It’s no secret that Paris is bursting at the seams with galleries, monuments and galleries. There’s always so much to see. Some of my favourite art can be found outside, by way of graffiti – or what I prefer to call street art.
Once the site of famous public executions during the French Revolution (King Louis XV, Marie Antoinette, Madame du Barry – to name a few – were guillotined much to the delight of cheering crowds), Place de la Concorde remains an important public square.
Early January is always a struggle for me. I cross from one year to the next full of positivity and excitement for what the months ahead will bring. But then the holiday chocolate runs out and the weather turns disgusting. My mind tends to wander and I imagine where I’d prefer to be.
Shall we step outside for some air?
Off of the Grand Foyer is The Loggia, the outdoor space enclosed by columns and topped by 5 mosaic medallions picturing masks.
It seems only right that this week’s Thursday Door be from Palais Garnier.
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!
I’ve been a long time lurker, enjoying other bloggers sharing photos of doors from around the world. I’ve decided it’s time for me to jump in and take part in the fun!