And just a hop, skip and jump away from us is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.....the opulent Opera Garnier.
It's a majestic theatre....Charles really knew how to pile on the extravagance and opulence....the facade, monumental staircase, frescoes, gold leaf embellishment and red velvet theatre crowned with a Chagall ceiling definitely have the WOW factor.
Clearly, Charles didn't follow the principle that "less is more".
So....I'm enjoying the delayed anticipation of our September booking.
First up, after a swan around the balcony (as you do), I think I'll head to the outside terrace for a pre-ballet champers....it overlooks place de l'Opera....great for people watching too.
|I'll be heading for this corner of the terrace....looks a good spot n'est-ce pas?|
And when it's time to take our red velvet seats inside the theatre.....there'll be no shortage of marvels to gaze at.
The extravagance and opulence of Opera Garnier reminded me of another 'house of pleasure and entertainment' in one of Paris' other suburbs.......Versailles.
As I said above, Parisians really know how to enjoy the good life and Louis and Marie-Antoinette knew their stuff!
But more about that little abode in my next post, Parisian Extravagance and Opulence II.
|Once you see Versailles, you understand perfectly well why there was a revolution!|
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