Walks in Paris and in the Loire valley

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  • New Athens

    02 May 2014 ( #Paris )

    Established around 1820 the district of “Nouvelle Athènes” (New Athens) is a new building area on former orchards recently included in Paris on the slope of Montmartre hill. It meets a need for modern housing following the rapid growth and westward movement...

  • New York

    28 July 2016 ( #Others )

    Manhattan bird's eye view Let me invite you to a motionless journey to New York. One of these journeys in which a number of novelists, directors and composers invite us. No need for passport, the only necessary visa will be the one of your imagination!...

  • La Défense a tourist attraction

    01 October 2014 ( #Paris )

    La Défense bustling with life: thousands of Parisians go there daily for work or passing through. The largest concentration of offices in Europe (3.5millions m2) and the first transport hub in Ile de France with RER, train, metro, tram and buses. On the...

  • Belleville and Buttes Chaumont

    20 June 2016 ( #Paris )

    Place des Fêtes and upper Belleville The area is urbanized in the late nineteenth century on land previously cultivated as vineyard after the construction of the Thiers enclosure. Also the plots keep until today, a deep and narrow shape transversely to...

  • The Butte Aux Cailles and “Place de l’Abbé Hénocque”

    24 September 2014 ( #Paris )

    Surprising for who only remembers the 13th arrondissement for the giant towers of the “quartier Italie”, invested by refugees from Southeast Asia in the late 70s or the futuristic district of the Gare d'Austerlitz and the “Trés Grande Bibliothèque” library,...

  • Quattro- and Cinquecento a revolution in painting!

    31 January 2016 ( #Others )

    Here is a very topical subject because the Italian painting departments at le Louvre, usually crowded with tourists taking selfies before the Victory of Samothrace and clumping together in front of Mona Lisa are currently empty. If Paris is a bit far...

  • Le Marais, near Saint Paul metro station

    02 May 2014 ( #Paris )

    A walk in southern Marais area starting from Metro Saint Paul will make you discover " the place to be " if you wanted to live in Paris from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. You will get this impression by visiting two of the finest hotels, the...

  • Saint Eustache church and the district of “Les Halles”

    11 October 2015

    For our first visit this year we went to the Saint Eustache church in the center of “les Halles” district, then rue Montorgueil, Place du Caire, rue Dussoubs and passage du Grand Cerf and back to les Halles Métro station. The Saint Eustache church is...

  • The Invalides

    11 December 2015

    Louis XIV decided to build on the outskirts of Paris a monumental set to host its soldiers infirm or too old even as he invents a magnificent setting to stage his court to Versailles and power ,. Built in the early part of his reign, in 1670-1676, the...

  • Domaine de Roiffé (near Loudun)

    03 September 2014 ( #Loire Valley )

    The estate, now a charming hotel hosting wedding parties and seminars and featuring a golf course and a pool, shared during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the history of the neighboring Abbey of Fontevraud: Roiffé penal colony opened in 1842 to...

  • Montmartre OK, but off the beaten track !

    21 March 2015 ( #Paris )

    Difficult do you think, to avoid the waves of tourists that invade Place du Tertre and the stairs of Sacré Coeur ? Well last Thursday, addressing Montmartre on the opposite side we discovered the peaceful life of a one of the latest villages of Paris....

  • Soubise and Rohan Hotels, headquarters of the French National Archives

    20 February 2016 ( #Paris )

    Despite the “not too sexy” concept, the Archives Nationales, hosted in one of the most beautiful princely palaces in Paris from the XIVth century to the Revolution, are a place of great architectural and historical interest since they preserve, order...

  • In Carnavalet museum: Paris from the beginning of the Second Empire to the First World War

    17 December 2014 ( #Paris )

    During the sixty years that have elapsed from the beginning of the Second Empire to the First World War, Paris has attracted celebrities from all over Europe and has earned the nickname "City of Light". These years have seen the development of a new Paris:...

  • From Empire style to impressionists; visiting the Marmottan – Monet museum

    31 January 2015 ( #Paris )

    The "Musée Marmottan - Monet", the name sounds like Barbès - Rochechouart, the unlikely union of a fierce Republican opponent to Louis Philippe monarchy and one of the oldest families of the French nobility, the Rochechouart Mortemart, to name a subway...

  • The discreet charm of Passy

    26 March 2015 ( #Paris )

    Is there really anything worth seeing in this neighbourhood, often associated with Auteuil and Neuilly, apart from luxurious but sad buildings and THE famous rue de Passy, a favourite place for shopping buffs, who "kiffent the swag," as Jean Rochefort...

  • Visiting le Rivau castle and its fairy tales garden

    24 April 2015 ( #Loire valley )

    The castle is located in the Seuilly country south of Chinon where Rabelais stages the life of his hero Gargantua who offers the castle to one of his captains as a reward for his victories in the “Picrocholine” wars. Built as a stronghold to defend the...

  • Saint Denis Basilica

    01 June 2016

    Saint Denis, former industrial suburb disadvantaged by the North of Paris, is better known for its Stade de France than for its basilica. This one is nevertheless at the same time an architectural exploit, an important place in the history of France as...

  • Hand printing

    02 January 2016 ( #Others )

    Pictures produced through hand printing are indifferently called engravings or prints although both terms refer to different stages of the process: a drawing is engraved on a matrix - plate of wood or metal, inked then wiped so that the ink adheres only...

  • The Emile Verhaeren exhibition in Musée des Avelines Saint Cloud

    15 January 2016 ( #Paris )

    Verhaeren is a Flemish poet writing in French, a figure of the art scene and European literature at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; he lived in Saint-Cloud from 1900 until his death in November 1916 run over by a train in Rouen station....

  • Nineteenth century Paris

    06 March 2016 ( #Others )

    The city experienced in the nineteenth century profound changes that characterize its aspect to the visitor today: Haussmann boulevards, public and private buildings, parks, stations. Simultaneously, the period was also a key moment in the history of...

  • Antoine Desgodets architecte du Roi (1653-1728)

    26 November 2014 ( #Paris )

    Born in 1653 in Paris from a carpenter father, Antoine Desgodets opted for architecture and became sworn architect, expert in buildings, architect of the king's furniture store. Early in his career, he performed at the request of Colbert in 1674 a thorough...

  • After the Emile Bernard exhibition

    27 November 2014 ( #Paris )

    During this magnificent exhibition that you can still visit until January 5 at the Museum of the Orangerie, we discovered a complete and self-demanding artist -albeit not very well known- that addressed multiple pictorial ways over his long career: from...

  • Ladies’, but also gentlemen’s favourite places in Paris: Palais Royal and covered passages

    18 January 2015 ( #Paris )

    It is the huge success of the galleries built by Philippe d'Orléans around the Palais Royal in the late 18th century that launched the concept of a covered place where rich clients can meet, which made a foreigner travelling to Paris report : "Paris is...

  • Maupassant and impressionist painters

    30 November 2015 ( #Others )

    Guy de Maupassant, born August 5, 1850 at Miromesnil castle in Tourville-sur-Arques in Normandy and died July 6, 1893 in Paris, was a recognized author in his lifetime and its reputation endures today through the many filmed adaptations of his work. His...

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Fontevraud recumbent figures

    28 June 2014 ( #Loire valley )

    Eleanor of Aquitaine is the granddaughter of the Duke Guillaume IX the troubadour, inventor of courtly love; beautiful and intelligent, she has a strong personality and will leave her mark at a time when women in these circles are often considered solely...

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