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September 25, 2016

Paris, the lesser Churches of Paris but gorgeous too!

Hello , to finish my last haunt to the city of Paris, I will close out with two Churches seldom written about but gorgeous.

Paris is a hotbed of wonderful sights and architecture that we seems never to run short of. I have worked and play in Paris for 10 years and still visit every month, but there is so much to see, you find wonderful things to see each time.

In this last trip to Paris I went by the Church Notre Dames des Victoires at the Place des Petits Péres near Victoires and the Church Saint Pierre de Chaillot up the Seine river on avenue Marceau closer to the Seine river than to the Arc de Triomphe.

First, I have written on the churches of Paris before in my posts, here are two of them

The one Church or église Notre Dame des Victoires on the beforementioned square is a nice one, in a very popular place. It is a minor Basilica and one of five in Paris, located at the Place des Petit Péres by metro Bourse the closest.  King Louis XIII had it built to recognize the help of upper voices in his war against the protestants in 1628 after the siege of La Rochelle. It was not completed until about 1740, and it is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  The religious site is here:

The parrish site is here:

and the tourist office of Paris in English;

You have a wonderful chapel to St Thérese de Lisieux inside very moving indeed. As many in France it got lots of damage during the French revolution being occupied by national lottery and than the stock exchange before finally given back to the Catholic cult in 1809.  The conventional building as it was were destroyed during 1859, and during the Commune of Paris by 1870-71 the Church was again ravaged and vandalized.  In 1927,the Church was raised to the rank of Basilica minor by the Pope Pie XI. Mozart came to prayed in this Church while in Paris. The Church is 62 meters long and 24,50 meters wide with a height of 15 meters, in a Classic style. A unique Church to see in Paris.

The other was the Church or église  Saint Pierre de Chaillot, 31 Avenue de Marceau angle rue Chaillot. The Church goes back to the 11C.  The current Church was built in the 1930’s finally done in 1938.  After , rebuilding the wonderful organ there is now a Festival every two years here ;the Festival Chaillot-Grandes Orgues. The Church is done in a Greek cross style with a belltower of 62 meters.

The Church webpage is here in French :

and the parrish site is here:

Here the funerals of Marcel Proust were carried out in 1922, with only the statue of the Virgin remaining from this period; the current building is call the ” Cathédrale” or Cathedral.  More on the tourist office of Paris site in English here:

It is an impressive big Church Basilica with great architecture and engrave decorations on the walls, wonderful chapels and a nice modern prayer section; another view of Paris.

Do we get enough of Paris? Do not think so, there is more to come eventually some other day:mine trip is over this time. Until next month….. Cheers

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September 25, 2016

Paris, and the palaces. Brongniart, and Tokyo.

Ok so there are palaces in Paris, you betcha! plenty of them, I just take two in particular because, well, been there several times.  Ah yes do not forget to check the Paris tourist office first, great source of info on Paris as well as the region ile de France tourist office (that is for Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau etc).  Here they are:

There you go ,now we move on. I had some time in Paris on my last visit last week and took advantage to see and revisit some of my favorite places (see previous post in my blog). I happened to enjoy the Palais de Tokyo and the Palais de Brongniart.

The Palais de Tokyo is a place for the contemporary and modern art exhibits on the west wing,  right along the Seine on avenue de New York and  Ave du Président Wilson.  On the east wing it houses the museum of Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The building was a series of 3 built in 1937 during the International Exposition. They themselves have separate webpages such as:

There is work going on at the Palasi de Tokyo but the boutique library and restaurants (Tokyo East and Monsieur Blue (best me think) ) stay open. The upcoming exhibitions will be Rodrigo Braga Mer Interieure or Nuit Blanche by October 1st. It is the biggest concentration of space for contemporary modern art in Europe with over 22K m2 of space. Metro Iéna line 9 is closest ; if you live in France for example you can subscribe to the magazine Palais for 15€ /yr. I used to drive up to the back on place du Trocadéro and walk all over; this time I came over walking the Pont de l’Alma. Great place indeed.

The other palace that of Palais de Brongniart is closer to home as a wine aficionado. At the Place de la  Bourse, been the old stock exchange of Paris. Metro Bourse line 3 and ordered built by Napoléon Ier in 1807-1826 (finished). The stock exchange was important by 1885 been the second in the world behind London, and the building also, house the Commerce exchange house. Today it is managed by GL Events to host conferences, congresses, seminaries, receptions, business lunch/dinners, cocktails, galas, salons for various functions, and  expositions. I now come here for conferences. More info here in English:

Before in my days working in the city and living nearby, I came here invited by the magazine La Revue du Vin de France (see link my blogroll below posts page) , it is one of the great events of the year (see my post on the wine festivals of France, Foires aux vins) . This is an annual event and if you are close and love wines , absolutely do not miss it. Next one for info is on May 19-20 ,2017. More here:

The area around is wonderful with gorgeous walking things to see such as the Opéra Garnier, Place de la République, Palais Royal, Louvre, Church St Eustache, Le Forum Halles, etc etc etc. A glorious walking tour of Paris indeed.

And as the visit is not open to all, we encourage you to contact the tourist office of Paris for a tour of the Palais de Brongniart, it is gorgeous inside, some pictures of my privileged time in conference and of course time for relaxation ::)

In fact, an anecdote is that the palace of Brongniart is still very fond of the Bonaparte family and that is why it is mentioned on their imperial official authorize page Fondation Napoléon, here:

In all enjoy once again Paris, never tired of visiting even if each time harder to find places to go, as once you are bitten by some, difficult to search for others lol! Enjoy it. Have a great Sunday y’all.

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September 25, 2016

Paris ,Galerie Vivienne and Republique; contrasts!

Here I continue on my Paris haunts. For those new to my blog, I used to worked in Paris for 10 years while living next door in Versailles, the best 1-2 punch you can have. I have since, moved to Brittany in the Morbihan Breton for the last 5 years where I currently live and work.

Going to Paris is an every month event even if sometimes the possible business trips do not allow for much picture taking, this time was an exception as I had a whole day and half for me so indulge once again in the city beautiful, Paris.

The Galerie Vivienne is one of the historical cross over existing in Paris where under roof you have stores, restos etc that will take you from one street to the other on a covered passageway or gallery.  This Galerie Vivienne is 176 meters long by 3 meters wide; about 581 feet by 10 feet. The facades of the gallery are found on streets such as 4 rue des Petits-Champs, 5-7 rue de la Banque and 6 rue Vivienne; closest metro is Bourse on line 3 from where I was staying by pl de la République is a walking trip. The galerie were built in 1823.

It has been remodeled and it looks just gorgeous, the new site tells you all about here:

The wonderful  Librarie Jousseaume (bookstore of old and new) and the Bistrot Vivienne are two of my frequent stops there and revisited! More on them here:

More on the gallery from the Paris tourist office in English here :

Moving along rue Réaumur turn right and head for the Place de la République. Well written on it before, a must in Paris and the center of Parisien intricacies from all walks of life. I stayed on Hôtel Meslay République here on 3 Rue Meslay that I forgot to take pictures but stayed before so have it on other posts on the blog ::) Here is the webpage :

Smallist hotel but the rooms in the 3rd floor are big and quiet. Breakfast serve on the vault basement in stones very quaint and of course steps from the Place de la République and the metro. I had my first night dinner at an old favorite simple place good for all visitors , that is Pizza Pino.  There I had my Palerme chorizo pizza with a nice quart (1/4 bottle) of rosé luberon region wine and the café plaisir , sort of coffee and sweets in one plate. all for 26 euros. The pizzerias are very popular and found in several locations in Paris. More here:

The rest was spent walking around, what better way to visit Paris than to walk and soak in the beauty ,the architecture, the ambiance that is all Paris. You know it, walk and walk. Paris is eternal this way. Enjoy the pictures and Paris!

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