Monday, September 30, 2013

Jardin du Palais Royal

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Jardin du Palais Royal

This woman was sitting alone 
with her thoughts
in the Jardin du Palais Royal

The quiet moments in this garden are shared daily 
no matter the temperature or season.

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Chapelle Notre Dame des Anges

Chapelle Notre Dame des Anges

This glorious window is hidden in a small church on Rue de Vaugirard.  
The plain front and nondescript entrance belie the rich interior.

So often it is the case.
There are so many churches in Paris... explore

bon dimanche

Chapelle Notre Dame des Anges
102, rue de Vaugirard
75006, Paris

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rue du Jardinet

Rue du Jardinet

Walking in the wet streets after a Paris shower...

better than rain anywhere else

Rue du Jardinet
75006, Paris
Métro Odéon

Friday, September 27, 2013

Café de la Paix - des chaises vert

Green chairs at Café de la Paix

It is Friday and I have reserved these chairs 
for later today...

a virtual Paris get-together with friends

bon weekend

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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Les toits de Paris

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From the rooftop of Printemps
...the view is spectacular

Do you see the boxes on the roof of Palais Garnier?

bee hives!
Can you get me a ticket to that roof?
I would be ever so grateful...
I love the bees!

The rooftops of Paris
from Printemps terrace
Boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Square de la place Adolphe Chérioux - kiosque à musique

Square de la place Adolphe Chérioux
The bandstand

This square is a work of the architect Jean-Camille Formigé 
and was established in 1896.  
It is a long, narrow green space providing benches 
and a play area as well as this bandstand.  
The landscaping and trees buffer the noise from the busy Rue de Vaugirard.

Although hidden in this photo, 
you can see the Eiffel Tower just over the bandstand.

Square de la place Adolphe Chérioux
Rue de Vaugirard 
75015, Paris
Métro Vaugirard (at the front of the park) 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

L'architecture de Paris

Rue Mademoiselle

but the beautiful stone work 
and graceful balconies of this early 20th century building 
are worth a second look

...with a different viewpoint

76-78, rue Mademoiselle
75015, Paris
Métros Vaugirard et Volontaires

Monday, September 23, 2013

Les couleurs de l'automne - Le Bidule Café

Le Bidule Café
The colors of autumn

The yellows and oranges of this café 
will soon match the leaves with their autumnal colors.

May you have a week of bright skies and warm colors

Le Bidule Café
2, rue Faidherbe
75011, Paris

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cathédral Notre-Dame de Chartres - un détail

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Chartres Cathedral
12th Century Gothic

The 300 narrow, winding steps to the bell tower 
reward the adventurous climber with a quiet and lofty view of Chartres 
as well as intricate details.  

The cathedral artisans carved images of beasts and flowers 
in places where they would not be easily seen by anyone but God.

bon dimanche

Cathédral Notre-Dame de Chartres
Chartres, France
(an easy day-trip from Paris by train)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Jardin du Luxembourg - La Fontaine Médicis

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The Medici Fountain
Jardin du Luxembourg

This quiet space is found just east of the Sénat 
with the closest garden entrance at Place P. Claudel.  
The garlands of ivy on the long sides of the pool 
provide a respite from the otherwise crowded garden.  

Even when all of these chairs are filled, 
there is a hush and reverence, 
perhaps a tacit understanding by those who come here.  

It is one of my favorite quiet places in Paris

bon weekend

Medici Fountain
Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris

Friday, September 20, 2013

Rue Mouffetard - les danseurs

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Dancing in the street
Rue Mouffetard

Every Sunday a small crowd gathers on Rue Mouffetard 
in front of Église Saint-Médard to sing and dance 
to the music of Christian Bassoul.  
It is easy to spot the regulars, 
whose easy steps and spins are evidence of the Sunday routine.  
All are welcome to participate 
so if you find yourself in Paris on a Sunday morning, 
find your way to this charming experience and.... 

Rue Mouffetard at Rue Censier
75005, Paris
Métro Censier-Daubenton

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Louvre -- Le Carrousel du Louvre

Le Carrousel du Louvre

What looks to be a fashionable mall is a corridor to the least-crowded entrance into the Louvre.  You can buy tickets at the Tabac on the lower level and quickly enter - no lines and no waiting!  

To get there take Metro Line 1 and exit at the Palais Royal--Musee du Louvre station, and never leave the covered area going from one underground area to the next.  Just follow the signs to Carrousel du Louvre. 

In the distance you can see the Pyramid

Le Carrousel du Louvre
99, rue du Rivoli
75001, Paris

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Gwen Choc - boulangerie

Gwen Choc

It is nearly impossible to find a "bad" boulangerie in Paris and each artisan boulangerie-patisserie has a loyal following.  The aroma of fresh bread wafts down the street and the lines form at the appointed hour...

Gwen Choc is a favorite in this area of the Marais.  My favorite neighborhood is Place Maubert and its Eric Kayser boulangerie...  be sure to ask for the Baguette Monge.

Gwen Choc
5, rue du Temple
75004, Paris

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Metro sign

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The high post with its lighted "M" is one of my favorite Metro signs
particularly when seen against a clear Paris sky

The season does not matter

Paris Metro Sign
Near Louvre
75001, Paris

Monday, September 16, 2013



A little something for your  sweet-tooth on a Monday.

The Schuss cake is one of the crown jewels 
of a famous French cooking school: Lenôtre.  
The base is a sponge cake with a layer of mousse 
and a topping of whipped cream. 
The varieties and flavors are endless.

Although I admire the aesthetics of this dessert, 
I prefer a tart or a portion of chocolate.

How about you?

15, boulevard de Courcelles
75008, Paris

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité

Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité

This church is known simply as La Trinité or Sainte-Trinité, built between 1861 and 1867 as part of the beautification and reorganization of Paris by Haussmann. It was designed by the Théodore Ballu taking inspiration from French and Italian Renaissance architecture. Prior to the construction, many significant historical buildings were demolished to make way for the church and surrounding roads.

The façade, with its three porches and gallery above, is topped by a large rose window and two large windows. Rising above these windows is a four-story bell tower with two cupolas at the top.

bon dimanche

Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité
66, rue Saint Lazare
75009, Paris

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bouillon Chartier II

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Bouillon Chartier
une brasserie

Quite often the line extends from the door into the tiled courtyard to wait for a table.  The scene then resembles an alfresco cocktail party.

May you have a restful 
and delicious weekend

Bouillon Chartier
7, rue du Faubourg Montmartre
75009, Paris

Friday, September 13, 2013

Cimetière de Passy

Cimetière de Passy

Just across the way from Trocadéro and the stunning view of la Tour Eiffel 
(and the throngs of people) 
is this quiet cemetery with its own stunning view of la Tour.  
As you walk the narrow shaded paths, 
the chatter of  the many tourists 
along with hawkers of Eiffel Tower key chains 
cannot be heard.

The muffled sounds of the caretaker 
going about his daily maintenance 
and the songs of birds 
will accompany you on a walk 
through the rows of crypts, tombs and markers.

Cimetière de Passy
75016, Paris
Métro Trocadéro

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jardin du Palais Royal - les promeneurs

Jardin du Palais Royal
the dog walkers

It does not matter how early you get up in the morning.  
The dog walkers are out in force.  
Truthfully, I cannot imagine a more scenic place to gather with others, 
away from the busy streets and sheltered from the elements.  

Can you hear the crunch of the limestone gravel under your feet?

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Le Grand Colbert - une brasserie

Le Grand Colbert

In the beginning twilight of the dinner hours, 
the creamy yellow walls are offset by a large vase of flowers.  
The service is quite proper, 
the plat fresh and perfectly prepared, 
and the dessert sinfully chocolate*.  
What a great evening with friends.

*profiteroles with ice cream 
and smothered in hot chocolate sauce

Le Grand Colbert
2, rue Vivienne
75002, Paris

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Le Huitième - une brasserie

Le Huitième

This brasserie is memorable on my usual walk up 
Boulevard de Courcelles from Parc de Monceau.  
The café chairs in Paris come in every color in the rainbow 
and in many styles and designs.  
You do not see many of the orange shades, 
but the view across the wide boulevard 
is that of bright orange window awnings.

It appears that there would be plenty of room 
on this glassed in terrace for all of us.


Le Huitième
13, boulevard de Courcelles
75008, Paris
Métro Villiers

Monday, September 9, 2013

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine - une cour

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A courtyard

Locked away from the peering eyes on the street is this charming courtyard.  We stayed for two weeks with a view of the rooftops.  Our spacious apartment was on the fifth and sixth floors, beautifully furnished with a delightful cross-breeze in the heat of the summer.  We did not gain an ounce or a gram with the daily climbing of steps.

We even enjoyed the pleasure of a delightful resident cat who took the stairs more easily than we did and who had full run of the courtyard with another friend.

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
75011, Paris