Work in progress.

Along a little walk the other day… 

The Pont des Arts (see previous posts here) is getting rid of its overloading by padlocks – about a million weighing some 50 tons. One side is now completely equipped with plexiglass panels, the other side will follow. Work should be finished in February.

There is always one part of the Louvre being cleaned (see previous posts here). This has been the case for the “Pavillon de Marsan” for some time.

I was surprised to see that the queue to get a hot chocolate at the “Angelina”, rue de Rivoli, was longer than the one to the Louvre.

Another little parenthesis: The starting point of the “Historical Axis” is not the central part of the Louvre, nor the pyramid – it’s the equestrian statue of Louis XIV. This is obvious when you stand in front of the statue and then turn around.

The renovations of the Vendôme Column (see previous posts here) and the nearby Ritz Hotel are almost completed.

Another prestigious hotel, the Crillon, on Place de la Concorde (see previous posts here), seems to be reopening later (late 2016?). The nearby Automobile Club de France is also behind covers.

Not during the same walk, but here are some pictures of the (almost) finished renovation of the clock tower of the Gare de Lyon (see previous posts here).


Virginia said...

Well it seems that Paris waited patiently for me to leave and then uncovered the Vendôme column, Pont des Arts and more! Take a little trip to Hôtel de Ville and tell us what is hidden behind the walls with the vintage photos of Paris. I posted one on my blog this week. :)

Interested to note the axis information. You always give us so much that we don't know!

martinealison said...

Bonjour cher Peter,

Un petit tour agréable... J'espère bien prendre un thé avec toi chez Angelina.
Des rénovations qui font que Paris reste majestueux.

Je te souhaite de belles fêtes de Noël.

Gros bisous ♡

Anonymous said...

One of the many reasons I love your city is because my favorite composer lived there.
The fact that he composed the Etude opus10 #10 when he was young and living in Paris, is not surprising to me. Where else this supreme poet would feel so inspired?

To think that he walked or rode around this area you're showing us, M. Peter, makes me very happy.
Thank you so much for this beautiful post! Your photography is superb.


Anonymous said...

Bien vu la statue dans la perspective, je ne savais pas mais compte sur moi pour vérifier la prochaine fois!
Et je veux croire que tous les clients devant chez Angelina sortaient du Louvre! Sinon c'est un peu triste...

claude said...

Comme la ville est belle quand elle fait sa toilette. La grille bleue et dorée est magnifique. Nous n' avions pas eu une queue comme celle-là chez Angelina au mois de juin.

Jeanie said...

I never knew about the axis. Fascinating to see all the construction/rehabilitation work being done -- and what a joy it will be to you when the scaffolding is down! Of course, there will be more. As you said, there always is!

Thérèse said...

Quel changement et quel plaisir de voir ces photos qui rajeunissent ainsi Paris, juste à temps pour les fêtes.

Shammickite said...

The bridge is so much cleaner without all those ugly locks. I don't like the lovelock idea. I was in Ljubljiana in the summer.... lovelocks on the bridge there too, they are everywhere!

Anonymous said...

So happy to see the "love locks" are coming off the bridges. I was saddened after visiting beautiful Paris for only 2 days, after 21 years, and seeing the damage and the clutter it was making to the bridges. Great decision.

Alexa said...

Hallelujah! SO glad to see those destructive locks go.