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: Oindre
Ok, this is an unusual verb at best. It doesn’t even start with “W”, but with the “w” sound. Meaning “to anoint” the only time I’ve truly run across it is in Psalm 23:
“Tu oins d’huile ma tête, et ma coupe déborde,” (You anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over”)
The only verb I could find that truly starts with “W” is warranter, meaning “to guarantee.” I’m not really sure how “French” this one is, as it isn’t in all the dictionaries that I use.
La compagnie warrante l’ordinateur pour deux ans, sauf l’écran.
W is for Rue Weber
Rue : Rue Weber
Arrondissement : 16e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
Rue Weber, in the grand 16e arrondissement, is nestled into a lavish-looking residential area, which includes a children’s center. I liked the giant candy next to this street sign; it was a great splash of color in an area that was otherwise pretty austere and serious-looking.
What’s in a name?
This street has always had a musical name. Until 1886, it was called Rue Nilson for the Swedish soprano Christina Nilson (1843 – 1921) who sang for the Paris Opéra for many years. It was then renamed for Carl-Maria von Weber, the German composer well known for his operas, masses and piano works. And Clarinet pieces. I always think of clarinet when I think of von Weber because a friend of mine payed a von Weber clarinet concerto when we were in college. That guy could play a lot of notes!
Here is a portrait of Christine Nilson, whom some believe was the inspiration for Gaston Leroux’s character, Christine Daaé, in his novel, “The Phantom of the Opera.”
And here is some nice clarinet music by C.M. v. Weber for you to listen to!
Bonus : Rue Washington – 8e
Rue Washington, in the 8e arrondissement, is near the famous Champs-Elysées, and that is how we found it, while we were walking along this street, which is a “thing” that one should do at least once in Paris.
Tout simplement, it was named for George Washington, the first president of the United States.
I liked the ornamentation around the window above this street sign.
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