Les Etoiles d’Ivry

Les Etoiles d’Ivry (Stars of Ivry), aka Les Etoiles de Renaudie, are a mixed-used development in Ivry-sur-Seine. It was designed in the 1960’s by architect Jean Renaudie as part of the urban renewal of the city centre of Ivry. The name comes from the use of triangles as the main building block of the design.

Above, in Cité du Parc, right next to Parc des Cormailles.

Above, Ecole Einstein (primary school).

Above, Ecole Einstein from above.

Above, Centre Jeanne Hachette, a bit further away from the Cité.

Above, Place Voltaire.

Above, Tours Raspail and Lenine in the background, designed by architect Renée Gailhoustet as part of the urban renewal of the 1960’s.


Parc des Cormailles (Ivry-sur-Seine)

Parc départemental des Cormailles is a large park in Ivry-sur-Seine, a town in Val-de-Marne located just south of Paris.

Above, mound. The top offers a good view on the park and the surrounding area.

Above, sculpture at the top of the mound.

Above, looking towards Paris and the skyscrapers of the 13th arrondissement.

Above, bridge above the train tracks, at the exit of the park on the way to the Seine river.

Sichuan boiled beef / Mapo tofu at Asia Room in Paris

Sichuan boiled beef (水煮牛肉 – “shuizhu niurou” in Chinese; “marmite de boeuf piquant” in French).

This is a classic dish from the province of Sichuan in southwestern China. It was very spicy and really good. It was only my first time eating this dish and, after Asia Room, I had it at many other restaurants in Paris.

Above, there were soy sprouts and tofu below the meat.

Above, I also had nems.

I came back to Asia Room some time later to eat another classic dish from Sichuan:

Above, mapo tofu.

Above, ravioli.


Grande Mosquée de Paris

The Grande Mosquée de Paris (Great Mosque of Paris) is located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris and is one of the largest mosques in France. It was built in the Moorish Revival architecture style and inaugurated in 1926.

Above, 33m-high minaret.

Above, main entrance.

Above, garden of the mosque.

Above, prayer room.

Above, mosque library.

Above, in the garden.

Above, Mémorial du soldat musulman (Memorial to Muslim soldiers).

Above, north-African restaurant inside the mosque.