I wondered through The Latin Quarter, St. Germain and on to Les Invalides where almost everything was closed, as it was a national holiday in France yesterday.
Saint-Sulspice Church, Paris
Enjoyed a quiet moment at the beautiful but in need of restoration, Saint-Sulpice, before I headed on to my final destination, the Eiffel Tower, which I never tire of admiring. I remember the very first time I saw it. I didn’t expect for it to just “jump out” from behind one of the monumental buildings at the Trocadero. Bigger than I had imagined and equally more beautiful than any photograph could possibly ever capture it.
It took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes.
On my way back, I decided to meander along the Seine, where I got a peak at perhaps one of the most interesting roof tops of Paris (from the inside)
and here as most of us will recognize the roof line of the Grand Palais
At this point I feel, I need to include a link to a commercial by Cartier, that must be of the best in recent years:
Paris! I love this city and never tire of visiting. This time, I was fortunate to be staying at a friend’s very charming apartment on the Île Saint-Louis. This is the little sister island next to the Île de la Cite, where Notre Dame has been standing guard over Paris for the past 850 years. Connected by bridges to the “continent”, as the locals call the rest of Paris, this tiny island has a definite village feel and it is very easy to forget that one is in fact in a major metropolitan city.
Yesterday, I stumbled upon the Musée Carnavalet in the heart of Le Marais. This free museum houses an impressive collection of art, artifacts and furnishings and traces the development of Paris through the ages. Over 100 galleries offer something for everyone.
I was particularly pleased to find several characters from one of my favorite Hermès scarves, the La Comédie Italienne, here.
La Comedie Italienne
La Comedie Italienne Hermes silk scarf (100% silk jacquard) – GRAIL was designed by Philippe Ledoux in 1962
Below I found some of the Characters as Statues from these popular plays and my beloved scarf:
Arlequin and Pantalon Statues
The Arlequin, possibly the most popular of the Commedia dell’Arte characters, the Harlequin a fun unpredictable character who brings laughter and simplicity with burst of sheer brilliance. But always very unpredictable and entertaining.
and Pantalon, a cunning and rapacious yet often deceived Venetian merchant
and the Doctor and Brighella
Brighella, the skillful plotter.
In 1797 the Commedia dell’arte was outlawed during Napoleon’s occupation of Italy as critics of the regime used their carnival masks to hide their identities while criticizing Napoleon’s regime and fueling political agendas. It would take almost two hundred years for the Commedia dell’arte to be reborn in Venice in 1979.
The the Commedia dell’arte not only influenced theater, politics and history, but music including Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Schumann’s Carnaval and Stravinsky’s Petrushka and of course, Philippe Ledoux!