Paris breaks and Eurostar breaks to Paris
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Workers at several other major French museums and cultural institutions went on strike in sympathy, including the Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral and the palace at Versailles, but have since reopened.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Designed in 1987 by architect Jean Nouvel and funded by 22 different, mostly Arab countries, it includes expositions on calligraphy, decorative arts, architecture, and photography produced by the Arab/Islamic world, as well as insights into its religion, philosophy, and politics. There's a bookshop on-site, a replica of a Medina selling high-quality gift and art objects, and archival resources that are usually open only to bona-fide scholars. Views from the windows of the on-site Moroccan restaurant encompass Notre-Dame, l'Ile de la Cité, and Sacré-Coeur.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
In the 18th Century, wealthy Parisians liked to come to "their Belleville countryside". They had fine residences built there, now demolished. At number 148, Rue de Bagnolet, there are still some of the last vestiges of the Château de Bagnolet and the Ermitage pavilion, which was most notably a meeting place for counter-revolutionaries, in times before they were guillotined.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It's a great little area to get away from the big boulevards and busy traffic in most of Paris, and imagine you are in a small French provincial town or village, bacause that's what it feels like.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Paris Breaks for Art
Sometimes dedicating entire Paris breaks to Art is completely justified. Paris is a kind of epicentre when it comes to all sorts of cutural heights and art is perhaps the archetype. I'm not talking about tacky charicature buskers in the square next to the Sacre Coeur but about fine art in all its forms. Architecture, painting, sculpture and especially nodern art with its installations and experiential exhibitions. All of this is based on history with famous and up and coming artists being drawn to Paris from all over the world in a succession of waves that have continued throughout the centuries.
The Picasso museum in Paris is currently closed for extended refurbishment but the Rodin is well worth a visit just to start off with, if you are a new to artistic Paris breaks. After that you can find all sorts of gems just by following your nose or sensibilities.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Paris - Le Sacré-Coeur vu du Boulevard de Rochechouart
Originally uploaded by Añelo de la Krotsche
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Latin Quarter Paris Breaks 5th Arrondissement - Quartier Latin
The Latin Quarter, quartier latin or 5th Arrondissement has long been the intellectual centre and heart and soul of Paris, as well as becoming a major tourist area. Bookshops, colleges, churches, clubs, student dives, Roman ruins, publishing houses, street musicians, world foodie restaurants and expensive boutiques characterize the district. Since the founding of the Sorbonne in 1253, the quarter was called Latin because students and professors spoke the Latin language, long before one particular dialect had become standardised as modern French. Follow in the footsteps of Descartes, Verlaine, Camus, Sartre, James Thurber, Elliot Paul, and Hemingway as you enjoy Paris breaks in the latin quarter. Changing times have brought Greek, Moroccan, and Vietnamese immigrants, among others, offering everything from couscous to fiery-hot spring rolls and souvlaki. The 5th arrondissement borders the banks of Seine, and you'll want to stroll along the quayside at quai de Montebello, checking the secondhand book shops with everything from antique Daumier prints to yellowing copies of Balzac's Père Goriot in the shadow of Notre-Dame.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
This is the famous Left Bank, which to Londoners looking at the Paris city map looks more like the southbank but never mind that. This is teh country which has 15 days in a fortnight afterall.
So what os there to see in the 5th, well there's the Pantheon - a big temple like structure on the top of a hill with a large dome, there's the zoo and gardens and Jardin des Plantes, and the Museum of the Arab World.
The area still has a significant student presence, with several universities and schools of higher education being located in the 5th arrondissement but a lot of students and faculty have been forced to more affordable areas such as the 13th arroondissement.
So it's a tourist area now, with affordable hotels and restaurants for visitors and plenty to see and do.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
We miss the atmosphere, the wandering streets, planned architecture unexpected surprises, the Seine, food and drink and everything else about our favourite city.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Paris Breaks by Bicycle
The Velib or Velo Libre free bicycle rental scheme is now massive in Paris. It's a great way to get around in the city and after taking out a nominal one euro per day subscription, each one way rental is completely free as long as you complete the journey withing one half an hour. That should be long enough to get where you want to be and you don;t need to worry about finding another bike to get back again because they are everywhere.
photo by P.Yoruba