Friday, August 31, 2012

Les couleurs de Paris - le jaune

The garden shed

What a simple description of this little fairytale of a building...
a yellow turret with red trim sitting the midst of a tidy garden

This is my contribution to a five-color series of photos,
and with this I curtsy to yellow as bright as a sunflower. 

le Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris
Métro Gare d'Austerlitz

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Des couleurs de Paris - le vert

le Jardin des Plantes

This stegosaurus (le stégosaure) hides behind the lush green ferns just in front of
"Galeries d'Anatomie comparée et de Paléontologie."  The gallerie was opened in 1898, offering a vast landscape of bones.  On the 1st floor, is a fabulous collection of fossils, both vertebrate and invertebrate: dinosaurs, mastadons and giant birds, arranged in order of their appearance on Earth.

I have accepted the challenge of Rob and Mandy (and Grace) 
to show 5 colors featured in photos. 
This is my bow to green, le vert
More to come

le Jardin des Plantes
2, Rue Buffon
75005, Paris
Métro Gare d'Austerlitz

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

La Fourmi Ailée - salon de thé

La Fourmi Ailée
(the winged ant)

This is a quaint little salon de thé almost in the shadow of Notre Dame.  I have never been inside but have photographed the young people from the school next door leaning on the building as they took a smoking break.  The front of this charming salon de thé is pastel tiles which appear to be from Monet's palette.

La Fourmi Ailée
8, rue Fouarre
75005, Paris
Métro Maubert-Mutualité

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

La Seine et Square du Vert Galant

Square du Vert Galant
as seen from Pont des Arts

An early evening in April we strolled to Pont des Arts, hand in hand. 
So romantic, we were alone...  
with about a hundred of our fellow romantics, picknickers, and flaneurs on the bridge. 

We watched the sun set into Seine
and tossed our key into the water below. 
Yes, the key was red.

(joyeaux anniversaire, D)

Pont des Arts
75001, Paris


Monday, August 27, 2012

Palais Garnier - VI

Palais Garnier is a monumental display of architecture and intricate details.  Built between 1860 and 1875 by Charles Garnier, an unknown 35-year-old architect, it was part of the great Parisian reconstruction project of Baron Haussmann.  The abundance of gilt and carvings are over the top, but the wealth of photo opportunities makes my heart sing.  

(Have you seen L'Intouchable with Omar Sy and François Cluzet?  
I saw it last week and loved the scene at Palais Garnier.) 

Palais Garnier
place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris
Métro Opéra

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides

known simply as
Les Invalides

The dome is recognized on the Paris landscape
but interior is stunning

The organ was build between 1679 and 1687 by the royl organ builder, Alexandre Thierry. 
Wear and tear, including war, could have left this organ in a sad state. 
Repairs and rebuilding have brought this magnificent organ to its full potential. 

bon dimanche

Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides
76007, Paris

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pâtisserie - Julien VI

Beaucoup de baguettes

How I would love just one right now!
Oh, well we might as well box up a few pastries too


73, ave Franklin D Roosevelt
75008, Paris
Métro St Philippe du Roule

Friday, August 24, 2012

Colonnes de Buren - une étude en noir et blanc

Les Deux Plateaux

more commonly known as Colonnes de Buren
(Buren Columns)

Since their installation in 1986 in the Coeur d'Honneur of the Palais Royal, they have been a source of controversy.  Made of steel, concrete, marble, stone, and aluminum their presence invites playful children of all ages... and photographers.  The angles and points of view are limitless, with or without a human subject.

When the lines begin to run together,
then it is time for rest, play and a good weekend.


Les Deux Plateaux
Buren Columns, La Coeur d'Honneur
75001, Paris

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Macarons pistache

Macaron tower, Ladurée

Just a little pre-weekend temptation...
macarons, Ladurée, pistache?
What's your favorite?


21, rue Bonaparte
75006, Paris
Métro Saint Germain des Prés

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Travail en cours

Église Sainte-Chapelle

Built in the early 13th Century,
the repairs and restoration are never-ending

...but such a glorious place

Église Sainte-Chapelle
2, boulevard du Palais
75001, Paris

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Le Square Trousseau - l'enfant

Must be a French girl...

rides scooter like a pro,
stylish dress for play,
bow in hair (it is there),
shoes 'coordinate' with dress.....

Oui, bien sûr!

Le Square Trousseau
75012, Paris
Métro Ledru Rollin

Monday, August 20, 2012

Square Boucicaut - l'amour

Square Boucicaut

Love and passion in the park

May your week be as thrilling!

Square Boucicaut
entre Rue de Babylone et Rue de Sèvres
75007, Paris
Métro Sèvres-Babylone

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois

What talent must one possess to carve such an intricate canopy of wood,
indeed two canopies complete with tassels, fringe and cherubs?

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois
2, place du Louvre
75001, Paris
Métro Louvre-Rivoli ou Pont Neuf

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chaussures de haute couture

Giuseppe Zanotti Boutique

The photo background of this Paris shop window
was almost as colorful as the featured shoe. 
( To see a video of Giuseppe and his summer shoe designs look here)  

I hope that you will be stepping out in style this weekend
but be careful if you are wearing these shoes.
They look a bit precarious.

Giuseppe Zanotti Boutique
233, rue St Honoré
75001, Paris
Métro Tuileries ou Pyramides

Friday, August 17, 2012

Un mélange de plusieurs choses

Un mélange...

café scene, an American newspaper, a zinc bar,
a poster for Bière Gallia Paris (click here),
three people who did not show their faces,
and one photographer who did.

Do you think they were hiding from me?

Rue Monge
75005, Paris
Métro Maubert- Mutualité

For more reflections click here for James' Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Jardin du Luxembourg

Rather than an intense game of Pétanque among the masters of the game,
it appears that I found them taking a break.

Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Quand tu sonneras...

Vertical sundial

Paris is full of sundials, horizontal and vertical,
and many like this on in Montmartre are incorporated into the original architecture. 

There is a book on this subject,
in French and out of print, but I am still searching.

Vertical sundial
75018, Paris

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

The first time I viewed this scene it seemed impossible that I was still in Paris, well within Boulevard Peripherique.  On this Sunday afternoon, the park was full of people enjoying a sunny afternoon of leisure.

(Put it on your list)

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
75019, Paris

Monday, August 13, 2012

La lessive

Is Monday "laundry day"?

Seen aux deuxième étage in a narrow street near Canal St. Martin,
this haphazard display of laundry was probably not arranged by the woman of the house.

I do love the rooftop chimneys of Paris.

75010, Paris
Métro Jacques Bonsergent

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Église Saint Étienne du Mont - l'orgue

This masterpiece of carving is the work of Jean Buron of 1633, encasing the organ of Saint Etienne du Mont.  The organ itself was built by the master organ builder Pierre le Pescheur and completed in 1636.  Over the centuries, some of the most reknown organ builders in the world made revisions to this organ, from Clicquot to Cavaillé-Coll, Beuchet-Debierre, and several more.

Cherubs and angels surely would make a joyful noise here.

bon dimanche

(pour mon amie, Marie)

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

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Aqua et vert

Aqua et vert

Turquoise shuttered windows with a fringe of green

Hope that sunshine and a good breeze
will have these windows open for the weekend

Friday, August 10, 2012

Le lémur et les bijoux

The lemur and the jewels...

Windows like this in Paris leave me speechless, almost...

When I reviewed the photos, I thought it was an image of a monkey or a baboon, but the reflection plays tricks on the eyes.  I was originally captivated by the cloisonné, but now wonder why these jewels are being touted by an animal

bon weekend

Rue Saint Honoré
75001, Paris
Métro Tuileries ou Pyramides

To see more reflections, go to James' Weekend Reflections

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Le Zinc d'Honoré

Le Zinc d'Honorée

Bistro, Brasserie, Terrasse, Café...

Food was reasonably priced... good, but not outstanding...
chipper service, some local patrons, one was with us.

Am I mistaken or is that a Coca Cola sign?

Le Zinc d'Honorée
36, place du Marchée St Honoré
75001, Paris
Métros Opéra, Tuileries, ou Pyramides

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


A jar of colorful eyeglasses...

How would you ever choose?

Galerie Vivienne
75002, Paris

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jardin du Palais Royal - XV

Jardin du Palais Royal

Do you think that she knows
I would love to be dipping my toes in the fountain
of this royal setting?

...and the water becomes a Monet painting.

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Monday, August 6, 2012

Place Louis Lépine - la cycliste

When one rides a Velib,
one is not concerned about the maintenance or security of a bike. 
Certainly the owner of the bike (or what is left of it)
 in the background has a problem.

Place Louis Lépine
75004, Paris
Métro Cité

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Église Protestante Lutherienne Saint-Jean

Église Protestante Lutherienne Saint-Jean,

a small church in gothic style, almost missed as I walked along Rue de Grenelle.

It was built in 1912 on property left to the Lutheran Church in Paris
by French landscape architects Buhler brothers.

bon dimanche

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

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Panneau danger

Like many cities, Paris is constantly under construction and renovation.

The hand lettering on the bottom caused a giggle...

"Chaussée Déformée"
(uneven surface)

"comme toi"
(like YOU)

Rue de la Cité
75004, Paris
Métro Cité

Friday, August 3, 2012

Le Douze et monsieur

Le Douze

Vreni and I stopped by this illuminated window at the end of a whirlwind day in Paris. 
The shop was just closed but we had our next event!

bon weekend

Le Douze
Rue Jacob
75006, Paris

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

What a great spot for water play on a sunny day in Paris...

I just hope that it is warm enough

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
75019, Paris

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Quai aux Fleurs - Autolib

There has been much written in the press (and blogs) since Autolibs appeared in Paris on December 1, 2011.  I saw my first of these in January on the way to a party with friends.  

The concept is fascinating: 
You jump in the car, ride to another location, and walk away. 
I hope that they do not lose any of them!

Quai aux Fleurs
Île de la Cité
75004, Paris