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Visit to the Opera Garnier

One of the days my class went to a magnificent Opera House in aris – Opera Garnier.

Seating 2,200 people, the imposing Opera Garnier — also known as the Palais Garnier or simply the Paris Opera– is an architectural treasure and essential spot for the city’s ballet and classical music scene. Designed by Charles Garnier and inaugurated in 1875 as the Academie Nationale de Musique -Theatre de l’Opera (National Academy of Music – Opera Theater), the neo-baroque style Opera Garnier is now the home of the Paris ballet. The city’s official opera company relocated to the starkly contemporary Opera Bastille in 1989.

I was amazed by the architectural beauty of the Opera. In fact there were lots of students making sketches of the building’s interiors. One thing that roused my indignation was the placement of frog characters – modern art-together with the classic beauty of the Opera Garnier. My personal opinion is to preserve the antique masterpiece the way it was created without mixing it with the elements of modern art. I personally consider it a bad taste.

On the second floor there were decorations of two mighty female statues-impeccably created. For some reason they reminded me of two statues in Creaser’s Palace, Las Vegas.

          

Naked Man on a Balcony :-)

Every day on our way to the Institut Catholique de Paris we passing park de Luxemburg and just outside of its gates we see this statue of a man on a balcony of a private building or so it seems to me. It’s interesting – is there a lonely lady who decided to keep a beautifully built man on her balcony…, or is it a lover who didn’t have time to put his clothes on and had to disappear before the husband spots him… or is it a guardian who keeps his master safe….? LOL

Well, honestly, I’m curious. If anyone knows or has an idea, please share!

The exact address is 58, Rue de Vaugirard. I googled it and founf that people posted pictures with different statues from before, so who knows, there might be a new Michelangelo living there who exhibits his works in such way.

Man walking through the wall

When Masha’s friend from Moscow came, Masha II, we found in her Russian version guide-book of Paris a picture with a bronze sculpture of a man embedded walking through the wall. My first reaction to that picture was the association to David Copperfield’s show when he was walking through a Great Wall of China. In short it made us very curious and we decided to go to Montmartre to find that wall. The statue is based upon a short story by French novelist Marcel Aymé called Le passe-muraille , about a man who possessed such capability. It is also the work of one of one of the greatest actors, Jean Marais, of the French classics, La belle et la bête and Orphée. It is located in a small, secretive little plaza in the Montmartre district of Paris. It’s a life-sized statue that is known to many native French, but is little known elsewhere. It is an unusual statue, nothing like the men on horseback or head-and-shoulders busts that usually grace the squares of ancient cities like Paris, nor is it some newfangled abstract artwork so common in American plazas. Rather, this statue is of a man who appears to be coming out of the supporting wall of the garden that lies above it. This man is not ordinary. He is passing through a wall. No one of my acquaintances can do that, and as we all know, this is the stuff only of science fiction.

The exact location is : Place Marcel Aymé is located at 2 Rue Norvins, at the corner of Rue Norvins and Allée des Brouillards.

Here’s a picture of me trying to jump up to his hand!

Terrifying made Gorgeous

On July 15, I checked out the Père Lachaise Cemetery where there is a most sought tomb of Oscar Wilde. I had a wonderful experience, the tombs are very interesting, artistic, a lot with profound meaning, and for the most part attractive. One could notice the difference between the older tombs and the relatively new ones – different style and lack of care for some of them, which are left pretty much abandoned. At some point I noticed a tomb with a black cat on it – so uncanny and somewhat terrufying making you think of reincarnation and remember some scary old beliefs that a black cat is not just a simple cat, but has some magical power.

I loved the romanticism of wife and husband buried in one tomb together. Even death doesn’t make them apart…….

I found a tomb of Russian people that has an attractive sculpture and on the top of it there’s a Russian style orthodox dome.

Bastille Day

July 15.

My weekend was so full of events, new information and adventures in the gorgeous Paris. Bastille was a bit hectic and crowded, but I was amazed how French people are proud of their history and all celebrate it with importance. July 14 we went close to the tower an hour before the fireworks to get the best spot. Little did we know that this year the fireworks were shoot from a bit different angle and we could see only part of them behind the trees. It was great anyways. In this long time, 30 minutes, we met some Parisians, got to practice the French and learnt more about their usual way of celebrating the holiday.

St. Germaine-en-Laye

My first weekend in Paris was wonderful. I visited the places that have a great historical and artistic value. On Sunday Maria and I we went to a characteristic town right outside of Paris, called St-Germaine-en-Laye, where we had an adventurous promenade around the town and made visits to a catholic eglise Saint Germaine and a tres mignon Château de Monte-Cristo, the house of Alexandre Duma – pere. Again in the eglis Saint Germaine one could notice similar characteristics to the previously mentioned churches – stained glass windows,    mighty columns, domes, and the altar.

Restaurante Russe in Montmartre – Chez Svetlana

 

While me and my ever-faithful-Russian-friend, Masha, were browsing around Montmartre we stumble across a Russian restaurant, called chez Svetlana. It’s located just some meters away from adorable place Charles Dullin, and from the theatre d’Atelier. Svetlana in Russian is a female name meaning lumiere in French or sunshine in English. We stopped by out of the curiosity to check out the menu and to make a note if that place could work for our future hungry times. It’s like a mini museum, where your eyes won’t but admire the Russian orthodox style icons made from silver and splendid paintings of Nicolay the II. At the atmosphere of Russian music (often life) one could taste Russian style delicatessens. The menu seemed typically Russian so if anybody is interested to try it’s located on 52 rue d’Orsel, 18 arrondissement. Among the starters I would recommend Caviar d’aubergine or blini saumon fume.

If you feel for a hearty soup try borsch of course, you cannot go more traditional than that, plus it’s very healthy.

From hot dishes you could choose vareniki ukrainies, bouef stroganoff, or chachlik.

As for the desserts I’d choose vatrouchka –  Oh, how I  miss those happy times of my mom’s cooking.

Here’s the menu:

Zakouski et Entrées froides – Cold Starter
Tarama ……………………………………………….. 7 €
Creme d’oeufs de cabillaud ( 1 piece )
Cream of cod eggs ( 1 piece )
Blinis Saumon fumé ………………………………. 14 €
( 1 piece ) accompagnee de salade fraicheur (concombre, fromage blanc, aneth)
Blini with smoked salmon ( 1 piece ) served with cucumber, white cheese, dill.
Caviar d’aubergine ……………………………….. 7 €
Assortiment de Zakouski ………………………. 19 €
Truite et saumon fume, Tarama, accompagnes de salade russe d’ete et d’un blini.
Trout and smoked salmon, Tarama, served with russian salad and a blini.
Salade russe………………………………………… 8 €
Chou, betterave, concombre, tomates, olives, fromage, aneth..
Cabbage, beet, cucumber, olive, tomato, cheese, dill.
Silodka ………………………………………………… 9 €
Hareng aux oignons, a l’aneth et pomme de terre vapeur..
Herring with with onions, dill and steam potatoes.

Soupes et Entrées chaudes – Hot Starter
Borchtch ……………………………………………… 7 €
Soupe chaude traditionnelle russe de legumes varies
Russian traditional hot soup with a mix of vegetable.
Pirojki a la viande ………………………………….. 8 €
Brioches de pain farcies a la viande de volaille, accompagnee de creme fraiche et d’aneth (2 peces).
Brioche of bred stuff with chicken meet, served with fresh cream and dill (2 pieces).

Plats Chauds Hot Dishes
Pelmenis siberiens maison……………… 15 €
Raviolis maison farcis a la viande de volaille, accompagne de salade russe (chou, betterave), de creme fraiche, d’aneth et de paprika.
Ravioli stuffed with chicken meet, served with russian salad ( cabbage, beet ), cream spread, dill and paprika.
Cotelettes Pojarski …………………………… 16 €
Volaille hachee, panee, accompagnee de riz, sarrasin, d’un assortiment de salade russe (chou, betterave) et pomme de terre vapeur.
Fried and breaded poultry served with rice, buckwheat, russian salad (cabbage, beet) and steam potatoes.
Vareniki ukrainiens…………………………… 15 €
Raviolis farcis au fromage blanc accompagnes de salade russe (chou, betterave), de creme fraiche, d’aneth et de paprika.
Raviolis stuffed with cheese, served with russian salad (cabbage, beet), cream spread, dill and paprika.
Vareniki au chou……………………………….. 15 €
Raviolis farcis au chou, accompagne de salade russe (chou, betterave), de creme fraiche, d’aneth et de paprika.
Raviolis stuffed with cabbage, served with russian salad (cabbage, beet), cream spread, dill and paprika.
Boeuf Strogonoff ………………………………. 17 €
Boeuf emince mijote dans de la creme et des champignons, accompagne de riz, de sarrasin, de salade russe (chou, betterave) et d’aneth.
Emince de stewed beef in cream and mushroom, served with rice, russian salad (cabbage, beet) and dill.
Chachlik armenien ……………………………. 21 €
Brochette de porc marinee aux herbes, grillee et flambee a la vodka, accompagnee de sarrasin, de pommes de terre vapeur, de riz, nappe d’une sauce aux champignons.
Brochette of marinated pork wich is grilled and flambed with vodka, sarrain, steamed potatoes, rice with mushroom sauce.
Chachlik au poulet at a la dinde flambe
a la vodka
………………………………………….. 19 €
Brochette de poulet et marinee aux herbes, grillee et flambee a la vodka, accompagnee de sarrasin, de pommes de terre vapeur, de riz, nappe d’une sauce aux champignons.
Brochette of marinated chicken wich is grilled and flambed with vodka, sarrain, steamed potatoes, rice with mushroom sauce..

Desserts Deserts
Vatrouchka Sirnik ……………………………… 6 €
Gateau au fromage blanc, accompagne de fruit frais, de creme chantilly et nappe de sirop de baies.
Cheese cake, served with fresh fruits, whipping cream, coated with berries syrup..
Gateau “Svetlana” ……………………………… 8 €
Gateau au fromage blanc, accompagne d’une boule de glace a la vanille, nappee de chocolat.
Cheese cake, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, coated with chocolate sauce..
Varenikis farcis aux cerises russes .. 9 €
Raviolis sucres, farcis aux cerises russes, accompagnes de creme chantilly, de sirop de cerises et de vodka a la cerise.
Sweet raviolis, stuffed with russian cherries, served with whipping cream, cherries syrup and cherry vodka..
Sorbet citron – chantilly …………………….. 5 €
Lemon sorbet with whipped cream chantilly.
Glace chocolat / vanille ……………………….5 €
Vanilla and chocolate ice cream.
Chocolat liegois ………………………………….5 €
Coupe Kalinka …………………………………… 9 €
Sorbet citron arrose de vodka et de sirop de baies.
Lemon sorbet with whipped chantilly, vodka, berries syrup..