Traveller 996. I would say 2.10 or 2.20 ms tall? (Many feet.) Browsing at the bookboxes along the Seine. I like the green hair.
Come to think of it, I believe I only had “escargots” once during the stay. (Darn.) Vintage ad in a café.
Just a door knocker… Parisians are such snobs.
Mardouk, Medical school, Rue des Saint-pères. The construction of the school lasted twenty years from the 30’s to the 50’s. WWII kinda put a spanner in the works. The walls are decorated by sculptures of historical or mythological characters related or not to medicine. Mardouk or Merduk was the patron god of Babylon. Couldn’t find the name of the author(s?) of the medallions.
Penal court of Paris on the Ile de la Cité. (No, I never was subpoenaed to go inside).
The Pinta, Santa-María, and Niña, Colombus’ three ships. Salvador Dalí, 1958-59. Atelier des lumières. The actual painting is different, with only one ship, but those guys at Atelier des lumières are geniuses.
The new adventures of Panama Joe. Beer was good.
Saint-Merry church, near Beaubourg. Though built in the early 1500’s it still retains a Gothic style. The statues represent the apostles. The belfry houses the oldest bell in Paris, dated 1311. Yesterday. Didn’t get the bell’s name. (My sources are coming short)
Claude Renoir as a clown, by Renoir. Petit Palais. Renoir painted one of his sons, Claude (1901-1969) around 1910. Several of Renoir’s children became reknowned artists in their own fields. Claude became an assistant director and production manager. His brother Jean Renoir became one of the best French directors of the 30’s to 50’s.
Travellers 995 et al. Atelier des lumières. Where else? Salvador Dalí painting forming on the glass ceiling:
Pont des arts. An almost daily walk from our place. (On Rue des Saint-pères, left bank to the right). Now compare with the next picture, taken on the right-hand side of the Pont des arts:
Jean-Paul Sartre on the Pont des Arts, 1945. By Cartier-Bresson. During the war, Sartre and Beauvoir spent their days at the Café de Flore a few blocks away on the Boulevard Saint-Germain. The café had the enormous advantage in the winter of having central heating. A luxury since essential items such as coal were restricted. (Merci Zig-Zag Paris for the anecdote) Today the Café de Flore is a huge tourist trap.
Monet’s nympheas at the Orangerie. (Sans “punk” travellers). A gift to France by Monet on November 12, 1918. The day after the end of WWI.
Another doorknob? Come on!
“Les sanglots longs des violons de l’automne
“Bercent mon coeur d’une langueur monotone” (Verlaine again)
(The long weeping of Autumn’s violins
(Rocks my soul in a monotone languor.)
Those verses were the signal sent from London to the French Résistance on the eve on D-day, June ’44. Street art, Rue Jacob. Eisenhower and Churchill didn’t tell De Gaulle of the exact date until late in the day of the 6th. Hmmm.
Méditerranée (1895), by Maillol, who, apart from being an exceptional sculptor was a very good painter. Petit Palais.
Fancy a short walk up to Montmartre?
Salvador Dalí again at the Atelier des lumières.
In the jungle, the mighty jungle of Montmartre, the lion sleeps tonight…
I see a (blue) door and I want to paint it black. (Jagger/Richards). (Used those lines before. Need to renew yourself, Man). And a thought for Charlie Watts. We’ll miss his beat.
Street art by Konny. Konny Steding was born in Germany in 1963. Now lives in Paris, gracing the walls with her unique style.
Travellers 995 to 992. Street market on Place Maubert. The metro station there was my station of choice every morning for close to two years when I studied – or pretended to – in the Latin Quarter.
Noooo! Not another door knocker! I beg you.
“It was an itsy bitsy teenie weenie blue polka dot mini-skirt that she wore for the first time today.” Hmm. Yellow? Not blue? A bikini? Not a mini-skirt? Was I misinformed? (Traveller 991 Quai Voltaire, on her way to the Pont du carrousel.)
“Gotta get out of this place”. (“Now my girl you’re so young and pretty…”) Eric Burdon and the Animals. At the corner of Rue des Saint-pères and Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Captain and crew thank you once again for flying Equinoxio. Flight schedule should go back slowly to normal. A bientôt.