Sunday, April 26, 2015

Église Saint Pierre - Chartres



Église Saint Pierre


Saint-Pierre Church in Chartres is not as well known 
as the Cathedral of our Lady of Chartres,
 but this 13th Century church is a Gothic masterpiece 
with some windows surviving from the 14th Century.



bon dimanche



Église Saint Pierre
rue Pétion
28000, Chartres

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hôtel de Sully - le jardin



In the orangerie of Hôtel de Sully
you will find this ornate stone lattice 
against a backdrop of green....


Green, in the spring, but...
a rich mix of reds and oranges 
in the fall



Hôtel de Sully
48, rue Saint Antoine
75004, Paris

Friday, April 24, 2015

Une porte de Paris



Patches, paint, patina...
the old door has seen many pass
through its portals


the stories it could tell


bon weekend



Une porte de Paris
rue de Bretagne
75003, Paris

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quai de Bourbon



A View along the Seine


The narrow strip is shared with the trees
showing the new leaves of spring.


A single flaneur has the space to himself...



Quai de Bourbon from Pont Marie
75004, Paris

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Merci - la cantine




The lower floor of Merci in the Marais
has a charming restaurant called La Cantine.
It is one of three at Merci


You feel as if you are in a country courtyard, 
far from the busy boulevard Beaumarchais



La Cantine at Merci
111, boulevard Beaumarchais
75003, Paris



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Les premiers rayons de soleil printaniers





The first rays of sun each spring...
a dry windless day, morning sunshine, 
the green chair of the garden,
and the warmth soaking to the skin



Do I detect a smile of contentment?



Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Monday, April 20, 2015

Trop de pigeons!



Too Many Pigeons!


I wonder if she had been reading a book or a newspaper 
rather than playing with her phone
if she would have noticed the green shrubs,
the purple iris, the roses, and...


the overabundance of pigeons!



Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Église Protestante Luthérienne Saint-Jean



Protestant Lutheran Church Saint-Jean


Sitting on rue de Grenelle with a lovely garden, 
a brisk walker might even pass it by.


In the spring the emerging green leaves and subtle shadows
bring life to a redwood, a birch, a sycamore, and a lime.
It looks like a storybook scene.


bon dimanche



Église Protestante Luthérienne Saint-Jean
147, rue de Grenelle
75007, Paris
Métro La Tour-Maubourg

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Marché aux Fleurs



Marché aux Fleurs


Flowers or herbs,
gardening tools and baskets,
trees and ornamentals.


On Sundays it becomes a flower and 
a bird market (le Marché aux Oiseaux)
You may also find rabbits and designer chickens!



Place Louis-Lépine
75004, Paris

Friday, April 17, 2015

Parc du Champ de Mars




On the great lawn in front of La Tour Eiffel 
one can walk, play, picnic, and lounge
on the grass, at least in the spring and summer.


bon weekend



Parc du Champ de Mars
75007, Paris

Thursday, April 16, 2015

un printemps à Paris




Oh, la Tour Eiffel 
with her crinolines of pink,
fully dressed for spring





La Tour Eiffel
75007, Paris

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Une Allée d'Arbres



an alley of trees
Loire Valley


This long walk through the trees 
leads to the Château de Chenonceau
and its magnificent gardens


You can visit three or four castles
in the Loire Valley on an easy day trip
out of Paris



Château de Chenonceau
37150, Chenonceau, France

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Roi Charles épagneul



King Charles Spaniel


The Parisians dote on their dogs, no matter the size.
This King Charles was outfitted with a fleece lined rain-cape 
for the intermittent showers of spring.


I have seen small dogs and large, 
the biggest... a Great Dane on rue de Richelieu!



48, rue d'Auteuil
75016, Paris

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Église Saint-Nicholas du Chardonnet



Église Saint-Nicholas du Chardonnet


In the early winter years of visiting this church
I found it dark and uninteresting.


A bright warm day showed its interior 
to better advantage.


bon dimanche



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


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Eric Kayser



Eric Kayser


There are so many amazing pastries in Paris, 
but this boulangerie/pâtisserie is a favorite.


For many years my daughter and I stayed just around the corner 
and could smell the baguette ovens
from our beds in the early morning hours.  
Eric Kayser's orignal store is here on rue Monge, 
and if you are nearby you should definitely 
have a "baguette Monge."


The lemon tarts are pretty tasty, too
miam-miam!



Eric Kayser
8, rue Monge
75005, Paris

Friday, April 10, 2015

Une belle matinée de printemps - Parc de Bercy



Parc de Bercy
a fine spring morning


Only a light breeze put the ripples on this bassin,
while the ducks added concentric circles
like artists with brushes on a canvas


bon week-end



Parc de Bercy
75012, Paris



Thursday, April 9, 2015

le Lapin Agile



Le Lapin Agile
"the agile rabbit"


A famous Montmartre cabaret, this charming place 
was once called Cabaret des Assassins.


Covered in ivy from early spring
 it sits just opposite the Montmartre vineyards on its steep hill.
Although I have never been inside, 
my camera has probably clicked a thousand photos over the years.
Like much of Paris, each season changes the perspective.



Le Lapin Agile
22, rue des Saules
75018, Paris

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

La cour de Petit Palais


The courtyard of Petit Palais


The trapezoid shape of Petit Palais forms an open area 
at the center of the building. 
The enclosed area creates a semicircular, peristyle courtyard.  


The elegant courtyard is considered Beaux Arts style 
for the  “symmetrical composition” and “rich decoration in high relief.”
Coupled columns made of pink Vosges granite 
and gilt-bronze garlands encircle the courtyard.



Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum
avenue Winston Churchill
75008, Paris
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Les Portes de Parc Monceau



The Gates of Parc Monceau


Gabriel Davioud (1824-1881) was given the job 
of creating the monumental entrances for this quiet park on boulevard de Courcelles
with the imposing gilded wrought iron gates.


The details have been meticulously maintained, 
and reflect the afternoon sun.



Parc de Monceau
35, boulevard de Courcelles
75008, Paris

Monday, April 6, 2015

le bateau rouge



the (big) red boat
Le Batofar (bateau-phare)


This big red boat has a story:

Le Batofar ignited the "night club on boat" trend in Paris. This lighthouse boat (in French bateau-phare) offers an original setting on the bank of the Seine in the 13ième. It is known for its progressive musical programming which champions cutting edge electro bands live, and its renowned DJ-driven afterhours dance parties. During the day, Batofar is also a community gathering that serves as a restaurant, café and a summertime "beach" hang-out (Paris-Beach). (Wikipedia)


I wish that I could say we partied here...


Le Batofar
facing 11, quai François Mauriac
75013, Paris




Sunday, April 5, 2015

le jour de Pâques



Easter Day


The angelic, plaintiff expression
seemed perfect for this Day.



joyeuse Pâques



Église Saint-Jean de Montmartre
19, rue des Abbesses
75018, Paris

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Des Oeufs de Pâques




Paper maché Easter eggs,
in three sizes, with as many as 30 "palets" inside.


I had one as a child,
an old one from my grandmother,
filled with candy and straw grass


miam-miam



rue Montorgueil
75002, Paris




Friday, April 3, 2015

petits chocolates de Pâques



All the chocolate shops, bakeries, and pâtisseries 
have their "designs of the season"


In addition to rabbits and chocolate eggs 
you may find chocolate fish
and other creative expressions of Easter,
spring and delicious chocolate.


bon weekend



Jeff de Bruges
75005, Paris


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Le Parc de Bercy


Le Parc de Bercy
La Maison du Jardinage


In late March one can only see 
the slightest promise of a spring and summer.  


The old vines cling to the house season after season, 
and the new growth comes to life in verdant green.



La Maison du Jardinage
Le Parc de Bercy
75012, Paris
Métro Bercy ou Métro Cour St. Émilion


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Les yeux verts - City Daily Photo Theme Day



"the green eyes"


To look at someone with green eyes might imply envy 
but to see these eyes today
 I feel thankful for the times I have been in Paris 
with a promise of many more visits to come.


Anyway, my eyes are blue.


Today I join the City Daily Photo bloggers around the world 
in Theme Day, "My Camera-Shy Self Portrait."  
See the creative interpretations of the April theme here.



Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

April 1
poisson d'avril

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Poisson d'Avril - chut! (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.  

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






Marché d'Aligre et le Baron Rouge
75012, Paris

Monday, March 30, 2015

Des Grandes Maisons




These beautiful homes overlook Parc de Monceau.


I do not know which view is better:
The homes seen from my vantage point in the park,
or the park seen from the grand balconies.



Parc de Monceau
75008, Paris

Sunday, March 29, 2015

L'horloge






Built between 1194 and 1250, Chartres Cathedral is one of the finest examples of
French Gothic architecture.  The 12th century structure is at least the fifth to occupy the
site since the fourth century.


Having read much about World War II in recent years,
 it is interesting to know that the magnificent windows seen still today 
were removed in 1939 before the Germans advanced.  
The glass was cleaned and releaded before 
being returned to their original placement.


Chartres is only fifty miles outside of Paris 
and worth a day trip to see this cathedral and two other churches.  
The old town is charming and a step back in time.

bon dimanche


Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
16 cloitre Notre-Dame
28000 Chartres
Chartres, France

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thé avec un serpent?



Petit Palais


In the main gallery of Petit Palais is this unusual teapot by Léon Kann (1859-1925).
An open-mouthed serpent bursts from a metal gourd 
and is ready to strike!


Now, would you care for lemon or milk 
with that tea?



Petit Palais
avenue Winston Churchill
75008, Paris