… Now go cat go!

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.

141 thoughts on “… Now go cat go!

  1. Il était une fois, à Paris, du côté de la Bourse, une vielle dame aux cheveux tout blancs et tout frisés. Elle sort d’un magasin, à pas hésitants, fouille en tremblant dans son sac à main. Elle en sort une clé, ouvre le coffre de la plus grosse et la plus brillante moto du lot garé là et en tire un casque chromé … pas intégral quand même. Les apparences peuvent tromper !
    Merci pour le voyage, Brieuc.
    PS. Probablement pas Charlie Parker. Un peu trop mince. Et l’homme met la main à son chapeau. C’est pas souvent que Parker portait un chapeau.

  2. Those murals are spectacular. Well the whole post is wonderful.I really do hve to make my way there one day.
    Et tant mieux! Tu pars en vacances, tu ne devrais pas penser à nous (avant de revenir et partager, évidemment!)
    Bonne vacances, cher Brieuc.

  3. So much to like here (I mean love) and the hells angel rider was my fav.
    The cigar and his coat and Peter Fonda like hat!
    But the bottle
    Of sanitizer on the table too! Indeed time stamped with a pandemic feel

  4. Merci de me faire revoir Paris et le découvrir sur certains aspects A Paris l’histoire de France est omniprésente
    Ton entrée me rappelle aussi bien des souvenirs . notamment le quartier latin , le Louvre et l’opéra .
    Amitié
    Michel

  5. Great pictures, as always! I shall miss your blog over the summer, but I hope you have a wonderful summer in France, and I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun pictures and stories to tell at the end of summer. Take care and have a wonderful time, my friend!

    • Asante sana Memsahib. I am thoroughly enjoying West with the wind… Every detail. She is magically drawing me back to another place and time. And thinking about time, we were there in ’67, a mere 30 years after her prime…

  6. I do hope you have the most wonderful time Brian, if your expectations aren’t too high then it will undoubtably be brilliant, or perhaps that would make you more English, stoic. Be French, have a fab time.

  7. What beautiful images. So alive and vibrant. You have a wonderful collection. Please enjoy your summer and add to your treasure trove. Take care. Say my hello to Paris! 🙂

    • Haha. I too walk around with my head up looking at the architecture…
      How have you been? All well?
      Greetings form London, staying a week, then back to paris for a little while…

      • Adjusting is the current key world. I am probably getting old, too many aspects of that current world I don’t like much. Though at the same time wishing humankind took advantage of all the “black swans” to change things siginificantly… 🤞🏻

  8. J’adore le “Hell ‘s Angel à la retraite” 😀 (Bien qu’il n’ait pas vraiment la tête de l’emploi, ni la moto, d’ailleurs)

    • Want? wasn’t? 😉
      I love the Seine, the bridges, the buildings, the churches, the monuments. The city is a jewel. (A tad dirty for lack of attention by City Hall. Politicos everywhere)

      • Haha! Hitting the send button seems to initiate a more efficient proof-read doesnt’ it? And then it must be post-edited, of course. It is so annoying as one can’t correct comments on other blogs! Almost like the brain catches up to what the fingers are doing, but is like that runner lagging behind the pack in the running race. We are okay here Brian, clawing our way back to normal health and heartiness after the post effects of Covid. You have been a bit quieter on the blogging front of late, were you away on a break?

      • Post… 😉
        Glad you’re back to okay…
        I’ve been in Paris (+ London + Brussels) since early July. Leaving next week. Then will have to sort and edit. PLanning to go back to Blogging in September. Have you taken some holidays? Or do you do that in December?

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