Saturday, April 19, 2014

Painted eggs...

Displayed in an iron and glass case, 
these painted and lacquered eggs are a beautiful reminder
of a bygone era.

I remember having a very old one like these 
as a child that would open to reveal the treats inside.  
I do imagine that the treats in these 
would be better than the jelly beans I had.

Rue Montorgueil
75002, Paris

Friday, April 18, 2014

des oeufs de chocolat

Chocolate Eggs!

When it comes to sweets 
and my péché mignon* in the world of indulgences 
(seen here in the form of chocolate eggs), 
it is important to decide if the calorie splurge is worth it.

These eggs are totally in the "worth it" category!

bon weekend

Au Levain du Marais
28, Boulevard  Beaumarchais
(at corner of Rue du Pasteur Wagner)
75011, Paris

*guilty pleasure

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rue du Trésor - le vélo

Rue du Trésor
the bicycle

This short pedestrian street 
has a border of green on both sides 
with a variety of cafés and bistrots.  

The flash of rain just prior to my photo 
gives an extra boost of green to the new spring growth.  
It is not too difficult to dodge the showers.

Rue du Trésor
75004, Paris

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

la Seine et des parapluies

A few drops of rain do not stop Paris,
nor a deluge...
nor a snowstorm...

The wet pavement 
makes for nice photographs

La Seine
75006, Paris

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jardin du Palais Royal - les trois amies

Jardin du Palais Royal
three friends

The three little friends were playing in the garden at Palais Royal, 
dressed for a cooler spring day and the rains that will surely follow.

Must be French girls

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Monday, April 14, 2014

des oeufs chocolate

Chocolate eggs, baskets, and other delectable treats 
are featured by the chocolatiers of Paris.  
The boutique windows are full of candies 
made in the fine traditions of the marchand de bonbons.

Although I have watched the Parisians buy these beautiful creations, 
I do not believe that I have seen them sit with a bag of chocolates on a park bench.  

Marché d'Aligre
75012, Paris

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Panthéon et Église Saint Étienne du Mont

Looking across the end of the Square de l'Île de France the textures and colors are punctuated by the 5ème arrondissement's notable skyline.  The Panthéon is the tallest building and Église Saint Étienne du Mont is to the left, an easy walk from Pont Saint Louis where this photo was taken.

bon dimanche

from Pont Saint Louis
75004, Paris

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cimetière du Montparnasse - l'avenue violet

Cimetière du Montparnasse

A large-scale art installation by Christo would be no more exquisite than this little avenue in Cemetière du Montparnasse, strewn with the violet blooms.

The colors of spring are vivid and a treat for the eyes.

Cimetière du Montparnasse
75014, Paris

Friday, April 11, 2014

l'Opéra Restaurant - le café rouge

le café rouge

Although this photo was taken early in the morning, I have seen a good-sized crowd for lunch.  Just beyond the gates you can see the entrance of l'Opéra Restaurant which I featured several weeks ago.

Have you been here?  
Can you tell me how you found the food and the service? 
 It might be worth having a coffee and a small pastry 
to watch the world walking by.

bon weekend

café at l'Opéra Restaurant
Palais Garnier
1, place Jacques Rouchés
75009, Paris

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aux Anysetiers du Roy et des hortensias

Aux Anysetiers du Roy
pink hydrangeas!

Although the bright pink hydrangeas* were the focus of my photo, this charming restaurant set in a Medieval building has more history than can be imagined.  Serving simple, classic French fare, Madame oversees all the food preparations.  Devotees of this  non-touristy restaurant swear by the French onion soup, Cassoulet Maison,  Boeuf Bourguignon and Crème Brûlée.

Set on the quiet Île Saint Louis, 
one can step back hundreds of years
 into a building which has not changed by much 
and enjoy traditional French comfort food ...
which has not changed at all.

Aux Anysetiers du Roy
61, rue Saint Louis en l'Île
75004, Paris
*corrected - merci beaucoup Lance, Jane, and Alan!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rosa Bonheur - Il pleut!

Rosa Bonheur

Bucolic delights reign at Rosa Bonheur, a bar set in a former guinguette in the heart of Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Its name loosely translates as ‘pink happiness’ but refers in particular to 19th-century French painter and sculptor ‘Rosa Bonheur’, famous for her depictions of animals and her role in the early feminist movement (alongside George Sand and Sarah Bernhardt).

Sunday evenings are packed.  A group of us were there last May, enjoyed the music and the party.  As we left in a driving rainstorm, the serious night party crowd was just arriving.  The people in the queue did not seem the least daunted by the line or the rain.  C'est Paris!

Rosa Bonheur - Parc des Buttes Chaumont
2, avenue de la Cascade
75019, Paris

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Boulevard Edgar Quinet - des chapeaux

Arts Fair
Boulevard Edgar Quinet

Along Boulevard Edgar Quinet there is an open produce market in the central alley of the boulevard every Wednesday and Saturday morning (7am-2:30pm) and an arts fair every Sunday (10am until sunset). On this spring Sunday an artist was displaying a colorful assortment of hats.  Other vendors offered watercolors, collage, handcrafted leather, pottery, and other art and fine craft.

Arts Fair
Boulevard Edgar Quinet
75014, Paris
Métros Edgar Quinet or Raspail

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pensive? Nostalgique?

Printemps - premier étage

As this statue perched outside on the second floor 
peers in at the grand staircase, 
do you think that she must be a bit wistful 
to have spent the past 100 years 
only looking in at the fashions of Printemps?

must be a French girl

64, boulevard Haussmann 75009, Paris

Sunday, April 6, 2014

La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre

Sacré Coeur

This notable basilica made of travertine stone displays its white stamp on the Paris landscape.  This sacred landmark sits high on the butte of Montmartre overseeing all of Paris.

The photo was taken from my perch at the Temple of Sybil which sits on Buttes Chaumont.

bon dimanche

La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre
35, rue du Chevalier de la Barre
75018, Paris

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Paulownias en fleurs - Avenue de Laumière

Paulownia trees

In an explosion of color, 
the view of Avenue de Laumière is obstructed 
by the mass of Paulownia trees 
lining the street from Métro Laumière
 to the end at Parc des Buttes Chaumont.  

If you are in Paris this spring, 
take a trip to the park walking along this street for a few blocks.  

It makes for a grand promenade

14, avenue de Laumière
75019, Paris

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain - le reflet

Fondation Cartier
a contemporary art museum

Fondation Cartier inhabits a striking clear glass building designed by Pritzker Prize architect Jean Nouvel surrounded by a modern woodland garden landscaped by Lothar Baumgarten.  Would you believe that the landscaper's name translates to "tree garden?"

Seen from across Boulevard Raspail, it is difficult to discern the trees from the building with a multitude of green reflections.

Fondation Cartier is one of Europe's most important institutions for contemporary arts.  It hosts a constant stream of temporary exhibitions focusing on particular contemporary artists, schools, or themes.  It is also an important patron to contemporary artists, commissioning important works and offering artist-in-residence programs.

bon weekend

Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain
261, boulevard Raspail
75014, Paris

 Joining James' Weekend Reflections

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quai Saint-Michel - "layers"

Layers seen along theSeine

Taken from the Pont Saint-Michel you can see layers from the buildings along the quai, the bouquinistes, the level under the street, the banks of the Seine, and finally the Seine herself.

How have I not noticed the walkway under the street level on this south side of the river?  What are those open spaces in the stone wall, and what lies beyond?  I am thinking of Jean-Valjean and M. Hugo.

Quai Saint-Michel et Pont Saint-Michel
75004, Paris

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Le Petit Colbert - le café

Le Petit Colbert

Too early or too late
This empty café will be bustling within a few hours...

Wish that we were there now

Le Petit Colbert
8, rue Monsigny
75002, Paris

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pyramide du Louvre - City Daily Photo Theme Day: triangles

Pyramide du Louvre

The first day of the month is Theme Day for the City Daily Photo community, and the theme for April is "triangles."  In Paris there are two obvious and very large architectural structures which would pass the test:  La Tour Eiffel and I M Pei's Pyramide du Louvre, seen here.  

Taken in spring at dusk with the last glow of daylight, it takes on the watercolor hues of l'heure bleue.  The "blue hour" is a magical time of day when the softness of the fading light of day creates the colors only seen in artists' palettes and then dances across the Pyramide.

Pyramide du Louvre
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

See "triangles" from cities around the world here
from my friends of CDP

Monday, March 31, 2014

Poisson d'Avril - chut!

Do you know what tomorrow is?

In the United States 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.  

So, are you going to play a little prank tomorrow?
Le Baron Rouge, wine bar
1, rue Théophile Roussel
75012, Paris

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Église Saint Étienne du Mont

Église Saint Étienne du Mont

The windows, the architecture, the history, 
the art, the details, the stories...

You could sketch, draw, paint, photograph...
listen, observe, watch, study, pray...
and still not absorb it all

bon dimanche

Église Saint Étienne du Mont
1, place Ste-Geneviève

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Parc des Buttes Chaumont VIII

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Temple of Sybil

Although the Temple of Sybil may not appear so high on the cliff, 
it is indeed a hike and a suspension bridge away.  
How can all of this be only a mile or two from the center of Paris?

If the weather cooperates for this last weekend in March, 
the Parisians will be here with friends and family.  
How I wish that I could join them!

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
75019, Paris
Métros Buttes Chaumont, Laumière, et Botzaris

Friday, March 28, 2014

Printemps - une vitrine

Printemps store window

and reflection....

bon weekend

Boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris
Joining James' Weekend Reflections
Look here for so many more.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Champ Libre Fleuriste

Champ Libre 

No matter where you are in Paris, you can certainly find nearby:

a Métro station,
an eyeglass store,
and a fleuriste

How about:
a garden,
a boulangerie,
a church?

Champ Libre Fleuriste
104, avenue Ledru Rollin
75011, Paris

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Le Montegrosso - le petit déjeuner

Le Montegrosso

This Franco-Italian restaurant has a charming terrace with a large red awning.  
This gentleman was enjoying the sun with his breakfast on a brisk spring day.

Le Montegrosso 
6, rue de l'Échelle
75001, Paris
Métros Tuileries, Pyramides, ou 
         Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cimetière du Montparnasse - printemps

Montparnasse Cemetery

Spring blows into Paris,
scattering fresh blossoms
like pastel confetti

May they last in my memories forever

Cimetière du Montparnasse
75014, Paris

Monday, March 24, 2014

Jardin de l'Intendant

Jardin de l'Intendant

On the southwest corner of Hôtel des Invalides 
you will find this verdant sculpted garden, 
a quiet place to enjoy the greenness of spring in Paris.

Jardin de l'Intendant
Les Invalides
Ave de Tourville
75007, Paris

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Église Saint-Louis des Invalides

Église Saint-Louis des Invalides

This ornate organcase is attributed to Jules Hardouin-Mansart 
and includes two télamons supporting the massive platform of the organ pipes.

The architectural elements are quite detailed 
and the supporting right hand of the telamon appears to be real.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Louis des Invalides
Les Invalides
75007, Paris
A contributor to inSPIREd Sunday

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Parc de Monceau - printemps!

Parc de Monceau
The Egyptian Pyramid

The Parc Monceau is one of the most elegant parks of Paris and a peaceful oasis of greenery.  In general it is not frequented by tourists but full of nannies and children, families, and office workers at lunch.  You will see many joggers along the paths, pony rides for children, and a delightful carousel, Caroussel de Jules Verne.

A series of statues and busts of artists such as Guy de Maupassant, Frédéric Chopin, Charles Gounod and Alfred de Musset were scattered along the paths in the late 19th – early 20th century.  The large oval pool and its Corinthian columns were restored and are, along with the miniature Egyptian pyramid and the fantasy gravestones, some of the remains of the original park of the Duke of Chartres.

bon weekend

Parc de Monceau
Boulevard de Courcelles
75008, Paris

Friday, March 21, 2014

Palais Garnier - L'Opéra Restaurant

Palais Garnier
L'Opéra Restaurant

Can you imagine getting approval to build a restaurant as part of the storied Palais Garnier, only to discover that you could touch no walls, attach nothing to the 19th century structure?


Yet, here it is, and the artistry is magnificent as the curved transparent walls appear to float, moving in waves around Garnier's architecture on the northeast side.  It was conceived by the architect Odile Decq in the heart of the Palais Garnier. A mezzanine made of amazing shapes surrounds the original architecture of the Palais Garnier without ever touching it.  Opened in 2011, it is worthy of a special evening with Paris friends.  Oh, I would not wear red as you might disappear into the elegant seating.

L'Opéra Restaurant
Palais Garnier
1, place Jacques Rouchés
75009, Paris