November 27, 2012

Angels in Paris

"Insight is better than eyesight when it comes to seeing an angel."
Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Did you know Paris was full of angels? Actually, come to think of it, this could be a good game to play with the kids while walking through Paris: Spot the angels.

Last week I joined a tour entitled: "Angels in architecture". Now, I'm not mad about angels but I figured I'd learn something.

We walked through the ages of Paris architecture, from medieval times to the 21st century, with a focus on angels sculpted in friezes, perched atop theatres and chapels, embellishing towers, private mansions and enlivening fountains, created during the times of kings, emperors and presidents.

We learnt about the work of some of France’s greatest architects and sculptors, and the different styles (gothic, classical, baroque) as we stood in awe in front of the St Michel Fountain, the Chatelet Theatre, the St Merri Church, the Tour St Jacques and some lesser known sculptures along the Notre Dame.

My conclusion? I can honestly say that I am just not into angels!

But I did manage to get some good shoots of the Quartier Latin which on a cold Thursday November morning seemed much less crowded than usual.

Can you spot the angel?

St.Michel Fountain

Church St.Julien Le Pauvre

A Greek - Melkite - Catholic church

Paris' oldest tree planted in 1601

Shakespeare & Co bookshop

Paris in it's autumn dress

Tour St.Jacques

Indian fall in Paris

Discovering secrets of Notre Dame

A stroll along the quai of Ile Saint Louis

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