Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Food Court at Printemps, Paris

We've heard of the new food hall, Printemps du Goût, that opened earlier this year at the main Printemps store on Boulevard Haussmann and we stop in to see what it's about.  The advertisements show two floors of French Gastronomy, coordinated by famous French chefs.

 Printemps Department Store

 Two floors of Gastronomie Francaise

On our way up the escalator to Printemps du Goût on the 7th and 8th floors, we see a true sign of summer: beach toys.

Summer beach accessories

Reaching the Gastronomie floors, we first look at the gourmet food for sale in the center section, ranging from canned vegetables to complete picnic baskets full of goodies and, of course, fine wines and champagnes.

 Goods for sale to go

Along the sides of the building, with views of Paris, are small high-end food stalls with wide-varying cuisine, selling food for a great dining experience here or to go for later pleasure.  We visit in the mid-morning and everyone is busy preparing for the crowds to come over the next few hours.

 Food Stalls

The individual dining areas are small, with expansive views of the city.

 For dining in

And, when the weather is conducive, one can step outside, dine, and view the city.

 Dining on the balcony

View from the balcony

On our way down from the floors of Gastronomy, we pass through a garden of spring flowers delighting us all as we descend on the escalator.

Floral display ends our culinary sojourn

This food hall has it all.  Between the great tastes here at Printemps and those at the Galeries Lafayette food hall on the other side of Boulevard Haussmann, one could dine incredibly for quite a while!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris

Musée Jacquemart-André is a private museum on Boulevard Haussman that was created from the home of Édouard André and his wife, Nélie Jacquemart, displaying the art they collected and also special exhibitions, one of which we stop in to see:  "Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist in Paris."

Mary Cassatt at the Musée Jacquemart-André

The public rooms of the residence/museum are spectacular and we wander through them to get to the special exhibition.

 Musée Jacquemart-André

Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to hold exhibitions with the impressionist painters in Paris.  Born in Pennsylvania (USA) and trained as an academic painter at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, she spent sixty years in France and embraced the impressionist style, in particular representing the theme of maternity from a feminist, impressionist perspective.   She became close friends with Edgar Degas and they formed a long and fruitful artistic partnership.

 Paintings of Mary Cassatt

Leaving the exhibition rooms, we enter the living spaces of the building and see how Parisians lived in the late 1800s.

 Chambre de Madame, Chambre de Monsieur

Antichamber between the two chambres

Exiting the building into the back courtyard shows the grand space for the entrance off the boulevard.

 Back courtyard

The building was constructed in 1875 and, upon the death of Edouard and Nélie, the residence and its collections were bequeathed to the Institut de France, which opened them to the public in 1913.  In 1955, the building was taken over by Culturespaces, dedicated to preserving museums. monuments, and historic sites.