Palais de Tuilleries

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James Gardner’s Book is one of my favorite reference materials
The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World’s Most Famous Museum

This publication and audio books is the favorite of this Gallophile
It covers the history, the ups and downs behind the world’s largest art museum

The Palais des Tuileries, in search of a missing Palace

Our latest discovery discoery is the Paais de Tuilleries
We know the Tuilleries as the Gardens west of Le Louvre
But it was one of the main building in the Louvre Complex and many image and artifacts survive

Eiffel Tower Restoration

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The Eiffel Tower is undergoing a major restoration in preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympics

Eiffel Tower to undergo a major modernisation process
From September 2017, the Eiffel Tower will undergo renovation work and the modernisation of its visitor reception. 300 million euros will be dedicated towards improving and renovating the Eiffel Tower, ensuring the longevity of this most famous of Paris monuments.

Best Foreign Language Film (France)

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Academy Awards

Monsieur Vincent (1948)

The Walls of Malapaga (1949)

Forbidden Games (1952)

Mon Oncle (1958)

Black Orpheus (1959)

Sundays and Cybele (1962)

A Man and a Woman (1966)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Day for Night (1973)

Madame Rosa (1977)

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)

Indochine (1992)


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(1) How Paris Became Paris Joan E. DeJean

(2) The Louvre James Gardner

Louvre (Definition)

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What does “Louvre” mean, and how was this name derived

Latin (“lupara”)
Could mean Wolf or Prostitute
“Because the first fortress of the Louvre was, when built, at the end of the city and just behind the surrounding wall it could be either a place where it was common to see wolfs or a gathering place for prostitutes” https://www.bluefox.travel/paris/blog/top-5-unknown-facts-about-the-louvre/
“at the turn of the seventeenth century, wolves roamed freely in the streets of the French capital” (1)

Saxon (“lower” or “lauern”)
Could mean Watch Tower https://www.bluefox.travel/paris/blog/top-5-unknown-facts-about-the-louvre/
A watch tower could have been built on the area where the Louvre is standing during the Normand invasions around the ninth or tenth century

French (“ouvrer”)
Could refer to the “gigantic” fortress built by Philippe-Auguste https://www.unjourdeplusaparis.com/en/paris-insolite/dou-vient-le-nom-du-louvre
The dungeon located along the Seine, later transformed into a royal residence, is a gigantic work, from the verb ouvrer. The work, or the work as they say today, would have given its name to the castle.

Edward Hopper in Paris

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Although there are no paintings by Edward Hopper hanging in Paris Museums
He traveled to France in October, 1906 and painted a wide range of Paris images
Clown (Soir Bleu)Soir Bleu, 1914 (blue evening)
Edward Hopper: The Paris Years

Hopper in Paris: The Birth of a Master (Clément Thiery) France-Amérique https://france-amerique.com/en/hopper-in-paris-the-birth-of-a-master/

Edward Hopper: A Surprise Star in France https://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324024004578173342192893124.html?reflink=desktopwebshare_twitter

On the trail of Edward Hopper’s Paris – TravelMag https://www.travelmag.com/articles/on-the-trail-of-edward-hoppers-paris/#.X_XN1Zd9X9g.twitter

A Swampy Marsh (Marais)

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Marais marécageux de Paris (“swampy Paris marsh”)
Marais means Marsh

Paris, like our hometown Chicago, started as a “Swampy Marsh”
(maybe that’s conducive to a great city)

Le Marais (Paris): The History of the Trendiest Swamp in the World https://untappedcities.com/2012/07/11/le-marais-the-history-of-the-trendiest-swamp-in-the-world/

Marais Swamp

How Chicago Lifted Itself Out of the Swamp and Became a Modern Metropolis https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2018/10/11/chicago-lifted-swamp-became-modern-metropolis/ideas/essay/#.X-9Wt9T79WU.twitter