If I had to choose one space at Palais Garnier to be my favourite, I’d have to say that it’s the Grand Foyer. With the curved (domed?) ceiling and use of mirrors bouncing lights from the windows opposite, the room very much remind me of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Yesterday I shared photos taken while looking up. Today we’ll, you guessed it, focus on the ground. Whether it’s a cobblestone pathway or an intricately patterned tile mosaic floor, I often appreciate the ground upon which I walk as much as the decor around me. The flooring at Palais Garnier was another example of the fine craftsmanship that went into such a beautiful space.
You may recall me mentioning a couple of days ago that Palais Garnier is styled in the Napoleon III fashion, and that it’s highly eclectic with no space left without decoration. Not even the ceilings. So today I’d like to share some photos I took while looking up.
While I wasn’t at Palais Garnier to take in a performance, I did get to see the gorgeous auditorium during my visit.
Built in a traditional Italian horseshoe shape, the 5 level auditorium is 60 metres high and seats over 2000 people.
After visiting some seriously beautiful properties outside of Paris that left me wide-eyed and short of breath, I must admit that I was unprepared for Palais Garnier. I thought I had seen the best of the best.
Holy Hanna, was I in for a surprise!
A new year, and a new feature on MOTM. Using the letters of the alphabet as inspiration, I’ll be sharing photos and travel anecdotes on a biweekly basis.
To start off this series, I’m sharing a few photos taken at The Museum of Flight a few years ago.
Several years ago, while on a girls’ trip to Paris with my friend Stephanie, I found myself in the delightful predicament of having nothing planned.
Stephanie was headed for an early morning visit to the Louvre. Having been on a previous visit to Paris I decided I’d take a pass, and would meet her several hours later at the Louvre courtyard Pyramid.
I won’t pretend to be knowledgeable about art. I mean, I can tell the difference between impressionism, cubism and surrealism. But if you were to start discussing post-impressionism in great detail or ask for my opinion on baroque, I’d probably look for a polite excuse to escape before my eyes dried up and fell at your feet.
I’m back with more photos taken on the road in France last year. Again, in no particular order..
I love buddy to the far right, gazing over his shoulder without a care in the world.
As many of you know, my boyfriend and I spent 2 fun-filled weeks in France last year. We visited Paris, Normandy and Périgord Noir – more commonly referred to as the Dordogne region.