Have you wondered what goes on behind the grand doorways of Paris?
Yesterday I entered
And found out
I was meeting a friend of a friend, Daisy
The moment I entered I felt like a Second Empire grande dame.
I lift my petticoats or I'll trip on the stairway, ahem
Daisy's background is in Art History, so she filled me in on the architecture. The building is of course classic Baron Haussmann. Once all private apartments it's now a corporate headquarters. Still the remaining original details are exquisite
Lovely curved shapes repeated over and over on windows, mirror frames, doorways creating a sense of classic balance
The white-washed ceiling reliefs were formerly painted full-color.
Off to lunch, we lift our petticoats as we go.
What a stairway!
Through the inner doors
And out the front door. If you don't know where to look for the door buzzer, you could be a prisoner here for life. I can think of worse things...
Bonjour Baron Haussmann!