Galeries Lafayette is a French department store chain, and the biggest in Europe. This roof, with tiered balconies below it, is in the central area of the main branch on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement in Paris.
This is not the first time Tamara and I have been to Galeries Lafayette. We have been there on previous visits to Paris. And now, back in England, I recall that on an earlier visit we ate at a cafe in one of the upper floors, with a view over Paris.
This time we spent a few minutes gazing up at the roof, and I made the following observation to myself even as I was looking, That is that in a new place, everything passes in a whirl. It takes time to slow down enough to see what is before one’s eyes. Because Tamara and I have been to the Galeries Lafayette before, this time I was able to stand and take in more of the detail of the roof.
And for the first time I noticed the multi-coloured decoration above the top tier and in the supports above the balconies. So here are the photos – first the general view and then the detail:
Ah, WHAT a building it is!! Hey, I hadn’t recalled our eating there many years ago, thanks for that reminder. Hmm, pity we forgot that when we were there, eh? I remember it having a lot of choice on offer. Do you? Am I recalling correctly, I wonder?
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I remember the layout and particularly the windows that looked out over the boulevards. I remember thinking then what a grand city it was.