Yes, we'll always have Paris.  Click here to start the August adventure.  


  

TABLE OF CONTENTS TO OUR ART TOUR OF PARIS FOR CITY PLANNERS AND PAINTERS...ORIGINAL GRAPHICS, P.O.R. .
Seat of some functions of government and more history;
Churches including you know who;

Vitrail -  Stained glass  on the Île de la Cité;

The residential island.  Very interesting history from a planner's point of view!  See map here:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c8/Map_of_%C3%8Ele_Saint-Louis_-_OpenStreetMap_2015.svg

How we spent our summer vacation...and as is our creative wont, we have been inspired to explore just what makes the Summer, for me, such a special time.

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Red star is 
Île de la Cité  home of legal system and police and below ground the Memorial of the Deportation
(We visited looking for city hall, to no avail.  Hôtel de Ville - city hall - is across the Seine.  Insight into its form of government  - "neighborhood governments" in each of 20 arrondissements. )

      





   
Please note the Louvre graphic above, second from the left, available as all on this page - but here "framed/matted" as a small version of what a "print" would look like - P.O.R.

Our first stop, First Arrondissement.  Check in!  We could have had a marvelous time without needing a transit map or going anywhere else!
So we unpacked and then took a stroll down the Champs-Élysées...this after arriving with jet lag, it was Paris at night, outdoor cafe, so much French spilling out so fast!  Mon dieu! 


Bonjour!



GET IN THE MOOD...

UNE VUE SUPERBE
Look to the right, look to the left.  Paris is inspiring in all directions!   Out the front door, gardens, sculpture... and  streets align geometrically, it is said, as military strategy.  Seat of governmental... in the 8th.



SOME HISTORY
The "old world" or Europe, isn't called that for nothing!  Much of pre-American history began here and explains in some ways why we are as free as we are.


          

Hôtel de Sens
Among the oldest buildings in Paris, on the left...in the 4th Arrondissement - a religious institution and another!  As well as a vacant building in Le Marais.





 


THE SUN DOES NOT ALWAYS SHINE IN PARIS BUT WHEN THE CLOUDS DEPART...
Sacré Coeur is at the top of the hill...Montmartre.  A street in Montmartre (18th arrondissement)...graphic in the painterly style of Van Gogh - and his building is around the corner!



             


Consecrated in 1919, Sacré Coeur perhaps lends itself to artistic expression more modern, Giacometti-style, such as that above left.

   

MSW 
woodcut ?  The U.S. Capitol or is it...The Taj Mahal? 
Church design actually inspired by another culture's famous 17th century mausoleum?  Or perhaps more flamboyant because...it is in Montmartre?
 



Some places to visit by METRO and on foot...
We begin each day always at Place des Pyramides, hard by the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries. which was then the place to see Impressionists
(Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume ).

             
MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED...
As you may be aware, there is placed in front of the Louvre, a
prominent glass structure in the shape of a of nearby named street?  And (r) the Gare d'Orsay was a train station.  It is now the Musée d'Orsay.



Gardens.  Trocadéro, at the site of the  Palais de Chaillot, 16th arrondissement;  Champs de Mars, 7th arrondissement, at the end of which is the Eiffel Tower...
Paris is a riot of color, which is perhaps why it has been home to artists?   And did we mention the light?  If color provides the excitement, the piercing light of Paris adds drama!!!

             




JARDIN DES TUILERIES  AND SCULPTURE

             

THE RAPE OF PARIS?  WELL, NOT EXACTLY..."THE NIGHT" ONE MAILLOT THAT TRANSCENDED THE GARDENS THEMSELVES, IMHO.
Perhaps the most spectacular sculpture garden ever, thought I the first day in Paris!  And more sculpture indoors and out emerged... did we mention that the Tuileries actually is a garden that became a routine to visit?





Île de la Cité and  Île Saint-Louis


A MAJOR FEATURE OF PARIS IS THAT A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT.  TWO ISLANDS SIT IN ITS MIDDLE...
Île de la Cité;  AND  Île Saint-Louis
 
The Seine makes its way languidly across France...the courts and the police in Paris are on an island.   Bridges get you to various and significant  historical tombs as well.


                



 
Île de la Cité
Ten (10) bridges connect it to both sides of the Seine - including the one to the smaller island in the Seine, Île Saint-Louis. 






BASTILLE DAY JULY 14th
"Conciergerie" (framed in red) for those awaiting the guillotine...in the First Arrondissement.



Also on the Île de la Cité;





     


  

 


A PRECIOUS RELIC ITSELF.  AWESOME STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
Art and Architecture go together.  Next door to the Conciergerie, Sainte-Chapelle is seriously Gothic.  Awesome stained glass windows - or did we say that already?   In the First Arrondissement.




One of the top ten tourist spots - which is why our snapshots are from more original views, alas.





"Printmaking" conveys yet even more emotion, n'est-ce pas?


                 


Perhaps the favorite church for painters to paint.  And graphic art in which to revel?  Who can forget great literary usage of its design, either...movies, black and white?

               




THE OTHER ISLAND...

Île Saint-Louis

The other island in the Seine is residential...this is the place to go, perhaps, if you have the money, for an extended stay? 

In reading about its plan, the island orients outward from a middle-spine, Rue Saint-Louis-en-l'
Île with 5 intersecting streets and no fewer than six bridges to either the left or right banks. 

"Quais" encircle the entire island and there is a park at each end.  As a residential oasis, it seems to be a real estate agent's dream location - everybody has at least an obstructed  water view! 



BELOW
From close by the eastern end, a graphic...

     

BELOW
Now try adding color...

            

BELOW
And at the western end, is a little bridge to Île de la Cité (not shown) - and in the distance, perhaps, we see the tower of the
"Conciergerie" ...

          



Île Saint-Louis
RESIDENTIAL ONLY - BUT WITH SHOPPING AND DINING ON ITS MAIN STREET

Chopin stayed here.



Polish Library/museum

(If memory serves, we strolled around this smaller island and were reminded of, for example, Riverside Drive in Manhattan - and found the place we'd move to in a nano-second!)


Nous ne sommes pas peur
Well, we may be unafraid, but the air quality in the video link below is reminiscent of New York in the late 1960's.  Truly, the colors and gorgeous clouds in 1971 REALLY were as I've drawn all these years later!
Since my method required looking carefully at what is on the original material - my own slides turned into jpeg's - I am distilling what "was there" and creating a new work of my own art.  And yes, more than anything, the sky and clouds were the most special part of my trip to Paris.  Would I go back?  Not so sure as so many "planning improvements" have despoiled its classic look and feel...

NOTE:  At 2:35 into the video below is information I had not known about this, my very favorite place in Paris!

Perhaps a place to rent?  Here is one video tour - not ours:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWpOtKAjgX0


FOR PLANNERS ONLY
And if you are interested, here is how the environment is discussed in France: http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/REE2014-EN.pdf




Napoleon's Tomb (Pont Alexandre)

 

         


ALSO LEFT BANK...ACROSS THE PONT DES ARTS...
It was an unexpected pleasure coming upon the École des Beaux-Arts...perhaps the history of Paris for me is about art!


                  





MODERN ARCHITECTURE PERHAPS INTRUDES?  OR NOT?

           

 
CITÉ UNIVERSITAIRE VISIT ON A HOT AUGUST DAY
Interestingly, perhaps the best architect and city planner was gone too soon to save a growing Paris.  Le Corbusier did contribute to Cité Universitaire in the 18th arrondissement...





La Défense in red...





      

EXISTING OUTSIDE THE HISTORIC AREAS AND BEYOND THE BOIS DE BOULOGNE IN GREEN ABOVE...METRO STOP BELOW...


              

LANDSCAPE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT
Nice subway station.  But then everything in Paris is beautiful.  Even construction cranes. dotted across the sky - it was a magnificent day for landscape painting!


     
  
La Défense
According to online sources, has 38 million square feet of office space (plus shopping mall, residences, etc.) on @400 acres.  Artistic license department.
Construction shown above from our visit.  In the 16th arrondissement, La Défense as shown here is before centerpiece rather squat "arch."

We note the superior concept and design of an earlier "arch" designed post-WWII by famous architect for St. Louis, Missouri, US.A..  St.. Louis's is cool, classic and  soars as a visual message, bien sûr.








CHARTRES
And for a rare treat - train trip to see Chartres.  Please note that Chartres was built and rebuilt several times - there were previous Romanesque as well as Gothic versions


        
 

THE COLOR OF LIGHT... AND DARKS
Historic and national treasure.  Windows (one example, "West Window" below) beyond capabilitiy of About Weston to describe...

        

 


      
It doesn't matter how you transform it - Chartres is awesome!