Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bistrot avec deux fantômes?

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In the soft light of a classic Paris bistro, 
I imagined seeing two ghosts (or three).

Perhaps it is just a reflection, 
or my overactive imagination, 


Rue Saint-André des Arts
75006, Paris
Métro Mabillon

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Restaurant du Palais Royal

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Restaurant du Palais Royal

As many times as I have been to Palais Royal 
(spring, summer, fall, winter, rain, snow, rain) 
I have never been to this restaurant, not even for a glass of wine.

(will be going soon!)

Restaurant du Palais Royal
Palais Royal
110, Galerie de Valois
75001, Paris

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Les bouquinistes sous la pluie

The bouquinistes were open on this rainy October day
selling to the tourists who braved the weather.

The very old books, journals, and cards are kept in the back of the stall, 
protected from the rain.

Quai de Conti
75005, Paris

Monday, October 28, 2013

Rue d'Aligre - un café

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Rue d'Aligre

Taken on a busy market day (Marché d;Aligre), 
there is scant room for café table and chairs.  
Still, the pastries and a coffee (or thé) can be enjoyed 
as the market vendors shout out the quality of their wares.

One thinks that the price of the coffee and pastry is small 
for this front row theatre seat.

Rue d'Aligre
75012, Paris
Métro Ledru Rollin

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

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Notre Dame

The exterior of this 800-year-old cathedral 
is well-known for its many statues over the massive doors.  
The broader view reveals gargoyles and chimeras in various poses.  

Do you think that this one might look like 
J. R. R. Tolkien's Gollum?

bon dimanche

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
6 Parvis Notre Dame
Place Jean-Paul II
75004, Paris

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Le Marais - un tandem

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Bicycle for two!

There are many bicycles on the streets of Paris and in the parks.  
Even the smallest of children are riding bicycles.

However, I do not think that I have seen a bicycle for two.

Hope that you have time
for a ride this weekend

Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003, Paris

Friday, October 25, 2013

Parc de Monceau - l'aire de jeu

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Parc de Monceau

There are several play areas in Parc de Monceau 
with plenty of room for running.  

If you listen carefully, 
you can almost hear the squeals of laughter and shrieks of the chase.

bon weekend

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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Galeries Lafayette - prêt-à-porter II

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Galeries Lafayette

The fabrics are like candy to the eyes, 
and the designs are stunning.

On each trip to Paris I stalk this department 
and even chat with les vendeuses.   
Sometimes I boldly take my photos 
but love the "askew" appearance of the stealth photos.

I will be back soon for more...

Galeries Lafayette
Boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris
Métro Chaussée d'Antin La Fayette

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Une tarte aux figues

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Fig Tart

This pâtisserie was filled with tarts 
and the most unusual and colorful was this one of figs.  
Combined with the violet blooms and a perfectly formed pastry, 
this confection looks like a work of art.


La Pâtisserie - Cyril Lignac
24, rue Paul Bert
75011, Paris

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vertige - Agathe Braconnier

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Just a stone's throw from Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis in the Marais 
is this sidewalk arrangement of plants and flowers.  

The florist designer of this shop specializes in form and design 
as simple arrangements allow the flowers to tell the story. 

Vertige, Agathe Braconnier
11, rue de Sevigné
75004, Paris

Monday, October 21, 2013

Un jardin secret

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A secret garden

Just off rue de la Roquette behind a closed gate is a hidden artists' atelier,
filled with the sounds of wood planers and the scent of paint.

The paved courtyard provides light into the glassed workshops 
and serves as a quiet spot amid the work

Rue de la Roquette
75011, Paris

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Notre Dame et la Seine

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
The elegant architecture of this 800-year-old cathedral
displays beautiful flying buttresses.
Freshly cleaned inside and out...
let the birthday party begin
bon dimanche
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
75004, Paris 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Rue St. Honoré - beaucoup de gants

Rue St Honoré
Oh, yes, let's have a rainbow assortment of these
chic gloves!
bon weekend
Rue St Honore
75001, Paris

Friday, October 18, 2013

Galerie Vivienne - les artistes étudiants

Galerie Vivienne
student artists

If you frequent the side halls in the famous covered passages of Paris, 
you will likely see gatherings of students 
sketching the century-old architecture.  
The arches, the moldings, the skylights, 
and even the floor tiles are worthy of a sketch.

You will see students in the not-so-famous covered passages as well

Galerie Vivienne
Rue des Petits Champs, 
Rue de la Banque, et Rue Vivienne
75002, Paris
Métro Bourse, Métro Pyramides, ou Bus 29

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Musée Jacquemart André

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Musée Jacquemart André

Lunch with friends amid the art, style, and architecture of Paris at
Musée Jacquemart André

Oh, and do not forget 
the Veuve Clicquot

Musée Jacquemart André - Salon de thé
158, boulevard Haussmann
75008, Paris

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

La Seine - Port de la Tournelle

Port de la Tournelle

From Pont d'Archevêché one can monitor the activity along the Seine.  

Take a walk below the street levels, alongside the boats of the Seine.  
It is quiet with few tourists.

Port de la Tournelle
75005, Paris
Métro Maubert-Mutualité, Cité

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jardin du Palais Royal - l'automne

Jardin du Palais Royal

October in Paris brings in the change of seasons,
seen here in the almost empty, assuredly quiet,
Jardin du Palais Royal.

This garden, like so many in Paris, has a different look for every season.

They all are special...

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pont de l'Archevêché

Pont de l'Archevêché

Based on the hefty weight of 
 many locks in the foreground, 
the larger ones have likely been removed or 

One does hope that 
Edith and Hernando are doing well...

Pont de l'Archevêché
behind Notre Dame
75005, Paris

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cathédral Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky

Cathédral Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky

The bright skies of a clear autumn day 
accentuate the gold domes of Cathédral Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky.  
Although no photography was allowed inside, 
the view of the low sun reflecting on the domes was sufficient.

To read more about this cathedral 
and to see another view, 

bon dimanche

Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky Cathedral
12, rue Daru
75008 Paris
Métro Ternes ou Métro Courcelles

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Au Fil d'Élise

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Au Fil d'Élise

This shop with its beautifully detailed vintage clothing 
and fabrics is a delight.  

Elegant lingerie, 
unique accessories, 
and household linens too...

Au Fil d'Élise
2, rue de l'Ave Maria
(at the corner with Rue Saint Paul)
75004, Paris

Friday, October 11, 2013

Must be a French girl

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Rue St Honoré

Stylish (but practical) boots 
Short pencil skirt with black tights
Vented raincoat with a flounce
Understated flat leather purse
Coordinated scarf

...and, a peppy cadence in her gait

perhaps not, but I think that she
...must be a French girl

Rue St. Honoré
75001, Paris

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Marché Saint Quentin - un marché couvert

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Marché Saint Quentin

I knew of this covered market, but had not visited Saint Quentin, one of the few remaining covered markets in Paris.  The fruits and vegetables are acceptable, but this market shines with its international flavor and food offerings.  The soaring ceilings have been protecting Paris shoppers for over a hundred years.

There are delicacies from Africa and Italy, spices from north Africa, and even Pasteis from Portugal.  There are a few vendors with region-specific foods from France and a beer boutique.

Marché Saint Quentin
85bis, boulevard de Magenta
75010, Paris

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vin et Marée - un chat sur ​​un rebord

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Cat on a ledge

I have passed by this address many times over the years
and have only recently looked up to see the wildcat
on the ledge above the window frame.

It is necessary to return to Paris often
as there are so many things yet unseen

Vin et Marée
165, rue St Honoré
75001 Paris

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hôtel Nord-Est - géraniums rouges

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Hôtel Nord-Est

While exploring the neighborhoods near Gare de l'Est,
we happened upon this little hotel on a narrow street. 
It appeared as a vignette of ages past.


Hôtel Nord-Est
12, rue des Petits Hotels
75010 Paris

Monday, October 7, 2013

Passage Saint-Roch

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Passage Saint-Roch
A light rain,
faint light of an autumn morning,
and the clicking of heels
as she made her way through the passage
Passage Saint-Roch
75001, Paris

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

The wrought iron details are best seen close up

The columns and other architectural elements
lend a classic background to this interesting church

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Paris
Place Franz-Liszt
75010, Paris
Métro Poissonnière

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Un bateau et la Seine

A boat and the Seine

We see here the captain at the bow of the boat 
(driving while talking on the phone) 
and perhaps two lovers at the stern.  

Since this photo was taken from the quai, 
there was not an opportunity to ask questions or to discover the story

C'est un mystère!

La Seine
Quai de la Mégisserie
75001, Paris

Friday, October 4, 2013

Galerie Vivienne - Wolff et Descourtis

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Wolff et Descourtis

This charming boutique in Galerie Vivienne 
displays an exquisite collection of scarves and shawls 
in silk, challis, wool, and cashmere.  
This highly regarded, family-owned textile business dates back to 1875, 
and is still managed by the Wolff family.

The colors and designs are delicious,
and I understand that all the fabrics are limited editions.

Wolff et Descourtis
18, galerie Vivienne
75002, Paris

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Café le Nemours VI

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Café le Nemours

I think that if I could just pick one café in Paris for people-watching 
it would be here at Café le Nemours.  
No matter the weather 
as you can move under the cover of the building in the rain 
and there are heaters when it is cold.  
The morning I took this photo, the chairs and tables were all empty... 
save the patriot at the end of the row.

Yes, give me le Nemours any day,
a timeless classic café

Café le Nemours
Place Colette
75001, Paris

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

le Prélude de Paris - l'orchestre classique de Chatelet

Prélude de Paris
classic orchestra of the Chatelet Métro

Two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 
you can hear the classic orchestral music of this group 
of conservatory students, music professors, and musician friends.  

The subterranean orchestra will stop you in your tracks 
as the sound of Vivaldi's Four Seasons 
echoes through the many tunnels of Chatelet.  
They play at an intersection/crossing of lines 1 and 4. 

Click here for a brief selection 
of their Vivaldi's Hiver

Prélude de Paris
often heard at Chatelet
lines 1 and 4
75001, Paris

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Palais Garnier - colonne rostrale

The rostral columns of Palais Garnier

The entrance to Pavillon du Chef de l'Etat (House of the Head of State),
which was turned into the Musée de Opéra on the western facade
of Opéra National de Paris Garnier,
is framed by two granite columns by Henri Alfred Jacquemart,
adorned with lamps and the masts of ships. 
The bows of the four ships appear to have eyes.

Although other portions of this exquisite heritage site
have been restored since it was built in 1875,
the ceinture de lumière (belt of light) encircling the building has not. 
Earlier this year an appeal was made to the public
to adopt one of the 22 lampadaires, 2 candélabres, 22 cariatides, and 14 columns. 
The details of the rostral columns and the musical instrument-themed street lamps
on the opposite side of the opera house are stunning.

This is my entry for City Daily Photo Blogs Theme Day

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Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris