“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” …Shakespeare.
Paris, France. May-June 2018 (19 photos)
This is Part 9 of my France 2018 photo series, and also Part 26 of my Europe 2018 photo series.
Well, I’ve previously given you a taste of the Left Bank of Paris. So how about a brief taste of the Right Bank of Paris in the Spring, maybe even with a touch of Vaudeville?
Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment born in France at the end of 1700. A vaudeville is a comedy without psychological or moral intentions, based on a comical situation. It was originally a kind of dramatic composition or light poetry, usually a comedy, interspersed with songs or ballets. It became popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s, but the idea of Vaudeville’s theatre changed radically from its French antecedent.
“Arc de Triomphe”
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile — the étoile or “star” of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes.
See the people up top? You can climb the stairs to the top for some nice views above Paris.
“Dragon’s eye view”
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 70 metres (230 ft) wide, running between Place Charles de Gaulle and Place de la Concorde which you can barely see in the distance. The name is French for the Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. The Champs-Élysées is widely regarded to be one of the most recognisable avenues in the world.
“The Fountain of Rivers”
One of the two fountains in the Place de la Concorde. Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris and was the site of many notable public executions by guillotine during the French Revolution, including King Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette, Princess Élisabeth of France, and Maximilien Robespierre.
“Parisian moment #207”
The Petit Palais (small palace) is an art museum originally built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (“universal exhibition”). It now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts.
“Les fils de Cain”
Statue of The Sons of Cain, sculpted by Paul Landowski, in an area of the Jardin des Tuileries next to the River Seine.
“Parisian moment #467”
One of several Pétanque games I saw played around Paris.
“Just a stroll in the park”
Trees in public parks in Paris have a uniform typical appearance since they are all maintained by one particular company, I was told. This was in the Jardin du Palais Royal.
“I am your angel of music”
There are many interesting details around town. The lyre incorporated into the design of this street light suggests its location…
“The Phantom of the Opera is there, inside my mind…”
This is one of the halls in the Palais Garnier (Opera Garnier), which happens to be the setting for the story of The Phantom of the Opera. Did you know there really is an underground lake beneath the building? I visited the Palais Garnier twice. Once during the day because I was in the area so I took the self guided audio tour. Then again in the evening for a prebooked after hours tour when the building was almost empty. I’m glad my mask was still untouched where I left it hidden all those years ago.
A rather famous mural by Jef Aerosol in the Beauborg area. It measures 22m high by 14m wide. Street art is taken to another level in Paris, particularly in the 13th Arrondissement.
“Not so ideal”
The Right Bank, known as Rive Droite, refers to the northern arrondissements of Paris, whose natural border is the Seine River. It’s a larger area than the Left Bank of Paris. I’ve previously posted about other areas of the Right Bank:
In Paris in the Spring (3) I show you around Montmartre.
In Paris in the Spring (4) I show you around Le Marais.
In Paris in the Spring (5) I show you around the area east of Le Marais, including Canal Saint-Martin and Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
In Paris in the Spring (6) I show you around Cimetière du Père Llachaise.
“I heart Paris”
“No parking, day or night”
“Parisian moment #542”
“Following the rose line”
This is the world’s largest art museum. In 2017, the Louvre was also the world’s most visited art museum, receiving 8.1 million visitors. So, is there a way to photograph it so that it is recognisable but also different to the myriad of other photos out there? I don’t know the answer to that.
“The Holy Grail ‘neath ancient Roslin waits.
The blade and chalice guarding o’er Her gates.
Adorned by masters’ loving art, She lies.
She rests at last beneath the starry skies.”
“Sunset in Paris”
Sunset over the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a triumphal arch located in the Place du Carrousel near the Louvre. It was built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories of the previous year.