Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PARIS - Outtakes and Museum Art

So much to see, so little time. . .
 
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
 
A boulevard in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées runs from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles De Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. Along the way many interesting and unique sights are visible. In the image below  an entrance gate with detailed styling catches the attention of passers-by. Paris excels in wrought iron work.
  
 
A Parisian Gate along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, by DG Hudson


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Versailles

Back Garden, Long View


Versailles, France - the back gardens, by DG Hudson



The gardens at Versailles are magnificent, but don't step on the grass, as the security guards are always attentive. That's what I heard from someone else who had been there and was reprimanded with French fervour. Considering how many tourists visit and how many may or may not be considerate, it is likely a requirement to preserve the beauty. The walk is long, but this was entertainment for the royals and the court.

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Designer Mini-Display
from the 20th Century


 
Lanvin miniature display at the Carnavalet Musee, by DG Hudson
 
 
There were not so many 'designers' as there are today when the label, Lanvin, was in its heyday. The display above was shown at the Carnavalet Musee, Paris. Fashion is another byword in France, thanks to Coco Chanel, Lanvin, Dior, etc.
 
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Carnavalet Musee, top of the stairs, by DG Hudson



A wall Mural graces the top of the stairs in the museum. How many of the faces in the painting were of guests at the house or the owners? It's interesting to speculate, but murals were intended to reduce blank spaces and add interest for guests.


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What have you seen lately by walking around your neighborhood? Or cruising the internet? How great would it be to have murals on the walls of your residence?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and I'll respond. Thanks for dropping by!

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References:

Carnavalet Musee, an 'a to z' post
http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2012/04/c-carnavalet-museum-z-blog-challenge.html

Versailles, also 'a to z' post
http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2012/04/v-versailles-palace-to-z-challenge.html

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15 comments:

  1. Such beauty. At one time, we had a house I designed. In the foyer was a half wall between the foyer and the living room. When The Hurricane showed talent for painting, I let her paint on the half wall. She copies Starry Night and The Yellow Bedroom. She was drawing Fallingwater freehand but didn't get a chance to paint it before we had to move. To put the house on the market, we had to cover her artwork with white paint. Quelle tragedie.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. How very nice to have images of Van Gogh on the walls. Such a shame to have to cover it up. I left a small drawing my daughter did behind the curtain in the kid's room when we sold our last house. It was a gorgeous little bird. Not sure what happened to it but it probably was covered up too. (The fragile nature of art unless a museum is taking care of it.)

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    2. Heartbreaking to paint over a budding artist/mathematician.

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  2. It's such a long time since I was in Paris. Malmaison was one of my favourite places. Unfortunately can no longer walk around town for any length of time.

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    1. I have to investigate that, Jo. I like hearing about other places.

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  3. Wow.
    Some gorgeous images here. Thank you.
    I am amazed (and grateful) at just how much beauty there is in the world - natural beauty and man made marvels.

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    1. There is a lot of beauty, and if a person doesn't roam a bit, a lot is missed. I know people I went to secondary school with who have never ventured outside the state. Pity. The internet does help alleviate some of that.

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  4. You want to see nice murals, take the ferry over to Vancouver Island and visit Chemainus. They are beautiful. There are some nice ones in Victoria too, here and there.

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    1. I love how you are always reminding me of art and things close to home, JoJo. I haven't ever been to Chemainus, so will have to remedy that when hubs is better. I love Victoria. We had our honeymoon there at the Empress.

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  5. Nothing like what you are seeing first hand. We have great natural beauty, the mountains, the pine trees, but. . .and the knowledge that once, this whole area was a rain forest with many exotic plants, etc. but this was millions of years ago. Then man arrived and he had to put his own mark on it--the cave paintings in France and petroglyphs here. However, I would give a lot to be in Paris this very moment, sitting in a sidewalk cafe. . . .

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    1. I wouldn't mind sitting in a café right now in Paris, and I would like to see those cave paintings in France. Anything prehistoric interests me as well. Life can never be boring when there is so much to learn. Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. The mural's fun. It would have made it seem like you were being watched by an audience as you paraded up the stairs.

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    1. That's what I thought, Shannon, like a 'box' seat at the theatre. . .

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  7. I didn't know the guards were so vigilant about people stepping on the grass at Versailles. But as you point out, they'd have to be, or the grass would look terrible with all those tourists trodding on it.

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    1. I think they have signs saying 'Don't Step on the Grass' but our tour guide warned us.

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