PARIS: Prince de Galles
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Prince de Galles general manager Gerald R. Krischek-Cruypelans points out to me the extraordinary and rare, fully intact 1929 art-deco façade of the inner courtyard, the "Patio".
I am impressed!
By Andreas Augustin
Preview 24 September 2019 - book launch Paris
PRINCE DE GALLES — BY ANDREAS AUGUSTIN
The Birthday of the Prince de Galles
My Paris. Today. Friday 2. August 2019
Below the first lines of the first chapter of our new book. It is launched on 24 September.
2 August 1929
That Perfect Wonderful Day
2 August 1929 started like any other ordinary day all over Europe. Man and women went to work. Many were looking forward to their summer holidays and, for many children, that Friday marked the last day of school of the year.
From the American Cathedral in Paris, down the road, the bell tolled. Opposite the revolving door of the Prince of Wales Hotel — Hôtel Prince de Galles, on that perfect wonderful August morning, Musetta, the flower girl, whispered her song.
"Can you take me on a flight
On the kite
To the paradise … lost."
She raised her head. Her brown eyes gleamed lifelessly in their sockets. She was blind.
At the chambres de bonnes, the servants’ quarters on the last floor of the new building in 33, Avenue Georges V, everybody was getting ready to go downstairs.
A thousand glasses had to be polished.
Hundreds of plates arranged. ...
‘Did I mention that our rooms all have a private bathroom? Some have two. That’s why we count 150 rooms and 160 baths, all finished in mosaics in soft pastel shades. Indeed, some rooms have two baths, an absolute novelty. It makes it so much easier for a couple to complete their dressing at the same time.' (explained general manager Fréderic Schwenter at the opening in 1929)
The new book by Andreas Augustin. 160 pages filled with Paris as Paris can.
Photo: Bill Lorenz Patio at the Prince de Galles — Egyptian style columns and detailed mosaics.
Isn't that a nice end to a long day?