Tag Archives: Paris


13 Nov

Paris, You Sent Your Love to Us for Years, Now We Send Our Love to You

Paris Sights

6 Oct

Exquisite Sights to see in Paris

“Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.”

**Michael Simkins

Museums & Palaces

The Louvre

Palace of Versailles

Rodin Museum

Palais Royale 

Musee D’Cluny

Musée d’Orsay


The Eiffel Tower

Albert Kahn Musée & Jardins

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris


Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre

Opera National de Paris

Sainte Chapelle


Le Marais

Ile de la Cite

Place de la Concorde

Canal Saint Martin

Parc de la Villette

Shopping & Fashion


Triangle d’Or

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Saint-Germain des Prés

Le Bon Marche in Sevres Babylone


JB Guanti, 59 Rue de Rennes

Rue de Rennes

Haussmann Saint-Lazare


Le Marais



Roller Skating

Activités nautiques, Bassin de la Villette, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand


Disneyland Paris - Tic et Tac © DR - OTCP

Disneyland Paris

Evasion Verte 1 - Paris - © OTCP - DR

Evasion Verte

Parc Asterix - Spectacle | 630x405 | © OTCP

Parc Asterix

Poisson clown, Aquarium de la Porte Dorée, Paris © DR


Natural Views

Luxembourg Gardens

Jardin des Tuileries

Bois de Boulogne

Jardin des Plantes

Parc Monceau


Great Theatre: Notre Dame de Paris

17 Feb

I recently posted a link to the song “Belle” and some of you asked where the song came from.  It’s from a Parisian play based on Victor Hugo’s classic, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  No it’s not the version you watched as a child. Yes, the make-up is a little excessive. But this is still a truly gorgeous piece of theatre, and I would highly recommend watching it.  

This particular version focuses on the fact that this was a time of increasing emigration into France, where the people were confronting a flood of ever new and different methods of thought; most of which were often seen as a threat to both French culture and the power of the church itself.  These new people brought with them different languages, ideals, morals, and ways of life, which would forever alter the way France viewed itself and the world.  Indeed, it was a change that the entire world was facing.  I think perhaps the first song best describes the setting for the scene in Notre Dame. . . . The year was 1482 and earth sat at the cusp of change.  The Guttenberg Bible came out in the 1450s, and suddenly potentially anyone could have a translated version of the Catholic Holy book.  By 1517, Luther would bring with him the Reformation, and the church as they knew it would never be the same.  There is also strong evidence suggesting that the Church was already losing its sway over believers as new cultures (such as the Gypsies) introduced their own faiths into the mix.  No one can deny that this was a HUGE change for Western culture, and for many one of the greatest changes in their way of life.  And France was sitting on the very horizon of this change in our beloved hunchback’s time.  But it wasn’t just religion that was changing, so was philosophy, science, and the arts.  Remember that before the turn of the century, America would be on the map. This was the time of the Cathedrals:

 Today, the country is quite contented to remain a hub of globalization and a hodgepodge of peoples and faiths. But long ago, that was not the case and this version of the classic story does an excellent job of capturing that movement towards change.  You’ve already heard the love story, and the tale of triumph for the suffering; now listen to the story of a world on the brink of change, and the events that pushed it over.

You can see a translated version via QueenisGod via YouTube.

Great Theatre – Romeo et Juliette

20 Jan

I will admit that the last three or so years have seen most of my literary/historical interest turned toward more Oriental shores, as my heart was swept away by the fantasies and beautiful stories of the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese story-tellers.  But not so long ago, I was rather an English Major–the much devoted student of all things English lit and writing.  For 4 years I delved into the depths of Poe, Byron, and Plath, consuming works from nearly every continent and genre.  In all of that time, I had three favorite courses– Chaucer, Greek Epics, and Shakespeare.  While I have always had a particular fondness for rhyming poetry that brings forth the melodic hum in it’s natural form, I was somewhat surprised to find that these classes were so captivating. As a life-long enthusiastic reader, mysteries have rather been my thing, with the classical authors approached only briefly after watching related films or right before exams.  

But with the more mature discovery of these authors in college, I found them endearing not just for the quiet quality that comes so precious to any introvert, but also for the the theatrical element that spoke to the artist within.  For nothing is as glorious as The Odyssey or The Comedy of Errors acted out upon a stage.  Chaucerian poems are nearly dead unless they are spoken aloud with the rising and falling tones, inflections of speach and emphatic hand movements which the words cry out for.  And so I have found myself quite in love with theatre and the beautiful world of acting.  

It was during my senior year that I came across Shakespeare’s perhaps greatest work ever acted out on a French stage in “Romeo et Juliette.”  Talented musician, Gérard Presgurvic, wrote both the music and the lyrics of the beautiful work, which was first shown in Paris in 2001. From there, it would find its way onto stages in dozens of countries and in numerous languages, each adopting their own cultures interpretation and delicate touch.  While I have never seen any of the versions in person (Although if I ever visit a location where it’s showing I’m desperate to go), I have seen several online and I have to say the Parisian version is still my favorite.  

There just a beauty and elegance to it that fits perfectly in with Shakespeare’s voice–in a message of youth, folly, and that every treacherous sense of “Passion” that has led so many to death and destruction.  Those who hear the tale of Romeo and Juliette seem to fall into two categories–those who love it as the “greatest love story of all time” and those who hate it as “just another story of two stupid kids.” But this play successfully shows that Shakespeare was communicating so much more. It isn’t just the tale of Romeo and Juliet; it’s about their parents who seem so distant and yet loved their children so dearly, about their friends who were no less stupid or reckless regardless of whether they loved a girl or their own pride more, and about the world that had to deal with them. It isn’t just about an ancient Verone; it’s about modern Paris, Jeon-ju Korea, or local Iowa City, IA.  It’s about life and those who live it. And it is breath-taking.  

If you are interested in checking out the Parisian version with English Subs, there are two versions that I can recommend:

DragonHeart06 translated it and posted the Playlist several years ago; it can be found here.

Within the past year, OperaGhosette has posted another, clearer translated version; however you have to go to each video separately on her account since there is no playlist. You can find that version here.

I personally recommend buying the Soundtrack online too.



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