22.10.18

Below the stairs...


The street, with some imposing stairs, which you find on one of the sides of the “Palais de Tokyo” (see previous post here) is named “Rue de la Manutention”. As “manutention” may be translated into “handling”, this indicates that we are in a previously industrial area. Since the 17th century we could find a soap factory here, which later was replaced by some military installations … until the creation of the “Palais de Tokyo” in 1937. Several architects were involved then in the project (but names like Le Corbusier, Mallet-Stevens… were not retained). The “Palais de Tokyo” opened in 1937 for the “International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern Life”. *

Here we can get an impression of what the area looked like in the middle of and by the end of the 19th century.

But now I wish to concentrate on what you find today along the street, “Rue de la Manutention”.

The back side of the Palais is full of stairs, not only real ones.

The wall towards the higher "Avenue de Wilson" are since 2016 covered by illustrations by street artist Pablo Tomek.

Along the building, there is a “garden”, which you actually can enter. It was obviously originally created in 2002 with some artistic ambitions - one actually left different pieces of this garden to be developed by different, nominated, people. 16 years later I have the impression that some of these persons possibly have lost part of their original ambition, but, it’s of course also late in the season.


However, there are some flowers…


… some fruits and vegetables.

One has prepared to welcome some bird families…

… and, especially, as now all over Paris, there are some bee hives … and a lot of happy bees.

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*/ By the way, it seems that the “Tulips” by Jeff Koons on which I talked in this post, finally (… and if I may say so, fortunately) will be placed elsewhere than in front to the Palais de Tokyo, probably somewhere in the park behind the Petit Palais.   

18.10.18

Île Saint-Germain



This is actually not Paris, but almost. This is another Seine River island, with the name of “Île Saint-Germain”. We are just south of Paris, in the suburb “Issy-les-Moulineaux”. Maybe we should start with a look at the “map”. We can see that this rather important island is divided in an office-and-residential area and in a park area. This post will only be about the green part.

If you approach the island, as I did, via the bridge, “Pont d’Issy”, you get a wide view of the Seine River, in this area surrounded by modern, mostly office, buildings.

The first thing that strikes you when entering the park area is the giant sculpture, named “Tower of Figures”, by Jean Dubuffet. There is even a door to enter… but it was closed!

The second thing that at least struck me is that despite the thousands of people employed in the nearby offices and despite the excellent weather (too nice for the season), there is an absolute calm to be found – very few people. However there were some, having lunch, taking a walk, running, just lying down in the sunshine…


There is so much to enjoy when it comes to “green”, slowly turning into autumn colours.



The island used to hold a military camp, abandoned, but there are some traces of old buildings.

There is also a “poney club”…

… a restaurant, a “Guignol”, puppet show, theatre…

On one side of the island, with the narrower branch of the Seine River, you can find many barges (one named “Peter”), transformed into living, office, workshop, restaurant… space.    

15.10.18

Balconies...



Another little walk in my immediate surroundings. With the amount of (more or less) Haussmannian buildings...

... it’s easy to find different balcony fences, wrought iron in many forms. Here are some, only a few, examples.






In some pictures, the autumn colours were reflecting…

… so, I thought I had to show also some examples of the autumn colours.


11.10.18

Tower reflections... and more



A bit short of time again to make a « real » post… Late one evening last week I took a 30 minutes’ walk in my neighbourhood and came back with this.

Some lights reflecting at the Seine surface.  The reflections are different from one bridge to another. (Maybe I should make a quiz?) In the top picture are the reflections of the famous Tower.

Here are some other river pictures - the Alexandre III Bridge and a passing river boat.

Some colours… first “gold”…

… then blue, white, red…

Metro, bus, taxi…?

Some doors…

Some street-lamps…

Some looks through windows…

… and …


8.10.18

Gastronomy...



There is a newly opened space for especially culinary pleasures in Paris. Everything is not quite “ready” yet, but most of the installations are there. We are in a backyard which has been transformed into some kind of pedestrian “street”, especially devoted to gastronomy. You can find places where some well-known names offer things to eat and drink. Names like Pierre Hermé, Thierry Marx, Olivier Bellin, Yannick Alléno, Alexandre Polmard… may make you wish to make a little visit. With some friends, we had a very nice, surprising, little lunch at the little bistro “Daily Pic”, just opened by Anne-Sophie Pic, more famous for a 3-star restaurant in Valence in the south of France.

Some artists have nicely decorated the space, including the entrances – Eva Jospin, Fabrice Hyber, Romain Bernini, Marc Vellay, Stefan Rinck…  

There are different entrances, but the main one may be the one at 53-57, rue de Grenelle.