Monday, September 21, 2009

3rd borough - Le Bar du Petit Fer a Cheval



As a boy, I liked to stroll after school around rue de la Lappe and sneak a look at the girls who were on the game rue de la Roquette. Close to La Bastille square, there was one most unbelievably tiny bar. Its counter was in the shape of a horse-shoe, which I have never seen before. This bar has disappeared long ago, and so have the girls of La Bastille. However, by pure chance I've found "Le Bar du Petit Fer a Cheval" rue Vieille du Temple, number 32, with a counter just like the one I remember from my happy boyhood... Enchanting place to sip a glass, nibble on peanuts and start futile conversations. Cheering!

(translation by Marion Hoffmann)

© gérard Laurent

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

6th borough - The hot chestnut pedlar of Saint Germain boulevard



Mostly imported from Italy, delicious warm chestnuts are offered during cold months by pedlars in the streets. A quick incision with a pocket knife, and off they go into a circular pan fixed on an improvised coal stove. For small change, you can get them in a newspaper cone to warm up your hands and your heart. These days, many pedlars have reduced their equipment to bear essentials : a supermarket caddy, an old tin barril transformed into stove and pan and a bike lock to store away the entire shop on the next best traffic post. The sympathic vendor on this picture even has his very own lamp, shop sign, umbrella and traditional apron.


(translation by Marion Hoffmann)



picture © gérard Lavalette

Thursday, July 24, 2008

7th borough - Movie Theater LA PAGODE



It has been a close shave for the only movie theater in the 7th district, LA PAGODE scheduled to be demolished recently. However, it could be saved from disappearing thanks to the determination of an association who obtained in 1990 its classification as authentic historical Japanese Pavilion. It had been imported and reassembled here, piece by piece, in the 19th century all for the beautiful eyes of Madame Morin, wife of the Director of the famous store LE BON MARCHE. Seen from the street, it looks more like a garden than a multiplex, but many think that this is much better. When the weather is nice, you can have a drink and enjoy the décor while you wait for the movie to begin. Pure magic !

(translation by Marion Hoffmann)



picture © gérard Lavalette

Monday, April 21, 2008

1st borough - The Louvre and the Pyramid



The Louvre Pyramid as the Cour Napoléon are also the daily decor of Parisian who may be do not look any more at this amazing landscape.

© gérard Laurent

Saturday, April 12, 2008

20th borough - Saint Blaise street since the door of the church Saint Germain de Charonne



Saint Blaise street, formerly Saint Germain street, was miraculously protected from the madness of the architects. Since the hall of the church Saint Germain de charonne, on the other side of Bagnolet street, we can dream about little in popular Paris such as we like it by admiring the perspective. Saint Blaise street reminds us conveniently that before being gobbled up by Paris, these streets, these blocks were villages.

© gérard Laurent

Monday, April 7, 2008

19th borough - Sunset Quai de Loire



The craze for the district of Villette and the canal of Ourcq transform little by little these formerly industrious and popular places into trendy meeting. It is well worth a more exotic sunset?

© gérard Laurent

18th borough - La Butte Montmartre



The Butte Montmartre attracts every days thousands of tourists. Many go Place du Tertre early t in the morning to take advantage of the open view on Paris from potron-kitten to take advantage of the open view on Paris without facing the sun. A good choice, isn't?...

© gérard Laurent

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

17th borough - Café "Au Bon Coin"



What else? A typical signboard, terrace tables, a cycle on its pedal, a panel of no-entry sign and a dog disguised as lampshade... " Le Bon Coin " is just in the corner of streets Lemercier and Jacquemont.


© gérard Laurent

16th borough - The gardens of the Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower



Fitted out in 1937 by roger Lardat for the World Fair of 1937, ponds and fountains of the trocadéro are for the program all the operators tours. And really, the perspective with the Seine and the Eiffel Tower in bottom of landscape is a must to the souvenir pictures . The most difficult is to reach the rail to immortalize the moment, because of the crowd of the tourists.


© gérard Laurent

Monday, March 31, 2008

15th borough - The aerial Métro of Paris



The line 6 of the Parisian subway circulates on a magnificent viaduct and is a miracle for all the lovers of Paris. This breathtaking picture taken since the montparnasse tower, allows to discover a part of the plan of the aerial line on the Garibaldi boulevard and the station Sèvres-Lecourbe.

© gérard Laurent