"Bûche de Noël", a type of sweet roulade,is a
traditional Christmas dessert in France. During Christmas time you can see them in different sizes and sometimes even with the most fancy decorations in every boulangerie/pâtisserie.
During my recent trip to Paris I´ve seen a lot of Christmas trees on squares and in front of "important" buildings, but the trees in front of the "mairie" of the 3rd arrondissement were the most beautiful.
Be@rbrick is a collectible toy designed and produced by a Japanese toy company. The name is derived from the fact that the figure is a cartoon-style representation of a bear. The first figure was released in 2001 as a free gift to visitors of
the World Character Convention 12 in Tokyo. Since then Bearbricks have
been released in several different sizes using a variety of materials. Many contemporary artists and designers have designed figures. Last November I discovered this Chanel figure in a shop window.
The flower shops "Au nom de la rose" are specialized in everything roses. Not only do they have a spectacular selection of roses, they also offer a
product line of other rose products, including jam, lollipops,
chocolates with crystalized roses, perfume, candles, room spray, and
rose flavored syrup.
The Compagnie des chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée (PLM) was a French railway company. Created between 1858 and 1862 the PLM operated chiefly in
the south-east of France, with a main line which connected Paris to the Côte d'Azur by way of Dijon, Lyon, and Marseille. The company was also the operator of railways in Algeria. Several of their draughtsman went on to notable careers, including Alfred Grévin. Absorbed in 1938 into the majority state-owned Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, the PLM's network became the south-eastern region of SNCF. The PLM domicile in Paris is loctated in Rue Saint-Lazare.
As I´m native of Vienna, I just had to take a photograph of this street sign. The Rue de Vienne starts at the Place Bergson and ends at the Place de l'Europe. It was created in 1826, but construction acitivity started only in 1832.
The 5 star luxury hotel Le Bristol opened in April 1925 when Paris attracted all the big
names from the worlds of culture and fashion: Marcel Rochas, Cristóbal Balenciaga,
Chanel, Schiaparelli, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Salvador Dali... From 1940 to 1945 Le Bristol became residence to the
American embassy and American nationals.
Dalida (1933 - 1987), born with the Italian name Lolanda Cristina Gigliotti, was a famous singer and actress born in Egypt to Italian parents but naturalised French with the name Yolanda Gigliotti. Dalida performed and recorded in more than 10 languages including:
French, Arabic, Italian, Greek, German, English, Japanese, Hebrew, Dutch
and Spanish. A 30-year career
(she debuted in 1956 and recorded her last album in 1986, a few months
before her death) and her death led to an iconic image as a tragic diva and renowned singer. In 1997 Paris the Place Dalida was inaugurated in the Butte Montmartre, and this bust in her memory was erected.
When I was in Paris in July there was a second exhibition at Les Docks: "Comme des Garçons. White Drama" comprises the spring/summer 2012 collection of Comme des Garçons which evokes the ceremonial passage through life - birth, marriage, death, transcendence. The exibition is on show until October 7.
I love fashion exhibitions and Paris is the perfect place for this affection. Until October 7 runs an exhibition of Cristóbal Baliencaga(1895-1972) at the Cité de la Mode et du Design. Organized by the Musée Galliera (Musée de la mode et du costume) with the support of the House of Balenciaga,
the show features more than 70 costumes and ephemera of the 18th, 19th,
and 20th centuries (Balenciaga was an avid collector of period pieces that gave him inspiration), juxtaposed with 40 Balenciaga garments. Click here for a short video.
The industrial buildings, the Magasins Généraux, located on the Left
Bank between the Gare d'Austerlitz and the Bibliothèque François
Mitterand, have undergone an audacious architectural renovation. This new site is now home to the Institut Français de la Mode, a
space for events dedicated to fashion and design as well as stores.
This beehive decorates a building on the corner Rue Pierre Lescot/Rue Rambuteau. The beehive is a commonly used symbol dating at least to Roman times. In medieval heraldry it was considered a symbol of industry. In modern times, it is used in Freemasonry. In masonic lectures is explained as symbol of industry and co-operation,
and as cautioning against intellectual laziness.
The "Used Book Café" is part of the concept store "Merci" on Boulevard Beaumarchais. The special thing of this store is that all profits are donated to charities. Click here for another photo of this café.
In July and August the "Paris Plages" event transforms the roadways on the banks of the Seine and the docks of the Bassin de la Villette into sandy beaches and offers varied activities for children and adults. I couldn´t get enough of watching the salsa and mambo dancers at the Bassin de la Villette.