Porte Dorée, near Vincennes. This building was built in the thirties to house the Ministry of colonies. In short, to administer the Empire. After Independence, in the sixties, it was converted into the “Musée des arts africains et océaniens”, the Museum of African and Pacific arts. A fabulous museum and one of my favourite destinations in Paris.
Pont Alexandre III. The most beautiful bridge in Paris. Hence the world? 😉
Back to Porte Dorée. Alas, the museum was sacked to fill the new Museum of Premier arts at Quai Branly, with a pitiful inside display by Jean Nouvel. The building Porte dorée, retains its amazing façade, depicting many regions of the globe. Its current usage is such a hoax I will not even comment. But I will be back with more photos of the building in a later post. The above depicts a Vietnamese woman, collecting latex from a Hevea or rubber tree, planted in the thirties in Indochina. The two diagonal incisions collect the latex sap of the tree, later turned into rubber.
Lichtenstein at Beaubourg a few years back.
Pont Alexandre III, again.
“Walter Benjamin, 1892-1940, German philosopher and writer, translator of Proust and Baudelaire, lived in this building from 1938 to 1940.” Near the little house I rent in Paris. Walter Benjamin, Jewish, fled Nazi Germany for France in the thirties. He was an old friend of Hannah Arendt. Who later met him in Paris. As France was attacked, and surrendered, many German jews fled south. Hannah Arendt managed to flee to the US. Benjamin crossed the Pyrénées to Spain in 1940. He committed suicide the night he arrived in Spain, the night he had reached freedom.
Vélib, the Parisian free bicycle service. Though the mayor of Paris has repeatedly claimed Vélib to be funded by advertising, a recent report states that the cost for the city (and tax-payers) was 16 million Euros in 2013 alone. Approximately 17.8 million dollars. With close to 19,600 bikes, that puts the programme a t 900 bucks a year per “free” bike… I kinda wonder if if that money could not be better employed for the homeless…
Place du Châtelet. The Egyptian influence of Napoleon’s Egypt expedition.
“Commander Louis Hélie, fallen for France…” on August 1944, during the battle for the Liberation of Paris. There are many – moving – plaques such as these in Paris, particularly near La Concorde, where one of the fiercest battles took place. Some plaques are of young men barely 20. Moving? Yes. Moving.
In my brother’s lair. He is a brocanteur, an “antiquarian” of sorts. From the bottom up, a US WWII helmet. Free French Forces were equipped with them. A French Navy Béret. Might be my brother’s actually, he served for 3 years in the French Navy. (No, not in WWII!) 🙂 and the last béret says “Dragueurs… (de mines)”. Those are the ships specializing in identifying and destroying floating mines.
“Free your salvage nature” (Valley of the monkeys) I confess to love some of the ads in the Paris Metro.
After this Parisian “pot-pourri”, the Captain – back from the 1962 San Francisco Time Trap – wishes you a free and wild week. 🙂
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Never made it to Musée des arts africains et océaniens. I’m sorry I missed it. Next time…
Next time indeed. Contents of the museum are pointless now. But the building remains. (They still have a nice aquarium) How ‘you doing? Good? Nice and easy?
So far so good, thank you for asking. Just under two months ago.
Yeah. 2 months. Wow. (This is so nice) 🙂
fantastic pix Brian. terrific!
for one day your name will be published in amazon as Agnishatdal’s writer 😉 from tomorrow it will be mine again.
How do you do that? 🙂
it was a mistake, not regretted, it actually stayed for two days- I gave my name as editor, so amazon picked up the first writer and gave the book to him that is you, it did not allowed me to add it to my profile in amazon, can you believe it? it said I am not Brieuc Martin Onraet ;p
I will have to add it in my profile when I next check out my amazon profile.
That was fun. 🙂
The trips with Equinoxio are my favorite way of the time traveling.
We got a scare again. In just an hour she developed mastitis which started a systemic blood poisoning. Good she was taken to emergency ( 2 mins drive) and got IV antibiotics. When will we relax?
Jesus Christ! That is another scare. Is that a consequence of her preclampsia? let us look at it positively: she is young, and strong: she has faced several bad health bouts in the past few months. I guess now it is only a matter of getting her back into full recovery. What do the doctors say?
No it started as mastitis. She is out of danger and on the road of recovery. Was smart enough not to wait and went to the emergency room before her organs started to fail. She already had septicemia at the age of six.
Well, that was a close call. Then she must quite strong to have survived septicemia at 6. (OMG) I do hope she will fully recover soon.
Yes, it was bad, but she got an excellent surgeon that time. Started as a urinary infection and in a blink of an eye spread all over abdomen. These things develop in a matter of minutes. Never underestimate flu-like symptoms.
She is already getting better. We will chat tonight. Have a lovely day! Did you get to see your grandson recently?
Saw him last week-end. Growing up nicely. Hope you had a nice chat. My best wishes of prompt recovery to your daughter. She deserves a break! 😉 Have a lovely week-end.
Our little lady is all giggles. Two months next week. Aren’t they a blessing. Have a lovely weekend you too!
Remember the old Stevie Wonder song? Isn’t she lovely?
Yes 🙂 Blessed Skype.
It is a great tool. Last year, we had both daughters away, one in Washington the other in London. Skype was fabulous. 🙂
You guys know how it is to be away from your children and grandchildren.
Yes. One would not have thought about that, years ago, but with time, one realizes how important they are. So, if they are away, one has to travel… 🙂
Well, yes, one has to. Unfortunately I can go there only next August. It is the first time I won’t see them that long. It makes me very depressed, but such is life.
Yes, I can understand that. Especially with the worries about your daughter’s health. I do hope she is getting better, though?
Yes, she is. I blame this leap year. Can’t wait it go.
Well. it’s mid October. year is practically over. 😉
I’m too tired plus a headache, can’t say anything smart. Besides, they capped my speed again, can’t load all the pictures but saw some of them. I like the low clouds. Bikes are ugly (but so am I and who cares). 😀
Hi Dragos. Sorry about the headache and the slow speed. Hope you are better now?
Thank you, that headache is long one. Got a new one instead when I accidentally spilled about one litre of beer over my keyboards, mice, flash sticks and everything else on the table, last night. Guess I’m jinxed, I should see a witch. 🙂
OMG. SUch a waste. The beer I mean! 😉
Seriously I’m sorry to hear that. Liquids and computers do not combine. Did you manage to save some of the equipment?
Yeah, I weep over the beer too. 🙂
The equipment is fine – you know those original IBM Model M keyboards: sturdy, heavy and… beer-proof. 🙂 I got lucky this time, hopefully it will not happen again. 😉
I have a very strict policy: no liquid anywhere near a keyboard. It has saved me a lot of pain. Be good my friend.
First time in about… 18 years. I’m getting sloppy (and too damn old!) 🙂
Enjoy a fine weekend, mon ami! 😉
Once every 18 years is a good MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures). You too.
Some amazing decorations! Really liked the decor on Pont Alexandre III:)
That bridge is one of my favourites in Paris. Always go there every time I stay in Paris. The bridge, the place on the river, the view on both banks. Great. 🙂
Amazing photos ! They are so great ! I wish you a lot of travels in the next year 😀
I leave you my post about celebration of New Year’s Eve in Madrid