“Ready for this last mission, Scotty?”
“Yes Sir. Though the word ‘final’ always brings a bit of melancholy. Sir.”
“I didn’t know you were such a romantic, Scotty. No worry. We’ll find something else. How’s the dinosaur safari going?”
“Er, working on it, Sir. May take a while…”
“Counting on you Scotty. Meantime, all ready to jump to Paris 1964.”
“Roger that. Jump!”
Paris, 1964*. No trip to Paris can be complete without a visit to the iron maiden. The Eiffel tower is a chance happening. Meant to be a symbol of French engineering at the Universal Expo of 1889, it was considered ugly by many a Parisian and meant to be demolished. Well, it has now become the symbol of Paris, visited by 7 million people every year. Jump.
Paris, 2013. The Eiffel tower from Ecole Militaire.
Notre-Dame. C. 2015. From the pont de l’archevêché. Darn padlocks should have been removed by now.
Notre-Dame, 1964*. As you can see, cars and lorries could then drive right by the cathedral. That street has now been closed, only pedestrians can walk on the square. Another important detail: how sooty and dark Notre-Dame was then after a thousand years of grime. And most of Paris was as dark. Then André Malraux, De Gaulle’s Secretary of Culture issued a law obligating all buildings to clean their façade every ten or 15 years. Notre-Dame was one of the first monuments to be cleaned. I still remember the surprise at discovering all the hidden details:
Notre-Dame, Paris. c.2015.
The Kings of Israel and Juda. Mistaken by the French Revolution to be statues of the Kings of France, they were torn down. Those are 19th century replicas by Viollet-le-duc.
Detail. Centre door. 2016.
As it is today.
Paris, 1944. This particular photo was taken on August 24, 1944. Paris has just been liberated. A Te Deum (“To God”, action of grace) is celebrated in the cathedral. The Cross of Lorraine (double-barred cross) flag, emblem of the Free French Forces hangs in the centre of the cathedral.
Notre-Dame today. Such light.
Beauty and the Beast, 1964*, on top of Notre-Dame. See the black gloves.
Back to present. “Personalized coaching on emotion and self-confidence” (No doubt about that) “Hip-hop, modern jazz, etc.” She could be the granddaughter of the Elegante above. For those interested, she is fully booked until 2022.
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.
Thank you for hopping along on Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Unfortunately, the material from the book has been fully used. We’ll have to think of other destinations. Be safe.