Cool Stuff in Paris. By Manning Leonard Krull.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dalida bust at Place Dalida, Montmartre

Dalida was a legendary Italian/Egyptian singer who was, and is, absolutely huge in France. You can read all about her on Wikipedia, and I recommend checking out a few of her songs on YouTube! Her rendition of Bang Bang is amazing.

Dalida's Parisian home was in Montmartre, and after her death the city named this place (square) after her and installed this bust of her here. You'll notice the, ahem, bust is a bit shiny in a couple places. Right after I took these pictures, two giggling young boys ran by and jumped up to cop a feel in mid-air. That memory ranks pretty high in my list of top Parisian moments of all time.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Beware of dangerous street gangs in Paris

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Medusa carving on a door in the Marais

I used to live on the edge of the Marais, and I often passed by this cool scary Medusa face on an old wooden door. There are actually two of them, on twin doors. I just looked it up on Google Maps to confirm the address — 47 Vieille du Temple — and Google mistook the face for a real person and blurred it out! (Google Street View automatically detects things like faces, license plates, etc, and blurs them for privacy reasons.) I hope she didn't turn the Google Street View car to stone.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Awesome view in a Louvre bathroom

Haha, oh man, check out this awesome view that reader Zelda Greenstein found in a Louvre bathroom.
Zelda says, "Manning- I got so much great stuff from your blog I wanted to share this quirky picture that I took. Thought you might appreciate it. I was in a bathroom on - I think - the second floor of the Louvre. It is a single room toilet in between the painting galleries. And these are the pictures I took. enjoy."

I don't know art, but I know what I like! Thanks, Zelda!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sainte Geneviève statue on the Pont de la Tournelle

In all my years in Paris, I'd noticed this very impressive statue on the Pont de la Tournelle many times but never knew what it was all about. After taking these two pictures a while back, I finally just now remembered to look it up, and I learned that this is a statue of Sainte Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. The statue was constructed in the 20th century, and when you get a good look you can see how relatively new and clean it is, but despite the fact that it's visibly a recent work I've always thought it had very somber, heavy, almost ancient look about it. Now I realize this may be owing at least partly to the fact that it's a monument to a 6th-century saint. I've always really liked this statue and I'm glad to have finally found out what the heck it is.

I took these pictures from the Pont de Sully, facing west toward the Pont de la Tournelle. Pont de la Tournelle connects l'Île Saint-Louis with the left bank. And that's (obviously!) Notre Dame in the background there.

I wish I had a better camera that could really zoom in close! You can click the photo at right to see a somewhat zoomed-in view of the statue.

Incidentally, the statue was made by Paul Maximilien Landowski, a Polish-French monument sculptor whose best-known work is that big ol' Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

If you're interested, Sainte Geneviève's tomb is in a church called Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, near the Panthéon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Danger de mort

"Glass roof; access forbidden. Danger of death." This glass roof is just behind the weird fountain near the Centre Pompidou with all the big ugly colorful sculptures in it. It's not often you see a skull used to denote, like, actual death. 99% of skulls you see these days are on t-shirts or other fashionable items. Two hundred years ago, 99% of the skulls you saw meant either poison or pirates. I don’t know why I find that so interesting.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

No Swimming (??)

I was sitting on a bench in Place Suzanne Buisson, up in Montmartre, reflecting on this neato statue of Saint Denis brandishing his chopped-off head (as he is wont to do; see my article about Saint Denis here), when I noticed this hilarious sign next to the ten-centimeter-deep pool in front.
Seriously, please do not swim in there.
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