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Month: July 2018

The Chairfather funny photo book now available at the Père Lachaise métro kiosk in Paris

As you emerge from underground at the Père Lachaise métro station, you immediately spy two things: a café and a kiosk. The café is called the Brasserie au Rond Point, and it’s everything you want in a traditional French bistro from the belle epoque. I like to go there for a ‘démi’ or half-pint beer and a ‘croque madame’ or grilled ham & cheese sandwich. I prefer it to the ‘croque monsieur’ because the ‘madame’ comes with a sunny-side-up egg on top. The Brasserie has honored many of the Père Lachaise residents with collages. They’ve put a lot of care and creativity into these little ‘windows’ to the lives of the personalities. The one above is for my favorite ‘locataire’ Georges Méliès.

Now that your belly is full, you’re ready to grab your guide and head out for a lovely walk while listening to amazing stories. Just across the street is the entrance to the Père Lachaise cemetery. On the island in-between, you’ll find one of those distinctly Parisian kiosks selling magazines, newspapers, and sometimes books. It’s very popular for tourists who want a street plan of the city, or seek the latest showtimes for theater, concerts and cinema.

However, some less-informed vacationers go there asking for a map of the cemetery…

Didn’t they read my blog post about the 5 kinds of folks you meet at Père Lachaise?!?! Don’t be Dora the Explorer!

Now, they don’t have to, because the kiosk sells my book, The Chairfather! Inside the book, they’ll find links to my VoiceMap tours. Visual and audio, together, now that’s what I call a prepared pedestrian!

Kiosk

67 boulevard de Menilmontant
75020 Paris

Brasserie au Rond Point

65 boulevard de Menilmontant

75011 Paris

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The Chairfather funny photo book now available at the Gambetta kiosk in Paris

Just steps from the Gambetta entrance to the Père Lachaise cemetery, you’ll find one of those distinctly Parisian kiosks selling magazines, newspapers, and sometimes books. It’s very popular for tourists who want a street plan of the city, or seek the latest showtimes for theater, concerts and cinema.

However, some less-informed vacationers go there asking for a map of the cemetery…

Didn’t they read my blog post about the 5 kinds of folks you meet at Père Lachaise?!?! Don’t be Dora the Explorer!

Now, they don’t have to, because the kiosk sells my book, The Chairfather! Inside the book, they’ll find links to my VoiceMap tours. Visual and audio, together, that’ll wise them up, and take them right to the sights they want to see, lickety-split! (That last comment wasn’t a reference to Colette, really.)

Get smart at the kiosk!

7 Place Gambetta
75020 Paris

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Happy B-day Victor Noir

Victor Noir bulge

Happy Birthday Victor Noir, one of the most popular residents at Père Lachaise. First, republicans who wanted to overthrow the monarchy used him as a symbol. Today, women treat him as a sex object. Literally, an object. Victor just lies there and takes it while they stroke him and wriggle on top. Come on my tour to find out why.

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my @VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

See funny souvenir pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

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Happy B-day Rodenbach

Happy Birthday Georges Rodenbach, aka Swann in Proust’s books. Hey, both authors birthdays were within the same week!

You’ve got to check out his grave, which is super neat. He seems to be saying “I’m too sexy for my tomb, too sexy for my tomb…”

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my @VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

See funny pics and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

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Happy B-day Corot!

Happy Birthday Camille Corot, an impressionist painter and all-around nice guy.  He’s so nice, he even shares his birthday with another Père Lachaise luminary resident, Georges Rodenbach, to whom I’ll introduce you later today.

The sculpture of Corot above can be seen near the ponds of Ville d’Avray where he often painted.  He advised his students to stand in the same spot and paint the same tree over and over, and thus get to know their subject, how it changes through the seasons and years, and how one’s technique matures.  He painted so often at the spot, that they renamed the area the ‘Etangs de Corot.’  It’s a lovely spot and tribute to a kind soul.

The musée Marmottan in Paris is hosting an exhibition of Corot’s figure portraits until July 22nd.  You can still see his landscape paintings year-round in Paris at the Musée du Louvre and at the Musée d’Orsay.

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my @VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

See funny souvenir pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

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Buon Compleanno Modigliani

Happy Birthday Amadeo Modigliani! Your art is amazing, and you have a story ending to top Van Gogh’s! And not in a good way.

Beth Gersh-Nesic @bonjourparis recently had a very thorough writeup about Modigliani and two temporary shows of his art.

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my @VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

See funny pics and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

© 2018 Copyright Joe Start. All rights reserved.



 

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Happy B-day Pissarro

Happy Birthday Camille Pissarro, the tamest of anarchists. Actually, his birthday was yesterday, but since he shares it with Proust, I bumped him. That’s anarchy for you.

He was the guy who put Louveciennes on the map. What? You don’t know Louveciennes? Well, it’s a nice town, but nothing much goes on there. Nothing much to paint there, either, which suited Pissarro, because he didn’t want to paint what other people painted. He didn’t want to paint what other people wanted either, creating pieces with exciting titles like ‘street in a village.’ Doesn’t that make you want to go out right now and look for it? If so, you can find a reproduction in Louveciennes, on rue de Voisins. I just like saying the name Louveciennes over and over, and thinking how it literally means ‘your wolves,’ female wolves, wolvettes. Pissarro is also fun to say. Try it.

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on MyVoiceMap audio tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

  

See funny pics and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

#Paris #tourism #travel #VoiceMap #audioguide #eBook #goofball

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Happy B-day Proust


Happy birthday, Marcel Proust. We’d never have known about you if you hadn’t insisted. After getting rejection letters from everyone, he said “‘screw it,’ I’ll pay to have my book published.” Then he paid newspapers to print glowing reviews for the book, which he wrote himself!

From that point on, he couldn’t be shut up, meandering along seven volumes before kicking the bucket. You see, he wanted to be Balzac, who wrote about a hundred volumes, all with the same characters. Proust thought he could go on and on. He was the best author the Pythons could have chosen for their famous game show sketch.

If you think I’m unkind to the literary legend, check out what Nathalie Quintaine has to say about his writing: impolite, unlovable, perverted, only esteemed by brown-nosed critics. Read all about it in her Ultra-Proust book which just came out (that La Fabrique was happy to publish without being paid by Ms. Quintaine).

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on MyVoiceMap audio tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

  

See funny pics and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

#Paris #tourism #travel #VoiceMap #audioguide #eBook #goofball

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Happy B-day de la Fontaine

artist: Joshua Wait

Happy Birthday Jean de la Fontaine. He popularized fables for children, and is more famous than Grimm or Aesop in France. All re-wrote tales from oral tradition, but I’d say de la Fontaine added the most flourish.

To celebrate, here’s some original artwork, entitled the Fox and the Crow from brushslinger Joshua Wait. Check out more of his paintings and drawings here.

And here’s a pretty good translation of Jean de la Fontaine’s ‘La cigalle et le fourmis’ reminding us on this nice Summer day, that Winter will come again, and encouraging us to work now for hard times lie ahead…

THE CICADA AND ANT
The gay cicada, full of song
All the sunny season long,
Was unprovided and brought low,
When the north wind began to blow ;
Had not a scrap of worm or fly,
Hunger and want began to cry ;
Never was creature more perplexed.
She called upon her neighbour ant,
And humbly prayed her just to grant
Some grain till August next ;
“I’ll pay, ” she said, “what ye invest,
Both principal and interest,
Honour of insects –and that’s tender. ”
The ant, however, is no lender ;
That is her least defective side ;
“But, hark ye, pray, Miss Borrower, ” she cried,
“What were ye doing in fine weather ? ”
“ Singing . . .  nay,! look not thus askance,
To every comer day and night together. ”
“ Singing ! I’m glad of that ; why now then dance. ”

I’ll guide you to de la Fontaine’s final resting place on MyVoiceMap audio tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

See funny pics and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

#Paris #tourism #travel #VoiceMap #audioguide #eBook #goofball

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