When you live in Paris, it seems that every couple of months they are speaking about “Fashion Week”. The three reasons for this are: Haute Couture, Ready to Wear and Men’s Fashions. Two more reasons are Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.Paris Fashion Week happens so often need to keep up with the schedule from Mode à Paris (Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode). Find out when and how …The Mode à Paris calendar drops hints….
Sometimes views only change with the seasons. I had to wonder how many times these same scenes have been photographed over the years. The scenes are iconic and never seem to be boring. We went for a walk along the Seine yesterday between Gare d’Austerlitz and Cathrédale Notre-Dame de Paris. We enjoyed a salad for dinner on the Ile-Saint-Louis with the sun setting. People were lined up at the Batobus* stop for Notre-Dame. Were they all in line for the sunset cruise? Not all could be accommodated, and they waited for the next one.
The spa town, Enghien-les-Bains, began as the Prince of Condé’s hamlet in 1689. While on a walk near the “pond” in 1766, Abby Louis Cotte happens upon the sulfurous waters. Once the waters are taken to heal an ulcer in the leg of Louis XVIII in 1823, the hamlet becomes a popular destination. The National Assembly declares ts official birth date of 1850. From Gare du Nord, the trip takes less than 15 minutes (seven miles from Paris) to Enghien-les-Bains….
Want to read a French book? Don’t want to spend a fortune if the exchange rate goes bad? Buy a two euro book. All Parisians read a book. Ride the Paris metro and look at what people are holding in their hands: A book…. “Boule de Suif” is a book of short stories by Guy de Maupassant that began my two euro addiction. I skipped looking up the adjectives because I understood the gist of the stories. Each of the stories is about a woman….
On a Thursday night, I met up with other photographers in Paris near the Pont Alexandre III. The bridge connects to Avenue Winston Churchill. We met at Mr. Churchill’s statue on the grounds of the Petit Palais. The idea of this meet up was to photograph movement along the quais between the bridge Alexandre III and Pont Royal near Musée d’Orsay. It gave me an opportunity to meet other photographers and test my powerful compact Lumix on manual mode. Not dressed warm enough, I only made it to Place de la Concorde.
Napoléon and Paris: Dreams of a Capital until August 30 at Musée Carnavalet. In Paris, Napoleon, the Emperor/General/Adminstrator/Clarivoyant, is everywhere: Pont des Arts, the Vendôme column, the Stock Exchange, the Châtelet Fountain, La Madeleine; other bridges (Austerlitz and Cité), canals, fountains, markets, slaughterhouses (abattoirs) and cemeteries, or drinkable fresh water in Paris, think Napoleon.