April Showers in Rue St. Dominique 23cm x 31cm Original Oil on Primed Belgian Linen by Ramon Ward-Thompson SOLD!
Parts of old Paris can be found in this narrow street in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. Dating back to the 14th century the street name has changed many times but gained its current name in 1643 when it was known by the name of the Dominican monastery that was built here several years earlier and whose remnants can be found in the nearby Eglise Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin. Sunlight is seen filtering through the rain clouds on this misty April morning highlighting the stonework of the old buildings and capturing the tops of the colourful awnings outside the shops and cafes that line this charming street.
The scene has changed barely at all in this century. If you look down Rue Saint Dominique today and compare it with a photo taken around 1910, you will see the Eiffel Tower hovering over the same frenetic, curving street crowded with little shops, busy pedestrians and frustrated traffic. Rue Saint Dominique spans the width of the 7th arrondissement, so all the highlights of this neighbourhood are right at your fingertips! On the west end, there’s the Champ de Mars Park and Eiffel Tower, and as you stroll down rue Saint Dominique, you can actually get some awesome glimpses of the tower peeking above the buildings! Near the river you’ll find the Musée du Quai Branly (Paris’s only museum dedicated to the native arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas), as well as the fascinating Musée des Égouts (Paris’s sewer museum, situated underground!) and wonderful walking paths along the riverbank. On the east end of rue Saint Dominique, have a picnic or play a soccer match on the large grassy area called the Esplanade des Invalides, which connects the most opulent bridge in Paris (Pont Alexandre III) with the Army Museum and Napoleon’s Tomb. Just a little further east is the gorgeous Musée Rodin.
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