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Dreaming of France: 29 Avenue Rapp

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Scrolling through my Instagram& finding this image, I’m surprised I haven’t shared this particular French door for Dreaming of France before. 29 Avenue Rapp boasts what might be the most famous door in Paris. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful.



Designed by Jules Lavirotte in 1901 it’s a striking example of Art Nouveau architecture and features the very risque sculpted Adam and Eve above the door. I first saw the building in the movie Gigi as the building where Gigi's Aunt Alicia lives and where Gigi goes for her lessons in how to catch the right man. Preferably someone rich like Gaston.

Naturally when Mark and I visited Paris, we had to pay the building a visit. What struck us about 29 Avenue Rapp was how many people just walk on by, as if were nothing special, just another old stone edifice, the door, just another entry. I think even if I lived on the block, even if I saw the building and its door every single day, I would still have to pause and take it in. Not a whole …

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Day 1Flight of Fantasy

Day 2: I’ve gotta get out of this place (Heathrow)

Day3: Dreaming of Osterley

Day 4: Heading to Syon

Day 5: Trapped on the Thames (Isleworth)

Day 6: About that Fish and Chips Shop (Richmond)

Day 7: Going Home (Richmond)

Day 8: The Deer at Richmond Park

Day 9: A visit to Kew Gardens 

Day 10: Royal Star & Garter Home, Richmond Hill

Day 11: The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, France

Day 12: Peckish at Peckham Rye

Day 13: Horniman Museum & Gardens

Day 14: Dulwich Picture Gallery ... & Mausoleum!

Day 15: Dulwich Village

Day 16: 10 Things I learned about Elephant & Castle

Day 17: Boston Manor

Day 18: Chiswick ... Help, I’m nowhere near Abby Road

Day 19: Hammersmith Pub Crawl

Day 20: Going for Drama in Hammersmith

Day 21: The Magnificent Seven

Day 22: The Sage of Chelsea

Day 23: This is Knightsbridge

Day 24: Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum

Day 25: Cathedral to Nature

Day 26: Venus at the Victoria & Albert

Day 27: A Brief Encounter (Re-imagining Colin Firth)

Day 28: Sloane Rangers

Day 29: Hyde Park Speakers’ Corner

Day 30: Putting on the Ritz

Day 31: From the Ritz to Piccadilly Circus

Day 32: 7 Piccadilly Circus Factoids

Day 33:l From Chinatown to Leicester Square

Day 34: From Leicester to Charing Cross Road

Day 35: Trafalgar Square ... A Flashback

Day 36: The National Gallery

Day 37: Covent Garden

Day 38: The British Museum

Day 39: Bloomsbury Bookshops

Day 40: Arsenal

Day 41: Finsbury Park

Day 42: Cockfosters: the end of the Piccadilly Line

Day 43: Heading to Hayes

Day 44: Uxbridge to Hayes

Day 45: Southall to Walpole Park

Day 46: White City

Day 47: Kensington Palace

Day 48: Peter Pan Statue

Day 49: The Marble Arch (RIP Leonard Cohen)

Day 50: Lincolns Inn

Day 51: St. Paul's Cathedral

Day 52: A Closer Look at Postmasn's Park

Day 53: Londinium & the Roman Ampitheatre

Day 54: The Gherkin

Day 55: Petticoat Lane

Day 56: Cereal Killer Cafe to the VAMuseum of Childhood

Day 57: Mile End

Day 58: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Day 59: Leytonstone—the birthplace of Alfred Hitchcock

Day 60: Epping Forest

Day 61: David Hockney at the Tate

Day 62: From the Tate Britain to the Tate Modern

Day 63: Tower of London

Day 64: Millennium Bridge to Sky Lounge

Day 65: Jack the Ripper Tours

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