Friday, April 20, 2012

R = Rue de Rivoli - A to Z Challenge

The Paris Metro sign. . .



Art Nouveau Paris Metro sign, rue de Rivoli, by DG Hudson


Rue de Rivoli


It's one of the most famous streets in Paris, a pleasant commercial street whose shops include the most fashionable names in the business.  The length runs through the 4th and the 1st arrondissements.  This street bears the name of one of Napoleon's battles, Rivoli, 1797.



Napoleon and the rue de Rivoli


Napoleon I decided to build a street from the Place de la Concorde along the Tuileries and the Louvre, across the Place de la Bastille (a wasteland after the 1789 Revolution), all the way to the Faubourg Saint Antoine.  For the first time, a handsome, regular, wide street would face the north wing of the old Louvre Palace.  The architecture was to be symmetrical, sober, and incorporate pedestrian-friendly passages and arcades that would eventually extend for almost a mile.


The long line of massive buildings that make up the northern side of the rue de Rivoli, with their covered and columned arcades, are a result of Paris' reconstruction in the early 1840s. These buildings now house the quarter's most tourist-oriented shops, boutiques and night-clubs. This walkway can get crowded, so keep valuables close and out-of-sight.

North of the rue de Rivoli, at the point where the Grands Boulevards crossed an enormous new square, the Opera Garnier was built. Behind the opera house today, you can find the largest department stores, the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.

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 On Marais market day. . .


Marais Street Market on the rue de Rivoli, by DG Hudson


Our rented apartment in the Marais was right on the rue de Rivoli, four flights up, with the bedroom facing a quiet courtyard.  I won't forget the sounds of the city - the traffic, the motorcycles, the polite but persistent honking - that drifted up to our 1800s style windows.  Every morning, I opened those large windows so I could hear the hum  of Paris.
 

Further along the rue de Rivoli, there's the Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall), the Louvre Museum, and beyond that, the Tuileries gardens.  The BHV (Bazaar de l'Hotel de Ville), is a large French department store where we shopped a few times.  East along the rue de Rivoli, at the Place des Pyramides, is the gilded statue of Jean d’Arc (Joan of Arc) situated close to where she was wounded. See J = Jean d'Arc


Add cafes and sidewalk food carts in strategic places to the above and you'll have a good image of this historical street.

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A former palace, the Louvre. . .


The Louvre North Wing faces the rue de Rivoli, by Green Eye


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On the rue de Rivoli. . .the Hotel de Ville



Hotel de Ville in the Evening, Paris, by DG Hudson


DG's Theme:  Paris, Etc.  (Art, Film, Places, and People)
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Have you heard of the rue de Rivoli?  Did you know Napoleon was responsible for having it built?  Please share any comments.


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References:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rue_de_Rivoli,_Paris

http://www.parismustsee.com/champs-elysees.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_du_Louvre

http://www.francemonthly.com/n/0105/index.php

14 comments:

  1. I mis-read this as Rue de Ravioli, which is actually in Italy next to Spaghetti Street ;-)

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    1. Sure, Rick! If Napoleon had been Italian, and liked Italian food, maybe. . .

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  2. i think i had heard of it--and the way you describe your rented apartment--it sounds just like i have always imagined a trip to paris

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    1. That's nice to hear, Lynn, and that apartment was a 10 out of 10.

      I got up early every day and sketched the windows on the building opposite. They reminded me of ship's windows.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  3. I did not know Napoleon was responsible. But in my latest story, one of my characters in on the Rue di Rivoli, running for his life and goes through the Tuileries.

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    1. How exciting, Anne. Now I'll have to imagine a character doing that or get the book, hmm?

      Napoleon was an involved ruler, more than I ever knew. We don't know much about the man, only about his military prowess. So, I'm sharing what I've learned.

      Thanks for the visit.

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  4. Very interesting! I love all the Art Nouveau in Paris. Thanks for the follow!

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    1. I agree. Design and embellishments always catch my eye.

      Thanks for the visit!

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  5. I have heard of the street, but didn't know about Napoleon's involvement.

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    1. He managed a city the way he managed his campaigns. Efficiently.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Napoleon did something good after all!

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    1. Yes, he did. Anyone can feel at home on this street, because its wide and fairly modern.

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  7. Hi DG .. excellent you rented a flat - what fun. No I didn't know the history at all - I'll have to come back and re-read all these - one advantage of blogging!!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Sorry, Hilary, had to retrieve this one from spam.

      I'd rent a flat again for sure. I'm not fond of hotel lobbies. We felt like we lived there.

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