Les Invalides

I caught this view of the dome of the Invalides through the trees of the gardens of the Rodin Museum, which is a must-see when you’re visiting Paris. Designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the structure serves as a critical step in the development of domes in Western architecture. The domed church was part of a larger…

Cathedral of St. Louis, Blois

Heading back to the town of Blois for a bit, we look at the Cathedral of St. Louis, an interesting mix of old and newer additions. Portions date from Gothic style all the way up to the Seventeenth Century and the Baroque. Which brings me to an interesting revelation; after the Gothic, French ecclesiastic architecture…

Notre Dame of Chartres, Interior

Well then, they’ve been doing a bit of interior decorating on the inside of Chartres Cathedral, and generating quite a bit of controversy in the process. Needless to say, the newly cleaned and painted walls are a dramatic change to what to what generations of particularly older art historians were accustomed. Of course, it has…

Notre Dame of Reims, Interior

The interior of Reims Cathedral is breathtaking, with long vistas viewed from the front doors towards the high altar far in the distance in the choir. The groin vaulting high overhead is uniform and rhythmic, with finely cut stone giving the sense of an almost perfect work of masonry. The high altar, like many in…

Notre Dame of Reims, Exterior

It was sort of a cloudy, gloomy day when I visited Reims Cathedral, which is also dedicated to Notre Dame, Our Lady the Virgin Mary. But it is such a striking edifice that it is hard not to enjoy the beauty of the church regardless of the weather. One of the largest cathedrals in the…

Notre Dame of Paris, Under Reconstruction and the Cluny Museum

No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to Notre Dame, which simply means “Our Lady” in French, and as such, there are perhaps thousands of churches in the Francophone world with that name. Our Lady obviously refers to the Virgin Mary. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the cathedral…

Cathedral Basilica of St. Denis

I saw six cathedrals when I was in Paris and the surrounding environs. First up is the former abbey church and now Cathedral Basilica of St. Denis. It was once out in the country north of Paris but is now deep in the larger metropolitan region and has a thriving immigrant community. There was heavy…

Some Random Impressions of France

First off, perhaps I would like to start off with some impressions of Paris, and France in general. This was my twelfth trip to Europe, but my first to France. Many people were surprised that I had never been, and that was a major reason I chose to finally go. As I remarked to someone,…

Back from Paris and Northern France with over a Thousand Photographs

While certainly I wanted to show off the beauty of Dutchtown for two weeks, that was also cover for the fact I was traveling in Europe for over a week, specifically in Paris and throughout northern France. I took over 1,000 photos, which is slacking off a bit considering I took over 2,400 photos back…

Lindell Boulevard from North Boyle Avenue to Kingshighway

Proceeding further west on Lindell Boulevard, we see both well-preserved stretches of historic architecture and utterly obliterated streetscape. There are those stunning townhouses, which I would love to own if I didn’t have to worry about a car driven by a man-child flying into my living room every day. And then there’s the former of…