• Photo of the Week - October 17, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    These two photographs were taken in 1925, and show the parachutist Grandveaud during and after his jump off of a bridge in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. The park, which is located in the northeast of Paris, is the fifth largest in Paris, and opened in 1867 at the end of Napoleon III's regime. The brick bridge from which Grandveaud jumped is 22 meters high, and came to be known as "suicide bridge" following a series of suicides. Since then, the bridge has been fenced in with wire mesh.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 10, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was recently taken outside of the Centre Pompidou, which recently opened its doors to a new exhibition entitled 'Marcel Duchamp. La peinture, même'. The French-American artist's work is linked with Dadaism and conceptual art, and is considered to be one of the major influences on 20th and 21st contemporary art. The show takes a new look at the iconic artist's paintings and his ideas about reinventing painting. Duchamp came to reject art that was purely aesthetic, and was in favor of art that related to the mind.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 3, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was contributed by Michael Diamant, who recounts his recent discovery of a jewel in the 6ème...

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 )
  • Picture of the Week

    By Budd Whitebook

    The first thing I noticed was the girl. Who wouldn’t? Just take a look for yourself. She’s une ‘tite nana, a cutie, une chaudasse, and ask someone else to translate that for you, the kind of teenage girl who turns heads and I don’t mean metaphorically.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - September 25, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    The warm tones of this photo and the scale of the opulent space pictured versus the figures within it drew me to this image of Paris' Palais Garnier, also known as l'Opéra de Paris. Here we see 'le grand escalier' (the grand staircase). Made of white, red and green marble, the staircase divides into two opposing flights of stairs that lead up to the Grand Foyer. The opera house seats 1,979 and was built between 1861 and 1875. It was originally named the Salle des Capucines since it is located on Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement, but with time it became known as the Palais Garnier after its architect Charles Garnier.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 September 2014 )
  • 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 )
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