Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Napoléon III en délire
This long ornate corridor, le grand foyer, at the Paris Opéra Garnier is a ticklishly awesome and garish sight. Ostentation en relief--and a lot of it at that--in an eclectic mix of neo-classic Greek and Roman with French and Italian Renaissance architecture and decor, is hallmark of the Napoleon III style. The Opéra Garnier, constructed from 1861-1875, is the epitome of this 19th century royal period style. 

stupéfiant:  awesome
voyant(-e):  garish
en délire:  delirious
un couloir:  a corridor
un foyer:  here, a meeting place for theatre goers during intermission

©2013 P.B. Lecron

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