Paris Journal 2001 - Page 11

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Thursday, August 9

After having lunch in a very pleasant bistrot on avenue de la Tour Maubourg in the 7th arrondissement, we decided to walk all the way through the 7th to a particular neighborhood on the edge of the 6th.

Starting out, we captured this pretty view of the side of the building that houses the Army Museum at Invalides.  There are some pleasant little parks between the grand formal park (esplanade) that goes to the Seine and Invalides. 



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So we took some pics of the golden Invalides dome through the trees and some flowerbeds in the parks.  One hosts a bust of Antoine St. Exupery, author of "The Little Prince," who was also a pilot in World War II -- he died in 1944. stexupery.jpg (52220 bytes)
Another flowerbed was curiously shaped and decked out like a guitar. guitarfleurs1.jpg (58368 bytes)
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And we saw this sign on one of the park's gates -- very unusual because it has the English translation on it.

That reminds me, yesterday in the news there was an interesting story about how the Paris Bourse (stock exchange) is losing a lot of bond sale business because of cumbersome French language regulations that were put into place last year.  Even France Telecom decided the new restrictions were just too much, and they took their bond sale business to Luxembourg.  The amount of bond business the Paris Bourse has lost this year is roughly equivalent to what Luxembourg has gained.

We continued our walk along rue de Grenelle which is lined with massive and attractive government buildings, very exclusive but not ostentatious apartment buildings, and then finally this last stretch that has shops.  Notice the very curious sign made up of tangled wires and hangers.

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Rue de Grenelle terminates at a place called Carrefour de Croix Rouge.  It is believed to be the site of a pagan temple, long ago.  The church placed red crosses on such sites to hopefully guard against their being used any longer for pagan ceremonies.   Nevertheless, this pagan symbol -- a dragon -- exists on the carrefour.  It marks the intersection of rue Dragon, which led us into a very charming neighborhood just south of St. Germain des Prés. dragon.jpg (33757 bytes)
A charming, old, narrow street in this neighborhood on the edge of the 6th arrondissement. charmant.jpg (29553 bytes)
Tom is standing in front of a shop in a building that appears to be very old.  Notice the rough wooden beam over the window & door. oldstore.jpg (34877 bytes)
The French have a really curious way of using a bit of English here and there.  For example, in McDonalds, the meal combos are not called "meal deals" or whatever it is that we call them -- they are called "maxi best of."  Where do they get the idea that it is okay to end  with prepositions?  Here is another example, a trendy shop called Loft design by.  It sells clothes, not things for your loft. loftdesignby.jpg (56803 bytes)
Another rare example of English used on the main sign for a resto.  Usually, one sees just "air climatisé" on such establishments.  But this one uses the English version, "air conditioned," right up front and center. airconditioned.jpg (26990 bytes)
I was charmed by these rug making tools in an oriental rug shop window in this cute area. rugtools2.jpg (23156 bytes)
This looks like a nice place to live, on a narrow street in this ancient part of Paris.   Notice the flower pots tucked into a little niche under the window. charmant2.jpg (39765 bytes)

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