I checked out the ephemeral Grand Palais a couple of weeks ago as it near completion. It was supposed to be ready in January, but covid delayed just about everything everywhere, and of course there was no longer any rush for it to open since nothing like that can open until the end of lockdown. One of the reasons (but probably not the only reason) for keeping exactly the same shape and size of the 'grand nef' of the Grand Palais is because the Grand Palais is an Olympic venue for 2024 -- fencing and taekwondo event will take place there. If they had changed the place after being awarded the Olympics, they could have been accused of "bait and switch." This building is designed to be dismantled when the original Grand Palais reopens and can be reassembled elsewhere. Any takers.
The Grand Palais Ephémère is now open after a construction time of seven months and a cost of only 40 million euros.
I wanted to go to the event this weekend, but it was totally sold out, probably all the more so because it is free.
It looks like any of us could get the same result if we had enough plastic wrap.
They haven't announced where it will be rebuilt after being dismantled here, but they have 4 years to think of something. As for the original Grand Palais, they're spending 500 million euros to fix it.
According to today's Le Parisien, Covid and the resulting loss of tourists is forcing a change in les Galleries Lafayette and Le Printemps. In order to attract more local shoppers, they will be redoing their spaces to provide display of more moderate priced goods and even second hand merchandise. Printemps when finished, will boast the largest space (1300 m2) for "la mode circulaire" anywhere in the world for that type of store. Guerrisol comes to Blvd. Haussmann?
Yes, the city was run by the Préfecture for 100 years. Parisians had practically no control over their own affairs because they were considered to be bloodthirsty communists after the Commune.
Actually, the city authorities still have no control over certain strategic boulevards for military reasons.
It occurred to me that that might be one (unspoken) reason why de Gaulle and his regular army were keen to get to Paris after the uprising in August 1944 - just in case the Communists on the liberation committee had any ideas of reviving the Commune.
Kerouac - The reason I asked was because my mother-in-laws second husband was an American Colonel during WWII and in conversation I was told he held the position of mayor in Paris during the war. Now do you think this could be a suburb of Paris,,,,I mean in one of the Arrondissements not the actual Mayor of Hotel de Ville.? Just curious as to what I was told. I remember seeing a very large round engraved object like something you would wear around your neck. Don't know what happened to it. His family did come out from the USA to meet with her after he died so might have taken it with them.