• Photo of the Week - September 19, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph was taken on a glass plate negative in 1908, and it shows the artist Marius Jean Antonin Mercié at work in his atelier. Mercié (1845-1916), was a French sculptor and painter, known especially for his bronze statue of David, which is currently exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay. The artist was taught by Alexandre Falguière and François Jouffroy at l'École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and he received le Grand Prix de Rome when he was just 23.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - September 12, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    A great new way to explore Paris is a new electric boat rental that allows you to navigate the city's canaux, which include le canal Saint Martin, le canal de l’Ourcq et le bassin de la Villette. It's great to see flocks of these little red boats pass under bridges and roam the canals. Les bateaux come in multiple sizes and can accommodate up to 5, 7 or 11 people, and can be rented by the hour or for the day.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - September 5, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    The Clos-Montmartre, a vineyard hidden on the Butte Montmartre in Paris' 18th arrondissement, is getting ready for their annual Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, a five day festival that celebrates the grape harvest. The festival has taken place each October since 1934, and is organized by the mairie du 18è. Grapevines have existed in Montmartre since as early as 944, and during the 12th century, these vines were attended to by the women of the Abbaye de Montmartre.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 September 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 29, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    While walking along le Canal de l'Ourcq in the northeast of Paris, I recently came across la brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris (BSPP). Les pompiers (firemen) were in the middle of a fire hose training, several of them were stationed on the side of the canal, and two others were high up on the truck's ladder. It was quite an impressive site so I took a photo before continuing on my way.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 22, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo, taken by Dennis Jarvis on a recent trip to Paris, gives us a close up view of the crisscrossing iron lattice structure and lifts of la Tour Eiffel. As Dennis explains, la Tour's elevator system has been changed several times since it's opening as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair. Constructing the original lifts from the first to second platform proved to be complicated because a straight track was not possible, and no French companies made proposals for the job.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 15, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph was taken on August 1st, 1909 at Parc des Princes stadium, which was the final destination of the Tour de France from 1903 to 1967. The rider pictured here, Jean Alavoine, was 21 years old at the time and won 3rd place in that year's general classification. Throughout his career, the French professional cyclist won 17 stages in the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey for five days.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 8, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Before leaving the south of France I was lucky enough to visit La Calanque d'En-Vau, pictured here. It's one of the many calanques along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Cassis. The point of departure was a winding coastal road from which we hiked two hours to get to the rocky beach which was flanked on either side by majestic falaises (cliffs).

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 1, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    The day after my arrival in Paris for the fist time, as a 20 year old art student, I found myself in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, wandering around l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, where I would study for the semester. The majestic space, which was founded in 1648 as l'Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, was shockingly different from the New York art school I'd come from.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 25, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    While planning an upcoming trip to Switzerland, I recently came across this photograph of the Aare river running through Bern. The river which runs through the city is known around the world as a celebrated swim spot. Most swimmers enter the Aare from the public baths of Marzili and let the strong current carry them downstream. At just four and a half hours from Paris by train, Bern (or Berne in French) is especially known for it's medieval city centre, recognised by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage Site.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 18, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    In case you missed this year's Bastille Day festivities, here is a photograph taken on Monday of one of La Fête nationale's highlights. Les feux d'artifice (fireworks) were set off from les Bassins du Trocadéro opposite la tour Eiffel. Crowds gather on le Champ de Mars to watch the spectacle, which started at 11pm and lased 35 minutes. For this year's edition, the theme was "Guerre et Paix" (war and peace) in recognition of the centenary of World War I.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 )
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