|Sculpture gallery of the Petit Palais, the City of Paris Fine Arts museum.|
|Esperance (Hope), by Carlo Sarrabezolles|
The reason we were near the Bistrot du Parc was that we'd explored the Square Carlo Sarrabezolles for the first time. It was not that easy to find the entrance to this little gem of a park, but it was worth the effort. The park features much natural vegetation and one of Sarrabezolles' "Esperance" statues in bronze.
At the other end of the park is a monument to Maryse Bastie (photo below), the French "heroine of the air" like America's Amelia Earhart, except Bastie lived a longer life (1898-1952) than Earhart did (1897-1937).
Bastie came from an impoverished background, and was a single mom due to an early failed marriage. Then her child died at a young age. A second marriage to Louis Bastie, a World War I pilot, was good, and it caused her to become interested in aviation. But Louis died in a plane crash in 1926. To support herself, Bastie did aerobatics. She set plenty of records for women in aviation in the 1930s, and for her accomplishments she was inducted in the French Legion of Honor. She started her own flying school, and she served in the French Air Force, achieving the rank of captain. She died when her plane crashed in 1952, and she is one of the notables buried in the Montparnasse Cemetery.
On our way home after lunch we paused briefly in the Grenelle Cemetery. It is much smaller than the Montparnasse Cemetery, but still retains the small town charm that it has always had.
Here are some more photos from the past couple days:
|Monument to Lafayette on Cours de la Reine, on the way to the Petit Palais this morning.|
|A few of my favorite paintings in the Petit Palais permanent collection. The fabulous, enormous painting above, of a scene in Les Halles in Paris in the 19th Century, is by Leon L'hermitte.|
|The flour carriers, by Louis Carrier-Belleuse|
|The lower painting, Grimaces et Misere -- Les Saltimbanques, by Pelez, |
is one of my husband's favorite paintings in the Petit Palais.
|Flowers in the Grenelle Cemetery|
|Flower shop on Avenue Félix Faure.|
|A fabulous Haussannian building on Avenue Félix Faure.|
|Fountain behind the church of St. John the Baptist of Grenelle.|