home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph(s) that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

La Pagode

Wandering around the 7th arrondissement of Paris I stumbled across this unusual building partially hidden by bamboos and wisteria.  The director of the department store Bon Marché had it constructed  as a gift for his wife in 1896. La Pagode became a cinema in 1931 and has played a big part in presenting cutting edge French cinema to the public. Jean Cocteau held the premiere of Testament d’Orphée here in 1959 and La Pagode Cinema played an important part in promoting the films of Ingmar Bergman and Sergei Eisenstein in France. Now it shows Art-house, foreign, cult and independent new releases. It is not uncommon for the cinema to hold retrospectives for directors such as Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock.

There is a tea house where you can grab a cuppa and chew over the fat in the rather small, but very pretty Japanese garden where you can get a glimpse of La Pagode and the beautiful details of colourful painted flowers,  carved dragons, flowers and birds in jade or ivory and large stained glass windows with geometric panes. It sounds as if it could be quite kitsch, but in reality it is an impressive building. I did not go inside, but apparently it is equally surprising.

I only hope that someone carries out some repairs on this extraordinary building, so that it is not lost.

Located on 57 bis, Rue de Babylon

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

29 thoughts on “home thoughts from abroad”

    1. It would indeed. The glass itself is worth a closer look. In fact I have added a couple of photos of the glass so you can see what I mean.

    1. Couldn’t you go to Paris on the Eurostar? We used that instead of flying as you arrive in the city centre.

    1. Most likely come to an end at the end of the year, but it has been fun looking through the archives for different photos. I am trying to avoid the obvious ‘tourist’ images of a place.

    1. I don’t think this is access to the building Jo, the entrance is partially hidden by trees to the right of this picture.

  1. A fabulous beautiful find, Jude. Gems like this should be preserved. Sorry I didn’t get to see this for myself. I don’t think I wandered along that street.

    1. It’s not a street you’d normally wander along, I was just ambling that day in a different area to the normal tourist spots.

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