A street-side display of flowers is typical in all parts of Paris. The orchids so carefully protected sous cellophane are a promise of colorful plants for months to come. The prices seen here are comparable to what one might expect to pay at home. If you are going to be in Paris for a week or so, a pot of these orchids would make you feel right at home.
This beautiful wooded park sits quietly off Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine. On Sundays it is lively (as are all the parks of Paris) with children and families. One can bring a picnic from the near-by Marché d'Aligre or the pâtisserie/boulangerie just outside the gates at Blé Sucré.
This lovely park has a dark past with a cemetery in Medieval times for orphans;
in 1674 it was the site of a hospital; and later became an orphanage.
This Gothic masterpiece built in 1246 is an incredible feat of construction. The upper chapel seen here surrounds the visitor with soaring stained glass windows of deep, vibrant primary colors. The ceiling design and structure is unique and recognized the world over.
The architectural prowess of the 13th century rivals any construction we might see today. Sainte-Chapelle is essentially a building of glass supported only by the narrow rib-like cages that press the entire weight of the roof through a system of arches on to a few columns - amazing!