I headed into Paris today to work on a project with a friend and we had agreed to meet at our school which is in the 11th district near the rue de Temple. Every time I visit the area I'm struck by how much I love this part of the city which is, frankly a bit scruffy. Scruffy but lively. This is where I met and had a very long and illuminating conversation with the Class War Experts. They weren't there today but I had something in compensation for their absence - a rousing "manifestation" (excuse for a party) in support of something (or someone) but I couldn't tell what (or who). Very festive.
So I wasn't sure how to react to the news that the Place is undergoing a facelift. The beautiful statue of Marianne is surrounded by ugly green barriers and there are wires obstructing one's view of this magnificent monument.
The lady has been standing here since 1883 so maybe it is time she was tidied up a bit. The graffiti on the lion, for example, really does have to go.
Not far from Marianne is another lady. This rather odd statue stands in a park and I used to walk by her every day when I was going to school in the area. I have absolutely no idea who she is or what she represents. If anyone knows, please feel free to clue me in.
And, finally, one of my very favorite churches in Paris: the Eglise Sainte-Elizabeth de Hongrie.