Paris

‘Parisian Dreams’: beneath the mask of Haussmann’s Paris

Baudelaire wrote his ‘Tableaux Parisiens’ within Les Fleurs de Mal during Haussmann’s modernisation of Paris, and the poems consider twenty-four hours spent within the capital. However, these are not the ponderings of a decadent flâneur enjoying the new cityscape created for the bourgeoisie but rather ‘a haunted traveller in a world of phantoms, an ailing […]

Transient Beauty: a fleeting fragment of France

Yes, we all know that Paris is beautiful. But what about those aspects of it that aren’t quite so perfect?