I’ve accumulated a large (admittedly random) collection of photos of my feet taken during my travels. I thought it might be fun to occasionally share them here on MOTM and link each photo to a more in-depth post I’ve previously published.
Sitting next to a still foundation at Jardin du Palais Royal early one morning, I noticed the reflective surface of the water and couldn’t resist taking a few photos.
Walking further into the grounds of the Palais Royale, you’ll find yourself surrounded by gorgeous roses. Or you will if you’re lucky like I was, and unintentionally time your visit with their bloom season.
And if you look closely, you’ll notice a small cannon installed on one of the lawns between the rows of rose bushes.
According to French Centre of National Monuments, “The meridian cannon of the Palais-Royal was designed by Sieur Rousseau, a watchmaker at the 95 of the Beaujolais Gallery in 1786.
The bronze cannon installed on the meridian line of Paris thundered at noon , thanks to a magnifying glass that caused the firing of the wick on sunny days.
Regarded as the best in Paris, the little gun attracted a large audience who came to adjust his watch.”
The gun was stolen in 1998, so what you see in the image above is actually a replica that was installed in the original’s place in 2002.
I love stumbling across random bits of history like this!
Another controversial art installation at the Palais Royale is Sphérades, officially known as Les Fontaines de Pol Bury.
I woke early one morning (not difficult to do when suffering through jetlag), ate my breakfast and hurriedly left my hotel. I was headed for the Palais Royale. Or more specifically, to its inner courtyard, Cour d’Honneur. My goal was to arrive before every Instagrammer in the city did because I wanted to take some people-less photos.
Photos of what? you might be asking yourself.
Several months before the trip I’d seen an art installation in an online travel guide for Paris that looked pretty neat, and decided to check it out myself.
Within the courtyard are 260 striped columns of varying heights, and I was interested to see the contrast between them and the classical design of the former 17th century Royal palace.
Les Deux Plateaux (or The Two Trays in English) are more commonly known as the Colonnes de Buren. Installed by French artist Daniel Buren in 1986, the columns proved to be highly controversial and not loved by all. Each is made of Carrara and Pyrenean marble, which was also famously used by famous sculptors such as Michelangelo and Rodin.
I enjoyed the installation, and after a quick look and a few photos I noticed that others were starting to arrive. I knew I was short on time when I spied a girl posing atop a column with an outfit coordinated with the stripes. So I took a quick selfie and made my way to my next stop for the morning.