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It is not quite so big as the Château at Versailles, but - from the photos - it is more than nearly as opulent, and it's not all that far away. On top of everything else, it is a 'republican' city hall if I remember correctly; not an ex-royal heirloom.

With 20 other - working - city halls in Paris, I wonder what 'they' do in the Hôtel de Ville.

Now it's confession time. Because I had no intention of 'doing' the Hôtel de Ville last Wednesday, I had to use a photo out of my archive for the opener for the feature. It was taken about a year ago, on a really sunny day. It was a really warm day in July, if I remember correctly, when the temperature for the season, was 'normal.'


Paris - Les Cathédrales Inconnues

Two photographers, who are also architects, Piero Steinie and Julian Rosenfeldt went around Paris looking for abandoned warehouses, churches, factories, reservoirs; all gigantic and empty spaces - and they photographed the interiors of these using - new to me - Seitz 360 degree panoramic cameras. They felt that the view of a normal camera is too restricted, too narrow.

panorama of old factory

Photo: Piero Steinie & Julian Rosefeldt©1997

The photos, with angles of 200 degrees are projected by three slide projectors, giving a 3D sensation - on a curved half-circle screen about 20 metres wide by five metres high. This makes about a 100 square metres which is large enough for the size of the spaces represented - and the photos are accompanied with recordings of the original sounds from when the places were in operation.

Besides the effect of coming into the exhibition from a busy city street to see these interiors; it might also be interesting for visitors to see the insides of buildings that they have passed daily, without knowing what they contained; without knowing what went on inside them.

L'Espace des Blancs Manteaux, 48. rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris 4. Large-format catalogue: 200 francs. Until 31. August. Daily 11:00 - 21:00 - Tel. info: 33-1 42 77 85 35.

A New URL - for Our German Readers

They call it 'surfing on the Internet' but the way I do it is not like surfing at all. To surf, you have to memorize waves and what they're like; and logically, on the Net, I should remember how I got someplace. But I don't. All I can remember is I somehow 'found' Europolis-Online, and it has a lot of really useful information about Paris in German.

Paris - alle Infos aus erster Hand.Europolis-Online hat für Sie ausgewählt: die besten Restaurants, rund 450 Shoppingadressen, das Angebot der deutschsprachigen Paris-Spaziergänge, einige der originellsten und zuweilen unglaublich preiswerten Hotels, Ausstellungsvorschau auf die n&aumlchsten Monate, usw.

Peter and Franzi Vogel-Eckerlin, who run the site, told me they intended to have features in English, but didn't have the resources for it like I don't have the resources to run German-language features in Metropole. That's why hyperlinks were invented.

In addition to Paris items, Europolis-Online also has a lot of information about what's happening on the art-exhibition scene all over Europe, so if you can read German - or are learning to - this is a good resource.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.22 - 22. July 1996 featured the columns - Metropole 'Diary' - St. Rêmy Sees Tour de France, Without Me; and 'Au Bistro' - Not Much News and Not Much Of It. Articles in the issue were: count-down eiffel ' Bastille Day at the Buttes Chaumont - Just Another Day, Not Spent Drinking and Dancing.' The second feature was 'Real Reader, Really in Paris - Editor Nearly Flubbs Rendezvous,' and 'Showtime at the Iron Lady - the Tour Eiffel.' The last feature was 'BRIGHT Light, BRIGHT City - Whatever It Is, It Is On the Way' Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 2000:
Only 894 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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