Sep 30, 2009

Bibliothèque nationale de France in rue Richelieu, 2 nd arrondissement

Salle Labrouste

Salle ovale

I liked to go to the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). It's the National Library of France, located at 58, rue Richelieu, 2 nd arrondissement. It's near my school. It is divided into various departments : Manuscripts, Photografies, Maps, Music...etc. Three areas are devoted to temporary exhibitions (Mansart and Mazarine galleries). Permanent museum : the "Cabinet des Médailles". It has beautiful painted ceilings. Many collections in this building that helped me to have some inspirations , including :illuminations, history, medals, etchings, manuscripts, book collections, drawings, documents, lithographs, illustrations, works, iconography, coins. The collections period include 17th century, 18th century, and 19th century. It open everyday including sunday.

The National Library of France traces its origin to the royal library founded at the Louvre by Charles V in 1368. It expanded under Louis XIV and opened to the public in 1692.It became the Imperial National Library and was moved to constructed buildings on the rue Richelieu designed by Henri Labrouste in 1868.

What a classical library!

Station on Paris metro: Quatre-Septembre

Sep 28, 2009

In Paris, I found many Opéra. This time, I went to the Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique (National Opéra Comic Theatre). Located in place Boïeldieu, 2 nd arrondissement. The entrance of the Opéra-Comique is at 5, rue Favart.
In 1714, when the High Society of Paris was seen at the Comédie Française and the Opera, small comedy plays were the preferred form of entertainment of the less well-off. Musicians, puppeteers and comedy singers would parody the great tragic classics and rewrite the text of the great operas.On 26 December 1714, Catherine Baron and Gautier de Saint-Edme set up this company, calling it Opéra Comique.
But the company had a difficult start. The director Jean Monet invited the famous author Charles-Simon Favart. Favart made it a worthy competitor for the other theatres in the city.In 1783, a new building was constructed for the Opéra Comique. That would be its final location, the one it still occupies today.

Station on Paris metro: Strasbourg Saint-Denis

Sep 26, 2009

From here, I turned north. Halfway up Rue Vivienne, I passed the financial center that gives this district its name, the Palais de la Bourse (des Valeurs) at the Métro stop of the same name. The Palais de la Bourse or Paris stock exchange or Euronext Paris located at 1, Place de la Bourse, 2 nd arrondisssement. This Neoclassical temple of commerce was commissioned by Napoléon and home to the French stock exchange for more than a century and a half; with the vast majority of transactions now handled electronically at a site elsewhere (and closed to the public), the modern-day Bourse is limited to futures and options trading.

Station on Paris metro: Bourse

Sep 19, 2009

Galerie Colbert, 2 rue Vivienne and 6 rue des Petits Champs, 2 nd arrondissement

Just next door the Galerie Colbert, It's Le Grand Colbert, a beautiful typical nineteenth century brasserie

Sep 18, 2009

A block to the west, I found the Galerie Vivienne. This is the one of Paris’ nicest galleries. I begun to imagine the beginning of the XIXth century when the first galleries and fashion shops were created. This old fashioned shopping arcade is much more charming than many modern malls and is definitely worth seeing.

The floor is covered in mosaic, the staircase is made of wrought iron and the stain-glass windows date back from when the building was set up. Beautiful ornaments complete the design of the gallery among the most elegant ones of the French capital. It opened in 1826 and remained the Parisians’ favorite place to go shopping until the Second Empire. Located just near the Palais Royal, the Grands Boulevards, the Bourse and the Chaussée d’Antin, this passage can not be ignored and you will enjoy walking around for hours. Clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories, get a haircut, eat and drink in one of the many bars and restaurants. I found just everything there.

À Priori Thé, in particular, is a popular salon de thé at No. 37 Galerie Vivienne. Across the way at No. 45, Monsieur A. Petit-Siroux has an amazingly compact little shop specializing in antique and rare books.

It leads directly to the rue Vivienne and Rue des Petits Champs, where I might look at shop windows without feeling the rush of being in a big city.

Jean Paul Gaultier Boutique
Following its window, I went out on rue Vivienne, close to Galerie Colbert.

Station on Paris metro: Bourse or Palais Royal

Sep 17, 2009

From Rue d'Aboukir, which I took southwest all the way down to Place des Victoires. The square is at the confluence of six streets: Rue de la Feuillade, Rue Vide Gousset, Rue d'Aboukir, Rue Étienne Marcel, Rue Croix des Petits Champs, and Rue Catinat. This circular square, the first of its kind, was designed by Hardouin-Mansart in 1685 to showcase the statue of Louis XIV that marked victories against Holland.

The original statue was destroyed after the Revolution and replaced in 1822 with an equestrian statue by François Joseph Bosio. Louis XIV, dressed as a Roman emperor, sits on a proud horse rearing on its hind legs. An iron fence encircles the twelve-meter-high statue. Among the occupants of the grand buildings that encircle the 'square' are fashion boutiques Kenzo, Cacharel,etc

Station on Paris metro: Bourse, Pyramides or Étienne Marcel

Sep 16, 2009

Near the Les Halles, I walked to rue Étienne Marcel, there is La tour Jean sans Peur (Tower of John the Fearless in english), located at 20, rue Étienne Marcel, 2 nd arrondissement. Built by the duke of Bourgogne as part of a splendid mansion between 1409 and 1412 so he could hide at the very top, safe from his enemies. The Gothic, 29m-high tower is one of the very few examples of feudal military architecture extant in Paris. I saw the 140 steps of spiral staircase probably inspired by that of the louvre, the magnificent vaulted stairwell with its unique plant decor such as oak, hop, hawthorn. It's really artistic. I saw the room of jean sans Peur where he may have taken refuge in times of trouble.

The elaborate tree carved ceiling

Station on Paris metro: Les Halles

Sep 11, 2009

Right next to the Centre Georges Pompidou, I saw the Stravinsky Fountain there are a very nice, colourful, and vivid fountain, consisting of sixteen separate sculptures. This fountain was made in 1982 and 1983 by the famous artist Niki de Saint-Phalle and her husband Jean Tinguely. The fountain is dedicated to the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Every sculpture points at one of his plays. The black-painted mechanical sculptures are by Tinguely, the colored works by Niki de Saint-Phalle.

Sep 8, 2009

High-tech buildings are often called machine-like. Steel, aluminium, and glass combine with brightly colored braces, girders, and beams. Many of the building parts are prefabricated in a factory and assembled later. The support beams, duct work, and other functional elements are placed on the exterior of the building, where they become the focus of attention. The interior spaces are open and adaptable for many uses. With support beams, duct work, and other functional elements placed on the exterior of the building, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris appears to be turned inside out, revealing its inner workings. Centre Georges Pompidou is often cited as a landmark example of High-Tech Architecture.

Located in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil and the Marais, constructed 1971–1977, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the British architect couple Richard Rogers and Su Rogers, Gianfranco Franchini, the British structural engineer Edmund Happold , and Irish structural engineer Peter Rice. There are the Bibliothèque publique d'information, a public library, the Musée National d'Art Moderne, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research.

Come to the Place Georges Pompidou in front of the museum, you can see the present of street performers, such as mimes and jugglers.

Station on Paris metro : Châtelet

Sep 5, 2009

Pont Saint-Louis links Île de la Cité with the Île Saint-Louis

Pont Louis Philippe links Quai de Bourbon (Île Saint-Louis) with the Voie Georges Pompidou (Rive Droite)

Pont de La Tournelle links Rue des Deux Ponts (Île Saint-Louis) with the Quai de La Tournelle (Rive Gauche)

Pont Marie links Rue des Deux Ponts (Île Saint-Louis) with the Quai des Celestins (Rive Droite)

Pont de Sully links Boulevard Saint Germain(Rive Gauche) with the Île Saint-Louis