Friday, June 30, 2023

Galerie Roger-Viollet, La Seine, Le Grand Colbert


On weekends, just like every tourist who crosses my bridge, Pont de Sully

I stop & take pictures of Parisians relaxing along the Seine. It’s addictive, especially in Summer 

I would love to paint 🎨 this scene, especially the water…I’m practicing💧 

Yesterday I was delighted to see an entire exhibit

Devoted to life along the Seine at Galerie Roger-Viollet

From 1860 to 1960, the appearance of the two banks of La Seine is constantly changing because of craft and commercial activities.  *Did you know the Seine is more than 14,000 years old? Though many changes have been made, the Seine has remained mostly the same since 12,000 BC

One year ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games ceremony, Galerie Roger-Viollet celebrates the Seine and tells its story through 86 photographs available for the first time as limited edition numbered modern prints

*Did you know 
the Seine is a centennial river, which means every year there is a one in 100 chance the river will flood. In 1910 Parisians had to travel by boat during a record flood of 8,62 meters above the Pont d’Austerlitz.

As soon as I arrived at the gallery opening (at 9:30 am) I thought why didn’t I tell Elaine Sciolino about this show, but author of  the wonderfu, The Seine, The River That Made Paris.

I created a Seine map for Elaine’s book tour

Back to the Seine exhibit. From 1909, an amphibious ’l’amphibocycle’. 

Today, bicycles and pedestrians have replaced cars on the banks of the river, 

But at the turn of the 20th century it was more usual to come across itinerant wigmakers, dog-shearers, cowherds selling fresh milk and quilters who rewound the wool of mattresses, 
while coachmen came to wash and water their horses.

The Galerie Roger- Viollet opened in 1938

It is a historic photographic resource 
containing 6 million images, covering more than a century and a half of Parisian, French and international history.

And has a fascinating history. Do visit if you are in Paris at 6, rue de Seine 75006. *Did you know the Seine 
had a real influence on the way Parisian streets were numbered. Streets perpendicular or oblique to the river always have their first number at the entrance to the street on the side closest to the Seine.

If you’re not in Paris, watch the Seine fabulous video.

Meanwhile I’ve been doing intense research 🔬at Le Grand Colbert ☕️ for the June letter, to be completed shortly 👍🤞🙏☺️
Thank You dear PBers for the wonderful response to last weekend’s watercolor Sale. All orders have been shipped 📬
I will continue to add more cups to Etsy. Do visit s’il vous plait
Cheers, Carolg 
❤️ Bonne Friday ! ❤️


  1. The Seine: "the only river in the world that runs between two bookshelves."

    1. Anonymous3:43 AM

      Thank you Lynne ☺️
      What a wonderful quote!

    2. Anonymous8:25 AM

      Dear Lynne, your blog stories are fascinating 👏

  2. Bonnie L5:58 AM

    Fantastic exhibit, Carol. I watched the video, then slowed the speed way down and watched it again. Fascinating! What misery the flooding of the Seine must have caused. A reminder that our lives are fleeting, Paris and society may change superficially, but the Seine will continue flowing for eternity.

    1. Anonymous6:47 AM

      What a terrific idea to slow down the video Bonnie 👏👏
      Your responses are always thoughtful and perceptive.

  3. Anonymous6:49 AM

    Oh Carol - I absolutely love it!!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing. You are truly amazing. Elaine Sciolino

    1. Anonymous9:16 AM

      And Elaine, I found your book fascinating and beautifully written. Have now lent it to a friend who will visit Paris in July.

  4. Anonymous7:39 AM

    Elaine Sciolino’s books about Paris are fascinating. The research involved for the Seine book must have been monumental. Love the old pics of life along the River.

  5. Dorrance7:42 AM

    It appears, from these pics and the film, that Morris Columns were more prevalent in the past. I wish Paris would bring them back. They are so adorably iconic.

    Love your Paris Breast…love all your teatime photos, and watercolors! I wasn’t aware le Grand Colbert served tea. We learn so much from you.

    1. Anonymous8:14 AM

      Tea time is a new thing at Le Grand Colbert
      They have a big sign in the window

  6. Anonymous8:05 AM

    Thank you for educating me on the Seine. I am truly wondering how the Olympics will have the swimming event held in the Seine. I like your practices of painting the water. In all of your photos it looks full of movement and sparkle. Wish I could have that pastry at a favorite Le Grand Colbert🗼❤️

    1. Anonymous1:42 PM

      The Paris-Brest was excellent. I did not allow myself to finish it but it was so delicious. Why was I surprised?

    2. Anonymous1:43 PM

      As for the Seine - it’s supposed to be cleaned up for swimming by ‘25.
      Not in time for the Olympics.

  7. Anonymous8:13 AM

    Would love to see those photographs. So much history.
    If you love Paris, Elaine Sciolino’s books are terrific; The Seine, The Only Street, La Seduction. Dorrance

  8. Anonymous10:16 AM

    Thank you. Loved your pictures and the video. Mary

  9. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Just finished Elaine’s book and hope to visit some of the impressionists sites near Boulogne this October/November.

    1. Anonymous1:40 PM

      Elaine is a brilliant storyteller 👍

  10. Anonymous10:46 AM

    That first photo from a bridge, Notre Dame in the mist is so beautiful. It takes me back to the many times I visited and stayed in wonderful PARIS.

    1. Anonymous1:39 PM

      It is indeed.
      It was in the galerie window.
      They are all for sale by the way ☺️

  11. Anonymous12:05 PM

    What a treasure this is. Thank you Carol. Readers, If you want to see close ups of some of the photos, click on the link below. Then you can enlarge them .

  12. Sukicart2:08 PM

    I love wandering along the Seine, but I am a river person, having grown up on the Mississippi.

    1. Anonymous7:06 PM

      Wonderful Suki. I have become a ‘river person’ these10 years - a blessing
      Everyone says walking in a park is good for you.
      Walking by a river is just as beneficial.

  13. Anonymous3:20 PM

    My first trip to Paris was in July 1966 and remember watching the people along the Seine. And, on each return visit, we watch and photograph them. In 2004, we returned for the Tour de France and stayed on Il St Louis and walked the island late every night. We have photos of the back of Notre Dame taken on those walks. How beautiful these photos are. Thank you.

    1. Anonymous7:02 PM

      Such nice memories ❤️

  14. I have one of your Seine maps that Elaine gave me as a little prize for answering trivia at a stop on her book tour when it brought her to Seattle 😍

    1. Anonymous7:01 PM

      Small world Marsi ☺️

  15. Anonymous7:00 PM

    I loved this. And thanks for including the video. AWC catering

  16. Anonymous7:48 PM

    I so love your posts, you always make my day. What is the name of that gorgeous pastry? I’m sure it tasted as good as it looks.❣️

  17. Anonymous8:03 PM

    Love the black and white old photos. I loved your pastry even more Lynne

  18. Oh my! That photography is exquisite. How I'd love to visit and see each and every one!

  19. Thanks for the lesson on the Seine, I didn’t know all these things. Thanks also for the reminder to read this book! I’ve seen it before, maybe here on your blog, but forgot about it.


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