The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. Today is well known as the home of the Academe Nationale De Musique.
This image captures one small part of the Palais Garnier’s facade, Charles Gumery’s gilded figural, L’Harmonie (Harmony), two of the klagmann (comic and tragic antique masks) and below them, gilded galvanoplastic bronze busts of Gioachino Antonio Rossini, Daniel François Esprit Auber and Ludwig van Beethoven.
This rather incongruous sign in Le Puy-en-Velay marks the start of our journey walking the Chemin Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France. Officially the trial starts in Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille but the trail is marked from Le Puy-en-Velay and Le Puy-en-Velay is generally considered the better starting point.
With hindsight, we could have spent a day here before heading off on our journey. A beautiful town known for its lace, green lentils and for its green liqueur "Verveine" flavoured with verbena.
We discovered the lace, but not the lentils as everywhere seemed to be serving up crepes.
Day 0 of 12 - Le Puy-en-Velay: Walking the Chemin Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France.
This bus stop shelter was one of several bus stops around Fremantle that got painted as part of a street art project circ 2016. Sadly, today in 2020 the artistic bus stop shelter has now gone and been replaced with a bland one.