This charming Mansion ("Hotel particulier" in French) has a very unique history. It is located in the 14th arrondissement on the rue du Faubourg Saint Jacques but was in fact built on the Champs Elysées in 1777. At that time the Champs Elysées was still in the countryside of Paris and this house was famous for "parties" that were done there (Duc of Richechelieu had his love affairs there). In 1927 the building is bought by business men who want to use the place to build a new building on the Champs Elysées but as it was already classified as a national monument, they donated the building to the French State and the whole Mansion was transfered stone by stone to its new location in the 14th arrondissemnt near the Paris Observatory where the State found this nice garden to rebuilt it. Since then it has been the home of the " Société des Gens de Lettres" (Litterature society) founded 1838 by famous author like Balzac, Victor Hugo or George Sand.
This was the Friday History class ! Have a great weekend (sun and blue sky is back in Paris).
The rue Mouffetard in the 5th arrondissement is very very well know of tourists as it's a nice "typical" Parisian street and area... honestly more for tourist than Parisians but I like to go there sometimes ... where I have visitors ! Lots of restaurants and extraordinary expensive grocery stores but very nice looking.
I did not have the time to post this picture I took before my vacations and now even if this special "event" on king Henri IV statue has been over since July 14th I thought the picture was good to be posted. Actually during a few weeks the statue, located on the "Cité Isle", has been given a "space" look by fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac who had been ask by the Ministry of Culture to create something for the statue in order to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the king's death.
He then created this surrounding with neon lights and a space saber in the king's arm which really looked nice when night came.
Every year, Paris river banks are closed to traffic during one month for the event called "Paris Plages". Lots of things happen then on the banks where you can either do sunbathing on sand or on long-chairs or play Pétanques or attend concerts, etc ... All informations you need is on : http://www.paris-plages.fr/en.html
It is starting today and will lats until August 20th. Have fun !
I am finally back home ! After have spent a great vacations in the US, I am back in a sunny and hot Paris where you can sometimes see this kind of old bus running in the street (here on the Place du Panthéon). This morning I will fortunately have AC in my car to go to work but I wish I would be still on holidays and spending time in that bus touring the city with other visitors instead of going back to the office ...
Yes ! Today I'm on vacations and I will be flying this giant plane (A380) for the first time this afternoon. I took this picture when the first Air France A380 arrived in Paris and I got the chance to visit the aircraft on the ground. Now it's time to fly this plane and as my older followers already know I am not using automatic posting while I'm away so Daily Photo in Paris will take a break and I'll meet you when I'm back.
Soldes in the French for "Sales" and yes shopping time has started in Paris last Wednesday ! This picture is one of the main Paris department stores called "Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville" or BHV. A must see for its basement floor dedicated to "do it yourself" items.