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: ronronner
Écoute…comme les moteurs ronronnent sous les capots de ces voitures de sports !
R is for Rue Robert Estienne
Rue : Robert Estienne
Arrondissement : 8e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
We came across this street on the night we went to the famous Avenue des Champs Elysées. It was our first time to visit this street, and I really liked seeing it at night because there are a lot of lights, you can see the Arc de Triomphe, and the people watching is pretty fantastic. The street is absolutely huge, as big as an American highway, but full of life and people walking everywhere. And yes, there were a lot of really expensive sports cars “purring” along the Avenue as well! I realize that it is different now than it was in the old movies, or when the song “Champs Elysées” was written, but it’s still kind of fantastic, especially at night, and especially if you’re not there to shop. I can see that could be a very expensive endeavor and not as interesting as shopping in the more “quaint and charming” spots of Paris.
What’s in a name?
Robert Estienne (1503-1559) was born in Paris came from a long line of printers and bookshop owners. He published Bibles and other important religious texts in several languages. It is said that he was the first to print the Bible with standard numbered verses, and he printed the French Bible in 1553. François I even named him the “Printer in Greek to the King.”
Bonus : If you are interested in reading more about how Robert Etienne influenced how we read the Bible today, check out this article on Bible Gateway by Andy Rau.
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