Category Archives: Architecture

Réaliser un rêve

Anyone who knows me personally or through this blog knows that I long for my own Paris apartment. The logistics of finding, buying, and renovating one are rather daunting, however (not to mention the 2 or 3 million euros required … Continue reading

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Remise en état

I dream of living in France on a fairly regular basis. A chic little apartment on the Left Bank or in the Marais would suit me just fine. But periodically, my dreams run a little bigger. I was flabbergasted to … Continue reading

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Un belvédère

One of the beautiful garden features at Versailles is le Belvédère on the grounds of the Petit Trianon.  Un belvédère (uhn bell-vay-dare) refers to any small building that offers a viewpoint. It was built between 1778 and 1781 for Marie-Antoinette … Continue reading

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Dans les coulisses

You probably already know Paris’ Opéra Garnier for its flamboyant exterior or maybe for the story of the Phantom, written by Gaston Leroux. It’s been classified as a historical monument for 90 years, but the parts that are behind the … Continue reading

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Si le soleil entre dans la maison, il est un peu dans votre cœur

There are only a few weeks left in which to see the Museum of Modern Art, New York, exhibit entitled Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes. Here’s a blog entry from the archives that I wrote about Le Corbusier. The first … Continue reading

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Le temps des utopies ne dure jamais longtemps

Forty years after it was first published, Yvan Christ’s book Paris Utopie is back. Christ is an architectural historian, and his book lists all the urban projects in Paris that were proposed and scrapped over the past 200 years. Had … Continue reading

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Belle époque

How’s your piggy bank doing? Getting full? Then you might want to invest in an apartment – well, a penthouse – that is going to be coming on the market in Monaco. Having just gotten back from the south of … Continue reading

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