Vacation In Paris

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery

A generalized serial vision of melancholy, clop-clopping along the chestnut avenues stuffed with mausolea; not the specific temperament of Kensal Green or Tower Hamlets. Worth a special visit only to look at the astounding collection of famous people who are buried here – the process is still going on and two of the latest residents are Edith Piaf and Maurice Thorez. Most of the celebrities are detailed in Michelin: one who isn’t is Oscar Wilde, in the avenue Carette near the eastern boundary of the cemetery, was provided with a truly atrocious statue by Epstein, and one regrets the epigram he would have made out of it. The view from the terrace in front of the chapel is as good a place as any to see how well central Paris has kept its skyline, all domes and Notre-Dame.]

Planning A Trip To Paris Avenue Daumesnil

Beside the avenue Daumesnil run the tracks from the Gare de Vincennes, carried on a low viaduct. In the arches, every kind of shop has been set up – not desperately or grubbily, but with the everyday elegance that runs through the whole of Paris. The different treatments, from gunsmiths to furniture shops – and even a small hotel – are an epitome of the French way of doing things. In the arch next to the rue Hector Malot is Au Pere Tranquille, the kind of thing that makes Englishmen drift away into reverie when they think about France: trees in front, tables outside, red and yellow awnings, handwritten menu.

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Best Places To Visit In Paris Hospice Saint-Michel, avenue Victor Hugo

A modest, serene, restful building; nobody is worrying about correctness, here, and the result is something like the Renaissance as the Italians conceived it: man’s servant, not his master. The actual date must be about 1820. The centre has a portico, the wings have clerestoried tops. Everything is swathed in a faded saffron-yellow stucco, there are flowers in front and elderly persons sitting out in the sun.

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Hospice Saint-Michel (Just beyond the Porte de Vincennes. Avenue Victor Hugo runs parallel to the main road east.)

1. Lemercier’s earlier foundations are now appearing in view, in the ditch in front of the colonnade. They are going to pose a big problem: surely one of the world’s masterpieces is not going to become the superstructure to an antiquarian’s puzzle? Perrault’s design requires plain water, plain grass, or plain gravel, not a rusticated jigsaw.

2. After the gift of 100,000 livres by Robert Law of the South Sea Bubble, ‘recemment converti au catholicisme’, as Michelin says. It sounds like a shrewd investment in the next world, just in case.

3. It thoroughly deserves the large green column made from one thousand two hundred guns captured at Austerlitz. Courbet was exiled for pushing it over in 1871.

4 It achieves a weird yet just relationship on its south side with a fluted column left over from Jean Bullant’s sixteenth-century Hotel de Soissons. And the whole view Bourse and all, is likely to go when les Halles is rebuilt.

5 The stallholders are due to move out by December 1968.

6. External chaos only, here. Le Pautre had a very difficult site and used it to create a beautiful plan of interlocking rooms.

7. Carpeted, with a velvet handrail: cure a la creme.

8. Once you get to the central island you rumble the game: four boulevards, six rues, and an avenue.

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