Monday, July 17, 2017

Chapter 25ive: Paris Impressions

Every photo in FRANCE ONCE AGAIN has been more or less randomly captured, but carefully selected and prepared for posting. Each one has special meanings for us.

east entrance to Passage Grand Cerf, 2nd Arrondisement
The text, my words in the blog, have also casually come to mind, triggered by the pictures, then woven together into little stories. This rather Yin Yang sort of process has been a fun creative experience.

west entrance to Passage Grand Cerf
Now, as we wind down our nearly half a year away, it is time to bring this legacy project to a close. But how does one really close on Paris? I am going to dodge that bullet by admitting that I think I am now tongue-tied. After all, what could I possibly add to what has already been said and shown about Paris, one of the world's most magnificent cities, with all its beauty and grandeur, its history and culture, its well-mannered and friendly people; and of course, its big city noise and summer crowding?

Ç'est ça! (That's it!), as my good friend Yves might say to capture a moment like this. I can, however, offer one word that packs an awful lot of meaning for us. The word is, in capital letters, INSPIRING.

domed ceiling of Galleries Lafayette, 9th Arrondisement
Each of the  photos in these final two chapters is an image that communicates something special about our experience of this place.

9th Arrondisement

For all its old stone buildings, sculptures and monuments, Paris is also a city of colour.

firehall on Canal St Martin, 11th Arrondisement

Parc Vincennes, 20th Arrondisement

Galerie Vivienne, 8th Arrondisement

Promenade Plantes, 12th Arrondisement

The Promenade Plantes is an elevated walkway that runs east from Place Bastille for a few kilometres.

12th Arrondisement
It is a very refreshing walk for many reasons, not the least of which is that you will find few tourists there. 

Also, it is clean, it is a park; it is a human loving place for infants to the aged, for the disabled to the athletic. There is social housing and high-end real estate along the pedway.

 2nd Arrondisement

Saint Eustache Cathedral, 2nd Arrondisement

Musée d'Orsay, 6th Arrondisement
The Musée d'Orsay is the place to see the work of the Impressionists.

The old train building itself is another of Paris' examples of architectural grandeur.

Arrange lunch here, if you can spare the euros.

Sacre-Couer as seen through the eastern clock at Musée d'Orsay

Sacre-Couer, 18th Arrondisement

Sacre-Couer as seen much closer up in Montmartre. 

The best of the big world cities are walking cities. There is lots to see in Montmartre, especially the old upper village. Be prepared for some mega-walking. 

We recommend approaching the top from the side streets to the west, then take the knee-numbing steps down after that. There is also a funicular.

The church was a disappointment inside. 

 18th Arrondisement
   Place des Vosges
The Church of Saint-Jean-de-Mont-martre is Paris' Art Nouveau church.

   4th Arrondisement

Whatever did the waiter see on his smartphone?  I zoomed in to see him mouth what looked like "FZK" (See graffiti, top right) before he turned and walked past his reflection. Did his reflection move with him?

9th Arrondisement

We had lunch on the rooftop of Gallery Printemps. You can take your own sandwich or baguette up there and get the same view.

I think she was laughing with me, not at me.

This is the penultimate chapter of the blog.
One more.

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