October 11th marked the 50th anniversary of Edith Piaf's passing.
She was a Belleville girl, supposedly born in the hallway at #72 rue de Belleville a few blocks away from me.
The le petit Piaf/sparrow was a great one for exaggerating the details of her life.
The windows of Belleville were full of Piaf biographies
The walls full of Piaf homage murals
A grand concert was held in the square under the eglise Saint-Jean-Babtiste de Belleville with full marching band.
Everyone was singing along on all her songs though it was too crowded for me.
Over on 182 rue saint Honore an exhibit of the collection of souvenirs from the Bibliotheque Nationale including her petite robe noire. Is Piaf the originator of our little black dress?
Yesterday was the first day of the Brassai photography exhibit at the Hotel de Ville. This woman, perfectly dressed for both Brassai and Piaf wearing head-to-toe black plus a slash of red lipstick.
Back to Piaf but these exhibits overlap don't you think? Are you a fan of both stars? How not to be if you love Paris...
The accordion will always be an icon of Paris and Piaf. It's still played daily in the hallways and onboard the Metro.
Piaf's little accordion...
On the first day at Brassai the lines are just forming. Everyone looks a bit drenched... Hey It's drizzly Paris!
As reflected in Brassai's amazing photos.
A somewhat more glamorous scene backstage at the ballet with les petites rats and an older admirer.
Artist model Kiki of Montparnass and her chums and pets.
Brassai clearly loved to shoot Paris at night
Getting off bus #96 at Hotel de Ville I couldn't resist the reflections on the Seine. Paris at night is divine.
Patisserie Demoncy-Vergne of Belleville created an homage to Piaf. "Le Tourbillon de la Mome" La Vie en Rose as a religieuse? Shouldn't someone create a dessert especially for Brassai? Would it be licorice/reglisse black? I'm off to the Salon du chocolat at Chateau Vaux le Vicomte today, but first a dunk in the pool. The Brassai exhibit is on until 4 March 2014 at Hotel de Ville.
Come see it!