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From the Belle Époque era…

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From the Belle Époque era…

It took a little doing, but I finally found the title of this charming Belle Époque era painting by Jean Béraud (1849-1935) seen in The Musée Carnavalet (circa 1905): Les belles de nuit au jardin de Paris which translates to: Beautiful Night in the Garden of Paris. It certainly fits, non? I love the cavalier, laid-back attitude of the seated...

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Place de la Concorde

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde Circa 1890-1900 Located at eastern end of the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement, Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris. It has changed names a dizzying number of times – originally Place Louis XV when it was constructed in 1755, then Place de la Révolution during the French Revolution, when a guillotine was erected in the square where King Louis XVI was executed in 1793.  Many important people were executed here, including Queen Marie Antoinette. In 1795, after the Revolution, it was named Place de la...

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If a picture is worth a thousand words…

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If a picture is worth a thousand words…

…how much are the brushes that painted them worth? And why didn’t I buy them…?  As I get ready to go to the studio this morning, I recalled these marvelous collections of used brushes I saw at Vanves flea market. I wonder how many beautiful paintings were created using these? How many rejects? Did they all belong to the same artist? And, seriously, why didn’t I buy them…? Might have been fun to use some of them on my own...

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Lovely Ladies

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Lovely Ladies

I just started reading Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi and this line from the book made me think of this photo I snapped of these beautiful caryatids in the 9th … The weight of history clinging to the stone buildings like the pervasive soot and bare-bosomed...

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage paris

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage paris

Le Musée du Louvre Circa 1890-1900 The Louvre, originally constructed as a fortress in the late 12th century, was modified in the 14th century by Charles V to become a royal residence.  It eventually fell into disrepair until 1527 when Francis I demolished the original structure and constructed a lavish Renaissance-style compound.  This expansion carried on for a century until the Palace of Versailles was completed and the court’s base left Paris.  The unfinished building was once again left to fall into disrepair until the fall of the...

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Old Flames – Part II

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Old Flames – Part II

We huddled together on the bow of a bateaux mouches, his arm around my waist, keeping me close.  The sun was departing for another day, off to recharge, ready to return tomorrow, or perhaps to send his duller cousin, rain instead.  The autumn wind chilled my face and I was grateful for the scarf I’d double-wrapped snuggly around my neck.  Inhaling that damp river Seine air, we pointed out favorite sights, mentioned places we wanted to go, kissed as if we were young Parisians, openly, ardently, oblivious to anyone else. The last few days...

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Opera Garnier

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Opera Garnier

I could have spent hours and hours here, photographing every detail. Oh, wait, I almost did… If you’ve never been, it is worth planning a couple hours to visit. Tip: check to make sure that all is open as sometimes parts are closed for rehersals and functions.  I’ve found that the best time to visit is first thing in the...

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris

Palais du Luxembourg Circa 1890-1900 Originally built between 1615-1645 to be the royal residence of the regent Marie de Médicis, it was refashioned between 1799-1805 into into a legislative building.  It was further remodeled and enlarged between 1835-1856 and, since 1958, it has been the seat of the French Senate. Read more...

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