May 27, 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson received the Hasselblad award from Her Royal Highness Princess Lilian, at a ceremony at the Centre Culturel Suédois in Paris.

The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is located at 2, Impasse Lebouis, 14th arrondissement. It opened in 2003 in cooperation with the world renowned photographer. Housed in an ornate art-deco style building that dates to 1912, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson comprises two exhibition rooms joined by an eye-catching spiral staircase

Henri Cartier-Bresson has had an influence on creative documentary photography for half a century. Several generations of photographers have been influenced by his work.He was the first photographer to master the art of recording reality in constant flux, and shaping the immediate into detailed and austere photographic compositions. For Cartier-Bresson, photography is a way of narrating stories about life. He sees a photograph as a document, photography as a documentary art. In 1947 Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour and others founded the famous co-operative photo agency Magnum.

Station on Paris metro: Montparnasse

May 20, 2010

I used to send the postcards to my family and friends that live in indonesia. The postcards, the stamps were lovely and artistic, sometimes cute. Interesting to the stamps,postcard, and postal system, I went to Musee de la poste. It’s located at 34, Boulevard de Vaugirard,15 th arrondissement. It’s two medieval houses.

The reception houses a mail-sorting, a 1913 vintage call box. Temporary exhibits in this room focus on particular aspects of communications, such as photocopying and satellite communications. There are six main rooms devoted to different themes. The pre-industrial room is particularly outstanding containing exhibitions of things such as semaphore, telegraph, and Morse systems. The telephone room contains a delightful collection of phones from different periods. I can learn how the postal system at the Musée de la Poste with the Paris Pass sightseeing card.

Station on Paris metro: pasteur

May 18, 2010

Musée Bourdelle, located at 18, Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 15 th arrondissement.It’s an art museum containing the works of marble, plaster, bronze statues, pastels, fresco sketches, paintings. It includes Antoine Bourdelle's personal collection of works by other artists including Eugène Carrière, Eugène Delacroix, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Auguste Rodin.

Station on Paris metro: Falguière

May 15, 2010

Adoring Jean Paul Gaultier Pain Couture. Baguettes, croissants, croutons are made into wonderful art pieces, forming into dresses, shirts, bags, etc. The exhibition Pain Couture by Jean Paul Gaultier designed for the Fondation Cartier by the “enfant terrible of the fashion world”.

The Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain is located at 261, Boulevard Raspail, 14 th arrondissement, designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. The Fondation Cartier has been housed in an airy building filled with light. It organizes a program of exhibitions based on either individual artists or themes, and commissions work from artists, enriching an important collection every years.

Station on Paris metro: Montparnasse

May 13, 2010

I was in the cafe bar at 56 th floor of Tour Montparnasse. There’s a comfortable indoor viewing area with a bar. It’s a perfect and wonderful view in the night. There’s an outdoor roof platform that I can take the tour on the roof, a 360 degree view. Fantastic view!!! I could see the whole paris and Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) from another perspective.

Station on Paris metro: montparnasse

May 11, 2010

Attending tour the workshops, I saw the production of a tapestry using 17 th century weaving techniques in the Manufacture des Gobelins. It's beautiful, artistic tapestry. Located at 42, Avenue des Gobelins, 13 th arrondissement, founded by Jean Gobelin. It set up originally in the mid 1500 as a fabric dying workshop. In 1662, it was converted into the toyal tapestry manufacturers by King Louis XIV’s minister Colbert. In 18 th century, the Gobelins was famous around the Europe. Now, its tapestry can be found in museums around the world.

Station on Paris metro: Gobelins

May 10, 2010

Chinese food, I miss them !!! In Paris, I used to go to 13 th arrondissement known as chinatown. In the 1970s a wave of refugees and immigrants from Southeast Asia settled in the “Triangle de Choisy", made up of the Avenue de Choisy, Avenue d’Ivry and the Boulevard Masséna. The district known as Chinatown,many of the residents are actually from Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, and speak a different dialect from the Chinese populations in the Arts-et-Métiers and Belleville districts.

There are many chinese restaurants including vietnamese, thai, cambodian restaurants and asian groceries stores. If I went to 13 th arrondissement, I used to go to Tang Frères. It’s a supermarket that I can find all ingredients for asian recipes. Located at 48, avenue d'Ivry, 13 th arrondissement, Tang Frères supplies many of the Asian restaurants in the city. I liked to buy many of hakau and dumplings in the Tang Frères. At home, I cooked some porridge to eat with the hakau and dumplings. So delicious!!!

Station on Paris metro: Porte d'Ivry

May 7, 2010

La Butte aux Cailles is a pleasantly animated quarter. Located in the 13 th arrondissement, between the boulevard Auguste-Blanqui and rue Bobillot is rue de la Butte aux cailles. Main street rue de la Butte aux cailles cobbled and furnished with the lovely lampposts. Tried the restaurant Le Temps des Cerises, 20, rue de la Butte aux cailles. It’s a trendy restaurant to eat and drink. This quarter is famous for its restaurants, its Molitor swimming pool, charming streets and small gardens.

May 5, 2010

The Bibliotheque Nationale de France ((BnF), or National Library of France is along the Seine river, lies in front of the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy (Bercy sports center). Located at Quai Francois-Mauriac, 13th arrondissement, the library is one of the richest libraries in France, with electronic documentation in all fields of knowledge, offering some 20,000 online periodicals of all kinds.

It consists of departments for prints, manuscripts, etchings, maps, plans and music, as temporary exhibition areas. The temporary exhibition areas are Galerie Mansart, Galerie Mazarine and the four Galerie Colbert areas of Vitrine des Arts du Spectacle. The Medals and Antiques Room is the permanent museum. It’s amazing library, with ten million pieces of printed or recorded material, employs more than 2,800 people in its departments and has a 1,600-seat capacity in its open reading rooms, along with 2,000 seats reserved for scientists and researchers. I could find All publications and books published in France here.

Station on Paris metro : Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

May 3, 2010

Le Seven Spirits, located at 7, rue Saint Hélène, 13 th arrondissement. It is the new hall with the seven spirits, seven themes, seven ambiances. It's modern and cosy. It's suitable for gala, animations, conferences,entertainment, business show, etc. Come and try the new high tech infrastuctures.