Rita Crane Photography: Paris / historic cafe / Left Bank / rain / street / reflections / Le Buci, Paris
What can I say? I love love love rain for what it does for the photographer and this evening was no exception. And bicycles just sitting there waiting patiently for their persons.
Le Buci is on an ancient intersection that has seen so much history in Paris. One of the early gates to the medieval city of Paris was right near here, when the old Louvre palace was still a very fortified place and Paris was inside its first walls.
Below is a link to a map of Paris in 1210, when Buci was one of the gates to the city. Buci is named after a count who owned property right next to the ancient gate. He was also the first president of the parlement (court) of Paris that convened in 1341. And the name has endured over the centuries. Here is a map that shows the location which I found on the website of Laperouse, another famously interesting Paris landmark that is just a few steps away: www.restaurantlaperouse.com/acces.php
Paris map in 1210! www.philippe-auguste.com/uk/mur/plan_photos/planancien.html
Wonderful old etching of a map of medieval Paris: fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enceinte_de_Philippe_Auguste
And history on the medieval wall of Philippe Auguste, built between 1190 and 1220:
This is another in the set of thirteen images from my recent show "Historic Cafes of Paris"