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Christie Semmens’ Three Paris Suggestions

Christie Semmens, Seine River, Saint Augustin, Van Gogh and beer taps

Often I give advice to travelers and ask them to return the favor with their experiences. Responses to that request would cover the rounded top of a straight pin. But one day I received a response from Christie Semmens of Scribbles and Smiles. Having seen my story and photos about the Paris Photo walk at Pont Alexandre III, Christie wrote: “I’ve been searching for a photo group or photographer who offers a session with helpful instruction; to take photos and ….

Angels of Paris Walking Tour No. 1

Rosemary beginning the Angels of Paris #1 tour, along the edges of the sixth, first and fourth arrondisements

During a two-hour walking tour with Rosemary, author of Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour through the History of Paris, we touched only the top of the angel cake. Full of architectural and Parisian history, each sculpture on the tour has a fascinating tale of double meanings to tell. We could not physically cover all of the stories from her book in one tour. The tour begins at the Saint-Michel fountain and ends at Notre-Dame de Paris, following a course along the edges of the sixth, first and fourth arrondissements. Rosemary told us the tales you find in her book. What better way to hear the tales but from the mouth of the author herself… read more

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….

A Century of Working Women-3 Paris Exhibits

2 posters for Qui a Peur des femmes photographes and Splendeurs et Misères

Constrained by social norms or cultural tradition, women working outside the home in the mid to late 1800s walked a fine line when wanting to earn a living. Three Paris exhibitions follow the working life of women for almost a century from 1839 to 1945. All three are exploring subjects assembled for the first time. “Qui a peur des femmes photographes” (until January 24, 2016) is the first gender-based exhibition in France and “Splendeurs et Misères, Images de la prostitution 1850-1910” (until January 17, 2016) “Splendeurs…” is the first time a museum is dedicating an entire exhibition to prostitution. Within this article you will find a synopsis of the three exhibits, links to YouTube videos with English subtitles, download links to publications in English, books in English available and visiting information.

Le Car Rapide at Musée de l’Homme

"car rapide" Bonne Mère located now in the Musée de l'Homme

We are heading to Senegal in December. A restored version of the famous “car rapide” (Sengalese express bus) the Musée de l’Homme was a natural source for our visual information on Saint-Louis and Dakar city transportation. The “Bonne Mère” was waiting for us on the second floor. We will have no problem recognizing the bus. The colorful paintings of popular art blend and illustrate the country’s Islam and Animiste cultures ….