Every little window home to a great book of old times, my favorites, Rue Mouffetard of George Orwell and Rue Cardinal-Lemoine of Hemingway..
Great article on Paris life of literature, art, Expats from Gertrude Stein to Pablo Picasso..
and couldn’t agree more with the below, what i exactly went through and live along with still 🙂
” a love relationship with the outlying areas of France, an endless curiosity, and a willingness to experience things, reach out to others, and welcome all”
If you plan to visit Paris in the coming days, or already are there, this is for you! In addition to all Christmas markets you can enjoy at Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Montmartre and St.Germain; time for christmas concerts has come!
You should definitely experience the acoustic ambiance of La Sainte Chapelle via Christmas concerts, below is a snapshot of my Joie de Vivre at La Sainte Chapelle in December 2012 – enjoying arias with great acoustic!
You can check the program and buy your tickets in advance from the below link:
and why not beautify your concert night by enjoying great wines before / after in lovely winebars of Paris, for example my favorite – Le Garde Robe!
Below is the practical information you might need provided by “Paris by Mouth” !
A full list of cosy Paris restaurants, wine and jazz bars captured in my Joie de Vivre, will soon be here;)
A great sight I ran into on “Trust me, I’m a Traveler” site! Especially to follow the Triumphal way in Paris, the historical monumental axis but actually a masterpiece of design!
Triumphal way – Voie Triomphale– starts from Louvre’s Cour Carré to Arc de Triomphe via Champs-Elysees and then continues to La Defense in one direction, and going to Opera Bastille on the other..
There is a natural beauty in Paris, which ironically is actually consisted of a somewhat artificial symmetry. Wherever you stand, you’re actually linked somehow to the power axis, you don’t walk to see a monument, they just run into you while you walk by..and at any time of the day, there is a light show going on, whether with the clouds and the color of Seine, or the beautiful lighting of the city at night, reflections of the monuments on the Seine. Paris being really the city of light- La Ville-Lumière. Of course not to disregard that the original meaning of this term refers to Paris being the center of ideas during Enlightenment.
Regarding my first experience of the power axis and the Triumphal way, and the story of how each monument was built so linked to each other following each governmental leader– Many thanks to David Downie and his book “Paris, paris – Journey into the city of light” !
Definitely a must read! Especially if you want to discover the real Paris; go through the city road by road uncovering the secrets with continious unknown stories, links and feeling as if in Paris in 1920s with Hemingway and the lost generation!
“Paris paris”, being the first book of my reading sessions in Jardin du Palais Royal, getting lost in the book and then in the roads, was the inspiration that initiated my continuous journey to secrets of Paris, and the world!