During my stay in Paris last July I saw in nearly every shop window signs that called the attention of the passers-by to "les soldes". In a shop at the Palais Royal I discovered the most decent sale sign I´ve ever seen.
The eye-catching métro entrance on Place Colette was designed by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel on the occasion of the line 1´s centenary in 2000. The "Kiosque des noctambules" (Kiosk of the night-walkers) consists of two cupolas - one representing the day, the other the night - made of coloured glass beads, threaded on a structure of aluminium.
"Henri Maupiou", located right next to Place Vendôme, offers fabrics for haute couture - it goes without saying that it´s a very upscale shop. Being the daughter of a tailoress, I was gravitated by the way the fabrics were draped to beautiful dresses in the shop window. Moreover green is my favourite colour.
In June 2008 it was possible to visit the Mosque and so I did. Once entered, I completely forgot that I was in Paris... I loved especially the beautiful courtyard. There should also be a café, but it was closed when I was there.
The Great Mosque of Paris is the largest in France and the third largest in Europe. It was founded after World War I as a sign of France´s gratefulness to the colonies´ Muslim tirailleurs, 100.000 of whom died fighting against Germany and inaugurated in July 1926. The Mosque was built following the "mudéjar" style with a minaret of 33m height. Click here for the official website of the Mosque (it´s only in French).
The south facade of the Institut du Monde Arabe is very interesting: It consists of high-tech photosensitive mechanical devices which control the light level and transparency. It interpretes traditional wooden Arab latticework screens into a glass and steel construction with 30.000 light-sensitive diaphragms on 1.600 elements, which operate like a lens of a camera. I took this photo from inside the building. Click here for a video of the production of the diaphragms.
In 1980, 18 Arab countries concluded an agreement with France to establish the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) to spread knowledge and research the Arab World´s language, and its cultural and spiritual values. It also aims at promoting cooperation and cultural exchanges between France and the Arab World. The institute´s building was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and constructed from 1981 to 1987.