Thursday, June 30, 2011

Trocadero -- Carrousel XI

Two of my favorite things in Paris...

un carrousel et la Tour Eiffel, bien sûr!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

French Girl - VI

Seen in April waiting for the doors of Printemps to open... Is she?

Printemps at
Rue de Caumartin

My dear friend, and wonderful artist, Shell Sheree has created a lovely interpretation of one of my Paris photos seen here. Virginia named the kitty "Meeps" for her sweet baby.

Merci, ma chère Shell!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Café du Centre - les chaises

This is in Paris, I promise, but it just looks a bit too pristine and new.

What do you think?

Café du Centre

57, rue Montorgueil

Monday, June 27, 2011

Il fait de l'ombre

A bit of mystery for lundi... who is this shadow blocking the sun?

Hôtel du Nord
102, quai de Jemmapes

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Église Saint Roch - unveiled

If you have been visiting my blog regularly, you know that Église Saint Roch holds a place in my heart. It is the first thing you see when you wake up each morning from Janeen's apartment and hear the pealing of the church bells.

When Marie and I were in Paris in April, we entered the church just before the evening Palm Sunday service. I knew that there were
two organs in St Roch but to my surprise we discovered the third, a small organ contained in a large cabinet. The organist opened the doors of the organ to release the full sound in the circular space of the apse.

I felt as if we had discovered a treasure.

Bon dimanche

Église Saint Roch
Rue St. Roch et Rue St-Honoré

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tuileries at Twilight

After the sun retires from the bright summer day, the long shadows of sunset relinquish the park to the soft palette of blues and greens. The park takes on a new persona for the brief time before total darkness, the magical twilight of Paris.

I can close my eyes and see it still

Friday, June 24, 2011

Brasserie de l'Ile Saint Louis - les serveurs

At the Brasserie de l'Ile Saint Louis, we see what looks to be a dance between these two busy waiters.

And... I found a little zoom-zoom too!

Bon weekend

Brasserie de l'Ile Saint Louis
55, quai Bourbon

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Paris rouge - une pâtisserie

Near Place d'Aligre on a Sunday morning, one finds the world perched in outdoor cafés. I was captivated by the rich façade of this pâtisserie and would have been tempted to lounge but alas there was no room!

I will have to return

Rue Théophile Roussel
et Rue de Cotte
12ième arr.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Place de l'Opéra - Une Porte

How many times have I come to the street from the Métro to the stunning presence of Opéra Garnier and not glanced to the right to see this amazing door.

This day I got a bonus with a zoom-zoom, too!

8, rue de l'Opéra

Ma chère amie, Malyss, of Chronicles from the Shore in Southern France has posted a guest photo that I sent to add to her collection of benches in her other blog, Benches on My Way. She has two beautiful blogs and I want to get to her area this next year to meet her in person.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

La Fête de la Musique

Last year we were all there for the summer solstice, listening to a jazz quartet, enjoying the cool breeze of the evening on the café terrace for my last night in Paris.

Wish I was there today.

Enjoy, my French friends, as I am there in spirit.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gérard Mulot - Pâtisserie

A little something to brighten up your lundi

Gérard Mulot with little pastries all in a row


Gérard Mulot
76, rue de Seine

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Église de la Sainte-Trinité

Light from upper gallery windows illuminates the arcade

All is quiet this morning in La Trinité

bon dimanche

Église de la Sainte-Trinité
3, rue de la Trinité

Saturday, June 18, 2011

La vie quotidienne

Probably a regular perch for people watching on a Saturday afternoon in Montmartre

Ave Junot et Rue Girardon

(Can you tell the season? Look at the wisteria for a hint... not at the heavy coats)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Le Moulin de la Galette

In April, Marie and I enjoyed a delightful and leisurely déjeuner with Peter at Le Moulin de la Galette. We spent the day strolling the streets of Montmartre and found the back courtyard a beautiful respite from the tourists of Place du Tertre.

I wish that I had one or two of these glasses. Hummmmm, must go back.

Bon weekend!

le Moulin de la Galette
83, rue Lepic

For more lovely reflections, go here to James' Weekend Reflections

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bistro Pré aux Clercs

As we near the summer solstice I am reminded of this wonderful spot, Bistro Pré aux Clercs, where friends met last June before a night shoot at la Tour Eiffel. Marie and I returned on the evening of la Fête de la Musique to enjoy salads on the terrace and listen to the delightful sounds of a jazz quartet.

I wish I was there right now... Care to join me?

Bistro Pré aux Clercs
30, rue Bonaparte

Very interesting history here and something about the name, in French.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

The reproductions found here are stunning. The light in this museum is perfect for photos and because it is allowed I did not have to sneak any shots.

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
Palais de Chaillot
1, Place du Trocadéro

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Toc toc!

This one sends a small shiver down my spine...

Toc-toc, M. Poe

Maison Sainte Geneviève
Ecole Primare et Maternelle
(now that is creepy)
65, rue du Cardinal Lemoine

Monday, June 13, 2011

Quelques Fleurs de Paris

I do not know what caught my attention first, the orange calla lillies or the stunning paving tiles arranged in cascading semi-circles

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Église Saint Philippe du Roule - le vitrail

Built between 1774 and 1784 by the architect Jean François Chalgrin, this beautiful church is filled with visual treasures. The stained-glass dome with its regal reds and blues is high above the apse.

Bon dimanche

Église Saint Philippe du Roule
154, rue du Faubourg St Honoré

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Un café

Je vais prendre un café, s'il vous plaît.
Et, pour toi?
Tu en veux?

I do not drink so much coffee at home but it just seems so perfect in Paris, in a café.

I really do need to buy some of these cups.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Jardin des Tuileries -- au printemps, en hiver

As the temperatures in Paris are rising, it seems a good time to recall a familiar setting in a colder month. This photo was taken in April at Jardin des Tuileries while walking and shooting with Marie and Peter.

I loved the contrast with this winter scene of the same pond when Holly and I were there in early December. You can see the full-sized original post here.

Jardin des Tuileries
au printemps, en hiver

For more reflections look here at James' Newtown Daily Photo

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rue de Montorgueil -- Déjeuner

The problem on this Paris street is too many choices...

They had me at "moules-frites" - miam-miam!

Le Marie Stuart
49, rue de Montorgueil

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Passage du Caire

As Marie and I wandered the streets of the 2ième arrondissement we saw a small green space, un petit jardin, on a triangle of ground called Place du Caire. As we glanced up we saw this façade, an entrance to Passage du Caire, adorned with three heads of the goddess Hathor. The Egyptian theme is further carried out with the band of pseudo-hieroglyphs above the sculptures.

Now, for the rest of the story... I have been trying to find the name, the exact location, the street address off and on for several weeks. Marie had joined in the hunt as well. So, what expert would you turn to in the same situation? Why, Peter, of course! He responded in an instant and so I am linking to his post which is much more comprehensive than mine. Many thanks, dear friend!

Passage du Caire
Place du Caire
at Rue d'Aboukir

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Marché Maubert VII

Found in Place Maubert, this thrice weekly market has its regular vendors of food, rugs, flowers, spices, and accessories. However, I had not seen this artist previously. He had a book with drawings and pictures of his work and some interested purchasers. I would like the tall piece but in general would only want a single selection of this style and probably would not buy it in Paris. What about you?

Marché Maubert
Métro Maubert-Mutualité

Monday, June 6, 2011

La Grandmère et son petit-fils

On our way to Musée Marmottan, we walked from the Métro through Jardins du Ranelagh and watched this chic grandmother strolling her little grandson through the park.

Jardins du Ranelagh
Métro La Muette

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Eglise Saint Louis d'Antin

Looking up into the dome of Eglise Saint Louis d'Antin, only a block from Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. The outside is plain and nondescript, but what beautiful sights are contained within.

Bon dimanche

Saint-Louis d'Antin
63 rue de Caumartin

Saturday, June 4, 2011

La Tour Eiffel-

In the window of Galeries Lafayette, the display of kitchen utensils had this special grater. I wish that I had bought a few of them for gifts and one for my home. It would certainly give one something to think about while grating carrots for dinner.

Galeries Lafayette
Boulevard Haussman

Friday, June 3, 2011

En Terrasse

Shall we dine in or enjoy sitting on the terrace? When I was there in April, these seafoam green café chairs would have beckoned but if it is a warm day in June, perhaps we'll be seated inside.

Boulevard Beaumarchais


My husband and I are off to see Holly et al this weekend and there will be much talk of Paris, the snow last December, and "when will we go again." I will be reading but not commenting much over the weekend -- Hope yours is wonderful! Bises

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Carrousel -- Les Vedettes

Interesting choice of vehicle for these two movie stars!

Rue de Rivoli and
Rue Saint-Antoine
at M. St. Paul

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dark Clouds

Parisians have not seen the dark storm clouds of rain in several weeks and there is a drought concern across France. Not wishing to rain on anyone's vacation but a few serious showers might improve the situation.