The end of the Caffè Giubbe Rosse in Florence

 

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The end of 2018 in Florence also sees the end of its most famous historic café. The company that owns the café has been declared bankrupt, owing around 3.5 million euros.

Contributing to this debt has been the colossal land rent in the centre of Florence of 25,000 euros per month plus very significant charges for the occupation of public land the large, invasive and very expensive outdoor terrace built on unfortunate directives of the Municipality and of the Superintendency for architectural and environmental heritage).
Caffè Giubbe Rosse is a café in Piazza della Repubblica. When opened in 1896, the cafè was actually called “Fratelli Reininghaus”. It was named “Giubbe Rosse” (Red jackets or coats) in 1910, after the jackets which waiters wear to this very day.
The café has a long-standing reputation as the resort of literati and intellectuals. Alberto Viviani defined the Giubbe Rosse as fucina di sogni e di passioni (“a forge of dreams and passions”).

The Giubbe Rosse was the place where the Futurist movement blossomed, struggled and expanded; it played a very important role in the history of Italian culture as a workshop of ideas, projects, and passions.
Poets such as Ardengo Soffici, Giovanni Papini, Eugenio Montale, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Giuseppe Prezzolini and many others met and wrote in this literary café, an important venue of Italian literature in the beginning of the 20th century.

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Important magazines such as Solaria and Lacerba originated here from the writers who frequented the café.
Giubbe Rosse was founded by two Germans, the Reininghaus brothers, in 1896.
Let’s hope someone will step in to rescue this historic part of old Florence!

This article was written on Facebook by Freya’s Florence Tours – Freya Middleton
Source: https://www.lanazione.it/…/c…/giubbe-rosse-fallite-1.4357170
http://www.firenzetoday.it/…/giubbe-rosse-firenze-falliment…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffè_Giubbe_Rosse

Fashion shoot in Paris

What a fun afternoon!  I was enjoying a guided tour through a private garden in the center of old Paris and, all of a sudden, I noticed a fashion model and photographer.  There were working hard and took lots of photos.  The model was beautiful, as you would expect!

And oh, p.s., I saw the same model in the New York Times today, modeling for Valentino.

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Oh, and I might add, it was cold today!  About 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  The model was not dressed in warm clothes, but rather a top and mini skirt, tights and boots and a pretty, but not warm, coat.

 

You can well imagine how beautiful the architecture of this small square is! Obviously its a perfect backdrop for selling fashion!

Christmas Day, Champs-Élysées, Paris. 2018

Christmas afternoon on the Champs-Élysées. Sunny and chilly.  Perfect winter day in the perfect city!

 

 

 

Random things that struck me, found on the Champs-Élysées:

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One of the most charming aspects of Christmas in Paris to me is all the hand-painted decorations on the store windows.  Some are really graphic and cool like this one:

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But more of them are really sweet and old-fashioned, like the next bunch:

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Okay, back to the fun holiday decorations and great architecture of the Champs-Élysées:

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The next set of pictures are of what is to me the most beautiful building on the Champs-Élysées.

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Other striking aspects of the Champs-Élysées:

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And, finally, I’ll close this post because this is already so long.  But, before I do, pictures of some of the cool advertising I saw in the subway on my way to the Champs-Élysées:

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Oh, and P.S.: here’s a very cool old picture of the layout of this area from the point of view of the Arc de Triomphe.  The Eiffel Tower hadn’t even been dreamed of yet!

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Randomly keeping up in Paris

Just trying to keep up with posting all the amazing things I’m seeing here in Paris!

 

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While most of us are familiar with the iconic Parisian art nouveau metro appearance, like this:

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A more modern take is this:

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Very cool, no?

 

What movie are the French going to see?  Just like the rest of the world, they want to see the film about the life of Freddie Mercury and Queen:

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Parisian architecture is still fabulous:

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And walking not far from the opera, I noticed this inscription on a plaque:

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In English the inscription reads: “here fell for the liberation Guillois Michel Peacekeeper 20 August 1944”.

Knowing only that the Liberation of Paris took place between August 19-25, 1944, I searched Google for info on this patriot.  You can read about him and the liberation here:https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://liberation-de-paris.gilles-primout.fr/michel-guillois-annonce-la-treve&prev=search.

 

Wherever in the world I am lucky enough to travel, I am always entertained by the fact that there will be references in that place to other places.  How many people would love to be in Paris?  Millions I am sure!  But here in Paris, an exhibition is devoted to Venice! When in Venice, there will be references to other places as well.  It goes on and on, ever thus!

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And no matter how many illustrious persons lived in France throughout history, what entertains the French now, apparently, is a look back at Michael Jackson!!  An exhibition about Michael Jackson at the Grand Palais!  Never thought I’d live to see the day…

 

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Anyone reading this post in December of 2018 will know that Paris has been in turmoil with the protests of the so-called gilets jaunes, and as a matter of fact I thought about canceling my long-planned trip to this city because the news coming out of Paris was so dire.  Paris has calmed down the past week or so and I was amused in front of Notre Dame to see that the French gendarmes are a lot like the Italian carabinieri, they tend to congregate to chat and check their cells.  I doubt that was what authorities intended.

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