Monday, June 17, 2013

Paris: Clocks. (And Snoods.)

The Musée d'Orsay, which contains the world's largest collection of impressionist and
post-impressionist paintings, is in what used to be the Gare d'Orsay -- a Beaux-Arts train station
built at the turn of the 20th century. A number of the windows, like this one in the café, are clocks
(to show the time to the outside world).

 Here's another one in an anteroom adjacent to one of the galleries.

It's kinda amazing to see a view of Paris through an enormous clock.

Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre through a clock.

One more clock in the Musée d'Orsay.

Here's a clock on Boulevard du Palais on the Île de la Cité. Paris is divided in two by the Seine,
 and the Île de la Cité is a little island in the middle of the river. It's where Notre Dame is, and also
the Prefecture de Police, the Palais de Justice (which includes the Sainte Chapelle),
a hospital, and the Tribunal de Commerce. And the flower markets, and this clock.

This clock is on the face of the Church of Saint Paul-Saint Louis on Rue Saint-Antoine in the Marais district.

These next few were at the flea markets de la porte de Clignancourt.



In the Passage Jouffroy, 9th arrondissement.
(Jouffroy is one of the hidden covered passageways in Paris.)

Institut de France. Location of the Bibliothèque Mazarine.

One of two clocks on Saint-Ambroise, Boulevard Voltaire...

where both clocks are showing the wrong time --
and the towers are wearing snoods!

Parisian towers are so snoody.