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.
The photos are of battlefields all over Europe but most of them are in either France or Belgium. Some of the photos display misty and mysterious landscapes and several are tranquil scenes but the majority show the terrible scars from the trenches and minefields of a hundred years ago.
The photo exhibit has moved on to London’s St. James’s Park where it will be displayed until November 11th of this year. For more information click here to get to the exhibit’s own website. A 122-page color brochure is available and can be ordered online here if you live in the UK. If you live somewhere else you will have to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rue de Medicis meets Blvd St Michel at the Place Edmond-Rostand, a busy spot for pedestrian traffic on Blvd St Michel with some popular restaurants nearby. This is where we hopped on the l’Open bus for our sightseeing tour of Paris. Rue Soufflot starts at the Pantheon four blocks away and ends across the street from the Place Edmond-Rostand at Blvd St Michel. Ernest Hemingway lived on Rue du Cardinal Lemoine in the fifth arrondissement for a couple of years in the 1920s. He used to walk past the Pantheon down Rue Soufflot to Place Edmond-Rostand and then cut through the Garden to get to Gertrude Stein’s home on the west side of the Garden.