Month: February 2016

Jules Verne – Paris

In a recent post we mentioned that Rimbaud’s poem “Le Bateaux Ivre” was inspired by Jules Verne’s novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”. On our recent trip to France we came across some other Jules Verne connections.

The platform of the Arts et Metiers Metro station on Line 11 has been transformed to look like the Nautilus submarine from “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”.

Arts et Metiers Metro Paris

 

Chinese New Year – Journey to the West

Gong xi fa cai. Happy New Year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese astrological calendar. And there is no more important a monkey in China than Sun Wu Kong or the Monkey King, who is the main character in the Chinese classical novel, “Journey to the West”. Written in the 16th century, “Journey to the West” tells the story of a Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk who travels to India in search of the original scriptures of the Buddha’s teachings, accompanied by the Monkey King.

In modern times, this very long tale has provided plots for Chinese opera, movies, tv series and many cartoon style books.

Magic Monkey

Rimbaud – Paris

The 19th century poet, Arthur Rimbaud, is commemorated in a small street just south of St Sulpice. Along a wall in Rue Ferou is inscribed the text of Rimbaud’s poem “Le Bateaux Ivre”.

Composed when he was only 16 years old, “Le Bateaux Ivre”, is about the sinking of a boat lost at sea, and was inspired by Jules Verne novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”.

Rimbaud went on to lead an adventurous life, not un-like a character in a Jules Verne novel, living in Indonesia, Cyprus, Yemen and Ethiopia.

Rimbaud Paris 2