A to Cray-Z 2017 –
All about the week that I nearly drove my husband crazy. In Paris.
Last October, my husband and I spent a month in France. Nine of those days we spent in Paris. We sought out a street in Paris for every letter of the alphabet, and we set foot in every arrondissement de Paris. This is not for the faint of heart. Or anyone who fears lots of walking. Or stairs. Or trop de baguettes. Or le Métro.
Ça veut dire — Do not try this at home, folks.
Alors, mes chers lecteurs…have you been to Paris? Have you walked on this street? Does this street make you dream or think of a story? Tell me in the comments!
French verb for this street: Imaginer
On peut imaginer que les statues dans la fontaine s’éveillent la nuit et explorent les rues de Paris, eux aussi…
I is for Place Igor Stravinsky
Rue : Place Igor Stravinsky
Arrondissement : 4e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
Well, the fountain itself is fascinating, and there are some interesting street performers there sometimes, but overall, there were too many people when we were there this time (it’s the second time we’ve been there). I got hit by a ball trying to cross from one side of the courtyard to the other, and the “adolescent” who threw it said some gros mots in my direction for having had the audacity to have interrupted their game. We pretty much walked across, and then left. This time we did not visit the Modern Art Museum inside the Centre Pompidou just next to the square, but we did last time and it really was worth the time. Next time I’d go straight for the museum, but if you haven’t checked out the fountain, it really is cool. The statues in the fountain move!
What’s in a name?
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), was a Russian-born composer and conductor who lived part of his life in France, and finally became a US citizen in 1945. The fountain sits on top of the sub-terrainian IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) building. The sixteen sculptures, created by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle are made in reference to several of Stravinsky’s works.
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