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July 11, 2022

My Montparnasse tower, Paris of course!

I like right off the bat tell you this is an updated older post of another icon of my eternal Paris. I know it very well having my last work office nearby before moving to the Morbihan 56 and then passing by it every month on my world HQ near the Eiffel tower as Montparnasse was/is my entry point to Paris for the last several years. I will tell a bit more on the monumental Tour Montparnasse. Hope you enjoy the post as I always will….

The Tour Montparnasse tower, also known as the Maine-Montparnasse tower, is the highest skyscraper in Paris, located in the Necker neighborhood (quartier) of the 15éme district (arrondissement) of Paris. Its height, 209 meters was inaugurated in 1973. It is on the axis of the Boulevard de Vaugirard, at the limit with the 14éme arrondissement and specifically the quartier or neighborhood of Montparnasse from which it takes its name. The location is more exactly pinpoint as it is on the axis of Boulevard Edgar-Quinet and with the 6éme district on the axis of Rue de Rennes. It is part of the extension of the axis created by the Palais de Chaillot, the Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, the Champ-de-Mars and the école militaire, in parallel with the historical axis. It has the Cedex 75 755 (post office box), and its official physical address is 33, avenue du Maine. However, it is also framed by the rue de Départ , rue de l’Arrivée , boulevard du Montparnasse and the place of 18-Juin-1940. It is separated from the Gare de Montparnasse by the place Raoul-Dautry. It is served by the Montparnasse-Bienvenüe metro station with lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 and by numerous bus lines such as the 28, 58, 82, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95 and 96. It was/is my entry point into Paris almost every month for the last several years since living in the Morbihan of the region of Bretagne.

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A bit of history I like, condense as it can be longer.

The reconstruction of the Gare Montparnasse station a few hundred meters south of the old and the destruction of the station of Maine, created a project  that was carried out in June 1966 to spring 1969. The decision to build a shopping center was finally made in 1969. It is in April 1970 that the first stone is laid. The tower was inaugurated in 1973 on the site of the old Montparnasse railway station. The foundation of the tower consists of 56 pillars of reinforced concrete sinking to 70 meters underground. For urban planning purposes, the tower must be built just above a metro/subway line; and to avoid using the same support and weakening it, the structures of the metro/subway are protected by a reinforced concrete bodice. On the other hand, long horizontal beams are placed in order to allow to clear the necessary space in the basement to develop the tracks for trains.

In June 2016, an international architect competition “Montparnasse Tomorrow” is launched by the EITMM( city project architect consortium) in order to modernize and transform the tower by 2024. The project chosen aims to make the skyscraper bright and transparent in contrast to its present dark and austere façade, much decried, and to add several green spaces to rearrange its forecourt and to add a greenhouse of 18 meters high, Carrying the skyscraper at 229 meters in height. The tower should also consume ten times less energy. The building will thus be partially self-contained in energy, thanks in particular to a double skin façade, to the rainwater recovery system on the overflow and mirrors. The 40 000 m2 of the old dark mirrors will be re-used, such as signs for example, and partially recycled in furniture.

A vimeo video on the new Montparnasse by Paris Futur, hope can be read!

Description of the tower at best by the amateur yours truly

The tower has 7 200 windows for 40 000 m2 of facade. It weighs 130 000 tons, has 6 underground levels and 58 floors of 1 700 m2 on average each, all topped by a rooftop terrace. With 30 000 m2 of shops and 100 000 m2 of offices (representing 12 to 13 000 offices), the Montparnasse Tower is the first European real estate complex. In addition to its five cargo elevators/lifts, the building has 25 elevators/lifts, each serving only a group of floors. The fastest is the one that connects the ground floor to the 56th floor without a stop, at an altitude of 196 meters, in only 38 seconds, which reached a speed of 6 m/s, or 22 kph, but reduced to 5 m/s (1.5 floor/s) since 2009 , with a more gradual acceleration. The 56th floor, equipped with a panoramic bar and restaurant, as well as the 59th floor terrace, which can only be reached by stairs, are accessible to tourists, allowing to enjoy an interesting view of Paris at 360 °.

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It also includes two smaller towers:

Building C: 12 floors. Often referred to as the acronym CIT (for the International Textile Center) because, being divided into small open areas on the traffic corridors, it had been thought to accommodate the show rooms and showcases of textile traders; But the latter gradually left the tower at the end of the 1970’s, and the exhibition surfaces were replaced in 1999 by more standard offices; and the Express tower or building D, along the rue de l’Arrivée. At the base of the ensemble is a shopping center ,Montparnasse Rive gauche with, among other brands, the department store Galeries Lafayette Montparnasse. The different elements of this set are interdependent, connected to each other in the basement.

The open space for the public, called the Panoramic Observatory of the Montparnasse Tower, belongs to the company Montparnasse 56 which manages the visits. The Observatory offers a panorama of all Paris. This unique viewpoint overlooking Paris is located at 200 meters above sea level and offers a view to 360 ° on the capital up to 40 km away day and night when the weather conditions are favorable. In particular it is possible to see the planes take off from Orly Airport at more than 13.5 km away.

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The site offers two levels of visit:

The 56th floor, covered, with numerous facilities to better understand the city and its history: kiosks and interactive panoramas, exhibition of historical photos of Paris. This level also offers a bar and a souvenir shop. And, the open-air terrace of 800 m2 (59th floor) has been designed to make the most of the breathtaking view of Paris via large glass windows. A champagne bar is open in the Summer.

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In 1972, The last Tango in Paris (Le Dernier Tango à Paris ), film by Bernardo Bertolucci, with Marlon Brandon and Maria Schneider shows the tower under construction in the middle of old Paris. And the reason first ever visit Paris by yours truly and part of the name of my blog today!!! ok Paris1972-

The official Tour Montparnasse: https://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/

The Paris tourist office on the Tour Montparnasse : https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71385/Observatoire-panoramique-de-la-Tour-Montparnasse

There you go folks, this is indeed another icon of Paris, why we all come and some stay…. Paris is a moveable feast said Hemingway, and I say France is a moveable feast Hope you enjoy the post on the Tour Montparnasse as I.

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

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July 11, 2022

Place Victor Hugo of Paris !!

I like to go for a short post on a wonderful neighborhood in a splendid district of my eternal Paris. I like to update this wonderful square where I passed and walked many times especially on my business trips to Paris. Part of the lovely Paris seldom mentioned, and hardly ever visited, and they should look closer.  This is, of course, Place Victor Hugo in the neighborhood of the plains of Passy and the 16 arrondissement or district of Paris. And passing by this wonderful square, you come on the Avenue de Victor Hugo.

The square or Place Victor-Hugo is at the meeting of the Avenue Raymond-Poincaré, Avenue Victor-Hugo, Avenue Bugeaud and Rue Copernicus, Rue Boissière, Rue Mesnil, and rue Sontay, and Rue Leonardo-de-Vinci.   The square is served by the metro station Victo Hugo of line 2. Also , the RATP bus 52 passes by here on the line Parc de Saint-Cloud to the Opéra passing by the towns of Saint-Cloud, Boulogne-Billancourt, and Paris. Also, RATP bus 82 on the line Hôpital Americain in Neuilly sur Seine to the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. I have come by car, and the above bus 82.

A bit of history I like tell us that the square was in the center of the subdivision of the plain of Passy created in 1825 on a rural territory little developed on the old village of Passy between the Avenue de Neuilly, (current Avenue de la Grande Armée) in the north , the exterior boulevard of the enclosure of the Fermiers Généraux (General Farmers), present Avenue Kléber in the east, the former faisanderie of the Château de la Muette that stretched between the path of the little Park, current rue Pergolései, rue Spontini, and rue Mignard and the Bois de Boulogne to the West, and the rue de Longchamp to the south.

The Place Victor Hugo was called place de Rond-point Charles-X of the date of its creation in 1825 to honor the monarch at the time, and was renamed successively after the fall of Charles X, Place Rond-point de Saint-Cloud, Place Rond-point de la Plaine-de-Passy, Place de l’Hippodrome, then Place Eylau in the Second Empire before taking the name of Place Victor-Hugo following the decision of the city Council of Paris taken the very day of the death of Victor Hugo.

And in 1856, there was an Hippodrome (horse racecourse) opening here at the current spot of the Place Victor Hugo that was called at the time Place Rond-point de la Plaine-de-Passy. Its entrance was located on Avenue de la Dauphine (today Avenue Bugeaud). This lasted until the night of 29 to 30 September 1869, when the Hippodrome, built of wood, is completely destroyed by a huge fire.  The neighborhood is one of the first to benefit from 1900 of a Metro service. The station Victor Hugo opened on December 3, 1900 on the stretch of the line limited at the time to the segment Etoile-porte-Dauphine.

In the center of the square there rose a monument celebrating Victor Hugo, inaugurated in 1902 for the centenary of his birth. This group carved in bronze on a stone base, decorated with four bas-reliefs. The bronze part is requisitioned and melted to produce weapons in 1943 under the Nazis occupation. The bas-reliefs of the base have been saved: one is now at the Museum of Fine Arts of Calais (Pas de Calais 62) ,and the other three in Veules-les-Roses (Seine Maritime 76) . Since 1964, a large fountain has taken its place. The fountain is a circular stone basin with in its center three powerful jets of water that rise above three imposing vases covered with glass crystals. It is nowadays functional. 

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Around this square you will find interesting points such as:

Church of Saint-Honoré-d’Eylau . The Church was built in 1855. On September 2, 1867, a hundred people attended the funeral of the poet Charles Baudelaire. On 13 May 1871, during the commune of Paris of 1871, the Church was transformed into the barracks of the National Guard under the name of Saint-Honoré-d’Eylau Barracks. This Church is home to the nuns of Bethlehem.

At No. 10 Place Victor Hugo, there is the building where Maurice Schumann was born. He had joined General de Gaulle in London from June 1940, and became the spokesman for Free France. He is the voice on Radio London throughout the conflict. A loyal Gaullist, Christian Democrat and convinced European, he was one of the founders of the popular Republican movement, of which he was the first president. A member of the North for thirty years and then a senator for fifteen years, he was appointed Minister of State in the governments of Georges Pompidou several times and concluded his government career as Minister for Foreign Affairs (1969-1973). He was elected to the French Academy in 1974.

In addition, one of my access to Paris while living in Versailles was the Avenue Victor Hugo entering on the Porte de la Muette. This avenue will take you through the place Victor Hugo . Victor Hugo lived the last years of his life in a hotel on the avenue which, since 1881, bore his name, at No. 50, and with the change in numeration in Paris it is now today No. 124. The avenue Victor Hugo begins at the place Charles-de-Gaulle and ends at the place Tattegrain (Avenue Henri-Martin). It is one of twelve avenues starting from the Etoile (Arc de Triomphe) and the longest after the avenue of the Champs-Elysées. It is located between Avenue Foch and Avenue Kléber on the hill of Chaillot.

And of course, do not forget to have a coffee while doing your walks at the wonderful Brasserie Victor Hugo on the square, a good one daytime and told active night time…,see it on picture above. Webpage:  https://brasserievictorhugo-paris.com/en/accueil-english/

There you go folks, walking and glancing of the architecture and the bits of things to know like above is wonderful; do walk in Paris is glorious and good for your health ! Hope you enjoy the post on the Place and Avenue Victor Hugo of Paris

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

July 11, 2022

The Jeu de Paume museum of Paris !!

Ok so I am on a museum binge sort of. These wonderful museums is what makes Paris so special ,even if they are so many hard to choose for a visit! I worked across from the Jardin des Tuileries and passed by them many times, even had quick lunch next to them and been there couple times , just to say was there. I like to update this wonderful post and to serve as a reminder to come back for more, more of my Paris. I will tell you a sort of an introduction on the Jeu de Paume Museum of Paris.

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The Jeu de  Paume, or palm game (many says ancestor of the Tennis)  is an art center dedicated to the image of the 20-21C with photography, cinema, video, installation, net art, etc. It is located in the Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden), at the end of the terrace of the Feuillants, facing Place de la Concorde. The Jeu de Paume is a building of 80 meters in length and 13 meters in width ,with  a height under ceiling in most rooms of 4.50 meters, which has a total surface of 2755 m2 for an exhibition surface of 1 137 m2 divided into nine rooms on three levels and 420 linear meters . The easiest to get here is on Metro Concorde lines 1, 8, and 12.  Also, bus lines  of which  72 is sublime.  

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A bit of history I like

The building was built in 1861 under the reign of Napoleon III, in order to accommodate palm court play  (ancestor of tennis), while resuming the plan of the Orangerie (located at the other corner closer to the Seine), thus becoming its neighbor. From 1909, the building is dedicated to art exhibitions, in connection with the Louvre and the Musée de l’Orangerie.(see posts)  At the end of the 19C, the Luxembourg Museum (see post) opened to foreign schools and the foreign section finally became important enough to form an independent museum at the Jeu de Paume in 1922. From this date until its transfer to the National Museum of Modern Art of the Palais de Tokyo (see post) in 1947, the Jeu de Paume Museum presented the collections of contemporary foreign schools.

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During WWII, the museum’s collections were sheltered at the Château de Chambord from September 1, 1939. The phenomenal inventory work of Rose Valland,(a heroe!) a simple conservation attaché, will be forwarded to the Director of National Museums Jacques Jaujard, and will allow after the liberation to launch a gigantic search for works of art plundered by the Nazis around the world.  From 1947 until 1986, the date of the opening of theMusée d’Orsay, (see post) the gallery of the Jeu de Paume presented the paintings of the Impressionists. After its redevelopment with a suspended staircase, the gallery reopened in 1991, becoming the National Gallery of the Jeu de Paume. The new place is then dedicated to modern and contemporary art in all its forms.

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In 2004, it became a center of art and a place of reference for the diffusion of the image of the 20-21C such as photography, cinema, video, installation, Net Art, etc. The Jeu de Paume is intended to produce or coproduce exhibitions, but also film cycles, symposia, seminars, educational activities or even publications.  Also in 2004, three associations devoted to photography and contemporary art  such as the National Gallery of the Jeu de Paume, the National Center of Photography and Photographic Heritage merge to give birth to the new Jeu de Paume.

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The association has another site to organize its exhibitions, the Hôtel de Sully, at 62, rue Saint-Antoine. The Jeu de Paume present exhibitions of a heritage nature highlighting the donations made to the State and the archive collections kept by public and private institutions, French and foreign. Exhibited at the Château de Tours since 2010. The Jeu de Paume Paris is currently closed.  It will reopen from June 8 for the “Jean Painlevé. Les pieds dans l’eau” ( the feet in the water) and “Marine Hugonnier. Cinema à l’estomac (in the stomach)”.  The Jeu de Paume – Tours is open with the exhibition “Thibaut Cuisset. Loire” until May 29, 2022. Last but not least you can suscribe to the magazine Palm to received by email all the latest on the museum, see webpage.

The official Jeu de Paume museum/Art Centerhttps://jeudepaume.org/en/about-us/

The Paris tourist office on the museumhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71258/Jeu-de-Paume-Paris

The official bookstore of the Jeu de Paume museumhttps://www.librairiejeudepaume.org/

There you go folks, a wonderful museum/art center in my eternal Paris. Another dandy ,the Jeu de Paume museum is one that needs a return , eventually. 

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

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July 11, 2022

Some news from France ,CCCLVIIII

It’s time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLVIIII is 359 , another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are in Summer ,and temps already in canicule level so drink,,,anything, and we continue eating out in our veranda porch , grand! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

As said, we are in the heat again, The canicule is back in my belle France, So drink cold beers lol !! Up to 35C in Paris, 37C in Toulouse, and even 40C in the south… From Tuesday, 12 July 2022, a new heat wave arrives. It will be hot, very hot, night and day in France. The heat wave that will hit the country in July comes only a little more than three weeks after that of June. My area highs call for 35C by next Thursday, We are loaded and ready !!!

The Association of Friends and users of the Champ de Mars has submitted a file for the participatory budget for the restoration of the Belle-Epoque benches and the Medici vases of the place Jacques-Rueff, as well as the balustrade along the avenue de La Motte-Piquet. It will be submitted to the vote of the Parisians in September 2022. The association of Friends and Users of the Champ de Mars, on the front line in contesting the OneSite project to transform the Eiffel Tower sector led by the Paris City Hall ! Of course, that mayor again,,, The development plan for the Champ de Mars, pierced by an avenue (Joseph Bouvard ) and a roundabout, surrounded by a circular alley with very symmetrical ornaments. In each corner of this belt of shaded alleys have been placed 44 inverted bell-shaped Medici vases, surmounting and adjoining 36 stone benches, many of which show time and degradation. On the place Joffre side, along the current ephemeral Grand Palais, the formerly white stone balustrade, with pilasters and also punctuated by 4 vases on pedestals, is not in better shape. Yes the city should put more emphasis in keeping the old that made Paris what it is, I am glad there is an association of citizens to fight for it, Their webpage : https://www.amisduchampdemars.fr/page/1816439-actualite-2022

The future surroundings of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris unveiled point by point the things to be change ; again hoping for the tradition to be kept, The Parvis topped with a thin layer of water, a garden of more than 400 meters, 131 trees planted, redesigned basement, breakthrough towards the quays… Their most beautiful creations will be exhibited from June 28 to August 28, 2022, at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal (6éme). As for Bas Smets, the winning architect, you will be able to see his drawings take shape and emerge from the ground between 2024 and 2027. The “clearing” will therefore house an ephemeral body of water, supplied by the non-potable water network already used to water the city gardens and clean the streets of Paris. From the statue of Charlemagne to the Memorial of the Martyrs of the Deportation at the eastern tip of the island a vast garden will be redesigned and densified. Behind the monument, the current square Jean-XXIII will be particularly redesigned. The gates surrounding the cathedral will be preserved, for heritage reasons and to protect the building from possible manifestations of vandalism (good). It is accessible by the Quai de l’Archevêché and hidden by a vast fenced hedge, this is the nice square of Île-de-France. In addition to its little-known character, the landscape gardener is eyeing it for two reasons: the presence of the Memorial to the Martyrs of Deportation and the breathtaking perspective of the Seine, the quays and the Île Saint-Louis. The current quai de l’Archevêché and rue du Cloître-Notre-Dame ,which runs along the north facade of the monument will be extensively renovated. On the menu: calm traffic, perspectives and tree planting. As for the rue du Cloître Notre-Dame running along the north facade of the cathedral, it should also be “appeased” and embellished with new plantings. Currently, under the cathedral forecourt, 3000 m² of space is divided between a car park and an archaeological crypt. A space also little known, which was revealed following the archeological excavations carried out from 1962 to 1975, anticipating the underground parking project , In the Middle Ages, the forecourt was much smaller than it is today. The opening of a staircase at the foot of the cathedral will restore this distance in relation to the facade and will make it possible to apprehend the monument as it was nearly 800 years ago, with an ascending reading of the monument. What will become of the gates of Square Jean-XXIII and that of the square Île-de-France, which houses the memorial to the martyrs of deportation at the tip of the Île de la Cité (6éme)? Officially, according to the plans of the landscape architect Bas Smets, these two green spaces together will form no more than a large garden of 400 meters long and 1.5 hectares. Without grids. We are keeping an eye on these changes by Paris.

Something to be gone due to the Paris Olympic Games 2024: the Arena de la Chapelle, 58 Bd Ney, 18éme, will bear the name of Adidas, The naming operation intended to give the name of a brand to a public establishment was adopted but the municipal majority of the mayor of Paris; however, appeared very divided on this subject. Of course, where is business money flows in many ways,,,,Keep an eye on these beneficial events of none..

The tramway in Île-de-France region is 120 km in service, 50 km under construction and 40 km planned. It is less expensive than a metro line, but has more capacity than the bus. And the journey, often outdoors, is more pleasant. For all these reasons, the tramway has seen its network grow in just a few decades. This past Wednesday, 6 July ,the Ile-de-France 13 line is inaugurated in the Yvelines (78), between Saint-Cyr-l’École and Saint-Germain-en-Laye. It connects the north to the south of the department after five years of work. The T13 is part of these suburban lines which avoid going through Paris and confirms that the tramway represents a real alternative to the train or the metro in the region. Nice ride should be I will look forward to test it, More info webpage : https://www.iledefrance-mobilites.fr/le-reseau/projets/tram-13-nouvelle-ligne-saint-cyr-saint-germain

The future La Défense RER E station is a veritable cathedral taking shape under the La Défense Cnit. The structural work is complete. A first branch should be operational in mid-2023. The future RER E station at La Défense has just completed the civil engineering works, that is to say the structural work. It can now concentrate on fittings such as the installation of elevators or the installation of 56 escalators. Webpage : https://www.rer-eole.fr/

140 years later, the forbidden statue of Victor Hugo signed Auguste Rodin finally appears ! He is tall, 2.10 meters, and emerges from a long sleep of nearly 140 years. It is however the result of the meeting of two very big names. It is Auguste Rodin, the most famous French sculptor of the 19C, who is the author of this statue. And his role model is Victor Hugo. Webpage : https://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/musee/collections/oeuvres/model-monument-victor-hugo-meditation-and-tragic-muse

Expected for more than five years, the Avengers Campus, an entire district entirely devoted to Marvel superheroes, Spider-Man and Iron Man in mind, will open its doors at Disneyland Paris on July 20, 2022 (and we will be in Sept!). Also, the Art of Marvel hotel, the superheroes heroes invite themselves into your room ,Shining with a thousand lights, gold, silver and red, it welcomes you as soon as you enter. In the vast hall, you even have the right to three imposing Iron Man for the price of one, armor declined according to the eras, in the window just in front of the reception, not far from the suspended abacus of Captain America. All around, seven engraved columns display the characters of the Avengers, while images of comic books come to life in black and white on a giant screen… Welcome to the New York-The Art of Marvel Hotel at Disneyland Paris (we will be not!) , 4 stars where superheroes reign supreme in the 350-room , It is the result of a transformation of the already existing New York hotel which, after 18 months of work, has become a must for Marvel fans. In total: 350 works by 110 international artists cover the walls, including 50 made especially for the place, making it a kind of museum of the famous American licence. Webpage hotel : https://www.disneylandparis.com/fr-fr/hotels/disneys-hotel-new-york/

And Avengers campus : https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-int/destinations/walt-disney-studios-park/avengers-campus/

The 4th edition of this free air meeting, which exhibited 75 aircraft at the Meaux-Esbly or precisely Isles-lès-Villenoy aerodrome (Seine-et-Marne 77), A great event indeed, webpage : https://www.meaux-airshow.fr/

The Palace of Versailles, finally, the renovation of the Place d’Armes. The redevelopment of the famous square has just been approved. Beyond the restoration of the grid of honor for the 2024 Olympic Games, the goal is to clear, by 2030, the perspective dear to Le Nôtre towards Versailles, with the relocation of the car parks. Wonderful idea, the view already is grand.

I put this here because the anecdote is when I came to France ,choosing where to buy house, Croissy sur Seine was one choice ,the aprt offered was done, and the school was an attraction for my boys. Eventually, of course,we settled for Versailles. You are welcome to the British School of Paris, (well Paris again the name,,,) the only school in France that delivers the English baccalaureate! Built according to the traditional model of English private schools, the establishment located in Croissy-sur-Seine (Yvelines 78) welcomes pupils from kindergarten to high school. It is the only one to deliver the “A-Level”, equivalent to the baccalaureate in France. Webpage : https://www.britishschool.fr/

A gigantic scaffolding more than 45 meters high covers part of the facade of the Château de Pierrefonds to repair the ravages of time, these works which should last until the end of 2023. And contrary to certain rumours… the castle remains open! The scaffolding installed on both sides of the wall is 46 meters high! In particular, it will make it possible to intervene on roofs affected by infiltrations. The big tower, it’s 38 meters high, it’s going to be colossal. Webpage : http://www.chateau-pierrefonds.fr/en/

Only 10 km separate them and yet, the abbey of Chaalis and the town of Creil are like two totally different worlds that are almost never in contact. A regrettable reality which should quickly disappear, thanks to the agreement signed this past Thursday July 7 2022 between the Institut de France, owner of the abbey, the rectorate, the sub-prefecture, the educational city and the city of Creil. But those closest geographically are not automatically the most regular visitors to the Chaalis estate, its castle-museum, its chapel, its 20-hectare park or its famous rose garden. Webpage: https://www.domainedechaalis.fr/

Discover the Ecological Garden, in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes, which is opening its doors for the first time in 60 years! Nearly one hectare of vegetation, grassland, marshy areas… In short, nature has taken over to make way for a large number of plant species. The Jardin des Plantes organizes guided tours in small groups. After more than 60 years of closure, the botanical garden has taken a breather. . Accompanied by a guide who reveals all the little secrets of nature, we immerse ourselves in this wild space. Here is a great program for a successful summer in Paris. Jardin des Plantes 57 Rue Cuvier, 5éme free visits, webpage: https://www.mnhn.fr/en/node/3666

The Nuits des Étoiles (night of stars) are back this summer in Paris and Île de France region to the delight of the curious and lovers of astronomy! The free event will take place over a whole weekend, from Friday August 5 to Sunday August 7, 2022. The Square Louise Michel, at the foot of the famous Sacré Coeur in the 18éme arrondissement, will welcome you on the night of August 7 to 8 from 21h to 01h. The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, located at Porte de la Villette in the 19éme arrondissement, will open its doors to observe the Parisian sky on Friday August 5, 2022 from 21h. The town of Mons-en-Montois in the (seine et marne 77) or the Jardin Fertile in Montrouge in the (hauts de seine 92), will also be able to welcome you from August 5 to 7, 2022. Webpage: https://www.afastronomie.fr/les-nuits-des -stars

High-level sport, remarkable races, electro music and Robin Schulz as a special guest, all this awaits you on July 14 2022 at the Hippodrome Paris-Longchamp! To spend an incredible day and vibrate until the end of the night, go to the ParisLongchamp racecourse. Open-air food Garden, incredible Gallop races and DJ sets ready to turn the Hippodrome Garden Party; Wish to be there. Paris-Longchamp Racecourse, 2 route des Tribunes 16éme, Info webpage: https://www.france-galop.com/fr/content/robin-schulz-aux-platines-de-la-garden-party-le- 14-july-lhippodrome-parislongchamp

Located in the 18éme and 3éme arrondissements, Bouillon Pigalle and République, institutions of traditional French cuisine at (very) attractive prices, offer their customers the possibility of reserving a table… Incredible! Of course, this all applies to lunchtime and evening services. For those who still wish to stay quietly at home, the delivery and Click and Collect services are still in operation… Bouillon Pigalle 22 Boulevard de Clichy, 18éme and Bouillon République 39 Boulevard du Temple 3éme, Reservation webpage : https://bouillonlesite.com/reservation-de-groupe-bouillon-republique

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior of this blog. Hope you enjoy the post and do prepare for an eventful Summer! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

July 11, 2022

The museum of decorative arts of Paris !!

Shamely , I have to tell you my dear readers, have  been only one brief visit to this museum. Even if I worked 5 minutes from it for two years! Too many and not enough time lol! Shame again as I am friend of the Louvre next door but with the jardin des Tuileries and the other two museums around (Orangerie and Paume), never enough time. Oh well,there will be time eventually to see more. I have time yes patience in France is a virtue when so much to see.Anyway, let me tell you an introduction to the museum of decorative arts of Paris. And, this is an update from an older post which gladly need to remind myself; hope you enjoy it as I.

The musée des Arts décoratifs or Museum of Decorative Arts aims at the valorization of Applied Fine Arts and the development of links between industry and culture, creation and production. It retains one of the most important collections of decorative arts in the world. The museum was inaugurated on 29 May 1905 in the wing of Marsan (that was part of the Palais des Tuileries now gone unfortunately) at the Louvre. It is part of the wider ensemble of the private Decorative Arts Association, founded in 1882, which is a French cultural institution bringing together museums, places of teaching and library around the art of living, decorative arts, design, fashion and textiles, advertising and graphics.  You come here on the metro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7), Tuileries(line 1), Pyramides (lines 7 and 14) or by Bus lines : 21, 27, 39, 48, 68, 72, 81,and 95.

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The various collections of the museum include about 150 000 objects of which 6 000 are presented to the public. They are divided into five chronological departments (Middle Ages-Renaissance, 17-18-19C, Art Nouveau-Art Deco, Modern-Contemporary) and in seven thematic departments (graphic arts, jewelry, toys, wallpapers, glass, fashion and textiles, advertising and graphic design) to draw a chronological path of the evolution of artistic production in all its aspects in decorative arts from the Middle Ages to contemporary designs of today.

The collection of paintings, distributed throughout the chronological course of the collections, covers the period from the 13C to the 20C with many Spanish, Italian and Flemish Gothic panels as well as works by French painters.

Middle Ages/Renaissance (rooms 2 to 9) This department covers a period of 400 years from the 12C to the 16C. The collection includes more than 3 600 works.

17-18C (rooms 10 to 30) in the origins of the museum, this department was a group of works with encyclopedic vocation. With today nearly 20 000 works, these offer a nearly complete panorama of the decorative arts of the time. About 1 500 works are presented in the galleries, where some period scenes are reconstructed.

19C (rooms 31 to 42) This department has a little more than 9200 works of which more than 800 are exhibited in 13 rooms alternating interior evocations, showcases and period scenes. Among the 450 pieces of furniture stand out from the complete sets of Empire and restoration era, Royal furniture deposited by the National furniture depot, and exceptional furniture from the industry or universal exhibitions. The collections also include more than 2 200 ceramics, from Sèvres, Paris or Limoges. About 950 pieces of goldsmith make it possible to admire the productions of the manufactures Odiot and Christofe, such as the monumental “especially of the Hundred utensils” of Napoleon III.  More than three hundred paintings and more than five hundred sculptures enrich the department’s Fund.

Art nouveau / Art déco (rooms 43 à 53). This ensemble comprises more than 6 660 works representing all the currents of decorative arts, with their major representatives.

Modern and Contemporary (rooms 54 à 67) The period begins with the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937, and continues until the current period. Its collections unfold on 5 levels in the Pavillon de Marsan .

The thematic departments of the museum are:

Graphic Arts. It consists of some 150 000 drawings covering a period from the 16C to the 21C.

Galerie de Bijoux (Jewelry Gallery). The museum’s Jewelry gallery consists of 4 000 pieces ranging from antiquity to modern times and of which about 1 200 are exhibited. This is the most important collection of jewelry in the French collections The course is chronological and offers a panorama of the jewelry and its history from the Middle Ages up to the contemporary period.

Department of Wallpapers (papier peint). This department, created in 1967, houses 400 000 works representing more than three centuries of creation.

Glass (Verre). The collection comprises more than 5 000 glass objects from the 14C to the present day. Famous creators such as, Baccarat, Saint Louis, Tiffany, Gallé and Daum are presented, in what constitutes the richest and most varied ensemble in France.

Toy Gallery (jouets) .The museum’s toy collection, built from 1905, now has more than 12 000 games and toys dating from the mid-19C to the present day.

Fashion and Textiles . In 1905, the Museum of Decorative Arts has an important textile collection (silks, embroidery, lace, printed canvas), enriched from 1948 thanks to the competition of the French Union of Costume Arts (UFAC).  Estimated today at more than 60 200 works, the collection consists of costumes, accessories, textiles as well as important photographic and graphic art funds. In 1981, an agreement sealed the alliance of these two collections, giving birth to the museum of Fashion Arts in 1986. Renamed the Museum of Fashion and Textiles in 1997 and then integrated into the Museum of Decorative Arts, the collection has more than 152 800 works including costumes, accessories and textiles from the 3C to the present day, presented on 1 500 m2. The names of the greatest creators are brought together, from Paul Poiret to Popy Moreni, from Madeleine Vionnet to Christian Lacroix, from Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent.

Advertising and Graphic Designs. The first posters entered the collections at the beginning of the 20C. A posters department is created in 1972 then, a poster museum is officially created in 1978. Installed at Rue de Paradis in 1981, it became an advertising museum, before reopening in 1999 at 107 rue de Rivoli, in the converted galleries of Jean Nouvel.  In addition to the poster fund, which has about 100 000 posters, the collections have been enriched with advertising films, press announcements, radio spots, and promotional items.

At the musée des Arts Décoratifs only 20% of the works possessed by the museum are exhibited. The remainder is stored on reserves, formerly located in the deep underground of the museums. However, in the face of the risk of flooding of the Seine river,  and flooding the basements, it was decided that these reserves must be moved to a safe place. Huge, extremely secure warehouses are used to store unexposed works. Some works remain stored under buildings for several reasons, including works awaiting renovation or transit, or alternative works and objects and furniture useful to expose the works. Very secure, the climate of the reserves is constantly controlled (constant temperature, 70% humidity) to avoid deterioration of the works. Indeed a work of arts! 

There is a good restaurant tasted on my visit on a business event with friends: A wonderful noted restaurant. The  Restaurant Loulou 107, rue de Rivoli .Webpage: https://www.loulou-paris.com/loulou-paris-uk

An interesting library with lots of souvenirs to had and take home: The 107Rivoli (boutique of the museum)  have a selection of products inspired from the collections in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, as well as exclusive creations for sale.  webpage: https://boutique.madparis.fr/fr/

The official Musée des Arts Décoratifs: https://madparis.fr/en

The Paris tourist office on the museum ADhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71359/MAD-Musee-des-Arts-Decoratifs

There you go folks, more of Paris and we need to see more, lots more. Again, hope you enjoy this introduction to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs of Paris! Paris is eternal ,a mind of its own, I say! 

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

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