Saturday, 28 May 2016

1936 Front populaire

Le bain de soleil. Belle-Ile-en-Mer, 1937. ©Pierre Jamet

Today, as the weather was disguting again (a terrible storm left 11 injured in Parc Monceau, hit by a thunderbolt), I went to see the latest Hotel de Ville free exhibition. It's about the 1936's strikes and the Popular Front. It couldn't be more topical with France being paralysed by current CGT's strikes.

The exhibition has been organised to celebrate the 80's anniversary of the Popular Front. With more than 400 pieces, the installation is very rich and I found it very interesting. I very much enjoyed the tens of pictures taken by the independant humanist photographers such as Willy Ronis, Fred Stein or David Seymour. 

I very much liked the picutres and films showing workers (men and women) during their sit down strikes and later on, during their first holidays by the sea or at the countryside. I didn't know that even in houses such as Chanel, workers went on strike.

I really enjoyed it.
Until July 23rd, 2016
 Hotel de Ville de Paris - 5 rue Lobeau - 75004 Paris
Monday to Saturday (10am - 6:30pm - Last entrance at 5:30pm) Closed on Sunday and bank holiday.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Coffee shop Shakespeare and Co

Today, as the sun finally decided to come out after days and days of cold and rain, I took little Jude for a walk down to Shakespeare and Co.

They now have a lovely coffee shop with tables outside and large picture windows looking onto Notre-Dame. It's a great place to sip a coffee in the sun, especially in the morning. Americano coffee is just 2,50€ (not bad for the area). They also serve gorgeous organic food and fruit juices. 

It's one of the part of Paris that I prefer. I love walking in the little streets around Notre Dame.

Here are some pictures I took for you.

37 rue de la Bûcherie - 75005 Paris.
Monday to Friday (10am to 6:30pm). Saturday and Sunday (10am to 7:30pm)