Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Passage du Caire


As Marie and I wandered the streets of the 2ième arrondissement we saw a small green space, un petit jardin, on a triangle of ground called Place du Caire. As we glanced up we saw this façade, an entrance to Passage du Caire, adorned with three heads of the goddess Hathor. The Egyptian theme is further carried out with the band of pseudo-hieroglyphs above the sculptures.

Now, for the rest of the story... I have been trying to find the name, the exact location, the street address off and on for several weeks. Marie had joined in the hunt as well. So, what expert would you turn to in the same situation? Why, Peter, of course! He responded in an instant and so I am linking to his post which is much more comprehensive than mine. Many thanks, dear friend!


Passage du Caire
Place du Caire
at Rue d'Aboukir

20 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh what a find Genie, I can't imagine your keen eye would miss too much, so now I'm heading over to your friend Peter's site to find out more.
Best wishes
Grace

Malyss said...

Once upon a time in Paris, people were very fond of egyptian things..Today, only remain some strange decorations here and there in the city, catching our attention.

Pierre BOYER said...

Interesting...

Pierre

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

What a beautiful find! I´ve been already in an apartment of a photographer on Rue d'Aboukir, but never to Place du Caire. I will put it on my to-do list...

Jack said...

Egyptian themes go in and out of style, don't they? These three faces are pretty cool. I don't quite have the perspective of the whole area here, but if I wait I might see more, right?

Cezar and Léia said...

These sculptures are really amazing!
I love the Egyptian theme as well.
I also love the lights in this pictures, a beautiful sunny day in Paris for sure!
:)
Léia

brattcat said...

So glad you looked up!

M said...

Mercy, Peter! This has been plaguing me ... What an appropriate name! Ahhhh, it was a lovely day, an interesting find and you captured it perfectly.

YONKS said...

Stunning!
:-)
Dianne
XOXO

nathalie in Avignon said...

Amazing photo - and yes of course, Peter was to be your resource person. He's a wealth of knowledge bundled up into the nicest man ever.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture, Genie, and I'm glad you looked up, too!! Love the Egyptian theme and, ahhhh, only in in France!! Enjoy your evening, mon amie!

Sylvia

This is Belgium said...

Interesting... not très Parisien at first glance, isn't it? It is always good to have a local expert among your friends... although you yourself are a Parisian habituée as well

Starman said...

Passage du Caire

Alexa said...

Love the way you framed this shot, Genie. Always thought of this as the "Egyptian" part of town—rue du Nil and rue d'Alexandrie can be found nearby too!

Starman said...

Thought you'd like to see this: http://tiny.cc/elpd0

Peter said...

Always a pleasure to be of help to nice people, like you, and who like Paris! :-)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I did not know about this "Egyptian area" of Paris with its architecture and street names until I started researching for this post. I am amazed at how much I continue to learn about this wonderful city...

Merci for your comments! Bisous

Joe said...

My goodness. That was unexpected. Thought you had moved to Cairo. Magnificent architecture.

Randy said...

I think these theme could be found everywhere. Great find.

JM said...

These are great! Is this a Deco building?