Friday, May 23, 2014

Bastille, du Marais, et au-delà

Thursday Vicki, Marie, and I took a walk down Rue de Charonne to the Bastille and then along Rue St. Antoine into the Marais and nearby precincts, ending up finally at the Hotel de Ville. Our apartment is about 2 miles from the center of the city.
The Bastille has been a site of rallies, protests,
demonstrations, etc., since, um, 1789; today's
rally was for railway worker solidarity; the
smoke is mostly from their grills and BBQs

Closer up; the animal rights folk also were there, but hanging
back a bit

Beaumarchais, "playwright, watchmaker, 
inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, 
publisher, horticulturalist, arms dealer,  
satirist, financier, and revolutionary (both 
French and American" (Wikipedia)
bemusedly looks on, from a distance; he's
already seen it all

From the area of the Bastille the shoppes keep getting
trendier and more exclusive; the facades are often of the
stores of yesterday, which, thankfully, have mostly been
preserved and maintained

In the Place des Vosges; beautiful shoppes, restaurants,

Wrote most of his biggest hits right here

In one of the galleries

So I have now figured out this is a chain; and it is my job to
inspect for consistency among the many Paris branches...

Hotel Sully

Obligatory stop for a family favorite

Sic transit, Gloria; a boulangerie for decades, perhaps, and

In the old Jewish district, Hector Guimard's
1913 Art Nouveau synagogue

Thus; we'll be seeing lots more Guimard

More sic transit...once a Hammami, now COS

Once a famous deli

Not a boulangerie anymore

Also not a boulangerie anymore

I wonder what the Pompidiou will be a century from now...

Will it stand the test of time like the the Hotel de Ville?

1 comment:

Mel u said...

Awesome pictures. Victor Hugo House!!