The Opera. Paris, c.1960. Love the cars: a Peugeot 404, a 2 Chevaux, an Ami6, one of the ugliest cars ever mass-produced. (Nothing personal. Our friends Elluecque had one in West Africa.) The Palais-Garnier in the 60’s was not as sooty as Notre-Dame.
The Opera, 2021. With Carpeaux’s “Danse” on the façade. And the statues above painted gold.
A Starbucks mirror.
Sans “mirroir”. (There is a certain likeness with the Starbucks logo.)
Air France to Asia. My father might have had this poster in his Karachi office when he ran the Air France line to Pakistan, and from there to Asia.
The plane in the background of the poster is a Lockheed Constellation or Super Constellation. I flew in those. Nicknamed “Constel” in French. “Connie” in English. I remember them well. There were bunks in first class.
Some put their foot in their mouth. Some put it on the street. Rue Jacques Callot (I think), Left Bank.
“La marque jaune.” The yellow M, by Edgar P.Jacobs. The adventures of Captain Francis Blake and Professor Philip Mortimer against their nemesis, the infamous Colonel Olrik by Edgar P. Jacobs. A café window in Paris.
Le théâtre à Paris. Photos of an unknown play near the Pont des Arts.
A two century old Airnb… Original ceiling. Rue des Saint-Pères. Just imagine the sheer number of trees that were cut for a single two room flat then? Not to mention the entire building…
This artsy Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic conveys a message I obviously don’t share. Antivax use it to communicate that vaccines and masks are an attack on the Republic. Of course not. Why do I post it? Another great blogger posted a photo he took in the very South of France last summer. Hundreds of kms away form Paris. So this little poster has had wide distribution in France… Sigh.
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Remember this fab mural? I didn’t jump the fence. But, I can give you details:
Botticceli’s Venus and guests. (Part 1)
No back issues. (Green with envy.)
Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois is the oldest church in Paris, to the side of the Louvre. The first, previous church at that spot, was founded in 552AD by King Childebert. France was already largely Christian. The oldest remaining parts of the current church date back to the XIIth century. Many sculptures on the façade. This one caught my eye. A possible Eve? Naked save for the very long hair down to her knees. The three loaves of bread in her hand? Were there “boulangeries” already?
Earth/Heart day 2020. Another Eve?
“The scream of the butterfly.” (Doors. Literally) Paris. (As all images in this post.)
Airbnb with a view. From the 5th floor, Rue des Saints-Pères. (Holy Fathers’ street)
Mural part 2. Tales from the crypt.
Charles Azanavour (1933-2018), a major French singer and sometimes actor of the 50’s onwards. This was a photo expo near the Hôtel de Ville featuring Patrick Ullman. Never heard of him, but he seems to have been a major photographer of French artists. A good open air expo. Aznavour worked with Edith Piaf, writing a masterpiece for her: “Plus bleu que le bleu de tes yeux”.
Mural part 3. Let’s rock. (Two for the show?)
Travellers 501 and 502, Rue Jacob. In the summer of ’21. A summer of – relative – peace.
The Seine. My river… Watching the water flow and the play of light on the leaves is the best therapy ever. Peace to the soul.
I wrote this post on March 4th. Today, April 12, Ukraine is still under attack.
Peace for Ukraine. 🇺🇦 Now!
Russians go home.
98 thoughts on “Two for the show…”
Thank you Cindy. Paris is an easy subject… 😉
I love this post, Brian. Great pictures. Makes me want to go to Paris again. Weren’t Blake and Mortimer in la bande dessinée Tintin? (In the Netherlands called ‘Kuifje’. ) The church Eve with the bread seems pregnant, a symbol of harvest, prosperity, something like the Venus of Willendorf, broad hipped and full bossomed – woman as bringer of life? Anyway – one can sit on the banks of the river Seine and ponder about these things forever. Tot ziens!
Ja hoor. Jacobs’ Balke and Mortimer from Kuifje indeed. I still have all the albums! 😉
Pregnant? Could be. Maybe a symbol of feretility? (In a Catholic church?)
Glad you liked the Seine shot…
Your photos are gorgeous!!!
Grazie Luisa… Tutto bene con te?
Benino, grazie, Brian
E tu come stai?😊💌😊
Ça va. The world is in shambles, but we’re ok. I sometimes almost feel guilty about it…
If we think about the current tragedies of the world we have to consider ourselves lucky and thank heaven, don’t we?
Yes. É certo. With this nagging feeling that we should do something. But what? I sincerely feel a bit old to grab a rifle…
You ares o right; we are helpless🕊️☮️🕊️
A right foot (statue – part) on the Left Bank!
Great work … everyone, artists included.
I was only thinking of The Doors the other day, how they warned of environmental disaster – in 1967.
Right foot? very right. Quite observant… 👍🏻
Yep. The music’s over if I recall… 👏🏻
Moi aussi j’avais une Ami6 … qui avait la fort désagréable habitude de rouler sur un seul cylindre. Elle a fini en tas de rouille. La voiture blanche devant pourrait être une Daf 33. Il y a également une DS, une 4L, une Estafette, une autre 404, coupé et décapotable avec madame au volant, un bus Volkswagen, une Coccinelle. Cela me laisse le taxi, une Simca Ariane ?
Merci pour les souvenirs, Brieuc, et une belle journée à toi.
Votre culture automobile, cher ami, me laisse sans voix. Super. La petite blanche une DAF? Bien possible. Fait longtemps que je n’en n’avais pas vu. Ni pensé…
L’Ariane? Chais pas. Une chambord?
AAAahhh!! The scream of the butterfly door! How amazingly perfect. In Paris. And more doors… Earth/Heart day 2020 is my favourite non-door. Wonderful.
I know you like the Doors… 😉
Earth/heart is good… I like it too.
So much to like in this post, you start with one of my favourite places in the World, I went to the opera house for my 21st birthday as a surprise from my parents, I missed an audition there because of lockdown :(. I love the murals and the big foot reminded me of a visit to the museum in London when I was little and my brother used to bite his toe nails, we wandered into a very quiet part of the museum and my mum told him to pretend to bite the toe nail for a photograph, just as she took the photo a man in uniform came in and hurried us out, we were in a closed off section of the British Museum.
Glad you liked the post Charlotte. A shame you lost an audition there because of lockdown…
Biting toenails in a closed off section of the “British”? LOL. (I love the British museum too. A must on any of my visits to London…)
I really enjoyed how varied the images are. As I scrolled down, I didn’t know what to expect next. Amen to Peace for Ukraine. Now!
That’s the idea. Try to work on the unexpected. 😉
Yes. 🇺🇦. Now.
Reminded me of La Seine. Apologies for not quite being in Mr. Aznavour’s style.
Love the butterfly wings on the doors.
Des goûts et des couleurs… No problemo. He has good stuff and not so good.
Those doors were great. Very unusual for Parisian doors.
Another fabulous and informative post. Thank you. 🙂
My pleasure Gigi…
Love that old poster that might have been in your dad’s office
And I think all
Airplane seats should have the option to become a bed or bunk!
Let everyone nap!
I’d seen some of these poster when I was little. Now they have been reprinted and sold for 10 bucks on the book boxes by the Seine. Vintage and French…
Indeed seats should have that option, they don’t anymore because it would imply lowering the back more (as before) which means less seats, and the airlines are basically broke…
Yes – airlines continue to face new challenges and it sure has changed and will continue to —
We’ll be lucky to have planes in a few years…
What will replace them? Space ships?
hahaha – yes
Swanky-looking plane, the Constellation. Interesting to know about the anti-vax Marianne. I’m glad you included her even though the message is disturbing. I like the Earth/Heart lady—contemplating the artist’s choices for the images that fill in her torso.
Very swanky plane indeed. I always felt the tail to be special. Why? Dob’t know.
Disturbing message indeed. But France is very disturbing right now…
And I too like that selection of photos… There was a lot of work in that piece…
Love the poster and the song and the panniers on those bikes. Your Airbnb must have been at a gorgeous location, no?
Location was incredible. The flat was all right, but the building inside was dirty, and the street below very noisy… Can’t have everything, right?
Well, yes, one has to compromise on something. You had to trade off the dirty building for a great location.
Indeed. But I’ll be more careful in the next one… 😉 (You OK or getting by?)
I am getting by, yes. What does “getting on” mean? I wonder. Re: Paris, is Paris as dirty as New York? I don’t recall.
Getting on, getting along… (By is good)
Paris? Depends on the Mayor. When Chirac was the Mayor, long time ago, he’d made a very serious job of cleaning it. But now with Anne Hidalgo? She really is destroying Paris. Extremely dirty and unkempt…
Another great trip, merci! While I’m a huge lover of art in public spcace but that foot is nothing but confusing? “What is the artist saying?”
LOL. I agree. Main reason I took the pic. I guess it is a Kitsch fuß? (My spelling right?)
Spelling splendid. Capital F would’ve been A+
Yes! Yes! I keep forgetting the capital F for nouns… My year at the Goethe clearly was not enough… I’m starting the week on the wrong Fuß… 😉
Nice one! From here, the week can only get better! 🙂
I love that style of travel posters (and postcards). Captures the old-time glamour of travel so effortlessly.
And yes, Russians go home and please stay home…
The graphic style is very much late 50’s early 60’s. A definite touch.
Yep. Stay home. Just read Finland is evaluating applying to NATO. (And of course the Russkis immediately start threatening… What is happening in their heads?)
Stay safe, Lumi.
It’s pretty certain we’ll join NATO now (if they’ll have us.) Meanwhile, violent riots in Sweden, which used to be so safe, they now have issues with extremists. What is happening indeed.
NATO would be fools not to… I haven’t heard of riots in Sweden. I’ll check.
Le Point or L’Express can be very France centered, especially with the elections next week-end. ((That is an ordeal…)
So much life and diversity in these photos ~ and I agree with you on the photo of the gymnast with zero back issues, a little envy and for me maybe some yoga tonight 🙂 A beautiful city, rich with so many different ideas and thoughts ~ and I like how you draw it all together with your Seine. It is always nice to have something of ‘yours’ in a city you love and I’d agree along with most of your readers I’m sure ~ “Watching the water flow and the play of light on the leaves is the best therapy ever. Peace to the soul.” And peace to Ukraine. Cheers to a wonderful Easter Sunday.
Any city needs a river. (Thinking of Prague and Kyiv…)
Peace to 🇺🇦
(And Joyeuses Pâques)
What a wonderful collection of photos and words to give your readers a very different taste of Paris.
Grazie mille amica. A Paris post is always a joy to write… Buona settimana. 🙏🏻💕🌹
Helps you to relive those wonderful memories! Are we selfish doing this? 😉
I don’t think so. We have been lucky to see amazing places. It’s something that we did. And writing the posts is a way to share. Either with people who’ve been there (Nice memories) or haven’t or actually can’t, and travel by proxy…
Very true and another reason is that I want to digitise all of my journals before I forget everything!
A very good idea. Though it must be quite a task. Typing all your journals? That will keep you busy in retirement?
Ha, ha, indeed it does and will. I haven’t finished Indonesia yet and published 27 posts already!
Ahhh. So your posts are your digitalization in some fashion? (And you keep a separate copy) Interesting.
True, my “Mzungu chronicles” are a manner to keep my memories on file… Hmmm. Hadn’t thought of that.
Yes, so my small travel journals that I used to keep especially for place names cataloguing photos (bad memory for place names), but also jotting down experiences. Have just always done this since I started travelling in 1985. These days, I document straight into Word (if no internet) or as a draft in WP (when on internet).
It is a good discipline. I am lazy. (Or try to rely on my memory…)
I write most of my posts directly on WP. I do a sequence of images, plug one image, write, next image, etc. Some posts I have copied back to Word. CTRL A, copy. Then I have to rework the format.. LOL
We all have different ways of getting a post out there, which in the end, it’s whatever works best for an author. 😉
PS. 27 posts… How many times have you been to Indonesia?
Ha. ha, just the once but it was travelling for just under 4 months so loads to write about. 😉
You do long travels. That is a good plan, really get into the local culture… learn more… 👏🏻
…see more also 😉
Yep. And above all, things others will never see.
Thank you for the lovely tour through Paris , I love the photos, the wall art, and of course the beautiful river Seine, brings back such beautiful memories.
Peace to Ukraine. As long as Russia is allowed to bully the world I don’t see it happening.
I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter. 🌷🤗
We did, thank you. Did you go to the island? Must be perfect there…
And yes, Peace for 🇺🇦
(How long are we going to let Russia slaughter the people? I don’t know… One day we’re gonna have to jump in.)
I am on the island 🏝 the weather is beautiful. I hope everything is great where you are. I’m afraid we are going to have to stop Putin or regret it.
I thought you might be on the island. Perfect season.
And yes, we will have to. How and when is the biiig question.
Enjoy the 🌴
Thank you Terry. Things getting better I hope?
Life is a roller coaster with the ride possibly getting bumpier soon.
Very much so… Fasten your seat belt…
La photo est un art et tu sais trouver le bon angle. Tu as l’œil !
Bonne journée Brieuc
Merci ma grande. je suis très touché et flatté… 🙏🏻
(On fait ce qu’on peut…)
Et toi, comment tu vas? La bête continue à reprendre du poil?
La bête a profité de ces quelques jours printaniers pour rouler sous le soleil. Alors, ça va !! 🙂
Listening to the song, right now. Wonderful.
A wonderful post about a beautiful city. Thank you, Brian! ❦❦
Or that one? None were blocked. Just pending.
Pleasure Resa. it is a beautiful song that Aznavour wrote for Piaf. They never got to sing it together. That video is a “montage” of Piaf’s voice with a “hologram”, that makes it look like they’re singing together…
Can’t beat this one though: [YT] Hélène Ségara, Joe Dassin – Et si tu n'existais pas (Clip officiel) (00:03:34) 😉
Another virtual duo. Well done. (I had no idea who Hélène Ségara is…) 🤣
Now let’s change the scene a little bit, keeping the idea of virtual duo:
[YT] UNFORGETTABLE – Natalie Cole/Nat K. Cole (Lyrics on) (00:03:51)
[YT] Natalie Cole – When I Fall In Love (Virtual Duet with Nat King Cole) (00:04:11)
This one is not virtual but still a duo. And it’s so uplifting I couldn’t leave it out:
[YT] Whitney Houston & Natalie Cole – Say A Little Prayer (00:04:01)
Very nice. 👍 Multumesc.
Great photos. Love the Opera from 1960, the year of my birth! Possibly summer, Août, my month. Enjoyed your post.
August 1960? Possible. Summer definitely.
Thanks for dropping by Robyn.
Not at all related to this article … I am happy to report that I finally own some egg holders. You may not remember but because of you I went out and got some 🙂 Good German needs Eierbecher
Eierbecher! yes! Great! Did you also get the little woolen caps to keep the egg warm)
My mum knitted four little red ones that look like pointy gnome hats 🙂
Ooooh! That is so cute. Photos bitte schön.