Month: February 2012

St. Eustache

Visited Église St. Eustache, an impressive work that marries gothic architecture and rennaisance detail and covers under its towering rooftops a vast, intricate web of arches that shelter Rubens artwork and intricate stained glass windows. In its day it was clearly an elaborately adorned testament to the political and cultural power that its worhsippers bore. She has welcomed with Richelieu who was baptised there, Louis XIV who took his communion here as a child and Mozart who chose it to tbe the venue for his mothers funeral. As with churches all over Europe – it is clear with St. Eustache that the management of this sacred site is a challenge that city managers need to find solutions to: Barely visible are old frescoes and intricate detailing in the building’s walls that could do with some restoration work. The decline of Christianity more broazdly speaking also necessarily means that the significant monetary power of the Catholic church that established buildings such as Saint Eustache no longer exists. Financing and preservation is thus funded out of public …

Walk through Paris at Night

I am thankful for how Paris conforms to the stereotype of being a city of love. Well, some of the time. For most of the time, it simply is a collection of urban spaces as mundane as any other. I’ve been to quite a few cities and very few of them (ad most of them really remarkable places) compare to Paris on a mild evening like tonight. I could not dream up another place to be in and to be with the one I love: I wish it on everyone to experience if only once in their lives. On a slightly related note a poem by famous French poet Jacques Prévert on ‘Paris at night’, translation also included: Trois allumettes une à une allumées dans la nuit La premiére pour voir ton visage tout entier La seconde pour voir tes yeux La dernière pour voir ta bouche Et l’obscuritè tout entière pour me rappeler tout cela En te serrant dans mes bras. Translation: Three matches one by one struck in the night The first to …

Robert Doisneau Photography Expo – Free!

An expo of Robert Doisneau’s photography of Les Halles is currently showing at Hotel de Ville, for free. The most famous of his photographs has to be the kiss in front of hotel de ville. I’ve pencilled in a visit and cannot wait to have a peak: Details of the event —- From 8 Feb au 28 aprl 2012 Open all days save for sunday annd public holidays from 10h à 19h. Last entrants allowed to go through at 18h30. At Salon d’accueil of the Mairie de Paris 29 rue de Rivoli 75004 Paris Métro : Hôtel de Ville Accessible to people with reduced mobility. For further information : Free entrance.

The Artist – the score, oh my, the score!

So, ‘The Artist’ is all over the news after its history making winnings at the OScars over the past weekend. Among the barrows of awards that the film walked away with was one for the music score, which is quite beautiful – judging from the few pieces of it that h I’ve stumbled across. I think in this extract of the film’s score is a piece of ‘fantasie d’amour’. Good to see an improbable French experiment win both critical and commercial success. Bravo!

église St. Ambroise

Discovered a beautiful sacred space in the 11eme, built in the 19th century. It also has a small garden in front of it that was apparently donated by local residents in appreciation of the Catholic church’s work in providing social aid and welfare assistance. The few stained glass widows are impressive depictions not only of the patron saint but of Saint Augustine and his mother, and St Francis in a similar set of windows. The gothic finesse of its structure is quite remarkable. As a space to catch a few minutes of quiet, St. Ambrose – or Saint Ambroise in french – could not be more ideal! 71 Boulevard Voltaire, Metro line 9, Metro stop St Ambroise A few images from yesterday: