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I had full permission from the museum to make this clip. This is a show from some of the collection of Jim Shaw and has an auto-didacte theme. Very weird Christian stuff here. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH cutecatfaith.com I am an artist and writer among other things -- an expat American in France. This is at 7, boulevard Raspail in Paris. I paid five euros for admission, and there is a little café in the place, and also a small boutique.
copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH Mr. Jeanneret was Swiss-born and became known in France as "Le Corbusier." In 1917, when he established himself in Paris, he abandoned convention. This house in Poissy, France was commissioned around 1931 by the Savoye family as a country place they called "les Heures Claires." Using modern, innovative concepts, it did quickly develop structural problems, and was occupied by German, then American troops, who ruined it. Abandoned by the 1960s, it was only saved by some prominent architects who argued to Poissy, not too far from Paris, that it ought to be preserved. You can visit it, and on the first Sunday of the month, entrance is free. There is a guided tour in French. The area used to be more rural. A husband, wife and son lived here with a servant as well as a driver, who had an apartment in the house, and a gardener's house was built which could house a family of three. It is possible to get here via public transportation, but a car is better. Since cars were already important by 1931, the place was designed so they could drive right up easily and even park under the first floor. The grounds are still pretty, and inside, it's very simple and white. The house has ramps inside and out as well as spiral stairs.
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copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH This ancient parish was just outside the protective walls of Saint-Denis, just North of Paris. During the Dark Ages, one wall, then later another, had to be put up to protect people from barbarian invasions. It has good water sources and was quickly a thriving market town, having been a Roman village and the first capital of France later, before Paris. This is just North of Paris proper and the journey can be done on foot -- otherwise, it's not far by bus, train, bike, et c. Were I to live on a higher floor, I could see the Sacre Coeur de Montmartre basilica. Finally, centuries later, since the inhabitants of this parish, which had a church and many dwellings, could not be protected, it was decided to raze it and take the inhabitants inside the walls. Saint-Denis was the number one place of Christian pilgrimage in France for over a thousand years. Denys was the first bishop of Paris ("Lutêce") and was martyred around here with two clergy, by Roman soldiers -- trying unsuccessfully to flee and save themselves. I have lived here since '94 and am from the USA. The US became untenable for me so I became French. This part of Saint-Denis is pretty ugly so it's nice to see it gussied up. Over 80 languages are spoken daily in Saint-Denis and I like it better than I did New York City. My artwork and writings appear in the FREAK WAVE books, and I was a guest in 2013 on FRANCE CULTURE, Radio France. It was voted the program the French wanted to hear rebroadcast in the "Mauvaises Genres" series. In this clip, you can see the first tramway put in in the Paris area, back in the early '80s, and some of the wall of the Légion d'Honneur. Near town centre and the basilica, a cathedral since '67 and the world's first Gothic church, you can see its restoration ongoing, near the Hôtel de Ville (city hall). The greenmarket is one of the biggest in Europe and runs every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning. This was a kind of Christian Disneyland, if you will. Despite this cold, grey, damp November Monday morning, I was glad to feel the cold air and see the leaves turning.
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cutecatfaith.com, Dailymotion: LisaFalour; YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH This ancient area was just outside the fortified town of Saint-Denis, the first capital of France before Paris. In the 8th c., since the people were outside the wall, it was decided to move everyone, the church, the parish, the cemetery, raze the houses and get them under protection within the wall. Barbarian invasions were a reality. This area has stood as part of defense for the area, particularly in the 19th c. Turned into agricultural land, a barricade was built a bit East of here and the lands were irrigated and flooded with water from the Croult, one of seven creeks in Saint-Denis. This is a very practical location just outside Paris and I have many clips up about it. I am American-born, French now, and it's good to see some rather drab aspects of this place, near the basilica, the world's first Gothic church, the Légion d'Honneur and the river Seine, being improved. Over 80 languages are spoken daily in Saint-Denis and I like it even better than I liked New York in the USA. The Communist history here (this is "La Ville Rouge") ensures us great libraries, schools, parks, housing, public transportation, healthcare, and a proximity to Paris and airports and other arteries which is unbeatable. One of the largest greenmarkets in Europe runs three mornings per week here, there are bike paths now and pedestrian-only zones, and Gallo-Roman, pre-historic and Medieval vestiges remain here. Most recently, my artwork and writing appear in the FREAK WAVE series of books, and I was a guest on FRANCE CULTURE at Radio France this year, in French, and the program was voted the one in the "Mauvaises Genres" series the public wanted to hear rebroadcast. The gardening is still done by city workers here. There is a large nursery, greenhouses, many employees, tree surgeons, etc. This grey Monday morning was brightened by pretty chrysanthemums and later in the week, I saw nice plantings had been done in this little park area, with a good playground. This is a very densely populated area, and people still get out, talk and are often quite "unplugged" in much of France.
copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH I was confused, but apparently, I was in an MK2 cinema but there really is another one across the Bassin de La Villette in Paris. This was my 19th wedding anniversary and my Parisian spouse didn't say a word, but I did get this movie, although at 10h30 in the morning, as it was cheaper then and he had to work this evening. He couldn't get discount tickets via his job per usual. He was stubborn about paying for the parking and we got a ticket for 17 euros. We saw BLUE JASMINE by Woody Allen and we both liked it. We went to a health food store we like on Avenue Flandre I think it is called, and I was able to get hemp oil and horse milk. I had a lunch all ready in Saint-Denis where we live so we just ate later than usual. He doesn't love me anymore but I still love him, and I don't have a bad life. Overall. He's Parisian and I am American-born. Three adults right behind us were talking and I said quiet, please, and one lady said, "It's just ads playing," and I said, I don't care, they run for 20 minutes and I want you quiet! Really, they could have stepped outside. I shut them up. The movie is about the destruction done to a wife and how traumatized she was when her world fell apart. I found it very sad as I am in my third marriage, this time in a foreign country no less. I am glad I got to see this movie before it closed in Paris, and as you can see, this canal/basin is very pretty and actively used for barges, houseboats, yachts, kayaks and skulling. There is an extensive canal system in France, mostly put in by Napoléon. A lot of it is still actively used and there is even a shuttle and "boat bus" system on the canals in Paris. Most Paris cinemas will sell some light beer if you really want it, and many are set up with quite extensive concessions where you can get stuff and spend a lot, but I also go to revival houses where you subscribe and get a freebie sometimes, and also cinemathèques which run specialty things and movies with original language and French substitles. This cinema is called QUAI DE LA SEINE, MK2. There seems to be another MK2 across the basin. A bittersweet wedding anniversary and a good movie in Paris, life is not a total loss.
Montmajor, near Arles, France copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH An ancient abbey church had some interesting facilities for visitors. Bouches-du-Rhône département, Provence region.
SSArt98 is a YouTube channel I like and this clip was made in Sisteron, France with a tip of the hat to him. His neighbor, "Danny Boy," runs leaf blowers, lawn mowers and weed wackers for hours on end in Indiana, USA. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: CUTECATFAITH, SLOBOMOTION
I rented this house, which can sleep six, in September, 2013 for 295 euros. The owner is a friendly, accommodating person who threw in free linens with the rental instead of charging for them -- in some places, you might have to bring your own sheets and towels. A gîte is called a self-catering place for people from the UK and is called furnished for Americans. These can be houses, apartments, cottages, villas, and so on. Some are in vacation villages and some are rented by individuals. The Internet makes it easier to find them. This one is at 24, rue Renan in Arles, just off the famous Roman arena, where bullfights and events are still held. Arles is a city of personality, famous also for Vincent Van Gogh, and is in the Bouches-du-Rhône département of France in a region known as Camargue. It is close to the Mediterranean. At different times of the year, the price on these furnished rentals varies. For the third week in September, paying only roughly 45 euros per day knowing that this could have been potentially shared among six people makes this an unbeatable bargain. So many places were with in walking distance of this house! I am somewhat disabled so found the stairs a challenge, but many things were close by here, such as a bakery and many restaurants as well as major sites of tourism. The river Rhône is here in town and one of the largest markets in Europe takes place here on Saturday morning, with a repeat on Wednesday morning in smaller form. We were in the city for a "heritage days" weekend in France in which many attractions were FREE OF CHARGE, so my spouse saw nine in a day and a half and I accompanied him to six of them! What a savings! The mistral, a violent wind, blows strong here, but generally, this is a hot, sunny place. Bike rentals, horse things and great cuisine are the order of the day -- plus more. This house has an Internet connection and a telephone was available, too, which can be rare in gîtes in France. During the weekend, a carnivale atmosphere prevailed with parades on two nights, people dressed as Romans, live music, people riding Camargue horses in town and much life. During the week, in the La Roquette quarter, people were out late dining al fresco. If you can only visit one French city for, say, a week, Arles could be a good choice, and this house might be a good place to stay for you, also. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH More of my artwork and writing will again appear shortly in the next FREAK WAVE here in France.
copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH cutecatfaith.com This is a gîte in Dauphin, France called "Gîte Le Jardin." It is a house, fully furnished, with six terraced gardens. This is in Provence, in Southeastern France. Forcalquier and Manes are the nearest town and village to Dauphin, which could be considered a Medieval fortified village. If you like the Lubéron, you'll like it here, very likely. This clip was made in September, 2013 and I'd bought these vegetables from a roadsite stand nearby for 8 euros. We thus has many fresh vegetables for two people for two weeks. We carried many of these away to the townhouse we rented in Arles the next week. Dauphin is extremely quiet, but in a very, very good way. There is almost no light pollution, so skywatchers can get a rare thrill at night, and there is an observatory nearby. Dauphin has few if any shops and services but we had a rental car and did just fine. I am American-born but am now French and have been in France since '94. I am based right near Paris. Some of my artwork and writing are in the FREAK WAVE book series.
Videos and photos are allowed in this place. It is a museum with ateliers. www.sevresciteceramique.fr This is dedicated to Jing, in Carbondale, Illinois. May she have longevity, and happiness and success in life and in love. One of the vases, I video'd with her in mind. She is Chinese. I hope she can confirm whether or not the symbols do in fact mean longevity. Let us help the young and love all sentient beings and the planet, our beloved Earth. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH Dailymotion: LisaFalour
The "Petite Ceinture" was a ring railroad around Paris built during the Second Empire in the 19th century. It was fully active for passengers AND freight until 1934. Gradually shut down, the unused land has been partially converted into green spaces which are educational and pleasant. I have a clip up on Dailymotion of one of these new parks but over in the 15th arrondissement and it is different from this, still having some tracks visible and having a boardwalk, more architecture visible. This one is kind of down in a ditch, you could walk barefoot on soft mulched soil if you really wanted to, and it's noisy but very, very green. It is around Porte de Passy and runs along rue Montmorency, near Auteil. It is also near Ranelagh. I found the entry to this near Ranelagh accessible (I am somewhat disabled) but the exit had stairs. It is a very pleasant and unusual aspect of Paris. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: CUTECATFAITH, SLOBOMOTION More of my artwork and writing will appear in FREAK WAVE again.
Apparently, this park opened only last week in Paris. I could be wrong about that, but that was my understanding. The Petite Ceinture was built in the Second Empire period in the 19th c. and worked serving passengers and freight until 1934. When I first moved to Paris 20 years ago, once a year parts of it would have special train rides, but then that stopped. It was good to see what they've done with this, in the 15th arrondissement. I think the bright green building is part of a housing and investment project associated with RATP, the transit people. I could be wrong about that. These are excellent investments, I've heard, if you are young and have some money and don't need to occupy your apartment for a couple of decades. There are numerous entrances to this long park and many have elevators/lifts. There are bike and running paths, there are nature notes posted, appropriate plants, trees, bugs and animals are encouraged naturally, and whether you live in Paris or are just visiting, I recommend this for a visit. It closes at night. I found it safe and saw children playing with their guardians at great distance, relaxed. You can see some unusual vistas from here and the variety of architecture you can see is wonderful. Paris is one of the world's premier capital cities with more green spaces per capita than any other capital city. I see a lot of building, expansion, improvement and rethinking of things here and the number of cultural attractions is just staggering. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
Cité Leroy and Villa Leroy are in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, France. A métro you could use to get here is PYRENEES. Parc de Belleville is not far away and affords you superb views of Paris, without the touristy crowds and inauthenticity, let alone the high prices of, say, Montmartre. The socioeconomic mix in this area is great, and you will see such contrasts and variety, you might be staggered. I am an artist and writer living in Saint-Denis from the United States, and I am looking for either an apartment in or around Paris, or on the French Riviera. I am overwhelmed with the choices available. In this clip, you can hear some of the black African squatters talking. One was on a portable phone, and another was emptying a bowl of water into the gutter. The weather on this August Wednesday afternoon was unusually mild -- normally, Europe is best avoided in July and August. It's hot, crowded and costly. Almost nothing is air conditioned or well ventilated, so you'd do better perhaps in March, May or September. Just a thought. Some of my artwork and writing will appear again soon in another FREAK WAVE. Thank you for watching, and your comments are welcome. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
Maison du Docteur Gachet 78, rue du Docteur Gachet 95430 Auvers-sur-Oise FRANCE firstname.lastname@example.org www.valdoise.fr 0130368127 Admission is free, but only from March through October, and it's closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Doctor Gachet knew painter Vincent van Gogh at the end of his life, was the subject of a couple of his paintings, and he'd been asked to discreetly look after Vincent, who was unhappy. Gachet had a Bohemian upbringing and felt a country place would be better for his family than Paris would. Since a rail line was established as early as 1842 from Paris to Auvers, the journey taking only about an hour, Auvers became more popular, and several artists are known to have stayed here and worked here. Gachet was not very satisfied with being " a country doctor." This is an interesting visit. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
Videos are permitted here, as are photos taken without flash. This museum is at 222, Boulevard Saint Germain in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France. I paid seven euros to get in and it was well worth it. There are many things here in the permanent and temporary collections and you could easily pass several hours here. It is in a central part of Paris so there is plenty to do and see right around the museum, also. This clip shows some works by Dufy, Picabia, Orson Welles, Renoir, Cocteau, Le Marquis de Sade, Diderot, Molière and Mondrian. There are objects in connection with the sciences, rare religious documents, letters, manuscripts, photos -- so many things here. The place is comfortable, attractive, and set up in a very engaging way. Upstairs, I saw a large exhibit dedicated to the famous Landru criminal case. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. Some of my artwork and writing will appear again in FREAK WAVE. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
This beautiful spiral staircase is in the mansion in which Gustave Moreau lived, worked and set up a museum in tribute to his memories before he died. No doubt you know some of his more famous works of art, which have mythological, decadent, morbid, romantic, opulent and erotic themes. Although it will be closed for the second half of 2013 for major renovations, this museum, near Trinité in Paris, is well worth a visit. Since I went on the first Sunday of the month, a "heritage day," admission was free. Photos without flash and videos are permitted in this place. digital video recording copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH Some of my art and writing will appear in the next FREAK WAVE (LA VAGUE SCELERATE).
I made this clip because I wanted to have a visual note to which I could refer. Pantin is on the East side of Paris and I've watched it change pretty much completely since '94. It is now quite a vibrant, happening place, and I was fascinated by a residential building with a few apartments in it which seem to have huge windows overlooking the Ourcq canal and one at least has an enormous terrace, it looks like. That's a school to one side of it. I live in Saint-Denis, not too far away, and am American-born. Living "expat" in France for so long has been a true challenge -- mostly a very positive one. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH Dailymotion: LisaFalour Some of my artwork and writing will appear soon in FREAK WAVE (LA VAGUE SCELERATE).
Musée Zadkine 100 bis, rue D'Assas 75 006 Paris FRANCE www.zadkine.paris.fr The museums of the City of Paris tend to be free of admission, as is this one dedicated to a famous sculpteur. This is near the famous Luxembourg Garden(s) in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. My clip here has absolutely no editing or stabilizing application so is rather crude. I am an artist (my latest artwork and writing will be in the next FREAK WAVE anthology) (aka LA VAGUE SCELERATE -- issue 4 should appear in October, 2013). I tend to make video clips in a "notes to myself" vein. Thank you for watching! copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
I made this short clip in black and white as a visual note. These are alabaster mourning figures which are touring some of the museums of the world. They go around the tomb of a Duke of Burgundy and will be returned to Dijon after being viewed in various places. Normally, these are not at eye level and cannot be seen and appreciated in their "correct placements." They are about 600 years old and very detailed. These were in the Cluny museum in Paris, France and have since moved on. You can take photos without flash and make video clips in the Musée Cluny. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
Kerylos (Greek-style) Villa Museum Beaulieu-sur-Mer (French Riviera) copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH My latest artwork and writing will appear in FREAK WAVE, due out in late 2013.