If you frequent the side halls in the famous covered passages of Paris, you will likely see gatherings of students sketching the century-old architecture. The arches, the moldings, the skylights, and even the floor tiles are worthy of a sketch.
You will see students in the not-so-famous covered passages as well
I knew of this covered market, but had not visited Saint Quentin, one of the few remaining covered markets in Paris. The fruits and vegetables are acceptable, but this market shines with its international flavor and food offerings. The soaring ceilings have been protecting Paris shoppers for over a hundred years.
There are delicacies from Africa and Italy, spices from north Africa, and even Pasteis from Portugal. There are a few vendors with region-specific foods from France and a beer boutique.
Café le Nemours I think that if I could just pick one café in Paris for people-watching it would be here at Café le Nemours. No matter the weather as you can move under the cover of the building in the rain and there are heaters when it is cold. The morning I took this photo, the chairs and tables were all empty... save the patriot at the end of the row. Yes, give me le Nemours any day, a timeless classic café
Prélude de Paris classic orchestra of the Chatelet Métro Two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) you can hear the classic orchestral music of this group of conservatory students, music professors, and musician friends.
The subterranean orchestra will stop you in your tracks as the sound of Vivaldi's Four Seasons echoes through the many tunnels of Chatelet. They play at an intersection/crossing of lines 1 and 4.
Click here for a brief selection of their Vivaldi's Hiver
The entrance to Pavillon du Chef de l'Etat (House of the Head of State),
which was turned into the Musée de
Opéra on the western facade
of Opéra National de Paris Garnier,
is framed by two granite columns by Henri Alfred Jacquemart,
adorned with lamps and the
masts of ships.
The bows of the four ships appear to have eyes.
Although other portions of this exquisite heritage site
have been restored since it was built in 1875,
the ceinture de lumière (belt of light) encircling the building has not.
Earlier this year an appeal was made to the public
to adopt one of the 22 lampadaires, 2 candélabres, 22 cariatides, and 14 columns.
The details of the rostral columns and the musical instrument-themed street lamps
on the opposite side of the opera house are stunning.
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