Paris 2014: The Neighborhood Cinema

It was one of those rainy days in Paris and we decided to walk around the neighborhood and visit a couple of the local Catholic churches, Saint-Sulpice and Saint-Germain. Walking home via Boulevard Saint-Germain, we passed by the local movie theater and I took this picture. Our apartment was just around the corner and down a couple of blocks.

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Paris 2014: Returning to the Louvre for Monochrome Madness 30

I have decided to return to the photos I took at the Louvre last May to choose my entry for week #30 of Laura and Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge over on Leanne’s website (Click here to see my entry for week #23). My first entry featured a winged statue silhouette and the Louvre interior architecture contributed to the composition along with the view of the building across Rue de Rivoli that houses the Tesserra Collection. This week’s entry also features a winged statue silhouette but this time it is in the background and another art treasure is in the foreground framing the statue.

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Paris 2014: The Cour Marly in the Louvre’s Richelieu Wing

Most of the sculptures in the glass-roofed courtyard known as Cour Marly in the Richelieu wing of the Louvre museum come from King Louis XIV’s Chateau de Marly west of Paris. They were brought to Paris during the Revolution and originally placed in the Place de la Concorde and eventually relocated to the Louvre.

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Paris 2014: One Photo Plus Two Crops Equals Three Pics

I spent most of the time on my second visit to the Louvre last May in the Richelieu Wing viewing Northern European paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries and French sculptures of the 5th through 19th centuries. The sculptures filled two floors of the wing and also spilled out into two glass-roofed courtyards. I was fascinated by the way the sun-roof’s shadows painted diagonal lines across the courtyard, contrasting with the building’s horizontal and vertical architectural lines; and so I took several photos of the statues in both the Cour Marly and the Cour Puget.

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Paris 2014: Our Lady and Our Two Ladies

After our Rhine River cruise a couple of years ago we visited my high school classmate George DeCat and his wife Jacqueline at their home in Nivelles, Belgium. This year they came down to spend a couple of days with us during our stay in Paris.

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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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