Place de l’Opéra, Paris, c.1907. No, I wasn’t born yet. (c)ourtesy Roger Viollet. See the sooty façade of the Opera, to the left, horse-drawn carriages mixing with the brand-new “automobiles”. 4th installment of our Paris stroll. Go cat go!
Remember the mural locked up by a fence? Here’s another angle…
Retired Hell’s Angel. Rue Jacob. Peter Fonda had a helmet like that in Easy Rider.
Hope. Hope never runs out. Even when inventory is low. Hope for Ukraine 🇺🇦 . (Detail of the above…)
THE River. Louvre to the left, Pont des Arts, Académie Française to the right.
Speaking of the Louvre…
“Faire la précieuse”. (To act precious). A 17th century word meaning: snob, insufferable. Molière wrote a play called “Les précieuses ridicules” (The ridiculous precious). Snotty is perhaps another reasonable translation. Art by “Les murs ont des oreilles.” (Walls have ears)… Paris, of course. As all this post.
Dressed up Venus of Milo. Boulevard Saint-Michel.
Saint Clotilde, Queen of France. Clotilde (474-575) was a Burgonde Princess. The Burgunds or Burgundians were a Germanic tribe, who settled in a large territory including today’s Burgundy. (Great wines). Clotilde can be considered the first Queen of France. Clovis, King of the Franks, another Germanic tribe, settled to the north and centre of what was then Roman Gaul, married Clotilde who was Christian and convinced the Pagan Clovis to be baptized, thus becoming the first Christian King of France (Frank-Reich = France).
Clotilde’s statue is one of many on the façade of Saint-Germain-L’Auxerrois, one of the oldest Gothic churches in Paris. Built and rebuilt many times, the current version dates back to the 13th century. It faces the east side of the Louvre…
“Man, that was a great jammin’ session, but I’ve got a hangover…” (Could the sax player be Charlie Parker?)
Two more élégantes at La Pérouse. Average price on the menu is indicated at 30 Euros. Hmmm. Might try it…
20th century élégante. Mylène Farmer is a popular French singer. She is the French female singer who’s sold most records, over 30 millions. She was born in Québec. (I’d forgotten that. French-Canadian singer then.)
Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Le Café de Flore is on the left. (Outside the pic. Hehe)
“Honey, don’t forget to buy the baguette, please.” Héra/Juno (left) said to Zeus/Jupiter(right). Boulevard Saint-Michel.
Thank you for rocking with Equinoxio’s band. Go cat go!
This blog will take a break for the summer. Flying to Paris soon. I find it almost impossible to travel and post, but be sure that material will be stored. And I will do my best to visit you guys from time to time. Hopefully. Have a nice summer. Au revoir.