March 31, 2017

March in Pictures

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. 
The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run 
and the world would wake into itself again." ~ Neil Gaiman

French Friday: Au Bon Marché

 le 31 mars 2017 (090/366)

« Quand on y songe, les grands magasins 
sont un peu comme des musées. » ~ Andy Warhol

Le Bon Marché, Paris' oldest department store (1852), is not as grand or as ornate as Les Galeries Lafayette or Printemps on the Rive Droite, but therein lies its charm. The inventory is well-edited and the sales people are friendly and accommodating. A Chanel make-up artist even gifted me a lovely, red cosmetic case because I spoke French with him (apparently unlike many American tourists). In addition un peu de shopping, I enjoyed the unique art installation by Ciharu Shiota, Where are we going? -- a series of beautiful sculptures created with string. I was also amused by the Loïc Prigent pop-up shop entitled Entendu au Bon Marché. The black and white postcards, caps, T-shirts, and mugs feature quotes like "Where is the central escalator?" (Hard to miss!) and "May I have some Champagne so I can take a selfie?"-- things that the documentary filmmaker and journalist has actually heard in the Rive Gauche store. Le Bon Marché is the perfect juxtaposition of Belle Epoque architecture and modern style. 

March 30, 2017

I spy...

March 30, 2017 (089/365)

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.” ~ Ansel Adams

It's Throwback Thursday and I'm featuring a photo taken barely a month ago. There's nothing profound or poetic to say about it except that somehow a cold, rainy day in Paris really is more pleasant that a cold, rainy day in Wisconsin...and when you see a vintage Fiat with a Jesus sticker in the window, you take a picture!
March 29, 2017


March 29, 2017 (088/365)

"An empty canvas is a living wonder." ~ Wassily Kandinsky 
March 28, 2017


March 28, 2017 (087/365)

"Keep close to Nature's heart..." ~ John Muir
March 27, 2017


March 27, 2017 (086/365)

"A bell is no bell 'til you ring it.
A song is no song 'til you sing it.
And love in your heart wasn't put there to stay.
Love isn't love 'til you give it away..."
~ Oscar Hammerstein II

 [Prelude to "Sixteen Going on Seventeen - Reprise"
sung by Maria and Liesel - The Sound of Music
 unfortunately edited out of the 1965 film]
March 26, 2017

A Good Day for Ducks

March 26, 2017 (085/365)

"Playing in the rain is gratitude for life, 
a dancing prayer of thanks to nature." ~ Terri Guillemets

March 25, 2017

Art in Bloom 2017

March 25, 2016 (084/366) 

"What is art? Nature concentrated." ~ Honoré de Balzac

Today, for the fourth year in a row, I attended Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Unlike last year, many of this year's floral interpretations seemed so literal. I did, however have a clear favorite: the accompaniment to Cornelia Parker's Edge of England sculpture (above). 

 My favorite this year

I was a bit disappointed this year, but see for yourself.

March 24, 2017

French Friday: Le Métro

March 24, 2017 (083/365) Ligne 6

« La vie, c'est comme le métro, lorsqu'une porte s'ouvre il faut foncer. »

The best way to get around Paris is always à pied -- on foot. I certainly got my exercise in a week, walking 45 miles and climbing 99 flights of stairs (that's about 1188 steps). Most of those stairs were in the Paris Métro. When the weather was bad or I was in a hurry or simply exhausted, I would take the Métro. It's such an efficient way to navigate Paris. Some people prefer the bus because you can see where you're going, but I have a hard time figuring out the bus routes. Besides, almost half of "my line" (3.8 miles), Line 6, is above ground with gorgeous views of Haussmannian apartments in the 16th arrondissement and several Paris' most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower as it crosses over the Pont Bir-Hakeim.

Though the Métro is convenient, I also love the Art Nouveau details of some of the original entrances designed by Hector Guimard, as well as more modern interpretations like the Kiosque des noctambules at the Palais Royal. Some of the underground stations, such as Abbesses (12), Arts et Métiers (3, 11),  Cité (4), and Concorde (1, 8, 12) are also fascinating. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt - Champs-Élysées (1, 9)
Guimard lamp posts and signage

Art Nouveau details 

Kléber (6)
Le Kiosque des noctambules, Place Colette
Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre (1, 7)
Cité (4) - exterior
Cité (4) - interior
Abbesses (12) - exterior
Abbesses (12) - interior (deepest line - 118 feet below ground)
Attention! « Tu risques te faire pincer très fort! »
The view from Line 6 on a rainy night
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