Paris architecture

Posted by jerry on June 16th, 2007 — Posted in Journal, Travel

Every corner has a cafe´ and these are the soul of Paris. That and boulangeries – bakeries – home of the baguette that feeds a nation in precisely the way that burgers don’t in the USA.

Paris cafe

Every corner has a surprise – whether a curiosity shop or the narrow cobbled streets

Paris corner

Or even a sign…

Electric car sign

But probably the thing I find most striking are the boulevards of art nouveau buildings throughout central Paris. And each has flower boxes bursting with colour from every balcony

Paris art nouveau

Paris art nouveau

Even the doorways are striking for their flair

Paris art nouveau

And some places are just special – like this circus supplies shop in Montmartre called Bonjour Artiste

Paris circus shop

Which is of course just below the great church of Sacre Coeur (Sacred heart)

Paris Sacre Coeur

Then from the sublime to…

Paris Moulin Rouge

Yes it’s the 1927 copy of the Red Mill Theatre, made famous for spectacularly unclad dancers, the music of Jacques Offenbach, and more recently a film by Baz Luhrmann starring Australian Actress Nicole Kidman. Interestingly, severl of the dancers are Australian! Here is a link to the Moulin Rouge website, where you can read about the history of the theatre, and see video of the dancers.

And at the end of the day you can relax in the garden near the Sacre Coeur.

Paris garden

This is close to where Amelie led the moped rider on a wild goose chase with the binoculars.

So I’ll leave it there for today

Cheers
Jerry

2 Comments »

Comment by art-noveau Tom

Very interesting, especially those gargoyles! Didn’t know they serve as water spouts.
Also fine art nouveau buildings, I like that “Mucha style” a lot.

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 12:16 am

Comment by Debra Liestman

Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing. I would love to see more, Kind Regards, Debra

Posted on January 24, 2009 at 1:40 am

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