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December 3, 2018

Rue de Rivoli, Paris of course!!!

So on a Sunday cold cloudy foggy and settling back from a hectic Saturday all over France let me bring back the uncharted waters of talking about streets, food places etc of my eternal Paris. I shall be by again this month!

I used to worked just at the corner with this street and walked many times the lenght of it with friends and family patronizing many of its eateries and shops as well as some of the most important monuments in France and the world! I will tell a bit on the Rue de Rivoli of Paris. It will be long but full of info for you to walk it too!

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Rue de Rivoli right the tuileries garden left rue Rouget-de-L’Isle my old job employee entrance!

The Rue de Rivoli is a street located in the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris ( heading from No. 41, odd side and heading No. 98, even side at the end) and the 4éme arrondissement or district of Paris ( beginning heading 39, odd side and from the beginning to No. 96, even side). It bears the name of a victory won by Napoleon Bonaparte over Austria in 1797. It extends for almost 3 km, from the Rue de Sévigné to the Place de la Concorde. It also crosses the Place de la Pyramide (famous for its statue of Joan of Arc). It is lined with arcades on its north side on a large part of its length. The western part of the street (which roughly corresponds to the arcade part) was pierced under the first Empire. The central and eastern parts were added during the work of Baron Haussmann in order to connect it to the rue Saint-Antoine to create a large east-west axis in the center of Paris.

It is served by metro Line 1. The stations are (with brackets, the numbers of the other lines crossing line 1): Saint-Paul, Hôtel-de-Ville (line 11), Châtelet (lines A, B, D, 4, 7, 14), Louvre-Rivoli, Palais-Royal (line 7), Tuileries and Concorde (lines 8, 12).  As for the buses, two lines allow to travel the whole length of the street: the no 76 between the beginning of the street and the Châtelet and the no. 72 from the Hôtel-de-Ville until the Place de la Concorde. Lovelies rides indeed above ground in eternal Paris!

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from tuileries garden crossing rue de rivoli into rue de Castiglione and onwards to the place Vendome ,my former work area of Paris!

A bit of history I like

In 1801, a decree stipulated that “a street will be pierced along the entire length of the passage de Manége to that of  Saint-Florentin”. A second decree in 1802 indicates several reglamentation. Later in the same year 1802, the plans of the street, the width of which is fixed at 20.85 meters. The idea was to build the stone facades according to the plans and drawings of the architects of the palace, approved by the Government to stone the floor of the gallery; to pave the street width towards each division of land, in accordance with the regulations established on this subject.

Other conditions show the desire to make the street a space free from inconvenience: that is the houses or shops that would be built on this lot cannot be occupied by artisans and workers working the hammer; Nor can they be occupied by butchers, cold cuts butcheries, pastry-makers, bakers, or other artisans whose state requires the use of an oven; There shall be no painting, placard or indicative sign of the profession of the one who will occupy on the facades or porticos of the arcades which will decorate the front of the houses on the so-called design of the street. In 1804, the first consul Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed a new decree. The piercing of this first part of the Rue de Rivoli makes disappear, partially or totally several streets and squares so a redesigned of Paris before Haussmann. In 1817, Rue de Rivoli was located in the former 1éme arrondissement, in the Tuileries neighborhood and began at 1-2, rue Saint-Nicaise and Place du Carrousel and finished 2, rue Saint-Florentin and place Louis XV. The street numbers were black. There was no odd number, the latter being located along the Tuileries garden and the last even number was No. 58.

Several drafts of the Louvre and Tuileries meetings were presented at the beginning of the 19C. It provides for the extension of the Rue de Rivoli between the rue de Rohan and the Place de l’Oratoire. In 1848 a new project was designed in which it also, provided for the construction of a large gallery and the extension of the street.   The surroundings of the Louvre and the Tuileries are clear and the first stone of the new Louvre is laid in 1852. By December 1852, the extension of the arcades between the Passage Delorme and the Rue du Louvre is declared to be of public use. The Grands Magasin du Louvre department stores and the first hotel du Louvre are then built. In 1844, the Rue de Rivoli, which was still located in the former 1éme arrondissement, in the Tuileries neighborhood, was 950 meters long and began at Rue de Rohan and finished at 2, rue Saint-Florentin and Place de la Concorde.The piercing of the street and its related operations, such as the extension of the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville   and the piercing of the Rue des Halles, for example, result in the disappearance, total or partial, of a large number of old streets: The Rue de Rivoli housed the Ministry of Economy and Finance until the fall of 1989 the building whose construction had begun in 1811 for the Administration of the Post Office finally assigned to the finances in 1822. In particular, it was set on fire in the commune uprising of Paris in 1871.

Remarkable buildings and places of memory on the Rue de Rivoli (to keep an eye as you walk this wonderful street). A must to walk while in Paris folks.

From theSquare de la Tour Saint-Jacques in the center of which is the Saint-Jacques Tower. At No. 10: Édouard Moreau de Beauvière lived here in 1871. At No. 25: City Town hall of the 4éme arrondissement or district of Paris.The former Napoleon Barracks, also known as the Lobau barracks, occupies the space between Place Saint-Gervais and Place Baudoyer and rue François-Miron, rue de Lobauet and rue de Rivoli.At No. 29: Hotel de Ville of Paris (City/town Hall of Paris). At No. 33: Japanese pianist Ken Sasaki lived there; A plaque pays homage to him. At Nos. 52 to 64: department store of the Bazaar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV). At Nos. 67 to 83: former department store the Samaritaine for woman. At No. 99: Carrousel du Louvre.At No. 99: Studio of the Comédie-Française. At Nos 99-107: Palais du Louvre (museum) and Palais des Tuileries (now gone). At No. 107: Museum of Decorative Arts. At No. 156: The politician Michel Guy lived there; A plaque pays homage to him. At No. 160: Protestant Temple of the Oratory of the Louvre. At No. 172 and 1, place André-Malraux the Hotel du Louvre which was the headquarters of an SS Sonderkommando during WWII At No. 182: Plaque commemorating two clandestine meetings of the National Council of Resistance of Spring 1944. At No. 192: Plaque showing the location of the king’s former great stables and stating that Antoine de Pluvinel taught there. At No. 198: The comedian Jean Sarment lived here from 1940 to 1976; A plaque pays homage to him. At No. 202: Hôtel Saint-James. At No. 204,the mysterious “Persian” died there in 1868. at No. 206: The writer Léon Tolstoy lived here in 1857; A plaque pays homage to him. At No. 210: the writer Ivan Turgenev lived here between 1860 and 1864 and wrote Pères et Fils (fathers and sons) there; A plaque pays homage to him.at No. 218: Hotel Brighton. at No. 222: Formerly, Boutique of The dressmaker Madeleine Vionnet, inaugurated in 1912. at No. 228: Hotel Meurice.at No. 230 between this number and the terrace of the jardins des Feuillants, location of the hall of the Royal armory of the Tuileries, where was judged Louis XVI and where was proclaimed the 1st Républic of France. At No. 242, at this address, in 1895, at the Swedish and Norwegian Circle, created in 1891, Alfred Nobel wrote his will, the year before his  death, which led to the creation of the Nobel Peace Prize awards. His office is still kept there, in premises that are shared today by the Swedish Circle and, since 1981, the Norwegian Circle of Paris (created in 1926). The building also houses, on the fourth floor, the offices of François Hollande since his departure from the presidency of the Republic in 2017. The building has in the past welcomed a queen of Sweden and the princes of Qatar. At No. 258: Plaques commemorating, in English and French, the 50th anniversary of the Marshall plan, set up at the Hôtel de Talleyrand. The mythical film Le Pacha 1968 of George Lautner with Jean Gabin was done here. A really wonderful street that deserves more attention by visitors and one right at the corner of my old job in Paris. Yes sublime and full of memories.

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city:town hall of Paris

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the louvre from the tuileries garden left the rue de rivoli

What is this street of Paris , the Rue de Rivoli. Places to see, well come and shop to death here, its an open shopper’s paradise and we love it.  The Rue de Rivoli is one of the most commercial streets of Paris, going from the Marais district by Saint Paul to the Louvre museum, passing by Châtelet over a hundred shops, staking out its sidewalks, what to delight the shopaholics. The most shops are open from 10h to 20h from Monday to Saturday. Some shops located in the tourist area of the Louvre are open on Sundays. These are the shops located in numbers 156 and 258 and numbers 91 and 155 of the street. I will give you a rough location of these shops by section of the street , of course they need to be verified if still open as this is common even here at Rivoli. I have highlight in black those that my family has gone in and or shop.

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my old lunch hangout and after work apéro Café l’Impérial rue de rivoli

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oh yes one of my jewels from the roofstop of the Samaritaine dept store to Paris

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Precious old photo from meeting my future wife in 1990 front of Samaritaine dept store

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BHV from the parvis of the Hôtel de Ville of Paris

The boutiques of Rue de Rivoli in the Marais district; until No. 25 and 50-between St Paul and the Hôtel de Ville of Paris:

Alter Mundi ( clothing, woman, man, Bio) 9 rue de Rivoli: Café Coton( shirts, neckties, men’s accessories) 8 rue de Rivoli: Tilt Vintage (clothing and accessories) 8 rue de Rivoli: San Marina (shoes), 16 rue de Rivoli: Eva Tralala( clothing pure women) 16 rue de Rivoli: Rivoli Fleurs (Florist and nursery) 20, rue de Rivoli: Free ‘ P’Star ( vintage clothes, thrift), 20 rue de Rivoli: Paraboot,( shoes) 30 rue de Rivoli: La Scarpa, (shoes) 32 rue de Rivoli: 13 at table,( decoration, house accessories),34, rue de Rivoli: Vivaldi, (shoes for men and women) 38 rue de Rivoli: Courir (running, sports shoes, sportswear) 48 rue de Rivoli: and Maison de la Press (bookshop and journals )13 rue de Rivoli.

The shops of Rue de Rivoli located between Hôtel de Ville   and Châtelet (from N ° 52 to N 96 and from No 27 to No 43).

BHV Bazaar de l’Hôtel de Ville department store(Men/women-(clothing, fashion, shoes, art de vivre etc ) 52-64, rue de Rivoli: the Body Shop (bBeauty-care) 68 rue de Rivoli: Kitsuné boutique ( Clothing Women, men ) 52 rue de Rivoli: Z Vetements (children’s clothing, baby) 39 rue de Rivoli: Mirene Vêtements (clothing, men’s costumes) 76 rue de Rivoli: Caroll (women’s clothing); 52 Rue de Rivoli: Natalys vetements ( dedicated to maternity, pregnant women’s clothing, children, accessories). 74 rue de Rivoli: L’Occitane Provence (Beauty-care) 84 rue de Rivoli: Etam Lingerie 78 rue de Rivoli: Stradivarius Paris Vêtements (Women’s clothing) 74 rue de Rivoli: Histoire d’Or (jewerly) 86 rue de Rivoli: Mango fashion Boutique,( women’s clothing, accessories) 82, Rue de Rivoli: Bocage, (shoes for men and women), 84-86 rue de Rivoli: H&M (clothing women and men, shoes, accessories), 88 rue de Rivoli: Alain Manoukian (Women’s clothing),: 43 rue de Rivoli: Heyraud (shoes) 90 rue de Rivoli: Un Jour Ailleurs ( women’s clothing, accessories);   92 rue de Rivoli: Calzedonia clothing, (lingerie for women) ; 96 rue de Rivoli: and Minelli (footwear) 96 rue de Rivoli.

Shops located between Châtelet and Musee du Louvre (from No 98 to 154 and from No 45 to 89.

Foot Locker (sports shoe, sportswear); 45 Rue de Rivoli: Celio Club (Men’s Clothing): 49 rue de Rivoli: Courir (Jogging sports shoes, sportswear) 51 rue de Rivoli: Axara ( women’s clothing), 59 rue de Rivoli: 123 (womens ‘ clothing) 67 rue de Rivoli: Etam rivoli (Clothing, women’s lingerie )73 rue de Rivoli: Zara Pont Neuf (clothing, fashion for women and men, Accessories) 75 rue de Rivoli: Gap,( clothing, fashion for women, men and children, accessories), 102 rue de Rivoli: H&M (fashion Boutique, clothing, accessories) 120 rue de Rivoli Promod, (women’s clothing) 110 rue de Rivoli: Roberto Durville (Clothing, accessories) 61, rue de Rivoli: Vêtements (clothing) 122 rue de Rivoli: Naf Naf (women’s clothing;) 63 rue de Rivoli: C&A Paris (Clothing for men, women and children), 126 rue de Rivoli: Zara (women’s clothing and fashion) 128 rue de Rivoli: Bershka (Women’s clothing) 128 Rue de Rivoli:Pimkie (women’s clothing) 130 rue de Rivoli: Les Envahisseurs (women’s clothing) 57 rue de Rivoli: Delaveine (men’s clothing) 61 rue de Rivoli, Célio (Men’s Clothing) 65, Rue de Rivoli: Sephora   (Fragrance – Beauty) 75 Rue de Rivoli: André studio (shoes) 138 rue de Rivoli: IKKS (Clothing for men and women )140 rue de Rivoli: Forever 21 ( clothing and fashion for men and women); 144 rue de Rivoli: and WE (Women’s clothing) 146 rue de Rivoli.

The shops in the tourist area of the Louvre open on Sundays – from No 156 to 258 and from No 91 to 155 Rue de Rivoli.

Carrousel du Louvre (99 rue de Rivoli): IWASIN ( jewellery, fashion accessories); Apple Store( telephony, computer science, multimedia): Esprit (clothing Fashion & accessories for Men and women): Givenchy Printemps Louvre ,Pandora Jewelry Omega Jewellery (Watches): and Le Printemps de la Mode (jewerly, clothes, shoes…) From Royal Palace to the Tuileries (beyond the Carrousel du Louvre) you have the Ciseaux d’Argent(Clothing, accessories, men) ; 156 Rue de Rivoli: Bally (Shoes) 156 rue de Rivoli: Strellson (women’s clothing) 250 rue de Rivoli: Mod’Shop (jewellery) 210 rue de Rivoli: Studio Grenelle (women’s Clothing) 244 rue de Rivoli Theofil (clothing women) 238 rue de Rivoli Sagil (Jewellery) 242 rue de Rivoli: Emma Vendome (jewellery) 240 rue de Rivoli: Jade and Julie (costume jewellery) 232 rue de Rivoli: D & G – Dolce Gabana (women’s clothing) 244 rue de Rivoli: and Hilditch et Clé( clothing and fashion man) 252 Rue de Rivoli.

There is an old French saying on this street of unknown author who says « Le vieux Paris n’est plus qu’une rue éternelle, Qui s’étire élégante et droite comme un I En disant : Rivoli, Rivoli, Rivoli “ or in English : (Old Paris is now nothing more than one eternal road,   Stretching out, with the elegant straightness of a letter I, to the refrain: Rivoli, Rivoli, Rivoli). My eternal Paris, the most beautiful city in the world.

Hope you enjoy the walk on one of Paris most emblematic streets to the world, the Rue de Rivoli, do come and walk and see taste shop.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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December 3, 2018

Have you heard of the new Forum des Halles, Paris of course!!!

So here I am in a rainy cloudy foggy cool 13C day in my Morbihan breton and decided why not relive an old favorite since totally renovated in my eternal Paris.

These are the days to stay home for other reason to tell in my next post in my belle France. These places brings back memories  and even thus was just there when they were finishing the renovation, we have been to the old many times as not too far from my place of work in Paris. Of course, I am taking about the Forum des Halles of Paris.

The Forum des Halles is a shopping center located on the site of the old halls of Paris. In 2017, the Forum des Halles is the third most visited shopping center in France with 33.9 million visitors according to article in Le Figaro of December 15 2017.

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My favorite stores in no preference order are Zara, Yves Rocher, San Marina, Orange, Nike,Nocibé, Monoprix, Micromania, Louis Pion, L’Occitane, Lego, Lacoste, Jules, Jeff de Bruges, H&M, Go Sports, Geox respire, FNAC, Darty, Calvin Klein, and Adidas. Not all purchase here ,but favorite stores in the Forum des Halles!

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The RER station Châtelet-Les Halles, located under the complex, is the largest underground station in the world and allows access from all over the Parisian region. Many visitors come here and follow the RATP online guide takes this station to do their moving around Paris. As one who worked there for almost 10 years and visit almost every month now , I have to say avoided as much as you can. It is huge laberinth of corridors connecting several lines and long walks which I rather spent above ground seeing the beautiful Paris. There are many ways to avoid it ,ask me if you need help passing by here.

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A bit of history I like

In the mid-19C, twelve pavilions were built by Victor Baltard on the location of the Paris market halls. Les Halles de Paris was the name given to the central market halls, the wholesale market for fresh food products, located in the heart of Paris, in the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris, and which gave their name to the surrounding neighbourhood or quartier. The history of the Halles is much older than we think, since its origins date back to 1137, when Louis VI set up a first market at this site, on ancient swamps. They are the main setting of Émile Zola’s Ventre de Paris or Paris belly. This large market which was held there until the beginning of the 1970’s was replaced today by a green space (Jardin des Halles), an underground shopping center (the Forum Les Halles) and by numerous spaces devoted to leisure (swimming pool, cinema).

The central wholesale market was moved to Rungis in the late 1960 and the Baltard pavilions were destroyed, leaving a “hole” in the center of Paris for a few years. The Forum was then built and inaugurated in 1979, above the main RER and Metro node in Paris. The creation of a veritable underground city linked to public transport and featuring commercial, cultural, sports and leisure facilities. This direction is confirmed by the Government’s decision to achieve the central point of interconnection of the express regional-RER network, located more than 20 meters underground. During the summer of 1971, the demolition of the halls Baltard is made necessary in order to create, in open air, the underground station of the RER. The inauguration takes place on 4 September 1979, in the presence of Jacques Chirac, mayor of Paris. It started with 190 brand stores settle on 43 000 m2 spread over 4 levels. The whole of this first segment comprises 70 000 m2, to which it is necessary to add 50 000 m2 of parking lots.

The canopy part of the new Forum des Halles, a glass and steel structure built reaching 14 meters in height, covers a central patio and welcomes in its wings a conservatory, a hip-hop center, a library, a workshop of amateur practices and a cultural center for the Deaf and Hearing impaired. It was inaugurated on April 5, 2016. The new Forum and the canopy open to the west on the Jardin Nelson Mandela garden, which has several playgrounds for children.

These roads are public, pedestrian and underground.These are the names in no particular order of layout (in black those taken by me while coming here ). Balcon Saint-Eustache, Grand Balcon, Passage de la Réale, Passage des Verrières, Patio-place Pina-Bausch, Place Basse, Place Carrée, Place de la Rotonde, Porte Berger, Porte Lescot, Porte du Jour, Porte du Louvre, Porte du Pont-Neuf, Porte Rambuteau, Porte Saint-Eustache, Rue de l’Arc-en-Ciel, Rue Basse, Rue des Bons-Vivants, Rue de la Boucle, Rue Brève, Rue du Cinéma, Rue de l’Équerre-d’Argent, Rue de l’Oculus , Rue de l’Orient-Express, Rue des Piliers, Rue Poquelin, Rue Pirouette et Terrasse Lautréamont.

In the cinema, the site serves, in 1973, the transposition of the Adventures of Buffalo Bill, General Custer and the Indians in Touche pas à la femme blanche or touch not the white woman, played by Marcello Mastroianni and Philippe Noiret.

We love his extended hourly Monday to Saturday from 10h to 20h30 and Sunday from 11h to   19h, as well as the wide variety of brands offered, from the largest fashion brands to young French creators , not forgetting a Monoprix on 4 000 m2 which brings together deco, fashion and food. But we can mostly go there for something other than window shopping.

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We go there to do a beauty remake on a test makeup or to offer a family brunch with daily bread or a romantic dinner in Champeaux, the brasserie of Alain Ducasse. Or to learn and amuse at the Cinémathèque, the library or the library of the Cinema. Or spend time at the Olympic swimming pool ,also offering aqua aerobics and aquabike or by initiating the dance at the Hip Hop House. Finally, one does not forget to be entertained in front of an original author film or a blockbuster at the UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles cinema Nice indeed for the whole family.

As usual by me, some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must ,are

Official Forum des Halles

Tourist office of Paris on the Forum des Halles

Official Forum des Halles renovation project

And a nice youtube video I found that tells you nicely the new Forum des Halles;enjoy it

This quartier or neighborhood had some reputation for night walks but since the renovation of the Forum des Halles, the place is much better ,and night walks are ok now.

As always, remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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