Paris Time Patrol. Final countdown…

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“Louvre, Pavillon de Flore, early 21st century.”

“Captain, if I may?”

“Yes, Scotty. You may.”

“We’re running out of fuel, Sir, I mean material.”

“I know Scotty. There’s probably only one post left. We’ll find something. Meantime, let’s move to 1964, please.”

“Roger that.”

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“Louvre. Pavillon de Flore*. Scotty, you sure this is ’64?”

“Winter ’63, Sir. November 11th to be precise.”

“Thank you Scotty. Y’all note how dark and sooty the Louvre was in the early sixties. That was before Malraux’s famous law. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s jump Scotty.”

“Roger that, Sir. All stations: ready to jump.”

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“Louvre, early 21st century. Pavillon de Flore to the right. In the background, the Louvre Richelieu, which leads to the Rue de Rivoli. That half of the Louvre was occupied by the Secretary of the Treasury and Finance up till the late ’80’s, when it was handed over to the Museum. The wretched pyramid is hidden behind the Pavillon de Flore.”

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“Statue of Liberty*, Paris, most likely winter of 1963, as you can see from the ice-panes in the foreground. It is very rare for the Seine to freeze. The statue of Liberty by Bartholdi is on the Pont de Grenelle, east of the Eiffel Tower. The original on Liberty Island was entirely designed and produced in France by sculptor Bartholdi as a gift from France to America. Originally planned to be delivered to the US on 1876, for obvious reasons, several unfortunate delays in production led to the final delivery in 1886… I hope there were no penalties…”

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“There are five versions of the Statue of Liberty in Paris. This one stands in the garden of Luxembourg. (See a previous Time-Patrol) This was the original model which Bartholdi used to design the final statue. Placed in the gardens in 1906, it was replaced in the early 21st century by the copy we see here for conservation purposes.”

“And where are the other three statues in Paris, Sir?”

“Not a clue, Scotty. Only found this one two years ago. Let’s find out on a next trip, shall we?”

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“Pont de Grenelle again. You can see the Eiffel tower in the distance. This was a photo expo (c. 2014) on the banks of the Seine of a sixties fashion show. Shoes are very typical of that era.”

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“Palais de Chaillot, Trocadéro*, c.1964. Taken from below the Eiffel Tower. The two wings house several precious museums. Navy, Man, Monuments… The inscriptions on top of the buildings are by Poet Paul Valéry. This one reads: “Il dépend de celui qui passe / que je sois tombe ou trésor / que je parle ou me taise / ceci ne tient qu’a toi / ami n’entre pas sans désir.”

“It depends on who passes by / that I be tomb or treasure / that I speak or not / that is up to you / Friend, do not enter without desire.”

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Palais de Chaillot, early 21st century with the two wings. The sculpture in the foreground is “Youth; La jeunesse” by Pierre Poisson. 1937. 2 years before WWII. Hitler stood between the two buildings after the defeat in 1940.

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“The victory of Samothrace*, Louvre, c.1964. By far one of my favourite pieces at the Louvre, way above Mona Lisa or the Venus of Milo. Probably from the Hellenistic period (Alexander the great, around 3rd century BC), it represents Niké, the Greek goddess of Victory. Jump Scotty, please?”

“Jump in two seconds.”

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“The victory, early 21st century. Muuuuch more crowded.”

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Captain, Chief Engineer Scotty and crew thank you for jumping around with us on Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Y’all be safe naw, ye hear? Too many loonies on the loose.”

1963-64 images come from “The Paris I love”, printed  on the 15th of 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.

 

 

59 thoughts on “Paris Time Patrol. Final countdown…

  1. Kindred spirits we are. Winged Victory is amazing. My favorite too. And so much history with her. It’s beyond a masterpiece and likely made more beautiful sans her head.

    I didn’t know there were additional lady liberties. I wish I knew when I visited Luxembourg gardens. I just saw the one on the Siene.

  2. “toi, Paris, tu m’as pris dans tes bras…” ❤ eh oui, amigo “The Paris I love”, too: ma ville de coeur où j'ai vécu plusieurs années et où nos 2 "old babies"(LOL!) sont nés… 🙂

    • That is interesting. Could that be because they are the materials closest – in appearance – to the human skin or flesh? The Greek and Roman sections of the Louvre or the British museum or the Met are fascinating for that.

  3. Ah, my dear, you do use your time portal well. But as long as you’re doing time, wouldn’t a shot of the old city walls in the depths of the Louvre been appropriate? Talk about a time portal. Actually, given that we were at the end of a very walking filled week when we visited the Louvre, the only thing I really really really wanted to see was the Samothrace. (the walls were a surprise)

    • You are so right. The walls are a… “gate”. But I don’t have a shot. Need to go back, maybe 2-3 years from now. I try to go to the Louvre every 4-5 years…
      And I cannot imagine the Louvre after a week of walking. You must have been on your knees. 🙂

  4. ๑•ิ.•ั๑
    Sou uma apaixonada por esculturas, e a deusa grega Nike (Nice) está entre as de que mais gosto. “Sob o vento, as roupas de seu vestuário se levantam e, molhadas, colam-se ao corpo revelando formas, força, ímpeto e fôlego de vida”. No Brasil, há um réplica da escultura no Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, no Rio de Janeiro.
    Belíssimas imagens, adorável pecador, obrigada pela partilha.
    Beijos de chocolate e muito mais maravilhosas inspirações.

  5. Scotty!…..Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
    Y’all just better find some fuel or there’ll be some major ass whoopin’ going awwwn! (Hope I’m sounding all tough-guy and presidential?)
    Who knew there were more Lady Liberties? Not I.

  6. Well, some cocky guys had their statues raised while alive but most statues got raised after the characters died. As far as I can see, Liberty is long dead – good thing we still got a few statues of her, just as a reminder of what could’ve been… 😉

    As for Victory, it’s only fair its headless because we never know who actually won, whatever kind of “battle” we’d be talkin’ about. 🙂

    Oh yeah, Paris could teach us a thing or two… 😉

  7. is the headless statue in preparation for halloween by any chance? ha, I’ve gotten the decorations out, pumpkins and no headless things, although I did spot a fake raven at an outlet store…may have to double back and pick it up, gotta love Poe. Nice shots Captain ❤

  8. The Louvre yes, I visited a few years back and spent the entire day there. The Uffizi in Florence nearly brought me to my knees with joy. The Met needs a few days to explore. I have yet to visit the British museum…

    • Very rare that ice. (The canal in Amsterdam in front of our house froze only once in the 3 years we lived there, and Paris is warmer. Glad you liked the series. Coming to an end I’m afraid. But I enjoyed the comparison across time. 🙂

  9. Yesterday I saw the Champs Elysees of Lisbon which was truly very nice, also the weather much better than in Paris or Berlin! Now lazy times at the Algarve such extending summer a little bit. Take care!

  10. Hi there,
    I really like the “tours” that you are doing. I have been to Paris when I was a teenager, twenty years ago or so and I remember these places.
    Thank you for doing this, this is such a great idea to show all these places.

    /Thumbs up

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