When visiting Paris the Opera house is a Must Do in my opinion. Also known as the Palais Garnier after its architect Charles Garnier, it is now mainly used for ballet whilst the opera has moved to the Opera Bastille in the eponymous Place. The opulence defies one's imagination and the usual climax of a tour is to go into a box to see the auditorium with its wonderful ceiling painted in a contrasting style by Marc Chagall in 1963 which has at its centre the Grand Auditorium Chandelier. This time when we visited last week, I was astounded to see the stage curtain open and then a corps de ballet rehearsal began before we were politely asked to leave the box!
The exterior from the Place de l'Opera
Around the Grand Staircase
The Grand Foyer
The Stage and the Chagall ceiling
A couple of punters looking over the grand Staircase