Sails of Glass

I read about the new Louis Vuitton Foundation while I was in the States and was looking forward to seeing it when I returned. It’s a new private museum with very modern art and also a cultural center and the architect was American Frank Gehry. It’s next to the Jardin d’Acclimation in the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th. Underneath it is rectangles piled on each other but on the outside it is covered with glass which look like sails. There are 11 galeries, a huge auditorium and, of course, art. It is not my type of art at all. I sort of stop at Picasso and even he is too modern, and prefer the older art but the building is worth the visit to look at even though there is a lot of controversy about it but, then, the pyramid at the Louvre had the same thing.

It’s very easy to find as you exit the les Sablons metro stop on line 1.

It sort of looks like a glass arc as you approach from a distance.

The Louis Vuitton logo is on the outside entrance. It will one day be given to the city of Paris.

The restaurant inside. It is very small and there was a long line waiting to get inside when I was there.

There are many terraces starting on the fourth floor with fantastic views.

A look at art in the lobby, a giant rose.

A lake outside the museum in the area for children.

Here and There in Paris

I went to lunch with a friend in the Left Bank and took a few photos as we wandered around.

This was in an art gallery on Rue Jacob. I don’t know if the little boy is taking a star down from the sky or putting one up but I liked it.

An arched entrance into a courtyard. Always magic.

Art for sale on the sidewalk.

Another courtyard.

I took this photo from across the street. I really liked the frame.

Saint Paul Saint Louis Church

The Saint Paul Saint Louis Church is found in the Marais very near the metro stop. Saint Louis was actually King Louis IX, a very religious king who was made a saint, thus the name of the church. You can find an engraving of him there.

The front of the church, newly cleaned.

Up high in the dome is a sun, the symbol of the French kings. New since the last time I was there, were the decorative items hanging from the dome. I wasn’t sure what there were-either clouds or snowflakes I think.

The art from the back of the church.

A closeup of the clock on the front of the church. I like the style of it.

59 Rue du Rivoli

There’s a sort of artist’s hangout or squat, although utilities are paid, six stories worth, at 59 Rue du Rivoli. They call the place 59 Rivoli.

The outside catches your eye inviting you in at no cost.

Just about every surface has been painted.

Entertaining wall scapes along the stairs as you climb.

Lizards and dragons can be seen.

Along with other creatures.

This is on the very top floor. There is an American lady up there selling very nice art, reasonably priced, and I bought a piece as a Christmas present for my daughter in law, always someone hard to buy for. We haven’t exchanged Christmas gifts yet as she is traveling.