Super update in photos Kerouac. I wonder how. many Anyporters know that from the Nelson Mandela gardens the domed building in the background was the Bourse de Commerce with the column of the Astrologer's Tower next to it. This tower is one of the monuments of Paris most surrounded by mystery. At the base , an inscription in Latin states that it is the sole relic of the Manor House built in 1572 by Catherine de Medici on the site of one of Louis d"Orleans residences. She had the tower 31m high built for her astrologer Cosimo Ruggoeri who had considerable influence over her. He always dressed in black , regularly climbed to the top of the tower with his patron in order to mutter magic formulae and read the future in the stars. But, when he died in 1615 the column fell into disuse and the legend has it that on stormy nights, a tall black silhouette appears in the metal cage at the top as lightening dances across the sky…… Could it be ol' Nelson….?
In any case, the total renovation of the building is complete, and the "Collection Pinault" museum was supposed to open this month, but a certain world situation has delayed the inauguration until spring 2021.
Great photos and reporting thank you.Its fascinating to see that the people in such a large city are still being cautious. Here the roads are almost back to normal, indeed yesterday there was a complete log jam - all because the drive thru McDonalds had re-opened.
Enjoy it while you can K2 must be so nice to enjoy Paris without all the hoards of pesky tourists.
An Italian acquaintance of mine has a bike shop near the Gare de Lyon. He reports doing very good business. I also know an American who bugged out of the US and bought a little bike shop in Vicenza, Italy. Haven't heard from him in a while.
So different here. If you see someone on a bike it's bound to be a delivery of some kind - office papers, homemade food, not much else. A few younger guys might use it as a transport medium like our watchman/parking attendant at the shop, but the bike has to be stowed away out of sight and heavily chained to some immovable object. Most people do not even consider riding a bike anywhere as the possibility of being accosted and the bike taken off your hands at knife point are very real. The majority of bike riders are in groups belonging to a cycle club, but riding in our traffic is dangerous to say the least.
I made a little video today to show what Paris is like as it deconfines. For those of you familiar with Paris, most of the scenes are from Gare de l'Est, the left bank along the Seine, the Luxembourg gardens, Gare du Nord and Rosa Parks.
Nice video, but strange to see the various areas so empty of people. Congratulations on catching the woman forgetting her mask before trying to bite into her pastry. I’m guessing that same thing will happen to many!
Great video, although initially upsetting because it's hard to assimilate how empty everything is. You did get some wonderful shots -- I particularly love the b&w of the older man in a homburg. It was a relief to see "crowds" towards the end of the video.
How clever it is to have that machine. Well spotted! I’m guessing that is Châtelet? Are there similar machines at other stations? Using disposable masks is problematic, to be sure, but I suppose they’re necessary at the moment. I wish it was as easy to get hand sanitizer here in my hometown. I haven’t been able to buy any in months.