Friday, June 20, 2014

Une promenade dans les 8e et 17e arrondissements

Wednesday's walk, a reconnaissance really, was mostly in the 17th and 8th arrondissements, starting at the Arc de Triomphe, twisting and turning and ending after the Parc Monceau.
On Avenue de Wagram, the beautiful old Hotel

Thus; belongs in Barcelona

On Avenue des Ternes, the FNAC now occupies a late 19th
century department store

With a beautiful glass ceiling way up there

Never miss an opportunity to visit a patisserie, Vicki says

The Alexander Nevsky Russian Church--open
only on Tuesdays and Fridays

At the Russian restaurant across the street, also closed,
you and your friend can try the caviar and vodka sampler
for only 390 euros (you can just round that off at $500,
tax and tip included); such a deal

45 Boulevard de Courcelles, Proust family
dwelling during Marcel's years as a prig/fop/
twit; no signage; now an embassy

Nearly across the street, the Pagoda (available
for weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs...)

Now in Parc Monceau; the reconnaissance part

It is an old park, with many follies, etc.



And thus; despite the pix, the place was packed, especially
with kids and nannies

And is not without historical interest

Thus, the first parachuting; the first lighter-
than-air flight took place not far from here, in
1757, with the royals looking on; I wonder
whether the first parachuting was a related

The park is on the one-time periphery of Paris, and so here
is the inevitable rotunda, for collecting taxes on goods brought
into the city

1 comment:

Tawana said...

Oh, yea! This was our old neighborhood last fall. We loved walking around in this area, and loved the Parc with all the nannies and prams. There were school children playing when we were there, but it is probably summer vacation for them now. Happy memories!