Archive | October, 2015

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Bronze and clay

Ossip Zadkine was born in 1890 in Vitebsk, Russia. He arrived in Paris at the age of 21 and would never return to his home country. By the 1920’s he had an international reputation as sculptor. During the second World War he went into exile in the United States and began a career as a […]

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Opera national de Paris Garnier

Phantom of the Opera

Yesterday I walked through Buttes-Chaumont, a less known area, containing one of Paris’s biggest and most beautiful parks. I wandered through a charming micro-village , Butte Bergeyre, perched high above the city. It consists of only 5 streets, the unusual houses has contrasting styles. At one point there is a wonderful view across the city, […]

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City of love

Love is in the air

Love is a many splendored thing: Once on a high and windy hill, In the morning mist, Two lovers kissed, And the world stood still…           But alas I am on my own in Paris, so I set off for the Arc de Triomphe. Weather was looking good and I was […]

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Musee d'Orsay

The 25 hour day

On the 25th, the last Sunday of October, watches were turned back an hour in Europe. What to do with my extra hour? Some people spent their energy jogging. Me, I visited museum d’Orsay – again. There was a cycling event and I had to cross the Seine on a lower level bridge underneath the […]

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Petit Palais

Petit Palais

What an eye-opener for me to return to Musée d’Orsay after visiting Van Gogh’s last place of work. The paintings seem so vibrant now and the scenes had become familiar. Because he had committed suicide, the catholic church refused that he be buried in their cemetery. His cheerful painting of the church building is an […]

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

Vincent van Gogh

Auvers-sur-Oise is the little village where Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) spent the last days of his life. Although he only stayed for 70 days (20 May to 29 July 1890) he painted 78 pictures during this time! Many other famous artists lived here, but to me Van Gogh seems the most fascinating character of them […]

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Meeting Florence Nightingale

If my mom lived in Paris, her window would be the one with the red flowers…             Paris fashions are elegant and the shoes are tempting, But then again, the boots in the window are not meant for these cobbled alleys!             Tonight there was […]

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Church St Denys

Victor Hugo and the angels

Victor Hugo, French poet, dramatist and novelist lived on the second floor of the former Hôtel Rohan-Guéménée from 1832 to 1848. This is where he wrote most of Les Misérables. He is best known in English speaking countries for this novel and for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. His daughter Léopoldine, recently married, was accidentally […]

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Art?

The controversial avant-garde Centre Georges-Pompidou opened in 1977. It was a joint venture between architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, in response to, then president Pompidou’s wish to establish a multi-discipline cultural centre in Paris. Being both a museum and an art centre. It is like a building turned inside out: escalators, lifts, air and […]

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Nightmare on Elm street

Random thoughts

A sign for “Plein air sculptures” caught my eye this morning on my way to Jardin des Plantes. It is a collection of outdoor sculptures, displayed on the banks of the Seine. It is a 600m long area on Quai Saint-Bernard. This scary character called Melmoth, look like he just escaped from a nightmare (on […]

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