You can tell by the atmosphere why I am drawn back time and again.
I said a year ago that I could be a regular here, and now it appears to be true.
The ambiance and mood speak of Paris in times past
and absolutely begged for black and white.
Hôtel du Nord 102, quai de Jemmapes 75010, Paris Métros Gare de l'Est, Colonel Fabien, et Jacues Bensergent -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I would invite you to visit a new blog written by Jacqueline Bernhardt, a college student who came for the summer and now is hopelessly in love with Paris. Please stop by Jacqueline's A Parisian Girl Trapped in an American Body and welcome her to the blog world.
This large public garden (as it is referenced) is the third largest in Paris with more than 5km of trails and paths. The main feature of the park is the Temple of Sybil which sits at the top of an island in the middle of a lake. In 2009 a suspension bridge, about 200 feet long and over 70 feet above the water, was built to allow access to the island.
There are three restaurants, reception halls, and two Guignol theatres.
Perhaps most enjoyed are the green grassy slopes on a sunny weekend afternoon.
This well-known example of French gothic architecture is getting a makeover for its 850th anniversary. Yes, 850 years old - It was consecrated in 1163!
New bells, the restoration of the organ and more environmentally-friendly lighting... She is making preparations to celebrate her birthday in great style and you can see the evidence of the freshness in this photo. If you will be in Paris between December 12, 2012 to December 9, 2013, be sure to visit (or re-visit) this icon of the Paris landscape. There will be a full schedule of events during the year's celebration.
If you want to have a more personal experience in a visit to Notre Dame, be there as it opens daily at 8:00am, and you will have it almost to yourself.
a day of celebration in France and not coincidentally my second blog anniversary!
Two years ago I posted the above photo as I ventured into this daily Paris photoblog, never thinking that I would be able to manage a post every day. Please look here for the story of how it all started and the friendship I share with Virginia (Paris Through My Lens) who helped me "birth this baby."
The photo above shows two French sailors preparing for the grand military parade on Avenue des Champs-Elysées. I stood on the baricades for hours in order to have a good position to capture the excitement and emotions of the day.
Now, I have a small oil painting created by Carol Schiff of this moment,
In my nearly two years of posting, I have featured many of the "galeries" of Paris. Galerie Vivienne is one of the remaining seventeen or so 19th century covered passages in Paris. It was built in 1823 of two mansions and covered as we might find in a modern-day shopping mall. Today, this elegant reflection of times past boasts "fashion, culture, pampering, food."
This shop was closed (Lundi) but the view from the window features both the shop items as well as the magnificent mosaic tiles of G. Facchina. You can see a direct view of Facchina's artistry in the passage here.
Marché Vernaison is one of the markets within Saint-Ouen with winding passages and many vendors where you can find anything from furniture to beads, textiles, paintings, antique toys, silver flatware. It is enormous and you can easily lose your way and the time wandering from one stall to the next.
If you are a serious shopper looking for bargains, this may not be the best market for you. It is said that the deeper you go into the market, past Marché Paul Bert, the better luck you may have. Think of this as a forest and you must venture into the very deepest woods to discover the real treasures.
This is the largest antique market in the world receiving between 120,00 to 180,000 visitors each weekend. Next week I will take you to le marché aux Puces de Vanves which is on the opposite side of Paris but equally exciting for the treasure hunter.