9.28.2015

Cour de Rohan





I am never at a loss for things to do in Paris, whether visiting a museum or strolling the streets of my favorite neighborhood, I can always find enjoyable ways to pass the day. On this day, I came upon the Cour de Rohan, a tucked-away passage in the sixth arrondissement. I had not been there in years and my return visit was truly a step back in time. Not only a step back to my college days in Paris when I first visited the neighborhood, but also a step back to the 15th century when these buildings were constructed.

Rohan is a corruption of Rouen. The Cour de Rohan consists of three small pictureque courtyards which formed part of a townhouse owned by the archbishops of Rouen. The second courtyard includes the last remaining vestige of Diane de Poitier's Renaissance loggia.













9.01.2015

Camille Claudel


Very often friends ask me for suggestions on what to see and do in Paris. In fact, the frequency of those requests was the impetus for this blog. Whenever possible, I try to pair my suggestions with French films that provide context. Given my two recent posts about the Rodin Museum, I cannot help but think of the film Camille Claudel
 
Based on a book by Reine-Marie Paris, granddaughter of Camille's brother, the poet and writer Paul Claudel, the film tells the story of her life as an artist, her apprenticeship under Rodin, their love affair, and her tragic end.
 
Starring Isabelle Adjani in the title role and Gerard Depardieu as Rodin, the film was a huge box-office hit and won five Cesar awards. It is truly one of my favorite films, and I highly recommend it to anyone planning to visit the museum, which features her work along side the work of Rodin.