Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Paris Eye 7/30 - An invalide by any other name


They are there, you know - des invalides. Out of sight, not hurtfully so. Around a corner, out of the way of prying eyes, and bussed crowds. 'A drawing down of blinds'. In L'Hotel des Invalides. Whereas des hordes came to see the Little General's casket beneath the dome. Or Musee d'Armee with its canon and 'rifles' rapid rattle'.


Des jardins are areas of contemplation, not attractive to bussed hordes who are better suited to the clatter of hooves on the cobbled interior courtyard. Signs warn hordes off, permitting only ambulances or health vehicles to dilly or dally.

Or wheel-chairs ... filled with once-were soldiers ...

6 comments:

Lily Hydrangea said...

such a beautiful garden, a perfect place to take in a good book.

J Bar said...

Beautifully sculptured trees.

Thérèse said...

Such a good observation!

Peter said...

I look forward to your Paris photos, as usual they are great, the choice of the last conical topiary is inspired.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Love those pointy trees. Looking at a place 'slow' sure is good. Glad you are going it for us.

Joe said...

A topiarists dream. Paris loves it's sculptured trees.