Paris Highlights – Week Three

Paris Highlights – Week Three

Boutique du Livre Anime

As many of you know I create pop-up (movable) books and I had the great privilege to visit the Boutique du Livre Anime located at 3 Pierre l’Ermite, in the 18th Arrondissement.

Discretely located on a fairly non-descript street (non-descript by Parisianstandards) one enters a beautifully designed wonderland of towering book shelves filled with art, design, and moveable books (livres anime).

Iron columns supporting exposed beams, polished concrete floors, oriental rugs, and large sheets of plate glass encase this amazing collection of books and art.

Not only does the boutique house a collection of rare and vintage books, thereis also a wonderful assortment of contemporary pop-up and artist books for sale.

(my suitcase is going to be very heavy on my return to the states!)

http://boutiquedulivreanime.blogspot.com/

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A short 1/2 day trip to Fontainebleau yielded another fabulous library.  This one built for Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Atelier Isabelle Melchiori

This week I also visited the atelier of Isabelle Melchiori located at 105 Avenue de St Ouen in the 17th arrondissement.

www.coursdepeintureparis.com

Isabelle studied at the Academy des Beaux Arts in Paris and teaches a variety of classes in both traditional and contemporary art practices.  Isabelle and her husband Patrick Adda invited me to observe an oil painting class and to chat with the students about their current projects and goals.

July 14th – Bastille Day

The crowds were massive along the Champs Elysees to watch the military parade, so I didn’t get any great photographs, but on the Rue Montaigne was the staging area for the mounted honor guard.  Both kids and adults enjoyed mingling with the horses and the officers.

I ended the day viewing the fireworks display with friends from the Pont Grenelle.

Click on this link for a short video of:     Eiffel Tower Fireworks