Thursday, May 07, 2009

Lycée Chaptal


Last evening I had a meeting rue des Dames and on the way out I saw this. On the right a typical building of the Batignolles area (a quarter in the North-West of Paris) and in the background a piece of Le Lycée Chaptal, a high school built between 1866 and 1876 that was originally used to teach Chemistry and Physics to the army officers of Napoleon the 3rd. A very Parisian scene, no doubt.

39 comments:

  1. My sister used to live in the Batignolles area. No doubt it is a very nice place to live!

    Eric, was Chaptal your lycée?

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  2. GORGEOUS!

    The sky looks like a watercolor.

    Thib GF again!

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  3. Anybody out there???

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    Ok, never mind!
    Good night ;-)

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  4. Hey! Suzy's here;-)
    Nice to "see" you Suzy. I felt alone during a few minutes ...

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  5. Thib double GF! I see a crown made up of balconies and shutters...?

    Beautiful architecture Eric.

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  6. I'm always popping up here and there!

    I found the Batignolles one of the least visited areas of Paris.

    Hope the sky looks as good as this next Wednesday.

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  7. Just answered yesterday's comments - might need assistance with French men - ooh la la! :D

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  8. That sky is perfect. Reminds me of the song "Sous Les Ciels des Paris" [I hope I got that right. My knowledge of French is limited.]

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  9. I love the symmetry in this photo, great lines.

    And what a beautiful sky!

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  10. Learning more, day by day, about la ville de Paris.

    I tried, this time, to find out about the name - Chaptal, but to no avail. I tried a dictionary and Wikipedia, but, no, there was nothing.

    Is Chaptal someone's name? Or a French word for something??!! Does anyone know!? Thanks in advance if you can tell me. : )

    I have to tell you all that the build-up is really getting to me. I'm growing more and more jealous that I cannot be at the PDP pique-nique. I'm petty and sullen, despondent even. I mope at work and do not speak to anyone; I wear black and sit alone. I kick small stones down the street and cannot look up at a world which seems to be going gaily about its business, flowering in the clear spring air and the warming sun, whilst I grow more and more stooped under the burden of the unfairness of it all. Truly, life is a trial. ;}

    (Well, that is a wee bit of an exaggeration, but I really do wish I could be there!)

    I hope you all have wonderful, fantastic weather and have a fabulous time in the whispery soft dusk of a spring evening by the river.

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  11. Lovely scene. Excellent colors. I love it that virtually everywhere one turns in Paris, there is something beautiful to see. I am nuts about the architecture.

    Carrie -- Well said.

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  12. More interesting Parisian history. Thoroughly enjoy it! What has become of the school if I may ask?

    Carrie...hey, I can relate. Kick a stone or two pour moi. ;-)

    Well, I'm back to cultivating my garden...my back is "tilling" me. Bidda boom!

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  13. Thib...forgot to congratulate you...two days in a row too, no doubt! I'll pour a Guinness for the King GF and for me (of course, I'll have to help you drink yours being that we do have an ocean betwixt us and all ... well you know.) Just remember, it is the thought that counts T-man. And I'm raising my mug (our mugs) to you right now. Sante! Hey Mister Thib, I think Carrie could go for a tall one too. She is feeling a little under le pont. Okay, all for one and one for all... Bottoms up. ;-)

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  14. > Carrie : Chaptal is french chemist who worked under Louis XVI, the Révolution, and Napoléon's governments. He made some improvments in different fields of chemistry mut is mostly known for having done a lot to publicise this science in France.

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  15. Batignolles… Rue des Dames… Alors, Eric on revient sur les traces de ses crimes ? Je croyais que t'étais grillé dans le quartier !

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  16. Nasty Caroline LOOOOOOOOOOL!

    Yes people, I used to live in the area on rue Caroline more precisely and I strongly suspect Nasty GG and Nasty Caroline are the same person ;)

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  17. Coltrane, Thanks for the Guiness! I do hope we can drink one (or more) together one of these days...
    And in the meantime, well, drink mine ;-)

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  18. Oh my, a mystery! I imagine that Nasty Caroline (GG?) knows Eric from the good old days in the quartier, or is someone who knows him well enough already to have learned what street he grew up on. How else to pick 'Caroline' out of the ciel?! Who is this masked memorializer in our midst?

    And Coltrane and Thib - I rarely drink beer, but when I do, Guinness is a favorite. So, I'll raise a glass with you anytime!

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  19. Thanks, Nasty GG, for the info on Chaptal - I love all those 17th/18th/19th century French scientists - they were on fire!! But I'll remember Chaptal for his publicizing. I wish there were more encouragement of the sciences in the states. We suffer because there isn't.

    But, now, you absolutely must tell - were you one of Eric's boys in the hood? Are you Nasty Caroline?? And what exactly, were les crimes???!!!! I'm on fire with curiosity!!!

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  20. I can't tell you who this Nasty Caroline is, but I guess you'd better come to the PDP picnic. I'm sure if you let her drink enough, she might very well give some off-the-record informations about Eric's past crimes…

    Enfin, moi, j'dis çà… j'dis rien !…

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  21. I agree, this sky is wonderful...
    I don't really know this area to be honest, and even less the 8th arr. I should try, once, it's actually not far from my area.

    Thib, happy GF!
    Nasty GG, Quels crimes, quels crimes?!

    Alright, WEATHER FORECAST MAY THE 13TH: Light rain. 68°F max, 49°F min.
    Jeff told me that he always brings the sun to Paris but...you never know, bring your umbrellas guys!

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  22. Visited Batignolles for the first time this year. What struck me was the number of couples with young children on the streets - it seems to be very popular with young families. Not as touristy as the usual suspects and has a nice atmosphere with plenty of interesting bars and restaurants. Thnking of staying there next time in Paris for a change of scene.

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  23. Moi aussi desponded LOL. I can totally sympathize as I won't arrive in Paris until the 4th of June effectively missing the picnic and my chance to meet all the wonderful people of PDP. : (

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  24. It's a great shot, beautifully composed, Eric—in a quartier a lot of folks probably never set foot in.

    Carrie -- It's uncanny—you have described my exact mood! Thank you for your articulate (and oh so funny) depiction. I was even offered a free trip to Paris (to spend a few days there with my bro and niece, then attend le pique-nique), and I actually had to turn it down because of work! Can you believe it? I'm trying to fight down my green demons and I really do hope that every lucky dog who CAN be there will have a super fabulous time.
    May I have one of those beers, please, Coltrane?

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  25. Yes this is SO Paris - the colours, the architecture, the trees...
    Great photo and great composition !

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  26. Ah, the resting place of André Breton, Benjamin Péret and others. That is what led us to visit Batignolles. Some day we need to explore more of that area.

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  27. BTW someone asked: no I did not attend Lycée Chaptal, but Lycée Clause Bernard ;)

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