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November 24, 2019

Theater of Chatelet, Paris of course!

And here I am again on Paris of course, the most beautiful the most visited (UN WTO) and the most delightful city in the world. Power Paris is again around you! waiting for you and me so glad to be back in the neighborhood lol!

I have written briefly on the Théatre du Châtelet back on December 22 2018 but feels deserves more and since was by it why not another picture and more on it ok. Hope you enjoy the walk as I did, do always forever in Paris!

Ok ok ok, so much on it so many plays and operettas and musicals and so many famous over the times. I will let you find out when in Paris. For now briefly on the Théatre du Châtelet of Paris!


The Théâtre du Châtelet is located at Place du Châtelet in the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris and inaugurated in 1862. Since 2017, it has been programming musicals, operas, classical concerts, jazz, recitals and dance. From 2002 to 2016, it hosted the Cesar Awards ceremony. The Théâtre du Châtelet is a member of RESEO (European Network for Opera and Dance Awareness).


A bit of history I like, just a bit ok ::)

The imperial theater of Châtelet was built between 1860 and 1862 by Gabriel Davioud at the request of Baron Haussmann, at the same time as the current Théâtre de la Ville facing it on the other side of the Place du Châtelet, built in the site of the former fortress of the Grand Châtelet, which served as a prison and court under the Ancien Régime, and was destroyed in 1808 during the reign of Emperor Napoleon 1st.

The theater had 2,500 seats and was used for theatrical performances. It iwas inaugurated on April 19, 1862, in the presence of the Empress Eugénie, with Rothomago d’Ennery, Clairville and Monnier. On its ceiling are nine cartridges, each containing one of the following words: dance, opera, fairy, music, drama, tragedy, comedy, vaudeville and pantomime.

At the beginning of the 20C, the theater’s programming began with operetta, ballet, concerts of classical and popular music, and even, for a while, cinematographic screenings. Dance in the 20C had a special place in programming By 1907, the theater had 3,600 seats.

From 1929, the theater of Châtelet will become the temple of operetta with great shows. In 1979, the management is taken over by the City of Paris, owner of the building. After a major renovation, it reopens in 1980 under the name of musical theater of Paris. Since 2002 and until 2016, the Théâtre du Châtelet has hosted the César awards ceremonies for cinema, succeeding the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. In 2017, the theater begins a period of work (2017-2019) renovation and upgrading.

And yes renovation was done ,finished back September 13 2019 and now gloriously open again. A bit on the renovations ok

At last, the curtain finally rose on the brand-new Theatre du Châtelet. After two and a half years of renovations, this legacy of the Second Empire, inaugurated in 1862 by the Empress Eugénie, was once again a great beauty in September 2019, and finally regains its former glory.

The  Grand Salle or great hall thus found its superb glazed ceiling and chandelier late 19C, while the paintings and gilding were restored and the armchairs soft and nice renovated. The Grand Foyer, where the public came to have a drink, also found its historical decor, restored according to the drawings of Davioud. It’s floral wallpaper and the two allegorical paintings representing Music and Poetry have regained their brilliance, sublimated by a natural light that has not yet penetrated its walls: the five oculi overlooking the Galerie Josephine Baker , which overlooks the Place du Châtelet, have indeed been opened. Between the Grand Foyer and the Great Hall, the vestibule has also been extensively renovated, giving it a much brighter and more welcoming appearance than before. the “resurrection” of the four allegorical statues (Dance, Drama, Comedy and Music) which enthroned again at the top of the Châtelet facade: their disappearance at the end of the 19C has always remained a mystery; today they are reproduced identically thanks to historical iconography and period photographic documents. Wonderful indeed !

Go see it for its history, for its wonderfully renovated architecture and of course if time for a play in real Parisian style. Enjoy the Théatre du Châtelet of Paris of course.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here and it is a must me think

Official Theatre du Chatelet

Tourist office of Paris on the theater of Chatelet in English

There you go folks , the arts in an artful city of lights, my eternal Paris. Hope you enjoy the post and even more your future visit to the Théatre du Châtelet.

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


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November 24, 2019

Shakespeare and Company ,Paris of course!

And in Paris for English language, history and tradition heads for Sharkepeare and Company bookstore!  Wow, I was here a few time earlier upon arrival but it has been years not stopping by until now. My walks did it for me and was able to take a peek again at this venerable institution in Paris. 

Shakespeare and Company is an independent bookstore located in the 5éme arrondissement of Paris. Shakespeare and Company serves both as a bookstore and a library specializing in English literature. The floor also serves as a refuge for travelers (tumbleweeds), hosted in exchange for a few hours of daily work in the bookstore. This is very close to Notre Dame Cathedral and Place St Michel.


The name “Shakespeare and Company” was first that of an earlier bookstore, founded and directed by the American Sylvia Beach, and located at 8 rue Dupuytren from 1919 to 1921, then at 12 rue de l’Odeon  from May 1921 to 1941. This establishment was considered during the inter-war period as the center of Anglo-American culture in Paris. He was often visited by the  “Lost Generation” writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce.

It was Sylvia Beach who published, in 1922, the first edition of James Joyce’s book, Ulysses, which was subsequently banned in the United States and England. Shakespeare and Company published several other editions of Ulysses. In April 1927, the bookstore became the publisher and distributor of the avant-garde Transition magazine founded among others by Eugène Jolas. This first “Shakespeare and Company” was closed in December 1941 because of the German occupation during WWII. The store would have been closed because Sylvia Beach had refused to sell the last copy of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake to a German officer. The store in the rue de l’Odeon has never reopened.

In 1951, another English language bookstore was opened in Paris by the American George Whitman, under the sign “Le Mistral”, at 37 rue de la Bûcherie. It was at the death of Sylvia Beach in 1962, that the name of this second bookstore was changed to “Shakespeare and Company”. In the 1950s, many Beat Generation writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and William S. Burroughs lived there. Whitman’s daughter, Sylvia, now takes care of the shop, near Place Saint-Michel and close to the Seine. George Whitman’s daughter, Sylvia, took over the shop in 2001

Every two years since 2003, the FestivalandCo is held in Paris, where English-speaking writers who are in vogue and discover are meeting in Paris. Sylvie Whitman runs the bookstore for the sake of a perpetual encounter between the book and the reader. The layout of the boutique, the organized activities, such as the creation in 2010 of a literary prize Paris Literary Prize or weekly readings, are all ways to promote this meeting. There is even a coffee shop such as Shakespeare and Company Coffee. 37, rue de la Bûcherie. Tel . +33 01 43 25 95 95. From Monday to Fridays from 10h to 18h30. Saturday and Sunday from 10h to 19h30. The official page on the Café section here: Shakespeare and Company Café

The official webpage: Official Shakespeare and Company

The Festival here: Official Festival and Co

There you go folks another dandy in my eternal Paris, wow  and I just tap the surface! So much life, chic , cosy, quant, you name it you find it in Paris. And so much beauty all around you lol! Read a book its good for you and at Sharespeare and Company even better!

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

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