Saturday, August 31, 2013

Livres anciens - Librairie Paul Vulin

Old books..

Beautiful, if slightly worn, old books can be bought in many places 
throughout Paris from the flea markets to the Passages de Paris.  
If they were not so heavy, I would have a larger collection.  

This photo reminds me 
that I need to bring back at least one with every trip.  
I no longer travel with a guide book, 
so there should be room for a single antique book in my carry-on.

livres de collection
Librairie Paul Vulin
Passage Jouffroy
75009, Paris

Friday, August 30, 2013

Passage Jouffroy VIII

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Passage Jouffroy

Just adjacent to the Café Grevin (yesterday's post),
is one of the entrances to Passage Jouffroy.

Almost two centuries old, the iron and glass ceilings remain.  
There are a few shops that have not changed over the years, 
but you will note the candy shop sign which I have seen all over Europe.  

The lamps that line both sides of the passage are my favorite detail.

bon weekend

Passage Jouffroy
10-12, boulevard Montmartre
9, rue de la Grange Batelière
75009 Paris

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Café Grevin - rouge, rouge, rouge!

Café Grevin

The saturation of red at Café Grevin is enhanced 
by a sunny afternoon

This cafe is next door to the Musée Grevin waxworks museum, 
and was designed with a domed glass ceiling in one part, 
along with wood paneling.  
The decor is unusual with sorceress mirrors, 
red velvet upholstery and enchanted screens.  

I would be quite content to sit here 
and watch the pedestrians on the boulevard.

Café Grevin
10, boulevard Montmartre
75009, Paris

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rue de la Verrerie - une moto et des fleures

Motorcycle and flowers

Only a block from Place Igor Stravinsky I rode the Vélib 
to avoid the traffic and stumbled upon this colorful vignette.  
There were two brightly adorned windows and this delightful red moto.

My camera was thrilled


79, rue de la Verrerie
at Rue des Juges Consuls
75004, Paris

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Parc de Monceau - XXXIII

Parc de Monceau

Although you may not be able to tell the season from this photo, 
you can see Parisians enjoying the good weather 
and note that the lawn is "awake." 

There is no "pelouse interdite" sign nor my favorite, 
"pelouse au repose hivernal," 
which means that the lawn is hibernating 
(like a bear)


Parc de Monceau
Boulevard des Courcelles
(five entrances around the park)
75008, Paris
Métro Monceau

Monday, August 26, 2013

Le Marie Stuart - Paris café

Le Marie Stuart
Rue de Montorgueil

Rue de Montorgueil is lined with food from one end to the other.  
One should come often and always hungry!

Thinking of the "moules-frites" here at Le Marie Stuart 
just made my mouth water...

Le Marie Stuart
49, rue de Montorgueil

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Église Saint-Quiriace II

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Église Saint-Quiriace

Quiet and unassuming on the exterior...
warm and richly detailed within

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Quiriace
9, place Saint-Quiriace
77160, Provins, France

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ce doit être une fille française - XXXIV

must be a French girl...

On a Métro platform, checking her smart phone with boots, scarf, hat...
all of this in late May!

(but spring was truly late!)

Métro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hôtel du Nord VIII

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Hôtel du Nord

Ah, the week is over and it is time to unwind

This is one of my favorite places to chill in Paris 
with friends and no particular plans.

bon weekend

Hôtel du Nord
102 Quai de Jemmapes
75010, Paris

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Parc des Buttes Chaumont VI

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Although it would appear from this photo that every bench is occupied, 
the park is large enough to hold many Parisians on a weekend day.  

I have never felt crowded in this park,
 and on my last trip walked up to the Temple of Sybil 
for a panoramic view of Paris.

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
75019, Paris
Métros Buttes Chaumont, Laumière, et Botzaris

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Porte d'entrée

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Front door of No. 28

The stone and timber construction of this home 
is punctuated with the weathered, but sturdy, door.

Each of the homes along the main street 
leading to the Upper town of Provins is graced with lace curtains.  
From the bolted repairs of this door, 
one might think it abandoned, 
but the delicate touch of fabric at the windows says otherwise.

77160, Provins France
just beyond Paris

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bassin de la Villette - pétanque XXII

Bassin de la Villette

If you really want to be among the Parisians, take a stroll along the quais of Bassin de la Villette on any weekend.  It is a delightful spot for a picnic and for watching people.

Perhaps you will stop in Bar l'Ourcq for some 
boules and a game of pétanque with friends.

Bassin de la Villette
Quai de la Loire
75019, Paris
Métro Laumière

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hôpital Saint-Louis

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Hôpital Saint-Louis

Just a stone's throw from Canal Saint-Martin is this 17th century hospital, 
built when the outbreak of plagues threatened the city, overwhelming the main hospital.  

"Contained within a square court and enclosed by a wall with four corner pavilions, the brick and stone cloister-like construction was intended to keep personnel in and to thus confine the contagion, isolating illness pavilion by pavilion." (Five Hundred Buildings of Paris, Kathy Borrus)

It functions today as part of the  
Assistance publique - Hôpitaux de Paris hospital system.

Hôpital Saint-Louis
40, rue Bichat between rue de la Grange-aux-Belles, rue Juliette-Dodu,
rue Alibert, and avenue Claude Vellefaux
75010, Paris
Métro Goncourt

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Église Saint-Quiriace

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Église Saint-Quiriace

This church in the small town of Provins, just beyond Paris, was founded early in the 11th century.  The town is divided into an Upper Town and a Lower Town, respectively called the Châtel (Castle) and the Val (Valley).

This church sits in its elevated position in the upper town, and although it has never been completed it is worthy of a visit.  Our trip to Provins was met with rain which seemed  moody and appropriate in this Medieval village.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Quiriace
9, place Saint-Quiriace
77160, Provins, France

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Carrousel de Trocadero - carrousel XXXV

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Carrousel de Trocadero

The carrousel is beautiful
but pales in comparison 
to the princess upon her throne

Carrousel de Trocadero
Place du Trocadéro
75016, Paris

Friday, August 16, 2013

Caves Legrand - Bar à vin

Caves Legrand

Accessed through Galeries Vivienne and from Rue de la Banque, this wine shop was operated by several generations of Legrands.  It was bought in 2000 by Gerard Sibourd-Baudry and Christian de Chateauvieux who renovated the place while keeping its quality wines orientation.  An inspired initiative was to add a wine bar section in the middle of the shop in 2001.  

Not only do they have good wines, but the ambiance is charming with an assortment of small plates to enjoy with your wine.  It is not exactly hidden, but is in a quiet corner of Galerie Vivienne.

bon weekend!

Caves Legrand
Galerie Vivienne
1, rue de la Banque
75002, Paris

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jardin du Luxembourg - les nuages, les fleurs, et les anges

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Jardin du Luxembourg

These cherubs appear to be lifting a bowl,
 filled with flowers, 
holding it up to the sky 
to better receive the rain

Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pleurote - les marchés de Paris

Oyster mushrooms

The mushrooms are plentiful in the Paris markets, fresh from the countryside.  Although I have not cooked in Paris, it would be a delight to choose from the abundance of fresh produce.

These oyster mushrooms would be just the thing for a recipe I use at home for mushroom soup.  The basic premise is to use all the mushrooms you can fit into the pan.

Marché Maubert
Place Maubert
75005, Paris

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chaises de café en noir et rouge

Café chairs
in black and red

When I think about the café chairs in Paris, I can close my eyes and feel the weave of the seat as I settle in, the sounds they make as you shift your weight, and the warmth of the webbing on a cool day.

If you let your imagination run, you will hear the French conversations, the sounds of the Café Richards cups and saucers, and the smells of fresh croissant, pain au chocolat, and rich coffee.

When you cannot be in Paris, a creative mind can give you a few moments of memory and anticipation.

Paris Café
75016, Paris

Monday, August 12, 2013

Carrousel Jules Verne - Parc de Monceau

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Carrousel Jules Verne

There are carousels at every turn in Paris, and I am not even sure how many.  For me there are about five favorites but I have a list of ones yet to visit.  

Carrousel Jules Verne is a relatively new addition to Parc de Monceau (autumn 2011).  The colorful, petite merry-go-round is a highlight for the children of the neighborhood.  On weekends every ride is taken, and during the week the mamans and nannies gather with the young children.

Carrousel Jules Verne
Parc de Monceau
75008, Paris

Joining Paulita's Dreaming of France meme
check it out

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Église Saint-Eustache - les chaises

Église Saint-Eustache

Long shadows in this enormous church...
simple chairs are dwarfed in the cavernous nave

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Eustache
2, impasse Saint-Eustache
75001, Paris

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Chantal Thomass - un parapluie

This fashion house led by the the stylish Chantal first made the lingerie scene during the 1960s and 1970s.  All the world was shunning the frilly lingerie and burning bras.

She flaunted the feminist movement, fabricating lingerie from menswear fabrics and at the other end of the spectrum sensuous fluffs of lace, silk, organza.  While visiting Paris, I regularly walk past this window on Rue Saint Honoré, always anticipating a visual treat.

Chantal Thomass
211, rue Saint Honoré
75001, Paris

Friday, August 9, 2013

La Tour Eiffel - le reflet

La Tour Eiffel

Do you think that you would recognize this iconic structure 
just by seeing a reflection in the rain-soaked pavement?

Why, certainly!

bon weekend

Place du Trocadero
Palais de Chaillot
75016, Paris
Métro Trocadero

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Le Petit Fer à Cheval II

Le Petit Fer à Cheval
"The Horseshoe"

Effortless Paris chic:

the horseshoe bar,
the glasses, the shelves, the clock, 
the chandelier, the oscillating fan

the oh-so-French waiter.

Wish we were all there right now

Le Petit Fer à Cheval
30, rue Vieille du Temple
75004, Paris


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cimetière de Passy - le gardien

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Cimetière de Passy
the caretaker

I am attracted to cemeteries and have sought them out in every city visited.  Paris has an abundance of cemeteries and many stories to go with them

Cimetière de Passy is less than six acres in size making it easy to cover in about an hour.  You will find the famous and the not-so-famous, a princess, artists, aviators, actresses, and many more.  You may even catch a glimpse of the caretaker going about his business.

All the while, la Tour Eiffel is peeking over your shoulder.

Cimetière de Passy
2, rue de Commandant Schloesing
75016 Paris

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gare de l'Est - Dépêchez-vous!

Gare de l'Est

Have you ever noticed the people running in train stations?  
It is no different in Paris as we see these passengers hurrying off a train.  

I have done the same myself, hurrying to catch a train 
in Madrid, in Prague, in Vienna, in Milan... and even in Paris.  

Why would one need to run 
with sufficient planning of schedules and locations?  
Well, for one, it is never a simple matter 
to find the correct window for ticket sales.  
Buying tickets on-line in advance will reduce the stress.

Perhaps you will have time to sit in the station 
and photograph others who did not plan as well.  Hummmm...

Gare de l'Est
Place du 11 novembre 1918
75010, Paris

Monday, August 5, 2013

Avenue de la Grande-Armée - La Grande Arche de la Defense

Avenue de la Grande-Armée

Seen from the top of Arc de Triomphe 
the Grand Arch appears as the outline of a box.  
It was built in 1989 to celebrate the 
200th anniversary of the French Revolution.  

The Arc de Triomphe is a part of the straight line along which one finds:  
the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, 
and finally la Grande Arche de la Defense.  

The distance from the photo's vantage point 
to the Grand Arch is about 3 miles.  
The entire distance of the "perspective royale" is over 9 miles!

Avenue de la Grande-Armée
75008, Paris

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Église Saint-Merri - La Fontaine Stravinsky

Église Saint-Merri
The Stravinsky Fountain

The whimsy of 16 animated sculptures stands in contrast 
to the flying buttresses of this ancient church 
with its "Gothic Flamboyant" architectural style.

The fountain sculptures were installed in 1983...
The church built between 1500 and 1550...
Which of these two Paris landmarks will look the best in 200 years?

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Merri
76, rue de la Verrerie
75004, Paris

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Dodo Manège - Carrousel XXXIII

"Dodo Manège"
Carousel in Jardin des Plantes

Wrapped in tarp this carousel hides its animal-rides 
created to reflect extinct and endangered species.  
Jardin des Plantes is filled with treasures 
and this carrousel is but one.  

On weekend afternoons in good weather 
you will find many families enjoying this charming carrousel.

To see the carrousel "revealed" look here.

Dodo Manège
Carrousel, Jardin des Plantes
(near Gare d'Austerlitz entrance)
75005, Paris

Friday, August 2, 2013

Jardin du Palais Royal - le weekend

Jardin du Palais Royal

On a Saturday morning, 
these three were feeding pigeons in the garden of Palais Royal.  
The little girl looks a bit frightened by the numbers of these assertive birds.  

Still, a glorious spot for spending a weekend morning with family.

bon weekend

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Street lamps - Palais Garnier

Street Lamps
Palais Garnier

These unusual street lamps are found in front of the grand Palais Garnier.  
The musical instruments seems fitting for the home of the Paris Opera.

This is my contribution to the 
City Daily Photo Theme Day for August.

Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris