Monday, July 25, 2016

Jardin du Luxembourg - Tai Chi

Jardin du Luxembourg

A serious group engaged 
in Tai Chi exercises...

Love the lady in the background 
with her red fan.

Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Église Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts

Église Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts

If you enter a church in Paris and do not immediately see
the organ, look above the main door.

This is a beautiful Cavaillé-Coll organ
and you can click here to hear the music of this organ
as played by reknown organist, Eric Lebrun.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts
66, avenue Ledru-Rollin
75012, Paris

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Le Tour de France?

Le Tour de France?

Well, perhaps this young boy is not quite ready
for the famed race, but he handled his bicycle well on
the park path.

Tomorrow the race will finish on the Champs Élysées
and I will be watching from home.

Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris

Friday, July 22, 2016

Réflexions de nuit à Paris

Louvre courtyard at night

Such diverse architecture... 
from the graceful arches to the glass angles, 
all reflected in the shallow fountains!

Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Place de la Contrescarpe

Place de la Contrescarpe

Bicycles, fountain, café terrace, shade trees,
and sometimes on Sundays a white haired
piano player.

I wonder how he gets that piano up the hill?

Place de la Contrescarpe
75005, Paris

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

La Fontaine Medicis

Medici Fountain

A quiet respite in the midst of 
Paris, even in the summer.
Definitely one of my favorite places
to meet a friend...
 or just to sit quietly alone.

Medici Fountain
Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rue de l'Élysée de Ménilmontant - street art

Street Art

If you look at this address on Google-Maps
you will see only a plain corrugated metal building.

I found no signature but liked the effect of the patterns
as a background, the black and white realism of the boy, and
the cartoon-like blue birds.

I think that the café terrace just opposite on this narrow,
dead end street has a much nicer view thanks to this artist.

Rue de l'Élysée de Ménilmontant
(au coin de la rue Julien Lacroix)
75020, Paris

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Église Notre Dame de la Croix de Ménilmontant

Église Notre Dame de la Croix
de Ménilmontant

The Neo-Gothic architecture was the
work of Antoine Héret.  Construction began
in 1863 and was consecrated in 1869.
In 1871, the Paris Commune met here at 
the church and voted to execute the Archbishop
of Paris and his fellow hostages.

This photo was taken on November 13th (2015)
in afternoon light of a setting sun.  Four hours later,
our world was changed.

Église Notre Dame de la Croix de Ménilmontant
3, place de Ménilmontant
75020, Paris


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Le Bouillon

Le Bouillon

Sunshine, colorful glassware,
a corner spot...

It has just about everything
needed to gather with friends

Le Bouillon
10, rue Saint-Marc
75002, Paris

Friday, July 15, 2016

Catherine André - la mode parisienne

Paris fashion

The Paris windows 
are never mundane

bon week-end

Catherine André
26, Galerie Vivienne
75002, Paris

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Quatorze juillet et l'anniversaire de mon blog!

Quatorze juillet

This shot was taken in 2008 on a two-week
solo trip to Paris.  I waited for what seemed hours against
the barricades on Champs-Élysées for the procession.  
The parade was fabulous but the preparations
were even better.

It is not a coincidence that I chose this date
for the beginning of my blog six years ago.
Virginia Jones (Paris Through My Lens) guided my 
entrance to blogging and I will be forever grateful for
her help and lasting friendship.

Thank you all for your support
and comments over the past six years.

Avenue des Champs-Élysées
75008, Paris

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lumière du matin

Morning Light

So, is the light magical
in Paris or am I just so
enamored with Paris
that I overlook the ordinary?

Bistrot Vivienne
4, rue des Petits Champs
75002, Paris

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Église Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet

Église Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet

The early morning sun 
casts long shadows 

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet
23, rue des Bernardins
75005, Paris

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Robes de Mariée

David Purves
robes de mariée

Whether a gown for
a bride or the tuille of
a ballerina,
delicate and lovely

David Purves
3, rue de Fleurus
75006, Paris

Friday, July 8, 2016

Boulevard des Capucines

Boulevard des Capucines

Street lights, traffic lights,
car lights, and more...
perfect illumination
for a rainy night

Boulevard des Capucines
75009, Paris

Monday, July 4, 2016

Île aux Cignes - Statue of Liberty

Île aux Cignes
Statue of Liberty

This quarter scale replica of the original
was inaugurated on July 4, 1889.
It was given to the City of Paris by the
Parisian community in America to mark
the centennial of the French Revolution.

(Consider reading Liberty's Torch
for the whole story)

Statue of Liberty (1 of 3 in Paris)
Île aux Cignes
75015, Paris

Saturday, July 2, 2016

un escalier en colimaçon

Spiral Staircase

Leaving Paris for Budapest
this spiral staircase in the airport lounge
was modern and graceful with 
stainless steel bones and rich hardwood steps

Ah, Paris

Charles de Gaulle Airport
95700 Roissy-en-France

Friday, July 1, 2016

CDP Theme Day - "look down"

Avenue des Champs Elysées
seen from l'Arc de Triomphe

The first day of each month is Theme Day
for City Daily Photobloggers and today's theme is
Looking Down

Check here to see the photo interpretations
from around the world

Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile
Place Charles de Gaulle
75008, Paris

Monday, June 27, 2016

Dubois - depuis 1861

depuis 1861

This establishment has been 
providing fine art materials
to the artists of Paris for over 150 years

The sign is beyond charming...

20, rue Soufflot
75005, Paris

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont

Perhaps one of my favorite churches in Paris, 
and I discover a new detail with every visit.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont
Place Sainte Geneviève
75005, Paris

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

in the rain
at night


Palais Garnier
8, rue Scribe
75009, Paris

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Provins - l'escalier

Medieval stairway
in Provins

leading to the 
city wall

77160, Provins

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Creperie - Mammy Gateaux


There are more than a few creperies in Provins,
but this one had the most charming entrance.

Mammy Gateaux
16, place du Chatel
77160, Provins France

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Église Saint-Quiriace

Église Saint-Quiriace

This church in the small town of Provins, just beyond Paris, 
was founded early in the 11th century.  
The town is divided into an Upper Town and a Lower Town,
 respectively called the Châtel (Castle) and the Val (Valley).
This church sits in its elevated position in the upper town, 
and although it has never been completed it is worthy of a visit.
bon dimanche
Église Saint-Quiriace
9, place Saint-Quiriace
77160, Provins, France

Friday, June 17, 2016

des petits jardins de Provins

In the small spaces,
gardens are abundant
with vegetables, herbs
and plants

A quick train ride
 from Gare de l'Est...
the charming, 11th century
 town of Provins

rue du Four des Raines
77160, Provins

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

thé pour deux

Tea for Two

You may not be able to stay in a Five-Star Paris hotel,
but you can feel just as luxurious having afternoon tea
lounging on butter-soft leather couches.

(Order a selection of macarons, too)

Le Royal Monceau
37, avenue Hoche
75008, Paris

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Avenue de la Grande-Armée

Looking down from Arc de Triomphe
the Paris skyline looks as if you could 
just reach out and touch it.

It is a walking distance of 5.2km, 
not as close as it seems.

Avenue de la Grande-Armée
75008, Paris

Friday, June 10, 2016

Le Petit Colbert

The frosted glass of 
Le Petit Colbert
adds a bit of mystique

Le Petit Colbert
8 rue Monsigny
75002, Paris

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


The expression is 
one of surprise?

Or perhaps suspicion?

Boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

Monday, June 6, 2016

Des acrobates - Café de la Paix

Acrobat chairs 
at Café de la Paix

Quite often the terrace seating is stacked
but these two chairs were giving a performance.

Café de la Paix
5, Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris