Life in Paris


Not too far from the Eiffel Tower is a beautiful Art Nouveau apartment building by architect Jules Lavirotte in 1901. It’s found at 20 Rue de Rapp. It’s one of the show stoppers with artistic renderings all over it.

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The front door.

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The lady over the door is wearing a fox stole with a head on it.

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Lizard door handle.

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A lady came out the door and I zipped inside to take a look. It’s rather bare but there is still some great rod iron.

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The door from inside.

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This is a small square next to the building, interesting in its self.

I was in the neighborhood of Gare de Lyon and decided to make a quick stop to check out the restaurant there, le Train Bleu, which was originally done in the Belle Epoque style in 1901 but has had a bit of a renovation done.

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The station is always packed with people waiting for trains. We used to come here to get a train to Provence when we had a place there.

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As I recall, this sign is new.

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The interior dining room looked the same.

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They left the beautiful paintings on the ceiling.

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One change I saw was in the side rooms for drinks or tea with modern furniture and drapery.

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The bathrooms had totally been ripped out and replaced. They were beautiful with brass and dark wood. I wonder what happened to it? I hope it was saved. Change isn’t always good.

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The lovely stairs going up to the restaurant.

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This rather pushy man got on our crowded bus on the way home. I took a photo from behind of his fake leopard skin beret. We eventually got to sit down across from him. There was a girl nearby with the “fashionable” jeans with torn knees and he said to her, “Did you fall?” She looked at him and said, “No. Is that a leopard on your head?” He shut up. Made me laugh.

There are small, hidden streets in Paris, not easily found or easily overlooked. I read about one of them in the New York Times called rue Creamieux and being in the neighbourhood took a walk to check it out. It was charming. It’s a short walk from Gare de Lyon.

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The whole street was put together with the buildings in 1865. I like that all of the architecture is the same.

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The other side.

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A window and bird painted on one building.

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If you can’t grow hysteria, paint it on you house front.

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Someone stuck a cat on the building.

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This was painted on a building at the end of the street.

Did you know that mustard is a huge thing in France? Many French people use it with meat, for instance eating with steak like Maurice and you can find all sorts of areas that make their own. Maille Mustard is one of the most famous mustards. You can find it in the States but it tastes different here, usually with a stronger taste. Right across the street from the Madeleine church is a Maille Mustard boutique, a rather elegant place.

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The store front.

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There are all sorts of flavours for sale as you can see.

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The red jars are a new color there. You can get mustard decanted into them, rather like beer. They then pound in a cork top to keep it in.

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You could taste it too. Some of it was mild but one had a taste that about blew my nose off.

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Outside you can see the reflection of Madeleine church in the window.

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Next door was a chocolate shop-I think those giant eggs are supposed to be cows in an artistic way. There were metal pipes inside which lined up exactly with the columns on the church which I thought was great.

As I often do, here is a mix of photos from different areas of Paris.

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Spring, and Easter, decorations appear in windows.

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Daffodils and green grass at Palais Royale. So nice to see.

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I’m happy to report that there is no longer ugly construction hiding the middle section at Palais Royale. I think it was there for two years. The two beautiful fountains there aren’t finished yet though.

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The light shining through the columns there. Such a pretty day.

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I like the shape around this door and the window above it. Seen in the Left Bank area.

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Someone was creative.

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I made the trek all the way out to Concorde one day to catch this sunset. It was worth it.

At the Luxembourg Museum you can find an exhibition of the Tudors until July 19th, rulers of England throughout the 16th century. From Henry VII to Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I you have the makings of many dramas, the desolution of the Catholic church in England (and marriages), beheadings and plots for plays by Shakespeare and coming soon to American television, Wolf Hall which is about Henry VIII and his six wives. I remember a movie a while back called Anne of a Thousand Days about a queen caught up in those unsettled times. There wasn’t a line the one day I was in the area so I popped in for a look.

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A little blurry as flash wasn’t allowed, but the back of a king’s robe.

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Some armour worn by Henry VIII. I remember seeing the armour lined up in order of age in, I think, Hampton Court, and you can see that Henry gained considerable weight as time passed. This looks so uncomfortable.

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A painting of Henry VII.

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Elizabeth I. I thought the films by Kate Blanchette were so good about this queen, rather sad too.

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The back of a royal robe.

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