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Thursday Doors Le Marais

The old Jewish quarter is achingly hip nowadays. Jim Morrison was living there when he died. The shopping is fantastic, the markets full of the freshest and most expensive fruit and vegetables, the restaurants catering to all tastes.

Solid doors.
Tall doors
Plain doors
Grey doors
Scarlet doors
National Archives
Purple doors
Woodend doors with metal strips, in the Places des Voges
Sully Hotel gardens with impressive door
Close up
One of the wider streets in the Marais
Paris is for lovers, whatever their ages
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Thurday Doors Grands Boulevards

Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann cleared the slums of central Paris to lay out a grand design of long wide avenues in the mid 19th Century. Napoleon III had returned from exile in London in 1848 and was disgusted by the filthy, overcrowded centre of Paris. So he appointed the Baron to renovate the city, with modern sewerage (les egouts), clean air and plenty of light. The plans incorporated new railway termini, an opera house and street lighting so that flaneurs and prostitutes could walk the streets in the evening in comparative safety. The wide pavements allowed restaurants to place tables outside on the street, for drinking and dining en plein air. The plan included parks, clean water supplied by reservoirs; 100 miles of boulevards constructed over 17 years, costing the modern equivalent of US$ 75,000,000,000.

One district escaped from his plans – Le Marais, (marsh) a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood which is now gentrified. See next week’s Doors.

Etoile, the star, with the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees.
Dior, being renovated. There were queues outside Louis Vuitton, too.
Rather grand
The Town Hall, Hotel de Ville
The doors of the Spice Union… “all for one and one for all” reminds me of the Three Musketeers.
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Thursday Doors view of a Flaneur

A flaneur, is a boulevardier, someone who enjoys strolling round town. We walked for miles around Paris, observing the different localities, some posh, some down at heel. And I photographed some doors.

Robert Zimmerman and a zebra either side of an exploding door, at the art & technical school
And the next door along…
What a pretty door
How very French. The French Federation of the Aperatif. A little something to get your gastric juices flowing before a meal.
Very smart wooden doors, with polished brassware, under a fancy ironwork Juliet balcony.

Posh number 72.
Engineers and firemen work here. The doors seem very narrow to allow a modern fire engine to exit.
Number 74 needs a bit of tender loving care.
Le pet shop beside the Parc Canin. La Laisse means the leash.
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Thursday Doors in the Graveyard

Walking down the hill from Montmartre, I passed the cemetery. Most graves have narrow plots with a stone pillbox containing the family ashes.

They all have DOORS.

Doors of tombs at a cemetery.
I am not sure how the Migeons are related to the Viellards, perhaps they are higher up the social scale. This doesn’t really matter when you are dead.

The most famous and largest graveyard in Paris is Pere Lachaise. It covers 110 acres of a hilltop in north-east Paris. For fans of “Emily in Paris”, there is a scene in which Luc takes Emily there, to show her the tomb of Honore de Balzac. It took us ages to find it. Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors and member of the 27 club (rock stars who died aged 27), is interred in the cemetery, as is Edith Piaf, Chopin, Proust, Sarah Bernhardt, Moliere, etc.

Gates of Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Napoleon declared the cemetery open in 1804, saying that any citizen had the right to be buried there, regardless of religion or race. It now holds the remains of over a million dead. After the Paris Commune was overthrown, 147 communards were lined up against a wall in the cemetery and shot.

Outside the cemetery, there is a monument to Parisians who died fighting in World War One, with thousands of names written on metal plaques.

Rossini’s corpse was exhumed from Pere Lachaise and taken to the Basilica Santa Croce in Florence
Another sepulchre in Pere Lachaise.
Rather ironic – “mure” means mature in French, together with the Grave family.