Église Saint-Louis des Invalides This dome which sits prominently on the Paris horizon is atop what is commonly called Les Invalides. The church is known as "The Soldiers' Church" and was constructed in 1677.
Although many have visited Napoleon's tomb and toured the Musée de l'Armée, most of those have missed the interior of this bright and beautiful church.
Even the name "Ultramod" is enchanting and is a reminder of times past. There is nothing dull about this mercerie, a place not only to buy buttons, threads, and ribbons, but a joyful gathering of people who enjoy the needle arts and haberdashery. The colors almost tumble off the shelves in an array of tassles and silks.
Oh, how I wish that I was in Paris today to enjoy the celebration of macarons. Started by Pierre Hermé several years ago, one could run to each of the stores for up to three free macarons at each. For those who made it to every Pierre Hermé in Paris there was a beautiful box of macarons, a treasure chest. Pierre Hermé made a charity donation in honor of the day.
The success of the day quickly put a halt to the free macaron hunt and end-of-day bonus. Still, it would be fun to follow the map for a macaron-saturated day.
Back when the Louvre was still a royal palace (Palais du Louvre), Église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois was its church. The impressive and unique bell tower dates from the 12th century and was the only Romanesque survival. It was later transformed to the Gothic style in the 19th century.
Certainly there are many fine boulangeries in Paris but for me, the perfect baguette can be found at Eric Kayser (on Rue Monge). You must ask for the Baguette Monge, and if you have good timing, it will be still warm from the oven.
They are a little over 1€ - what a bargain.
For a little piece of heaven, step outside, pinch off the top,
No! This is 59 Rivoli, which is billed as the "cultural alternative in the heart of Paris." There are 30 artists in studios throughout all 6 floors of 59 Rivoli plus the Galerie 59 on the rez-de-chaussée (ground floor).
Originally, it was a squat started by artists looking for a place to work, live and show. Now it is legalized and open to the public every day except Mondays. Not only can you see the artists' work but visit the ateliers where the creations are made. Galerie 59 has exhibitions running for approximately two weeks at a time with a vernissage open to everyone, usually on the first day of the show.
The construction of this grand church was started in 1823 under the reign of Louis XVIII and was completed in 1836 under Louis-Philippe. The elaborate murals were painted directly on the walls and one can see sections which are being restored. Considered too modern, too bright with gas lighting, the walls are entirely covered with designs and painting.
These famed entrances designed by Hector Guimard were surrounded in talk and not a little controversy in 1900. The most elaborate were those with glass canopies, of which three still exist.
Guimard's design above can be seen all over Paris, and there are 80 of this style with cast-iron balustrades decorated in plant-like motifs still remaining today. The orange light globes sit atop ornate cast-iron supports in the form of plant stems. Typical of the Art Nouveau style, the entire design is quite "organic."
Rising above most of the tombs in this area of the famed Père Lachaise, three mighty owls stand watch perched between stone garlands. The crown supports a shield that surely identifies the family. How could I have failed to note the name and the story. Alas, a momentary lapse, but I will return for another look.
There is a large rectangular area in the garden where children can race pedal cars.
This joyful child is enjoying what would be my choice for a ride, a well-kept horse with a blue saddle and a red cart. Most of the rides are cars, tractors, and other mundane vehicles. She found the only one with a horse, and commanded the field.