Friday, August 3, 2012

PARIS - Postscripts


The Hotel de Vendome

A private residence in the 1700s, this building reflects its 1714 modifications.  In the photo below, you can see the delicate wrought iron railings, and the details of the building design.  Each arch was topped by face plaques (sometimes called grotesques).


Hotel de Vendome detail, Paris, by DG Hudson


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Oscar Wilde's Tomb
 
The back of Oscar Wilde's tomb in 2010 illustrated the need for protecting the surface of the monument. The family arranged to have the tomb cleaned and protected by glass, while still allowing the view of the design.  For more information, refer to this post on Oscar Wilde.


Oscar Wilde's Tomb, Back view 2010, by DG Hudson


W=Wilde Thing (My blog post April 2012, A to Z challenge)
http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2012/04/w-wilde-thing-to-z-challenge.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde  Oscar Wilde, wiki


Walling off Oscar Wilde's Tomb
 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/world/europe/oscar-wildes-tomb-sealed-from-admirers-kisses.html?pagewanted=all


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Old Paris Cityscape

A miniature of Paris in the 1700s behind glass in the Musee Carnavalet.  This style of building didn't allow for light to penetrate to the street.  If you were fearless, you could try using the interconnecting rooftops for your getaway.



Museum miniature of Old Paris, by DG Hudson


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Dalida

Bronze Dalida, Singer, in Montmartre, Paris by DG Hudson


Dalida, an international singer performed and recorded successfully for 30 years in many languages:  French, Arabic, Italian, Greek, German, English, Japanese, Hebrew, Dutch and Spanish.  She spent her early years in Egypt as a member of the Italian Egyptian community, but lived her adult life in France.  Her career spanned the years 1956-1986.



Refer to Personal Life at the link below for the tragic details of her lovers and husbands. Dalida’s private life was marred by a series of failed relationships and personal problems. On Sunday, May 3, 1987 Dalida decided to end her life and left a suicide note.  Monday, May 4, 1987, near noon, her body was found. She died alone at her Montmartre residence in Paris. 

Dalida was buried in 1987 in the Montmartre Cemetery.  Alain Aslan, the sculptor, also made a statue on display outside her tomb.  The bust of Dalida in the photo above is on display near her previous residence . 

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Is any of this new to you?  Ever heard of Dalida?   Do you like people or location photos?  Please share in the comments.

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References

All photos by DG Hudson in Paris, 2010, unless otherwise noted.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalida  Biography details of Dalida, wiki
and Personal Life


http://www.dalida.com/us.htm  Famous singer, Dalida and her music

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%B4tel_de_Vend%C3%B4me Hotel de Vendome, Paris, wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnavalet_Museum  Carnavalet Museum


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7 comments:

  1. I like to see photos of places where people have traveled. I'm the kind of person who would enjoy seeing a two hour slide show of my neighbor's trip!

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    1. I probably am too, Karen, as I watched my friends slideshow of Paris before I went on my trip. Funny how we each highlighted different things. They stayed in a boutique hotel, we stayed in a rental apartment, which we loved.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  2. I find it all fascinating. I had not known of Dalida. Now I do. Lots of fodder there for us writerly types.

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    1. Good, I like sharing this kind of info just in case, Mary. Dalida was another interesting Paris personality.

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  3. Thanks for the cultural getaway! I needed that and feel mentally refreshed and stimulated.

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  4. I enjoy seeing pictures of people's trips which include interesting facts, such as learning face plaques are called grotesques.

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