Paris 2014: The Photo Exhibit at Jardin du Luxembourg

I was walking along the eastern border of the Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg) one day near Place Edmond-Rostand and decided to stop and look closely at some of the photos that were on display on the wrought iron fence that surrounds the Garden. The exhibit, sponsored by the French Senate, was called “Fields of Battle – Lands of Peace 14-18″ and contained a total of 79 photographs taken over an eight-year period by Irish landscape photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil.

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Paris 2014: Monochrome Madness and the Altar over Napoleon’s Tomb

In 1670 King Louis XIV commissioned Libéral Bruant to design and build a military hospital and retirement home to be known as Les Invalides. The north side of the buildings which are located in the 7th arrondissement can be seen across the Pont Alexandre III from the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement.

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Paris 2014: Auguste Rodin, Victor Hugo and Monochrome Madness

We visited the Place des Vosges on the border of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris last May and stopped by Maison de Victor Hugo — the House of Victor Hugo — while we were there. Victor Hugo lived in an apartment in the house located on the southeast corner of Place des Vosges for 16 years (1832 to 1848). One of the rooms looks like one that he decorated for his mistress on the island of Guernsey where they lived (in separate houses) for 15 years later in their lives (1855 to 1870). Another was furnished to look like the bedroom (in another house in the 16th arrondissement) where he died in 1885. A couple of the rooms are filled with Hugo memorabilia including several paintings and sculptures of the famous writer and statesman. One of the sculptures I photographed that day was a bust of Hugo created by Auguste Rodin. It will be my entry this week to Laura and Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge over on Leanne’s website.

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Paris 2014: The Kings of Judah in the Cluny Museum

Remember those 28 kings of Judah that adorned the west facade of Notre Dame and were decapitated during the Revolution? (See my recent posting on Notre-Dame de Paris here.) Well, 21 of those 28 heads were unearthed in 1977 and are now on display in the Cluny Museum’s Notre Dame room along with other fragments from the cathedral’s portals.

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Paris 2014: Saint-Germaine-des-Prés

There are two famous Catholic churches in the Parisian neighborhood where we stayed for three weeks last May. I have already uploaded a few postings about St Sulpice (see here and here and here) which is just a few blocks from our apartment. The other church is St Germain des Prés, the oldest church in Paris, just a few blocks north of St Sulpice and the church from which both our neighborhood and the major street that runs east-west on the left bank of the Seine get their names. This view of the church from the southwest corner of Blvd St Germain and Rue de Bonaparte near the Brasserie Lipp will be my entry to week # 27 of Laura and Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge over on Leanne’s website.

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Paris 2014: The Story of Joséphine

She was born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pageriex, the daughter of a sugar plantation owner in Martinique where everyone called her Rose. She moved to Paris and at the age of 16 married Alexandre de Beauharnais who called her Rose. At the age of 30 she was a young widow with two children and the elite in Parisian High Society called her Rose. Then she met a young army officer by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte and they were soon married. There was only one problem. Napoleon didn’t like the name “Rose.” So he called her Joséphine.

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Australia Redux

My posting yesterday on our last day in Australia got me thinking about what we did the other days.

All told, we spent five days (six nights) in Australia in 2011 and I uploaded eight postings that covered our experiences on the first four full days. I also devoted a posting to planning our vacation and another on why we travel and why we pick specific destinations.

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