Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jardin du Palais Royal - la fountaine

Jardin du Palais Royal
the fountain

This cloistered garden with its mesmerizing fountain
provides a place of solitude and quiet of my favorite quiet places in Paris

joyeux anniversaire, Maman

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Friday, October 24, 2014

Palais Royal - ça me manque

The Fountains of Pol Bury

This captivating sculpture with motion, water, and reflection 
has been missing since at least 2011.

The area has been under renovation, 
but will this be reinstalled or will it go the way 
of many of the city's modern art installations...
disappearing forever.

Fountains of Pol Bury
Gallery d'Orléans, Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Thursday, October 23, 2014

La Tour Eiffel en automne

La Tour Eiffel
In the winter,
in the spring,
in the summer,
Can it be that the best season is autumn?
Poor M. Eiffel.  He did not live long enough to know
just how beloved his 'temporary structure' has become.
La Tour Eiffel
75007, Paris

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marais - la porte

le Marais
A door,
old and weathered,
patched and painted and patched again,
massive and imposing.
It has seen the turning of centuries,
the passing of time,
revolution and rebirth.
Its name is history...
Une porte
le Marais
75004, Paris


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Le Nemours

Le Nemours

Briskly walking hand in hand to meet friends 
at Nemours for a morning café...

Wish we were there right now

(joyeux anniversaire, Michelle)

Le Nemours
2, galerie de Nemours
75001, Paris

Monday, October 20, 2014

Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company

This charming, storied bookstore serves as a regular bookstore, 
as second-hand bookstore, and as a reading library. 
It is so much more than a tourist destination 
and the interior looks much like it must have 60 years ago 
when it was opened by George Whitman.  
Today, his daughter runs it as her father did, 
opening the space for young writers to work and live.

With the full color of autumn, 
the leaves provide a coordinated color-match with the storefront.

Shakespeare and Company
37, rue de la Boûcherie
75005, Paris

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Église Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts - l'orgue

Église Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts
the primary organ

This great organ comes from the instrument built 
by the renown Aristide Cavaille-Coll in 1894 for the mansion of Baron Espée.  
It was moved from the Baron's residence on 
Avenue Bois de Boulogne to Saint-Antoine in 1909.

Like many churches, there is a second organ, 
a practice organ for the choir, which I will show you another time.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Antoine-des Quinze-Vingts
57, rue Traversière
75012, Paris

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mona Bismarck American Center - l'escalier

Mona Bismarck American Center

This hôtel particulier was built at the end of the 19th century and remodeled by Stéphane Boudin in the 1950s for Mona Bismarck.  The windows, woodwork, and structural details retain the elegance of its origins.  

Mona Bismarck was a philanthropist, a beautiful, wealthy woman who divided her time among residences in New York, Paris, Palm Beach, and Capri.  Her legacy lives on in this museum just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower with its art exhibitions.  You can even have a party in the ornate premier étage salons with an unobstructed view of the Tower.

Mona Bismarck American Center
34, avenue de New York
75016, Paris 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Le soleil! Ceci mérite des applaudissements!

The Sun!
This merits a round of applause!

It was a bright sunny day and the staging of this window 
made it appear that the gloves were applauding.

There were at least four more colors that did not make it into this photo, 
and I would have loved to have them all!

bon weekend

JB Guanti boutique
59, rue de Rennes
75006, Paris

If you want to see some clever reflections through photography 
have a look here at James' Weekend Reflections.  
There is a different collection of reflections every Friday.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Number Twenty-Five

I think that if I lived here I would not give an address for visitors 
but would say instead, "Sous la bouche ouverte du lion!"

"Under the open mouth of the lion!"

25, rue Charlemagne
75004, Paris

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dans ma chambre!

No, these racoons were not in my bedroom, 
but they made an eye-catching window display on Rue du Bac.

I have certainly never seen 
un raton laveur in Paris!

Rue du Bac
75007, Paris

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Un petit repas

After a full day in Paris
this is my preferred evening meal along with fresh fruit. 
And, yes, that is a very large slab of amazing French butter.

After a recount of the day's adventures
over this simple but delicious repas,
it is back out to capture the night scenes with our cameras.

When you are walking over 20,000 steps a day,
the French butter and baguettes do not "stick on you" for long.


75006, Paris

Monday, October 13, 2014

Belleville - Rue Dénoyez

Rue Dénoyez - graffiti street

This street of abandoned buildings and closed shops 
has been transformed as a palette for graffiti artists, 
welcomed by the Belleville community 
and supported by nearby stores, cafés, and markets.

Each time you visit this street, the canvas will have changed,
 and you might find one of these artists at work.

Rue Dénoyez
(between Rue de Belleville and Rue Ramponeau)
75020, Paris
Métro Belleville

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Église Saint-Joseph-des-Nations et la Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre

This view from Le Perchoir in the 11ième, 
looking northwest,
shows at least two churches on the horizon:  
Église Saint-Joseph-des-Nations
which is about four blocks away 
and the recognizable Sacré Coeur in the distance.

bon dimanche

a view of churches from Le Perchoir
14, rue Crespin du Gast
75011, Paris


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rue du Cherche-Midi

Between the windows on the premier étage (first floor above the street)
 is this charming piece of architectural detail.  
The plaque says simply "au cherche-midi"

19, rue du Cherche-Midi is a few steps away 
from Poilane the reknown bakery.  
The street traces the route of an old Roman road 
and is situated in one of Paris' most sought-after residential neighborhoods 
with its 18th and 19th century homes.

19, rue du Cherche-Midi
75006, Paris

Friday, October 10, 2014

Paris Métro - Ligne 4, Station Cité

Station Cité
Line 4

This Métro station is an impressive 62 feet under ground, 
and the stairs, lift, rails, and platform are all contained in two metal caissons.  
Built in 1911, it took a full year to complete. 

This entire platform area is under the Seine! 

bon weekend

Paris Métro, Ligne 4, Station Cité
75004, Paris

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Brume, brouillard et pluie - Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

The mist, fog and rain generally appear with a vengeance in November, 
but October can have a damp week or two also.

Remember, "a misty, foggy, rainy day in Paris
beats a great day at home"* 

Enjoy the moment

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

*according to Holly,
French-girl wanna-be

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Square René-Viviani

Square René-Viviani

In the midst of this square is this odd sculpture 
known as the Saint Julien fountain.  
It was constructed by Frenchman Georges Jeanclos in 1995 
and based on a tale of a curse by witches (with many characters), 
a tale told and retold since the Middle Ages.

It is an interesting square near the Seine and Notre Dame.  
I can hear the crunch of the "Paris gravel."

Square René-Viviani
75005, Paris

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Merci! - une petite fille avec un manteau jaune


For concept shopping in the Marais, this is the place.
Clothing, designs for the home, a used book café, 
and more features all artfully displayed.

In the courtyard of Merci, 
this little girl with the yellow coat
has been shopping...
Must be a French girl

111, boulevard Beaumarchais
75003, Paris

Monday, October 6, 2014

Place des Vosges - les ombres

Place des Vosges

Designed and built in a perfect square over 400 years ago, 
the arcades frame the inner courtyard/park.  
The inauguration of this open air square in 1612 
was witness to the celebration of royals in a double wedding: 
King Louis XIII to Anne of Austria and of his sister Elizabeth to Philip IV of Spain.

The brick and stone design is typically seventeenth century French 
and has been attributed to Louis or Clement Métezauh 
or Jacques Androuet de Cerceau.  

It is amazing that these buildings survived turbulent times relatively intact.  
However, the bronze statue of Louis XIII was melted down by the Revolutionaries 
and replaced two centuries later.

Place des Vosges
75004, Paris

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont

Églies Saint-Étienne du Mont

This side entrance of Saint-Étienne 
are closed but the ornate doorway is stunning.  
Many will recognize it from the movie "Midnight in Paris"

Built between 1492 and 1626, the light interior is filled with cherubs and angels.  
I would put it high on your list.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont
1, place Ste-Geniviève
75005, Paris

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Une boîte de bruyère

A box of heather

This rustic display of heather in full bloom 
was seen at Sylvine fleurs on Rue Beaubourg in the Marais.

There is never a shortage of flowers 
in the shops of Paris.

bon weekend

Sylvine fleurs
98, rue Beaubourg
75003, Paris

Friday, October 3, 2014

Boulevard Raspail - une femme et son vélo

A woman and her bicycle

It was more than just a light rain, 
but she was dressed for the ride.

Her basket contained a briefcase and a black pinwheel, 
and there was another wicker basket to the side of the back wheel.  
This was no pleasure ride,
 but a well-orchestrated, 
any-kind-of-weather daily commute.

Chic, stylish, adventurous...
must be a French Girl.

Boulevard Raspail et Rue de Sèvres
75006, Paris

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bistrot Paul Bert - la terrasse

Bistrot Paul Bert

Only one table was vacant 
but it was well after the serving hours for déjeuner.  

Parisians have a tendency to linger over a meal, 
engaging in conversation.  On a mild, sunny autumn day, 
there is no reason to hurry the afternoon.

When in Rome Paris.....

Bistrot Paul Bert
18, rue Paul Bert
75011, Paris

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Movement" - City Daily Photo Theme Day

Square Trousseau

This young boy of three or four was moving at an amazing speed,
dodging the other "wheeled-children."  He was almost a blur as he passed in front of my camera.

The children of Paris learn to ride quickly in the parks and gardens.


Le Square Trousseau
75012, Paris
Métro Ledru Rolin

On the first day of each month I join city daily photo bloggers for Theme Day.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel

Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel

A trip to Paris would be so much easier 
on a plane like this...

No crowding, no security, 
and no Air France pilots striking!

La Tour Eiffel et Le Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel
75007, Paris

Monday, September 29, 2014

Un chat et un chien

A cat and a dog

This building dated 1903 (Bastier) has two interesting doorways.  
The green tiles are an assortment of salamanders by A and M Turin, 
and together with the cat and dog, appear to guard the door.

The beautiful wood doors are in pristine shape, 
and it would be hard to pass on the sidewalk 
without feeling the "eyes" looking down at the passerby.

78, rue Mademoiselle
75015, Paris


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Église Saint-Augustin

Église Saint-Augustin

This majestic church sits at the intersection of major boulevards, 
and if you were to walk around the building 
you would see as many as fourteen roads and intersections.  
It takes a prominent spot in the 8ième 
and can be easily recognized by its red cupola.

Holly and I rode our Velibs here up the broad boulevard Malesherbes, 
and for our next stop, rode across Avenue des Champs Élysées 
and then Pont Alexandre III - bravery at its best.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Augustin
8, avenue Cesar Caire
75008, Paris

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Café de la Paix - des chaises vert

Café de la Paix

When the terrasse is closed, 
the café chairs are stacked and chained.  
Otherwise, you would see these familiar chairs 
walking away until there were none left!

Café de la Paix
12, boulevard des Capucines
75009, Paris

Friday, September 26, 2014

Passage du Grand Cerf

Passage du Grand Cerf

Polished wood, glass windows, patterned tile floor,
wrought iron framing, and glass skylights all make for a
historic setting.

The fine crafts, galleries, 
and custom made clothing add to the scene.

bon weekend

Passage du Grand Cerf
Rue Dussouds, Rue Saint Denis
75002, Paris