Friday, August 28, 2015

Beacoup de jambes et dots


A creative window display 
of mirrors, legs, chaussures,
and many "dots"

bon weekend

Printemps window - Yayoi Kusama
boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Paris style

A simple black and white display
but with the style and panache
only to be found in Paris...

Would you believe that this 
covered an entire two-story
wall in...


54, boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

rue des Carmes - une cour

A small courtyard several steps 
below the street level
still boasts an assortment of
dried hydrangea blooms.

Originally a church or cloister,
I am not sure of its function today.

14, rue des Carmes
75005, Paris

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

le Pain au Naturel

On a Sunday morning amid the bustle of shopping at Marché d'Aligre,
this street scene in front of the boulangerie features individual characters
in the daily routine:

The queue of shoppers at the entrance,
 the table of breads on the sidewalk,
a young French girl on her trottinette,
a baker delivering fresh baguettes from the oven.

What you miss are the aromas of the bread and the oysters just across the narrow street
and the hawking of  produce in the sing-song of many different languages.

le Pain au Naturel
rue Théophile Roussel

Monday, August 24, 2015

Petit Palais - l'escalier

Petit Palais was built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition 
and became a museum in 1902.  
The architect Charles Girault 
is also credited for the wrought iron design 
gracing this circular staircase 
and the magnificent
 entrance gates.
Petit Palais 
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008, Paris

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cimetière de Passy

The door swings open
to reveal the neglected plants
and the eternal beauty 
of a Russian Orthodox mosaic.

Cimetière de Passy
(just across from Place du Trocadero)
75016, Paris

Monday, August 17, 2015

Les Comptoirs des Colporteurs

Les Comptoirs des Colporteurs

A mystical doorway draped in the green fringe
of old wisteria vines.

Les Comptoirs des Colporteurs
4, rue Jean Desmarets
77160, Provins (short distance from Paris)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Une croix de Provins

Just a short trip out of Paris 
the Medieval city of Provins is filled
with history and architecture.

Here in the courtyard of Eglise Saint-Quiriace
a delicate cross is surrounded by lush palettes of green

bon dimanche

Eglise Saint-Quiriace courtyard
Provins, France

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Le Royal Monceau

le Royal Monceau

Tea at one of Paris' fine hotels is not 
nearly as costly as cocktails.

You can spend an hour or more
enjoying your tea and a plate of macarons.
Then, check out the restrooms and...
take a few (!) photos.

le Royal Monceau
37, avenue Hoche
75008, Paris

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Le Café des Chats - un chat

One of the many cat residents displays
the mood and character of this salon de the.
All of the cats have been adopted from shelters and
are under the care of veterinarians.

The 'house rules' are simple: do not wake a sleeping cat;
wash your hands before petting the cats; no feeding the cats; 
and, this is my favorite, no cat has to do anything s/he does not want to do.
Sounds like a great life to me.

16, rue Michel le Comte
75003, Paris


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Le Café des Chats

Would you enjoy your coffee or tea
in the presence of cats?

You just might achieve the level of  'aloofness'
to find that a cat, or two, would enjoy your company
sitting close by or jumping onto your empty lap.

Tomorrow: a cat!

Le Café des Chats
16, rue Michel le Comte
75003, Paris

Monday, August 10, 2015

Coucher de soleil

Sunset in Paris

Can you name the landmarks?

City of light

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Église de la Sainte-Trinité

Église de la Sainte-Trinité

This church of the Second Empire period 
built between 1861 and 1867
stands majestically above the buildings of
the ninth arrondissement. 

bon dimanche

Église de la Sainte-Trinité
Place d'Estienne d'Orves
75009, Paris

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Un café?

This small coffee shop
was a bit tattered with its fading blue exterior,
but the single barista supplied the customers with hot coffee.

The shop had no name and roughly painted white lettering
for the service hours.

Coffee shop in the Marais
rue St. Gilles
75003, Paris

Friday, August 7, 2015

Un rendez-vous?

The leather jacket,
dark sunglasses,
a sliver of light...

a rendez-vous?

Paris restaurant
75001, Paris

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Un chat et deux bicyclettes - Theme Day

A cat and two bicycles

He is just waiting for his master to return home. 
Not a bad viewpoint from which to watch the world.

My City Daily Photo friends are showing their take on
this month's theme "bicycles" here.

City Daily Photo Theme Day
75014, Paris

Friday, July 31, 2015

Un cafe vert

A small cafe with beautiful awnings
and chairs.  As I remember there were plenty
of empty seats outside.

Would be a perfect place with a cool breeze to meet 
friends on a Friday afternoon to welcome the weekend!

bon weekend

Weekend setting - cafe scene
75004, Paris

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Un cafe de Paris

Although this is a simple terrace with empty chairs,
it personifies the amiable setting for a casual meeting among friends.

If it were possible to transport these chairs and table to my home terrace, 
do you think it would capture  the ambiance of Paris?

Paris cafe scene
75002, Paris

Monday, July 27, 2015

Palais Royal - Didier Ludot

Didier Ludot

The exquisite styles of decades past
are offered here at Didier Ludot, tempting haut couture
at unbelievable prices.

The displays suggest not only the dresses
but the jewelry and other accessories of that decade.

You know the place now where
"everything old is new again."

Didier Ludot
Boutique du Palais Royal
Palais Royal

Thursday, July 23, 2015

les bateaux de Bastille

Seen from one of many Bastille metro platforms,
the boats anchored along Port de l'Arsenal
provide insight to life on the water.

It is just a stone's throw from Opera Bastille
and the Colonne de Juillet.

Port de l'Arsenal
75004, Paris

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cafe Kitsune

Cafe Kitsune

a contrast of light and dark,
a blend of cultures,
coffee or tea?

Cafe Kitsune - Palais Royal
51 Galerie de Montpensier
75001, Paris

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rue Drevet - Montmartre

The steps of rue Drevet,
long and steep

We saw many who huffed and puffed to the top
and others who simply walked 

Perhaps it is a daily routine?

rue Drevet
75018, Paris

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Un defile militaire

Military Parade
Avenue des Champs Elysees
Quatorze juillet

The avenue was lined from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde
with a display of the French military and its territories, an amazing spectacle!

Avenue des Champs Elysees
75008, Paris

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Five Year Anniversary - Paris and Beyond!

Quatorze juillet

This was my first post five years ago when I started my Paris and Beyond photo blog under the guidance of Virginia Jones. In the five years of posting daily, I have met many wonderful people from around the world.  Many of those I have met in person and have traveled to faraway places to see them.  In the beginning I was not sure that I could keep up a daily post with a very full-time job and business travel.

Thank you to all who have followed me and have reached out to me.
Tomorrow I start year six....

(Merci beaucoup, Virginie!)

Avenue des Champs Elysees
75008, Paris

Monday, July 13, 2015

13 juillet - les bals des pompiers

Les bals des pompiers

The pompiers around Paris (and all of France) have celebrations
tonight and tomorrow in honor of Quatorze juillet.

Enjoy the party!

Les bals des pompiers
13, 14 juillet

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis

Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis

Tucked in a corner of this beautiful and storied church sits this
confessional, obscured in semi-darkness.

The rays of light entering a church window illuminate
the corner confessional, revealing a warm patina.

bon dimanche

Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis
99, rue Saint-Antoine
75004, Paris

Friday, July 10, 2015

Repetto - une femme francaise

A study in black and white

soft cotton chemise
and comfortable Repettos

Must be a French girl

Paris portrait

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Un petit repas

un petit repas

I used to travel with an assortment of cutlery (plastic) 
and small plates, but you can buy just what you need 
at Bon Marche or at a Monoprix.

We often feel that just a little taste of pain et fromage 
will get you through the early evening and give you the energy 
to stay out late enough to see the sun go down at 11pm.  

In the summer months the Paris sky stays a translucent blue 
until the wee hours of the morning.

Rue Jacob
75006, Paris

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

So who says you cannot play on the grass in Paris parks?

You can in this park and in certain areas of other gardens and parks.  
Just check out the signs, and if you step in a forbidden area,
 the shrill whistles will quickly bring you back to reality!

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
1, rue Botzaris
75019, Paris

Monday, July 6, 2015

Parc de Bercy -un petit bateau

 Parc de Bercy

The small lake in the Japanese gardens 
showcases this hand-constructed
bamboo boat.   Although not quite seaworthy,
its charm and reflection are perfect for the setting.

Parc de Bercy
128, quai de Bercy
75012, Paris