Tuesday, March 14, 2017

La Tour d'Argent - les lumières


La Tour d'Argent


Although I have not dined at La Tour d'Argent 
and would love to explore their wine list
one can enjoy the aesthetics of the wrought iron lamp posts
and the Guimard awning over the entrance door.



La Tour d'Argent
15, quai de la Tournelle
75005, Paris


Monday, March 13, 2017

diptyque - parfumerie



diptyque

This is a charming shop on boulevard Saint-Germain
specializing in perfumes and also scents for
the home.  Even if you already have a favorite there
are scents which are not available elsewhere.


Plan a visit to the original diptype store.
This small shop is big on friendly customer service and
I have always been well-received on my visits.


diptyque
34, boulevard Saint-Germain
75005, Paris


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Palais Garnier



The tremendous size of this building
almost causes a person to 
overlook the magnificent
details.


Did I mention that I have
a thing for shoes?


Palais Garnier
8, rue Scribe
75009, Paris

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Basilique Saint Denis


Basilique Saint Denis

It is worth the trip to the outskirts of Paris to see this basilica, 
with its outstanding array of 
stained glass windows, 
Gothic arches, 
funerary art, 
tombs and sculptures.

For more information on the Basilica
click here.

 
bon dimanche

Basilique Saint Denis
1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur
92300, Saint-Denis

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Deux amoureux



Jardin du Palais Royal


Hold on, sweet lovers.
Spring is coming!


Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Les vitrines de jouets - CDP Theme Day



Looking out of a store window at the winter
landscape, the tin toys resemble paper silhouettes 
against a palette of neutrals.


The theme for the City Daily Photo Bloggers
on this first day of March:  A photo that is in color
but appears almost as a black and white shot.
Click here to see the selections of other City Daily photographers


Avanti la Musica (unique toys and music boxes)
73, quai de la Tournelle
75005, Paris

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mairie d'Arcachon



Mairie d'Arcachon


Just a block from the beach in the charming
town of Arcachon, the bleu-blanc-rouge flies
in the bay breeze.


Did I mention the fabulous oysters?


Mairie d'Archachon
Gironde department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region
33120, France

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Église de la Madeleine


Église de la Madeleine


La Madeleine assumes a prominent footprint
in the 8ième arrondissement.


Built in the Neo-Classical style its
fifty-two (52!) columns surround the building.
The interior is stunning and worth a visit.


bon dimanche


Église de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008, Paris

Saturday, February 25, 2017

La solution au casse-tête



So, here is the answer to the puzzling photo of yesterday. 
The afternoon sun was shining on the frieze of 
the building on the opposite site of the Cour Napoleon (Louvre) which is
the Pavilion Richelieu. The image of the 
frieze is seen as a reflection off the interior back wall
  (yes, through the round opening). 


It was a special moment.




Cour Napoleon
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Friday, February 24, 2017

Qu'est-ce que c'est?



What is it?

A porthole, 
a painting,
a tapestry?


I had to look at the surrounding photos 
of this image to figure it out...
and I was the photographer.


bon week end

Somewhere famous in Paris

I am joining other photographers
 at Weekend Reflections here

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Les Toits de Paris



Les Toits de Paris


From the Printemps rooftop there
is much to see:
windows, chimney pots, roofs, and domes


Paris rooftops
75009, Paris

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Selfie" au Cour Napoleon



Cour Napoleon


Watched this sweet couple as they took multiple selfies
in front of the impressive façades that form the 
Cour Napoleon of the Louvre.

Monsieur had his digital slr around his neck,
but Madame was adept with the phone.


Cour Napoleon
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Monday, February 20, 2017

Musée du Louvre


Musée du Louvre


Although the installation of I M Pei's glass and metal
pyramids at the Louvre must have been met with the ire
of many, the attraction to this large icon of Paris has withstood
the test of nearly three decades.


It is a kinetic sculpture of sorts with
an ever-changing view depending on the time of day,
the weather, and the season.


Cour Napoleon
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Saturday, February 18, 2017

La Vieille Ville de Bordeaux



Through a passageway in
Old Town Bordeaux


bon week end



Bordeaux, France

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Joyeux Saint-Valentin



Joyeux Saint-Valentin

Not from a fine Parisian pâtisserie, 
but the wish for a Happy Valentine's Day
to all my readers just the same

Somebody has already
asked for the sugar-laden
Eiffel Tower.



Beyond Paris

Monday, February 13, 2017

Musée Rodin


Musée Rodin

Hôtel Biron is a jewel of Parisian rocaille architecture, 
with its expansive park.

From the Musée Rodin website:

First opened to the public on 4 August 1919, 
the Musée Rodin was housed in a mansion, 
formerly called the Hôtel Peyrenc de Moras. 
Now known as the Hôtel Biron, it was built on Rue de Varenne 
between 1727 and 1732. Nearly 300 works from Rodin’s collection 
are on view in this mansion.

Do you know how long you have to stand here to capture 
a photo with absolutely no one but M. Rodin in view?



Musée Rodin
79, rue de Varenne
75007, Paris

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Église Saint-Sulpice

Église Saint-Sulpice

This enormous late Baroque church
in Paris is surpassed in size only by Notre Dame.


I would have guessed Église Saint-Eustache, but
really should go back for another look.  
What would you have imagined?
The façade is massive and imposing.

bon dimanche


Église Saint-Sulpice
2, rue Palatine
75006, Paris



Friday, February 10, 2017

Le Comptoire de la Gastronomie



Le Comptoire de la Gastronomie


A café with a view in all directions,
from the impressive Art Nouveau façade of the
café/boutique to the café across the street
(Le Cochon à l'Oreille).

bon week end

Le Comptoire de la Gastronomie
34, rue Montmartre
75001, Paris


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Art d' Arcachon


A bigger than life painting
in an Arcachon gallery,
caught in afternoon reflections


Arcachon 
Gironde department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region
33120, France
 
 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Les Marquis de Ladurée


Les Marquis de Ladurée

The windows of Paris never disappoint and
Les Marquis de Ladurée displayed
exotic birds of organza and wire


(Hint: If you have trouble getting
photos of windows without a reflection,
try an evening photo shoot.)


Les Marquis de Ladurée
14, rue de Castiglione
75001, Paris

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Le Métro






Sometimes a simple smile
transcends language 


Make a difference


Le Métro 10
75008, Paris
 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Façade de 34, rue Pasquier







Not all of the elephants
seen in Paris are on carrousels


There was a rather famous one known as
the Elephant of the Bastille, a monument which existed
between 1813 and 1846 and was memorialized by
Victor Hugo in his novel, Les Misérables.



34, rue Pasquier
75008, Paris


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sacré Coeur et Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité






Sacré Coeur et Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité


Rising above the rooftops and chimney pots
are these two majestic churches


bon dimanche



Basilique du Sacré Coeur et
Église de la Sainte-Trinité
75018 et 75009, Paris
 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Musée du Louvre - le reflet







Musée du Louvre


The sharp lines and edges of the 'pyramid du Louvre' form
an eye-deceiving reflection of the buildings and the blue sky.


Classic architecture transformed into 
shards of an eclectic puzzle



Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

(I am joining James' Weekend Reflections)


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel



Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel


...and I thought he might
jump off the carrousel and 
run away with me



Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel
Place de Varsovie
75016, Paris


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Loving Life



Cour Damoye


This group created an impromptu party
and enjoyed a makeshift table
with lively conversation.



Today I join photobloggers from around the world
in theme day.  Click here to see their interpretations. 
The theme for February is 
"LOVING LIFE"



Cour Damoye
75011, Paris
 




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Champ Libre - Fleuriste



Champ Libre
Fleuriste


I would pick up flowers to take
home every day if I passed
by this shop



Champs Libre, Fleuriste
104, avenue Ledru Rolin
75011, Paris

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Les ombres



Stained glass windows 
sunlight reflected on the
Gothic walls of the church



Paris church
75005, Paris

Friday, January 27, 2017

Paris Pâtisserie



Strawberries, raspberries, and cream


What I have concluded about Paris pâtisseries
is that what you see in the windows and
display cases tastes as delicious as
it looks
miam-miam!


bon week end


Paris pâtisserie
75011, Paris
 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Paris Café



The familiar iron pedestals topped
with small rounds...

Rows of cafe chairs. Can you think
of a better place to be?


 
75002, Paris

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


 
La Tour Eiffel
 
 
Do you know that the tower is painted every
seven years and that it costs over $5,000,000 to do it?
 
 
It is all painted by hand with paintbrushes,
and although the color may change every seven years,
there are actually three colors with the darkest shade on the
bottom and the lightest on the top.
 
 
La Tour Eiffel
75007, Paris




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

La tristesse

 
 
 
 
 
 
Cimetière de Passy
 
 
One of thousands of statues
in Paris cemeteries,
this one resonated with me.
 
 
 
 
Cimetière de Passy
2, rue de Comandant-Schloesing
75116, Paris

 
Il me manque énormément