Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
During the late 1800s, many European artists, graphic designers, and architects rebelled against formal, classical approaches to design. They believed that the greatest beauty could be found in nature. Organic (living creatures and plants) were used to decorate the outsides of buildings. You'll find the "cows" under the center balcony. The "woman" is over the front door.
Art Nouveau (French for "New Style") flourished in major European cities between 1890 and 1914. In the United States, Art Nouveau ideas were expressed in the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
In the later half of the twentieth century, Modernist architects took the concept of organic architecture to new heights. By using new forms of concrete and cantilever trusses, architects could create swooping arches without visible beams or pillars.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Feast your eyes on this magnificent ceiling that was painted by Marc Chagall in 1964. We found this in Pari's Opera Garnier that was opened in 1875; designed by Charles Garnier and built by Haussmann for the Opera Company started by King Louis XIV in 1669. There was seating for 2,000 people. On April 19th we toured the inside of the building; what a thrill to actually sit in a seat under this ceiling. Originally used for both opera and ballet performances; the building has been used for ballet performances primarily since the new Opera Bastille was completed in 1989. Add this to your must see list when in Paris.
Friday, June 22, 2012
In the afternoon of April 11th we found this magnificent horse as part of the Fontaine de Obsevatorie in the southern end of the Jarden du Luxembourg. The park is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The fountain's centerpiece represents the four parts of the world represented by four women holding a globe. The sculptor was Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux in 1874. Those are turtles sending streams of water towards the horses.
Monday, June 18, 2012
|On a rainy April 10th we visited the people powered merry-go-round across the street from the Eiffel Tower. This Carrousel is powered by both the riders and people sitting around in various spots by pedaling bicycles!|
|Here is Jim on a special bike adding his energy by pedaling his bicycle! I added my power by sitting on the bench with the wheel in front. Something different to do after we visited the nearby Musee du Quai Branly.|
Saturday, June 16, 2012
On April 9th we took the Metro to the Bastille Station, walked past the Opera de Paris Bastille and found the stairway up to the Promenade Plantee or as the french call it: Coulee verte...the green course.
This is a nearly three mile walking trail created along the path of an old train line that cut through the center of the 12th arrondissement from the Bastille towards the Bois de Vincennes, a very large park just outside the peripherique. Much of it is elevated and has views of the city on both sides of the trail.