophie
May 3, 2011
eglise-madeleine

L’église de la Madeleine, or L’église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (or simply “La Madeleine”), is a church in the 8th arrondissement of Paris that was designed as a temple to the glory of Napoleon’s army. Three false starts were made on building a church on this site. The first design, commissioned in 1757 with construction begun in 1764, [...]


Place des Vosges

By annesophie
May 3, 2011
Place des Vosges (photo : stefanopinci.com)

Paris’ original attempt at urban planning, the Place des Vosges is now its oldest square. The square symmetry of the square, with its ground floor arcade, consists of 39 (some say 36) houses - each made of red brick with stone facings. Its construction was under Henri IV from 1605 - 1612. The site was [...]


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