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The Extraordinary Madame de Maintenon at Versailles

Handout Exhibition Brochure cover Madame de Maintenon

Until July 21, Versailles currently has two exhibitions about Queens of France. The one, Madame de Maintenon, was never declared queen; the other Marie Leszczynska, reigned for 42 years and is little known.  The anonymous illustrator of “Le Camp de Compiègne” places Madame de Maintenon sitting in the center of the illustration. As the center of attention, viewed by the nobles and soldiers, she is treated as a queen. Madame de Maintenon was the secret wife of Louis XIV. The announcement of her official marriage to Louis XIV is still only a whisper at court. This scene is part of the exhibition “Madame de Maintenon, In the Corridors of Power”.

Paris RER A Renovating after Forty Years

August 21, no service between La Défense and Nation alternatives available

After forty years, RER A is renovating between July 23 and August 21. Alternative transportation options are available. Two videos and a website explain the details. The RER A serves forty-six stations (35 RATP metro and 11 SNCF) and carries 308 million travelers a year with two minutes between trains. Read more about the RER A project and other statistics. Guides for How to Get Around this Summer on RER A and C can be downloaded as well as the special instructions booklet, practical guide to prepare ahead, guide for the disabled and how to get around Paris and the outlying areas this summer…..

Rosemary Flannery’s Angels of Paris

cover of Rosemary Flannery's Angels of Paris Architectural Tour through the history of Paris

How do you view Paris? With an angel on her shoulder, Rosemary Flannery views Paris through angel eyes. Rosemary is the author of the book, “Angels of Paris, an Architectural Tour through the History of Paris”. Rosemary wrote the text and took the photos, even if it included carrying a ladder around to get the best angle of an angel. I only recently discovered this book, a little slow on my part, but that shows the timelessness of a subject that dates back….

Happy New Year 2015 from Paris!

Barefoot college, Tilonia, India, man sitting next to Merry Xmas/Happy New Year banner

The Paris Mayor’s Office brought in the new year with a spectacular display of “video-morphing” on the Arc-de-Triomphe. The spectacle lasted 20 minutes and ended with fireworks from the top. Wherever you were on December 31 (I was almost a month in northwest and central India), you can relive a slice of the moment virtually on their Daily Motion (French YouTube) channel.

Flea Markets and Brocantes in France

Plates in a dish rack at a bric-a-brac/brocantes/flea market in Mézilles, France in August

Take a train and go outside Paris and “chiner” for antiques and second-hand treasures. One suggestion to find something different is to go to a “vide-grenier”. People empty out their closets, display and try to sell their no-longer-in-use belongings on the streets of their cute little towns! The second weekend in August was the vide-grenier in Mézilles, France.

Postcard from Paris Plages

Paris Plages is open mid-July to mid-August, even if it rains. To watch the  updated video in HD high quality, I suggest you put the YouTube setting to 720p (the wheel in lower right corner of video).

On the Hotel de Ville plaza play volleyball or wheelchair basketball. Fill up your water bottle at the “Eau de Paris” stations (eau=water). This is the 12th annual Paris Plages sponsored by the mayor’s office of Paris (Mairie de Paris). Paris Plages is always in three locations: Along the Seine (Voie Georges Pompidou), Hôtel de Ville plaza, and Villette. Music, activities, dancing, etc.

This is a reissue of yesterday’s deleted post. The video was not high quality.

Music: Charles Tenet “Marie-Therese” photos: Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson