Monday, August 31, 2015

Cour du Commerce Saint André

Cour du Commerce Saint André

This covered passageway was opened in 1776,
 running between rue Saint André des Arts 
and boulevard Saint Germain. 

 It also follows a section of the perimeter wall
 built by King Philippe-Auguste in the late 13th century.

Cour du Commerce Saint André
75006, Paris

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Quatre Églises, la Tour Eiffel, et le Grand Palais

Four churches plus the Grand Palais and Eiffel Tower

Looking at the skyline from left to right from the Printemps rooftop:

Notre Dame de l'Assomption built in 1676,
The double spires of Basilique Sainte Clothilde
built in the neo-Gothic style mid nineteenth century

Église Saint-Louis des Invalides,
commissioned by King Louis XIV in 1670

Église Saint Madeleine,
with its 52 Corinthian columns,

The Grand Palais,
built for the Universal Exposition of 1900

The Eiffel Tower (1889)
which at 324m. (1,063ft), was the tallest
man-made structure in the world, a title it held
for 41 years!

bon dimanche

Paris Skyline from Printemps
75009, Paris

Friday, August 28, 2015

Beacoup de jambes et dots


A creative window display 
of mirrors, legs, chaussures,
and many "dots"

bon weekend

Printemps window - Yayoi Kusama
boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Paris style

A simple black and white display
but with the style and panache
only to be found in Paris...

Would you believe that this 
covered an entire two-story
wall in...


54, boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

rue des Carmes - une cour

A small courtyard several steps 
below the street level
still boasts an assortment of
dried hydrangea blooms.

Originally a church or cloister,
I am not sure of its function today.

14, rue des Carmes
75005, Paris

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

le Pain au Naturel

On a Sunday morning amid the bustle of shopping at Marché d'Aligre,
this street scene in front of the boulangerie features individual characters
in the daily routine:

The queue of shoppers at the entrance,
 the table of breads on the sidewalk,
a young French girl on her trottinette,
a baker delivering fresh baguettes from the oven.

What you miss are the aromas of the bread and the oysters just across the narrow street
and the hawking of  produce in the sing-song of many different languages.

le Pain au Naturel
rue Théophile Roussel

Monday, August 24, 2015

Petit Palais - l'escalier

Petit Palais was built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition 
and became a museum in 1902.  
The architect Charles Girault 
is also credited for the wrought iron design 
gracing this circular staircase 
and the magnificent
 entrance gates.
Petit Palais 
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008, Paris

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cimetière de Passy

The door swings open
to reveal the neglected plants
and the eternal beauty 
of a Russian Orthodox mosaic.

Cimetière de Passy
(just across from Place du Trocadero)
75016, Paris

Monday, August 17, 2015

Les Comptoirs des Colporteurs

Les Comptoirs des Colporteurs

A mystical doorway draped in the green fringe
of old wisteria vines.

Les Comptoirs des Colporteurs
4, rue Jean Desmarets
77160, Provins (short distance from Paris)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Une croix de Provins

Just a short trip out of Paris 
the Medieval city of Provins is filled
with history and architecture.

Here in the courtyard of Eglise Saint-Quiriace
a delicate cross is surrounded by lush palettes of green

bon dimanche

Eglise Saint-Quiriace courtyard
Provins, France

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Le Royal Monceau

le Royal Monceau

Tea at one of Paris' fine hotels is not 
nearly as costly as cocktails.

You can spend an hour or more
enjoying your tea and a plate of macarons.
Then, check out the restrooms and...
take a few (!) photos.

le Royal Monceau
37, avenue Hoche
75008, Paris

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Le Café des Chats - un chat

One of the many cat residents displays
the mood and character of this salon de the.
All of the cats have been adopted from shelters and
are under the care of veterinarians.

The 'house rules' are simple: do not wake a sleeping cat;
wash your hands before petting the cats; no feeding the cats; 
and, this is my favorite, no cat has to do anything s/he does not want to do.
Sounds like a great life to me.

16, rue Michel le Comte
75003, Paris


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Le Café des Chats

Would you enjoy your coffee or tea
in the presence of cats?

You just might achieve the level of  'aloofness'
to find that a cat, or two, would enjoy your company
sitting close by or jumping onto your empty lap.

Tomorrow: a cat!

Le Café des Chats
16, rue Michel le Comte
75003, Paris

Monday, August 10, 2015

Coucher de soleil

Sunset in Paris

Can you name the landmarks?

City of light

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Église de la Sainte-Trinité

Église de la Sainte-Trinité

This church of the Second Empire period 
built between 1861 and 1867
stands majestically above the buildings of
the ninth arrondissement. 

bon dimanche

Église de la Sainte-Trinité
Place d'Estienne d'Orves
75009, Paris

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Un café?

This small coffee shop
was a bit tattered with its fading blue exterior,
but the single barista supplied the customers with hot coffee.

The shop had no name and roughly painted white lettering
for the service hours.

Coffee shop in the Marais
rue St. Gilles
75003, Paris

Friday, August 7, 2015

Un rendez-vous?

The leather jacket,
dark sunglasses,
a sliver of light...

a rendez-vous?

Paris restaurant
75001, Paris

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Un chat et deux bicyclettes - Theme Day

A cat and two bicycles

He is just waiting for his master to return home. 
Not a bad viewpoint from which to watch the world.

My City Daily Photo friends are showing their take on
this month's theme "bicycles" here.

City Daily Photo Theme Day
75014, Paris