la Defense

I don’t get up to la Defense very often. It’s a long way for one thing, at the very end of metro line 1, and it’s sort of barren to me in many ways. There are tons of buildings and people but it still has an empty feeling. Maurice’s dentist is here and he makes the trek to see him.

The Grande Arch, which lines up exactly with the Arch de Triumph a long way down the way. I went up in it once and couldn’t believe that you didn’t get a jaw dropping view. What were they thinking?

There are all sorts of art there including this giant thumb.

Statue, as you can see.


One of the many tall buildings there. It’s a huge business center. In fact, Maurice once had an office here when he worked for IBM.

A Day of Culture

I was with a friend from the States the other day and we saw not one but two cultural exhibits.

The first was at the Hotel de Ville where an exhibit of photos were on display, from the beginning of photography to the present. All of the photographers belong(ed) to Magnum Organisation.

I love this photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson taken just before the man splashed into the water.

Next we headed over to the Petite Palais. They always have a permanent exhibition here. It’s a beautiful building too, as you can see.

A pretty art nouveau vase on display. (a bit fuzzy)

The gorgeous interior courtyard/walkway.

The also had the original art supplies, stool, umbrella, etc. set up. I forgot to get the name of the artist but I remember that he was an impressionist.

Here and There

Once again I have a mix of photos, things I’ve seen as I travel around Paris.

A pile of stones used to pave streets in Paris. They seem to be returning to the old way for making streets. After the 60’s when there was a student uprising and stones were pried up to throw at police, the streets were paved over with asphalt but there seems to be a return to these.

I went to la Defense the other day to talk to an artist who is painting a huge outdoor installation outside this building which is almost finished. La Defense is known for its outdoor art-in fact there are 67 monumental outdoor works of art there, the largest in France.

Here is the artist,Guillaume Boltazzi, with some of his work behind him. He was very friendly and approchable and was especially great with some children who were there showing them his paint and paint brushes. Note his paint covered jacket. He wears earphones as he paints and listens to music while working. I have to go back in a month or so and see everything finished.

An unusual tower at la Defense, one of many.

Yesterday was Beaujolais Nouveau Day when a special young wine comes out which you can taste and get an idea of what is to come in a few years. It’s not my favorite wine but Maurice and I always get a bottle or two. Many bars have it and there is a bit of a party atmosphere.

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.