Thursday Doors – Paris

Remember when I shared photos from my visit Musée Marmottan Monet earlier this week? While I was preparing those posts I came across a photo of a fantastic door that I passed near to the museum entrance, and knew that I’d have to show it off today.

I’m nothing if not a cat fanatic, so of course I fell in love with the door’s design. Take a closer look..

How amazing is that?

Bonne journée!

Marla


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments section over at Norm’s blog, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Musée Marmottan Monet

For any fan of Claude Monet’s work, or Impressionism art in general, I recommend a visit to Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

While it’s a little further out from the city centre, I found it to be well worth the minimal effort it took me to get there.

I was sporting a very unfashionable walking cast during my visit, which made traipsing around town very interesting, but I would do it again in an heartbeat. The wearing of the boot – not the injury – of course.

There is, after all, nowhere else in the world that can boast the largest collection of Monet pieces!

The chair on the background has some seriously cool detailing. Here’s a closer shot.

In addition to housing 100 of Monet’s masterpieces, the Marmottan also features numerous works from the artist’s personal collection (Sisley, Degas and Gauguin to name a few).

The museum is housed in what was once an old hunting lodge owned by a Duke.

Oooh, what’s on that table? (Hobbles over in cumbersome walking cast to get a better look..)

Upon the Duke’s death, he left the property and his impressive collection of Impressionist pieces to the French Academy of Fine Arts.

Let’s take a closer look at that table.

One of Monet’s sons rounded out the collection by adding many of his Father’s personally owned pieces.

See anything familiar?

The museum is a treat not only for the paintings, but the vast number of other pieces. I’ve shared just a sampling of these that I found myself drooling over.

Bonne journée!

Marla

My Feet At ..

Check out my full post about this impressive monument, showcasing contributions made by French citizens throughout history.

Bonne journée!

Marla


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.

My Feet At ..

Check out my full post about this lovely mosque here. I hope you fall in love just as I did.

Bonne journée!

Marla


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.

La Foule

One of the many works of art you’ll wander past as you stroll through the Paris’ Jardin des Tuileries is La Foule, or The Crowd. This bronze sculpture was created by English-born, Paris-based painter sculptor, Raymond Mason, back in the mid-1960′.

It was later purchased by France’s National Fund of Contemporary Art, before being installed in the park in 2000.

As you can see, the sculpture takes the form of a number of human figures clumped together in a tight pattern.

I wonder what this guy would say if he could speak. With the way he’s crammed in tight next to his neighbours, it reminds me of my daily commute home on the train surrounded by people with questionable hygiene. Poor guy, I feel your pain.

Bonne journée!

Marla

Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais – A Closer Look

In yesterday’s post we took a quick look around this extraordinary church on Paris’ Right Bank (Rive Droite). Today we’ll focus on the impressive Tribune organ and the colourful and intricate stained glass windows. Let’s jump right in with the organ.

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Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais – Let’s Head Inside

Walking through the striking purple doors of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, I wasn’t expecting to find myself confronted by centuries of history. Truth be told, I was simply killing time when I stumbled upon what I assumed to be just yet another Parisian church.

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Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais

Oh look, another church!

You’ve probably gathered by now that if I’m in Europe and see a church, it’s difficult for me to resist the urge to dip inside to take a closer look. My belief system doesn’t align with what these buildings represent – but I do enjoy nice architecture, history, and pretty or interesting decor.

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Paris Street Art – Parvis des 260 Enfants

In the Marais district of Paris, I found what is probably now one of my favourite street art installations that I’ve ever come across.

Located in the square known as Parvis des 260 Enfants – the site of a Jewish public school where 260 children were removed during the Vel d’Hiv Roundup before being executed in Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

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