September 19, 2007

National Assembly - bis

As said yesterday, I’m reverting to the National Assembly and will today talk about the “working space”.

After all, the 577 deputies, elected for five years, are there to work. Normally the yearly session lasts 120 days (October – June), but in reality it’s often prolonged. (You can read August 2 on one of my pictures; that was the last session before summer holidays. The new session started yesterday.)

The deputies represent as well the nation as their circumscription - in average some 10 thousand habitants. They have their public sessions, but each deputy is also member of at least one commission.

Their common working space includes of course the “hemicycle” for the public sessions and it’s also the place where the voting takes place. The “hemicycle” got its present form and decoration in 1832; only a few details are older, including the podium for the President of the Assembly (or his / her deputy). There are also separate meeting rooms and a number of corners where the deputies can work, have their more informal discussions, have a drink...
You find also working desks in the Library which was added in 1837. The ceiling paintings are by Delacroix.
Last episode tomorrow!

26 comments:

Ex-Shammickite said...

What a wonderful place to go to work every day! I would feel that I was doing something very important in such grand surroundings!

MONA said...

The ceiling paintings are awesome! I have always wondered about the hard labour they must have put in painting them up there!

Drama Div@ said...

I don't mind the extra time I put in at work IF my office looks like this...

Annie said...

How I would love to spend some time browsing the shelves of that library, climbing up the ladder, rolling it along to another spot to explore.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Amazing photo and fascinating series.

To respond to your question, I didn't get the new Jack Spade bag. I got the old/regular messenger bag.

Heather said...

I'm in love with that library! Who could want more than floor to ceiling shelves overflowing with books? The ceiling is beautiful as well!

Keshi said...

the ceilings r AMAZING Peter!

Keshi.

Neva said...

You are amazing in what you find out and share...quite the information retrievalist!!..Nice post...thanks for your nice comments ....you're pretty funny!

Olivier said...

le dôme et la bibliothèque magnifique. En plus Delacroix,un vrai musée.


the dome and the splendid library. In more Delacroix, a true museum.

hpy said...

J'ai toujours voulu une bibliothèque qui couvre les murs, mais il vaudrat mieux cacher les livres derrière des vitres car ce sont des vrais amasse-poussière, et ce n'est pas en les caressant avec des gants en coton qu'on peut les nettoyer.

delphinium said...

Pour répondre à hpy, les livres ne ramassent pas la poussière si on les lit régulièrement.:-))

Bon moi je suis quand même impressionnée par l'échelle. Bonne journée!

Ash said...

Awesome series. The ceiling looks wonderful as does the library!

Cergie said...

La photo de la verrière en haut à gauche du montage aurait mérité d'être mise en valeur seule et en grand


J'ai eu la chance de visiter le ministère de l'éducation alors qu'une amie y habitait et nous avait invités à dîner. J'ai vu la bibliothéque qui ressemble à celle-ci et contient tous les journaux officiels.

Peter said...

ex-shammickite:
Maybe the deputies also sometimes overestimate themselves?

mona:
Yes, tough work, like Michelangelo in the Sixtine Chapel and many others... . Took some years and some help I believe.

drama div@:
Yes, I believe a few extra hours could be envisaged, including with the open bar...

Peter said...

annie:
Sounds tempting, but looking on the titles of these books, I would imagine that some other libraries might be more interesting.

ming:
Thanks ... including for the answer!

heather:
Yes, the library is really just marvellous!


keshi:
No doubt!

Peter said...

neva:
I do my best! Actually I find such a lot of interesting thins (at least interesting for myself) so my problem is to set limits to the info I try to give!

olivier:
Ca vaut bien la visite!

hpy:
Une autre manière d'éviter la poussière, est de lire les livres!

delphinium:
Une confirmation de ce que je viens de répondre à hpy! Nous sommes bien d'accrod!

Peter said...

ash:
You confirm what I and obviously many others think!

cergie:
J'ai hésité de la mettre en grand; la verrière est magnifique, mais je pensai que la photo que j'ai mise était plus parlante par rapport à l'article. Je vais mettre certaines de ces photos sur mon photo-blogue, y compris la verrière!

Azer Mantessa said...

and i thought the chandeliers were the highlights until i saw the library ... the ceiling is magnificent.

lasiate said...

pour faire la queue comme ça tu emportes des livres ou un peu de musique?

Peter said...

lasiate:
J'avais un journal avec moi, mais j'ai passé mon temps a bavarder avec une vielle dame, très sympa! Finalament ce n'était pas si long...

oldmanlincoln said...

I am always fascinated by your posts and the things you are interested in. And they are always well written and the photos are really nice ones.

If you have not see my new blog about my early life in Japan (1950s) then it might be worth the click > Here

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Peter, Great all your information (what an old building 183?) I need , cause we're planning to go in November to Paris:) Jippeeee!But can't book te Thalys yet, we might take the car... did not decided yet ow to travel, TIPS?

btw:
Thanks for voting ( 2 Details) the score is 6 for B&w and 6 for colour, sooo uhhh...even.:) (now I still not have a choice -for me- for showing which photo's on my exibition. But thanks!

Great blog you have love it!

Peter said...

azer:
Well, I would say both!

oldmanlincoln:
Thanks! Yes, I have seen your new Japanese blog. Once more impressed by you and the blog!

joann:
I would take the Thalys. In Paris you are better without a car. Let's talk about what to see later. How many days?

ruth said...

Imagine, researching under art by Delacroix.

hpy said...

Lire, je veux bien, mais quand il y en a du sol au plafond dans une grande pièce, ils ont le temps d'amasser la poussière entre deux lectures!

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Hi Peter,
We are thinking of a shrt trip so that will be 5 days 4 nights , with the thalys it will be easier indeed, only when I can get a cheap Thalys ticket, it will be worth going by train, if we go by car we just park it at the hotel paring thats all, we'll go by metro (or tram!!!!) through Paris...

I am still trying to book a cheap ticket (euro 69 for a return per person)

JoAnn :)