Saturday, 20 April 2013

"Details", Paris - The 17th of April 2013

Still under the "spell" of Marc Chagall's exhibition I strolled around the Saint Sulpice area focusing my attention on small details as I wandered about. 

Just across the road an architecturally interesting building, close to which stood the Hungarian Centre with this exquisite statue of a lady I just noticed as I sat on a street bench right  in front of it in a rather similar posture.

Back onto the Square of Saint Sulpice I finally stopped to look at the 1844-1848 fountain of the four Bishops, jokingly referred to as the fountain of the four "non-Cardinals" (once each statue stands in the four cardinal directions, but none of the four esteemed Bishops ever became "Cardinals").

I then headed towards the Issy-les Moulineux area where the venue would take place and the hotel I would be accommodated at was located in.

As the weather was good and I still had some time left prior to  collecting the material and the identification badge for the event I decided to "explore"  the surroundings.

Saint Cloud square imposed itself with the Eglise the Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal and the two majestic fountains decorated with beautifully sculpted bas-reliefs symbolising the sources of the Seine river.

A few minutes walk from it stood The Mercure Hotel, which from the outside looked just like any other 4 star hotel, but which was decorated with some rather interesting cinema-oriented photographs and paintings everywhere.

Entrance Hall decoration

Restaurant decoration

Bar decoration

"My" bedroom decoration

I was given a map and soon walked across the Pont D'Issy heading towards the Heliport area. Soon after having gone across the river Seine I stopped for a while at the Park de l'Ille Saint Germain, where I was surprised to see so many children  playing about under the direction of people who very much looked like teachers or play group coordinators. I was soon told that most children were on "Spring holidays".

It was quite a tiring day, I must confess, but undoubtedly an enriching one ... Paris can be (is) an interesting place to visit irrespective of the time of the year (or even the year) ... and that's undeniably true.

1 comment:

  1. My previous comment posted in the ICAEA Meeting article, should be here...sorry Iolanda...