Monday, April 11, 2016

Jardin des Plantes - un perroquet vert?

Jardin des Plantes

One would think that this green parrot (?) had escaped
from an enclosure, a pen.  However, we sighted 
an entire flock of them, numbering 12 or more.
They enjoyed the November berries immensely.

Is Paris temperate enough to support
what I imagine to be a tropical species?

"If you have ever spotted apple-green birds the size of a turtledove with bright red bills during one of your strolls around Paris, you are neither colorblind nor sleepwalking. You merely sighted one of the many rose-ringed parakeets (Psittacula krameri) that have made Paris and its vast suburbs their home."
You can read more here. 

Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

Église de la Madeleine

This photo was taken only a few days 
after the terrorist attack in November 2015.

It seemed a good place to be.

Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008, Paris

Saturday, April 9, 2016

L'Escalier d'Hôtel Biron

Hôtel Biron was closed several years for renovations,
opening again in November 2015.

This elegant mansion, built between 1727 and 1737
 houses over 200 works of August Rodin.  
The grounds are exquisite and a befitting backdrop 
for large Rodin bronzes.

Hôtel Biron
Musée Rodin
77, rue de Varenne
75007, Paris

Friday, April 8, 2016

Galerie de paléontologie et d'anatomie comparée

Paleontology Museum

I have seen the photographs and peered through the impressive 
windows, but sadly I have never been inside to see the skeletons

It is on my list to accomplish this year

Galerie de paléontologie et d'anatomie comparée
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris
Métro Gare d'Austerlitz

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Promenade Plantée (Coulée verte René-Dumont)

This unique "elevated" green walkway is situated on the tracks 
that took trains from Bastille to Verenne-Saint-Maur. 
Beneath the arches of this viaduct are 64 arcade
 of artists' ateliers, galleries, workshops, and more.  

You can walk the "promenade greenway" in one direction
 and then walk back along the glass fronts of the Viaduc des Arts.

Promenade Plantée
Avenue Daumesnil
75012, Paris

Monday, April 4, 2016

Jardin de l'Acclimatation

This pigeon house (pigeonnier) in Jardin de l'Acclimatation
was used during the siege of Paris in 1870
to send messages by carrier pigeon.

I do not know if pigeons are in
residence there today

Jardin de l'Acclimatation
Bois de Boulogne
75116, Paris

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

This eastern facade of Notre Dame
is not the image of the postcards and souvenir shops,
but its graceful Gothic architecture is beautiful.

The garden is much quieter than the western side
and a lovely place to sit in the shade of the trees and
watch the children play.

bon dimanche

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
Île de la Cité
75004, Paris

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Cimetière Montmartre - Cimetière du Nord

Cimetière Montmartre

Spring arrives with new growth in shades of green
and accents of pink blooms

20, ave Rachel
75018, Paris

Friday, April 1, 2016

City Daily Photo Theme Day - The Beauty of Simplicity

The Beauty of Simplicity

Only a few days after the November 13 bombings in Paris
we found this simple phrase with a scattering of wet leaves.
I could not have staged a more poignant shot.

Today I join City Daily photobloggers around the world
in Theme Day. Click here to see their take on
"The Beauty of Simplicity"

Rainy Paris street
75005, Paris

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Poisson d'avril! (demain)

Do you know what tomorrow is?

In the USA it is April Fools Day and we play pranks like, 
"Look out!  There's a spider on your shoulder!" 

The tradition in France includes poisson d'avril, attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim's back without being noticed.  There is an interesting history of this holiday of foolishness, and it originated in France in the 16th century.  You can read about it here.

Today in France, people who are fooled on April 1 are called poisson d'avril, which literally means the "April Fish," because a young naive fish is easily caught.
This man who is kindly shucking oysters has been "tagged" with a paper fish. 

So, are you going to play a little prank tomorrow?

Le Baron Rouge, wine bar
1, rue Théophile Roussel
75012, Paris

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Montmartre - printemps

A pink "explosion" providing
quite a view from
these windows and balconies

75018, Paris

Monday, March 28, 2016

Montmartre - avenue Junot

The springtime shades of
chartreuse and lavender
drape this courtyard entry

Probably the safest place
for the invasive wisteria

Avenue Junot
75018, Paris

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Église Saint-Louis d'Antin

Église Saint-Louis d'Antin

Joyeuses Pâques

Église Saint-Louis d'Antin
63, rue de Caumartin
75009, Paris

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Un bébé dinosaure...

Maintenant, on peut faire un bébé dinosaure...
un bébé dinosaure en chocolat!

The Parisian chocolatiers are quite creative
with their Easter displays - indeed!

A La Mère de Famille
82, rue Montorgueil
75002, Paris

Friday, March 25, 2016

Le Louvre et la Pleine Lune

Louvre and the first full moon of spring,
a calm scene and reflection...

bon week end

Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Jardin Marie Trintignant

Jardin Marie Trintignant

This small patch of green and pink
along Quai des Célestins will 
make you turn your head

Loving spring....

Jardin Marie Trintignant
Rue de l'Ave Maria
75004, Paris

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Oeufs en Chocolat

In preparation of Pâques (Easter)
you will find the windows of
pâtisseries and boulangeries filled
with their specialties of the season.

Au Levain du Marais
28, boulevard Beaumarchais
75011, Paris

Monday, March 21, 2016

Pyramid - Parc de Monceau

Parc de Monceau
dressed and adorned
for spring

Parc de Monceau
75008, Paris

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Dimanche des Rameaux

Dimanche des Rameaux
(Palm Sunday)

In preparation for Palm Sunday in Paris
the ancient but active church of Saint Louis en l'Île
has both palm branches and a donkey.

The music for Dimanche des Rameaux includes

bon dimanche

Église Saint Louis en l'Île
Île Saint Louis
75004, Paris

Friday, March 18, 2016

Café Kitsuné - Palais Royal

Palais Royal

In the arcade shops and restaurants of
Palais Royal you will find a wide range 
of choices: from the old to the new and from the 
elegant to the casual.

Café Kitsuné
Palais Royal
75001, Paris
Today I join other photographers


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Montmartre - une terrasse vide

Almost spring,
Montmartre café,
blue skies, 
and welcoming terrace...


Montmartre café
75018, Paris


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Closing time at Père Lachaise
does not mean a leisurely stroll to the exit... 
as the whistle bleats remind you.

(joyeux anniversaire, Alexa) 

Cimetière du Père Lachaise
75020, Paris

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Butte aux Cailles

Just ring the bell
for entrance

Hidden streets of Butte aux Cailles
75013, Paris

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fleurs de Paris

The flowers are abundant in Paris
and so are the flower shops

(Happy Pi Day

rue de Belleville
75019, Paris

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Belleville


Beautiful and sturdy iron hinges on the
massive doors of this neo-gothic church 
are offset by the soft visage

bon dimanche

139, rue de Belleville
75019, Paris

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Le Baron Rouge - des huitres sur le pouce?

Le Baron Rouge

Delicious oysters served on the sidewalk
along with a healthy dose of sunshine...

ah, wish I was there

Le Baron Rouge, wine bar
1, rue Théophile Roussel
75012, Paris

Friday, March 11, 2016

Port de l'Arsenal

Port de l'Arsenal

Commercial boats, working boats,
pleasure boats, and many house boats...

all can be found in Port de l'Arsenal
between the Seine and Place de la Bastille

bon week end

Port de l'Arsenal
75004, Paris

to see reflections from around the world.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Paris au printemps

Paris in Spring

After a frigid winter
all of Paris prepares for spring
and even la tour Eiffel
dons a prissy pink crinoline

(almost spring)

la tour Eiffel
Champ de Mars
5, avenue Anatole France
75007, Paris

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

une rue cachée

A charming hidden street 
with vines and trees, 
a slight spring-like breeze,
and an occasional glimpse of a pussy-cat.

Butte aux Cailles
75013, Paris

Monday, March 7, 2016

Chez Gladines

Chez Gladines

This setting in Butte aux Cailles is the original restaurant
serving Basque cuisine.  If you are looking for elegant dining
pass on by, but if you want to experience a local eatery
and all the salad you can manage for about 10€ 
and served in a stainless steel mixing bowl, come on in.

(I have also eaten twice at Chez Gladines on Blvd Saint-Germain -
same menu but different atmosphere)

Chez Gladines
30, rue des cinq Diamantes
75013, Paris