Traveling through archive pictures this one caught my eyes and recall some good memories.
Heartbreaking news came from Paris today! There is no anymore Notre Dame like we saw it lately. Hard to imagine if it is possible to revive it again. Probably yes. However it will not be the same anymore. Lucky us to had an opportunity to see it in its magnificence and keep in our memory and heart forever!
“When the Music’s over turn out the light…”
While being in Paris the restaurant Le Grand Colbert was chosen for the fortieth anniversary lunch. It is located on a quiet small street Rue Vivienne right behind Palais-Royal. To avoid crowd we decided to come there a little bit later than regular lunch hours. What a surprise was waiting for us? The entrance door did not have a handle to come in. I tried to knock, and then made a signs through the window to waitress to open the door, but no reaction followed. We were about to leave with a huge frustration. Suddenly the car stopped in front of an entrance and a young man with a bouquet of flowers came to the door. Somebody from inside opened the door for him. I asked this person if they are opened and work and had the positive answer. Then I told him they are in trouble because there is no handle that means no customers. 🙂 He was really surprised, apologized and invited us inside. From this point the rest of visit was amazing.
The restaurant is really inviting and homey. Soft light, comfortable couches and chairs, and nice staff made environment friendly and cozy. But the real pleasure came with wine and meals. Food was delicious. Desert impressed us totally. The restaurant is not pricy at all – reasonable money for the delicious food.
Now I understand why the movie “Something’s Gotta Give” used to make one scene in here.
It was quiet Sunday morning in Sainte-Chapelle. The beautiful Gothic style chapel right in the middle of the island on Seine river (Île de la Cité) opened its door for the numerous visitors to enjoy the beauty and spiritual atmosphere of this holy place. The light inside was not so bright and colorful because of the cloudy day. However huge stained windows and rosettes created miracle feeling.
The beginning of November in Paris this year is awesome. Warm and sunny days were much appreciated by local people and tourists. It does not look like there is a slow season in Paris. Although November is the last autumn month there are plenty of tourists in the city. Anyway, Paris is beautiful in any season and you can enjoy walking around lovely attractions, beautiful streets full of shops, cafe, restaurants, souvenir boutiques and many other interesting places. It is for sure Moveable Feast as it was said long time ago by Ernest Hemingway.
Church “Holy Heart” (Sacré-Coeur) – one of the many iconic places in Paris. Everyone who has visited once this city, of course, have their own preferences, favorite places and their priorities among the most famous monuments of architecture and art. Therefore, to evaluate and build all of Paris attractions in some sequence is not necessary. Let everyone decide for themselves what is the most attractive and valuable in this city.
However, the Sacré Coeur is one of the most outstanding monuments of Paris. First, its location on the heights of Montmartre attracts and intrigues tourists, makes you want to see it up close and examine in detail. Secondly, this church still has its own unique character and history. It really deserves the attention and visits.
The Petit Trianon is hidden but important part of Versailles. This small Palace is simple and cozy and looks prettier unlike the main Palace of Versailles. Basically this place is associated with Marie Antoinette who breathed new life into it and gave a special charm.
Ten days of the last Paris visit have been passing with no any evidence of rain. There was a risk to miss it. However at the last day we were gifted with the lovely warm and quiet one.
It was a good chance to walk around the Rue Mouffetard street Market with its numerous patisseries, cheese, seafood, butcheries, fruit, flowers, wine shops and brasseries.
Market spreads along Rue Mouffetard from Place de la Contrescarpe to the Square Saint-Medard. It is the lovely place where you can loose feeling of time.
The gardens of Versailles were planned by André Le Nôtre, perhaps the most famous and influential landscape architect in French history. Behind the palace, the ground falls away on every side from a terrace adorned with ornamental basins, statues, and bronze groups. Directly west of the terrace is the Latona Fountain, designed by Le Nôtre and sculpted by Gaspard and Balthazard Marsy. The fountain depicts the events of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The Royal Walk extends westward from the palace. A broad avenue centred on the grass of the Green Carpet, it is flanked by rows of large trees and ends at the spectacular Fountain of Apollo.
Nowadays it is not necessary to go far away from the comfortable chair and big computer screen to learn everything about any object of culture. Internet and Google can provide you with all of the information. Moreover, all the works of painting, sculpture, and architecture, taken by professional photographers with the correct lighting and unexpected angles, look much more advantageous in comparison with the original museum pieces that impossible to see from all points because of the weak light and huge number of art fans crowding around. However visit and walk around such places provide an unforgettable experience. After all, the museum is not only a set of exhibits, it is also the building with all the details of the interior, layout, numerous galleries and halls and other elements of architecture and decorative arts that create a special spirit and build the visitor’s impressions.
Palace of Versailles in this sense one of those great places to visit. You can leisurely walk for hours through its galleries and halls stopping at a familiar exhibits to see them live, and compare with the image on the internet, catalog or album.
It is impossible to show everything that one has seen and liked in Palace of Versailles in the short blog articles, but it is possible to provoke readers to visit this interesting place.
Versailles. It is a place where you not only enjoy the works of art adorning the Palace of Versailles, but also wander through the alleys of the park, sit by the fountains, enjoy the boat ride on the pond, admire the sculptures and flowerbeds. Tourists can discover the numerous architectural details of the Palace for hours.
King Louis XIV enlarged a hunting lodge in brick and stone into a royal palace. After the work was successfully advanced he proclaimed Versailles as his principal residence and the governmental center of France.
Long time ago, about 40-45 years, when the world was more closed to travel, the visits to museums and hanging there were fundamentally different. Museums were not so crowded and visitors were presented as two different categories. The first category included the tourist groups, who quietly followed the guide and did not stay long at the individual exhibits. The second one was not so numerous and presented individual art lovers. At that time, you can safely stand at a particular exhibit whether painting, sculpture or some other work of art. There were benches in the halls of museums where you could sit down and review the picture for a long time in details. Silence and a special atmosphere reigned in these halls.
Visit to Museum for a full day long with the aim to go and see as much as possible usually was tedious and blurred impressions. By that time my visits to museums were short enough to watch several rooms with particular works of art, where you can stay for some time and enjoy. Nowadays every museum in the world looks like an anthill. There are huge number of tourists which coming just to put a mark of the visit. And of course, the first thing for them is to rush to the most famous exhibits. Flashes of cameras, multiple shooting individually and in groups with these objects on background, Selfie, the noise and crush distracting mostly make it impossible to enjoy the piece of Art.
If you’ll have the chance to visit Louvre, for example, do not even look at the map to get to Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, you just have to follow the largest procession. It will bring you to the place. And there you might be lucky to get close to the Painting. But mostly you will see and be blinded by flashes and variety of the tourist crowd.
However there are a lot of precious things you can see there. Just click on any picture in gallery to watch and enjoy some of them.