Paris 1964*. I but vaguely remember the horse-drawn carriages, not enough to be sure. Though seeing them, it would seem like a good idea to re-implement. There still are in Central park. I do remember the buses though. They were lots of fun to ride in the back, in the open part. The dress? Well, I remember my mother wearing the same as well as the ladies from the American Embassy.
2014. No more live horses. That particular Deux-chevaux (means two horses in French), near the Bois de Vincennes, is probably from the 60’s.Place de la Concorde*. 1964. Those stairs come up from the metro station. I’ve taken that lion countless times, but couldn’t find one now. Need to upgrade my filing system.
Concorde 2014 plus change. An apology for the lousy quality. This was taken with an Android phone. Won’t do it again.
Another horse-drawn carriage*. And the source of those photos. “The Paris I love.” 1964.
A superb view of la Concorde*. 1964. This was probably the height of de Gaulle’s “reign”. Paris was at peace then. The Algerian war had concluded in 1962. The newly independant Algeria had sent “back” close to a million “pieds-noirs”, settlers of french, spanish or jewish origin, many of whom had never actually set foot on the motherland. The OAS (Organisation of the Secret Army) had mostly been disbanded. De Gaulle had come out sound and safe from several assassination attempts, particularly at Petit-Clamart. Peace at last. For a while.
The Ministry of the Navy, to the right of la Concorde. 2014. This 18th century building was until recently the home of the Ministry of the Navy. It faced possible privatization for a while. (I don’t want to think of the Post Office in Washington D.C.) Until the decision was taken to maintain the building in the public domain. During WWII, it housed the Kriegsmarine’s (German War Navy) headquarters in France. The façade was covered for 4 years with the red and black svastika flag. During the Liberation of Paris in August 1944, la Concorde was the stage of fierce fighting.
Notre-Dame. 2014 (+/-). As seen from the Quai de la Tournelle.
Up the stairs of Notre-Dame*. 1964. As a true – once – Parisian I must confess I only recently climbed the stairs of the Tour Eiffel. Haven’t climbed the Arc de Triomphe nor the stairs of the towers or Notre-Dame. Yet. I will get therapy.
1964 again*. Notre-Dame with a view to the North and Montmartre. The American corporal on the right reminds us that Nato headquarters for Europe were then in Versailles until 1966 when De Gaulle and the Americans had a fall-out.
Notre-Dame*, 1964, from the Ile Saint-Louis. Look closely. On the right.
Notre-Dame today. Taken from the Quai de Montebello, across from “Le pont au double”.
1964 images come from “The Paris I love”, printed on the 15th on May 1964. (c) by Editions sun Paris. World rights reserved. Printed in France by Draeger and Braun. Photographs (marked with a *) by Patrice Molinard. The recent ones are mine.
Thank you for flying Equinoxio Time-Space shuttle. A pleasure to have you on board as always. Have a lovely week-end in your own personal time-space slots.