Parler Paris Après Midi

Meeting of October 13, 2015

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Author, Rosemary Flannery - Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour Through the History of Paris

LOOKING UP AT THE ANGELS

Rosemary Flannery, author of "Angels in Paris" and now "Les Anges de Paris" in French (angelsofparis.com/), described herself as a "flâneuse" -- like the "flâneur," a top-hatted dashing young gentleman with a cane "whose literary prowess allowed him to describe and analyze social customs, art, commerce, and politics in the modernizing city." The feminine version, "flâneuse," is well described by blogger Dana Goldstein as an "angel in the home" -- all this quite befitting her surname "Flannery." Rosemary comes by it naturally, and her focus is, but of course, angels.

Rosemary sees angels everywhere she goes. So much so that she wrote a book about the angels in Paris. It then became so popular, that it's now published in French as "Les Anges de Paris." To photograph the angels which are mostly quite highly placed, Rosemary carries a tall aluminum ladder with her over her shoulder. She manages to look very official and has been able to get her shots without anyone stopping her for being in places perhaps she wouldn't have been allowed otherwise.

After trying to get Rosemary's iPhone to act as a remote control for her PowerPoint presentation, and not getting it to work thanks to our technical failings, I became her slide changer while she described some of her favorite Paris angels. Her talk at Après Midi was immensely enlightening as most of us haven't been so astute as to pay much attention to the detail of these cherubs and ethereal creatures which lord over the city and protect us. According to Flannery, Paris was saved from the ravages of war over the centuries unlike London and other European cities and we may have its angels to thank for that!

Both books make perfect gifts. Rosemary Flannery as "flâneuse" will change your perspective...if you've been looking down all these years, rather than UP at the angels in the City of Light and Halos! You can purchase both books on Amazon by visiting our Recommended Reading page.

In attendance were:

•   Alexandria Levie
•    Alice Houston
•    Alice Needham
•    Ana Pavia
•    Betty Pak
•    Bill Sandie
•    Buck Branson
•    Carol Wolf
•    Denise Grassart
•    Eleanor Matthews
•    Erwin Petri
•    Faye Adanis
•    Glenda May
•    Jane and Peter Jennings
•    Jane Grey
•    Marcia Cohen
•    MaryLouise Sillman
•    Maureen Miller
•    Michelle Sitton
•    Nancy Kissock
•    Patricia Laplante Collins
•    Patricia Wilson
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Sabine Courtemanche
•    Sona Havlik
•    Yael Ménassé Friedberg

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