La Bluette: an Art Nouveau house by Guimard La Bluette is an art nouveau house built in Hermanville in Normandy, France by Art Nouveau architect Hector Guimard. “Bluette” is a literary term for spark. More often than not, the term also means some sort of minor, witty and unpretentious piece of lirerature. In the above context, where “La Bluette” is the name of the villa, it could just be word play around the colour of this half-timbered Art Nouveau house […]
Behind the scenes, one understands that appearances may be a trifle deceptive. To most people, and not just tourists, Versailles will look like the above picture. Rowing boats, canals and a grandiose château. One will take the train to the Versailles Rive Gauche railway station and scutter from there to the château and back and then back on the train to Paris. And doing that they will be under the impression that everything in Versailles is top-notch. Yet, a few […]
Versailles Chantiers is one of the many railway stations in Versailles. This one is a little bit further away from the Chateau. Its name is derived from the building sites (“Chantiers” in French) where the stone-carving workshops were located. In a nutshell, this is the place where the stones were prepared for the building of the chateau in the 17-18th centuries. Since the 1930s it’s been the location of a new railway station. It was bombed during the war, but […]
A river runs through Paris, it’s a fact. Two rivers I should say because the Marne is the Seine’s tributary and it merges into it right at the beginning of the City in Ivry. This picture has nothing to do with the film or book of the same name, and I won’t try and spin a yarn about fly fishing in the Seine. In fact, I strongly advise against that, even though water quality has gone up quite a bit […]
The other day we were visiting the Cité U for the umpteenth time. It’s funny how you can visit some places a hundred times and still discover new things. That was the case on that dreary January day outside the Brazilian residence (built by architects Le Corbusier and Lucio Costa). I was looking into the empty building when I caught a glimpse of a reflection I found somewhat interesting. It turned out the picture was a total dud and just as […]
It’s the City’s oldest and a brilliant piece of watchmaking at the corner of the Conciergerie in the heart of Paris. I read on that page that it was 47-metre long but it’s hard for me to figure out. This must be a typo. Anyway, I agree with them, one can pass by it without noticing it. And so I did for many years, whizzing past it on my Brompton. This clock was “[…] commissioned by King Charles V in 1370 and […]
We spent our winter vacation lockdown in Normandy. The weather was so cold, wet and windy that it was barely bearable. Despite the sub-zero temperature, I was able to press the shutter button through my mitts… Well, it wasn’t that bad, but it really was bitterly cold. The weather was changing and unpredictable, yet conducive to beautiful mottled skies like this one.
The anti museum needed a new logo and this is why. As I am thinking about my new project I have begun to redesign this blog. This is only step one, but soon I will install a new template for antimuseum.com. It will cease to be a blog and will be promoted to a website. The blog will still be visible on the website and I will continue to update it regularly. I will even post more and more content […]