Saturday, 14 February 2015

Sunrise in Montmartre

One recompense of winter is that you can see the sunrise without getting up at a ludicrous hour. Here are a few photos I took post school drop-off.

A timely pigeon.


Bonjour Paris.


Sunlight moving its way along the facades.


Winter lace.


By the time I got to Place Ravignan the sun was fully up, and the light was still beautiful.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

The Louis Vuitton Foundation: Gehry rocks the Paris architecture scene

The Louis Vuitton Foundation located at the northern edge of the Bois du Boulogne is a museum and cultural centre dedicated to contemporary art. Designed by Canadian born architect Frank Gehry, it was inaugurated in October 2015. Born in 1929, 86 year old Frank Gehry continues to design astonishing buildings that push the limits of architecture and the use of innovative building materials and techniques. 

We went to visit the Foundation for the first time on my birthday. It was a cold, grey January day and as we approached from the Metro station, Les Sablons, we saw the glazed structure looming out from behind the trees. 




Although the Louis Vuitton Foundation is very photogenic, it is actually hard to do it full justice. I tried.



The building rises from a sunken lake and is reminiscent of a giant sail boat moored at the edges of the Bois de Boulogne.



Water flows down a shallow stepped waterfall towards the sunken lake. At dusk the water looked an inky black.



At the moment there's an Olafur Eliasson exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation until the 2nd March 2015. I'd encourage you to go, it was not only beautiful but a lot of fun as well. Eliasson is an Icelandic artist known for working with water, light and air temperature with a view to seducing the viewer. I was seduced!





Mirrors and shadows kept the kids amused. Well, yes, and us grown ups too!



We left at dusk so got to see the Foundation glowing in the night.



Spectacular!



The Louis Vuitton Foundation is open all days of the week except for Tuesday. All details can be found on their website, Louis Vuitton Foundation.

More Louis Vutton Foundation photos can be seen on my flickr account ... here.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pretty in Pink

Our neighbourhood spoilt me this morning! Rue de l'Abreuvoir and sunrise.



Half an hour later, the sky and perspective looked like this. A little brighter, a little less pink, but still stunning. Rue André Barsacq.