The windows of the upper chapel are stunning but no more so than the vibrant bold colors of the lower chapel with accents of gold. This magnificent 13th century Gothic chapel on the Île de la Cité was built by Louis IX for use as his royal chapel. This lower chapel served as parish church for all the inabitants of the king's palace.
Sainte-Chappelle 4, boulevard du Palais 75004, Paris
A sweet Paris friend who has a shop on Rue Cler told me about this delightful place nearby, and I was smitten before even walking inside. It is very small and an older married couple "do it all" from the baking and cooking to the serving. They are svelte as dancers and move almost as quickly, taking care of the diners.
The food is fabulous and the inside is as charming as the outside terrace.
Oh, please note the lap blankets for the cool morning petit déjeuner.
I will be back there for lunch with Holly very soon.
Did you know that Gustave Eiffel originally painted this tower red?
Over the years, the tower has changed colors several times ranging from red-browns to mustard-browns and now to what some have called "milk chocolate" brown. The official color is "bronze." It is on its 19th painting, all by hand, which takes 60 tons of paint, 1500 paint brushes and an army of experienced acrobatic painters without a fear of heights!
The tower is actually painted three shades of the same color with the darkest at the bottom and the lightest hue at the top. Twenty-five painters strip, clean, rust-proof, and apply paint to all 250,000 square meters of the tower taking about a year to accomplish. The paint cannot be applied if it is too cold or if the tower is wet so the whole process from beginning to end may take 18 months.
Oh, and do not forget the 50 kilometers of security cords
and 5 acres of protective netting!
(Although I am a bit of a risk-taker,
I was not hanging from security cords for this shot)
That was my original question when I lifed my camera for a shot. In the subsequent months I have found that the awning is but a part of this amazing residence designed in 1870 by the architect Gustave Clausse. The rez-de-chaussée et le premier étage (ground floor and the next floor) were built in stone and the three upper floors in patterned brick. Above the awning you can see the arched windows decorated with polychrome ceramics.
So, is it a Guimard? Honestly, I do not know. Most of Guimard's Paris work was started about 10 years after this building was completed. There are more secrets about this residence, and I will share a special one with you another time.
This interesting motif of a salamander eating a stalk of corn is found on Rue de Grenelle. The art nouveau double door is part of pair, each with a salamander. Apparently, this greedy one got the corn.
The building was designed by architect Jules Lavirotte in 1898, his first major building. The façade, influenced by the French Rococo style, offers only hints of the theatrical displays for which Lavirotte was to become known. He designed at least nine buildings still standing in the 7ième arrondissement.
Designed by the architect Prosper Bobin, construction was started in 1894 and completed almost 20 years later. This Romanesque Byzantine style church was one of the few built in Paris during this time of severe religious tensions.
The scene above, "Suffer the Little Children," is a portion of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1938). It is a mosaic made of tens of thousands of tiny pieces of glass with almost imperceptible shades of colors. It is reported that there will be a retrospective of this atelier Mauméjean, and I will let you know what is planned. The skilled artists of the family Mauméjean installed their work of stained glass and mosaics in over 5,000 cathedrals, basilicas, and chapels in 34 countries. Because of demand for their work, additional ateliers were opened, two of those in Barcelona and Saint-Sebastian, Spain.
The area surrounding Parc de Monceau is full of architectural treasures. Seen near the Rue Rembrandt entrance to the park this elegant five-floor residence has an array of paned windows, each different from the other. The quiet street ends at one of the south entrances to the park.
If you visit Parc de Monceau
do not miss the upscale neighborhood in which it resides.
Although it disturbs me to see graffiti covering walls, fences, and every available surface on the train station platforms (and the tunnels in the Metro), this I love! The street artists of Paris are recognized for their distinctive style and themes.
This panel is by the artist Nemo.
Oh, I checked to make certain that I am not showing this upside down!
Along the canal you find many pedestrian walkways,
arched high over the canal to allow for passing boats.
Although I have never taken the trip, many report that a leisurely excursion on Canal St. Martin gives a different view along the quais. My friend Marie and I watched this boat pass through the locks on a bright Sunday afternoon. On canal Saint-Martin alone there are seven bridges, the majority of which are passerelles piétonnes (footbridges).
They all have names and I will have to search to put the proper name and location on this one. It is very close to Hotel du Nord on Quai de Jemmapes.
It is difficult to select just one photo for blue in Paris. There are thousands of "blues," doors and buildings and skies and reflections, but this carrousel in Tuileries and I have a relationship (if that is possible). I have seen it in all seasons including a snowstorm one December.
This one small part of the carrousel has the Eiffel Tower, angels, and diamonds, all embellished with gold and red. The painted blue skies behind the Tower are matched by the blue skies of spring.
This is my last contribution to a five-color series of photos,
and with this I capture the memory of Paris blue and tuck it under my pillow.