Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jardin du Palais Royal - photo shoot

The fountain at
Jardin du Palais Royal

Cameras, light meter, script

It looks like a perfect spot to shoot a movie scene 
or the glossy cover of a fashion magazine

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monceau - Must be a French Girl

Parc de Monceau

Ballet flats
chic leggings
plush coat trimmed in red
cozy scarf

Must be a French Girl...

Oh, and her lunettes are rouge!

Parc de Monceau
75008, Paris
Métro Monceau

Monday, October 29, 2012

Georges Brassens

Georges Brassens
singer-songwriter, poet

b. 22 October 1921
d. 29 October 1981

Last November (2011) I walked with Peter (Peter's Paris) along a small alley, 
Impasse Florimont, where Brassens  originally sought to hide 
while on leave from a German labor camp.  
He did not return to the camp and lived here from 1944 to 1966 
with the owners Jeanne and Marcel Planche.

As we approached the door of 9, Impasse Florimont, 
I took a photo of the fading rose and poignant note.  
You see, it was just a few days after the 30th anniversary of Brassen's death.  
It speaks of the sadness of the years since his passing to "a paradise of musicians."

Vous me manquez
I miss you

9, Impasse Florimont
Near Rue des Suisses and Rue d'Alésia
75014, Paris
Métro Plaisance

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Paris II

Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Paris

Last Sunday I promised to bring you inside 
for a glimpse of the intricate details of this magnificent church.  
On the right you can see a portion of the painted frieze around the nave 
of 160 male and female saints advancing towards the sanctuary, 
painted by (Hippolyte Flandrin, 1848-53)

This photo is taken from the apse behind the main altar 
and looking back toward the grand organ and the entrance of the church.
There is more to come...

bon dimanche

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

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jardin des Tuileries - le dimanche

Jardin des Tuileries

In the second week of October
a Sunday full of blue skies and sunshine 
attracts the masses to this beautiful garden

which was first opened to the public in 1667,

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Friday, October 26, 2012

Les silhouettes

Seen in a shop in the 5eme
full of handmade toys

These tin figures danced in the shadow
of Notre Dame seen in the distance.

Rue de Bièvre
75005, Paris
Métro Maubert-Mutualité

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nettoyage des colonnes

Even the Buren columns need cleaning now and then

Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Parc de Monceau - les enfants

Parc de Monceau

Like so many bumble-bees all in a swarm,
these petites are intently focused...

Parc de Monceau
Boulevard de Courcelles
75008, Paris
Métro Monceau

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jardin des Tuileries - Tigre terrasant un crocodile

Tigre terrasant un crocodile
Auguste Cain (1873)

(Tiger overwhelming a crocodile)
Overwhelming?  I would say that he is going to "eat" the crocodile!
This is perhaps my favorite of the bronze animal statues in the park.
I love the powerful image in bronze.

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Monday, October 22, 2012

Café le Depart Saint-Michel

Café le Depart Saint-Michel

The view above the awning has more of interest 
than the tourists at street level.

The red awning, neon sign, fresh flower boxes, 
and the building's architecture 
have compelled me to photograph this façade every season. 

Café le Depart Saint-Michel
1, Place Saint-Michel
75005, Paris
Métro Saint-Michel ou 
Métro Maubert-Mutualité

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Paris

Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Paris

The impressive façade of this church sits atop a hill in the 10ème arrondissement 
with a broad entrance at Place Franz-Liszt.  
Completed in 1844 by Jacques Hittorff, there are a series of ramps 
which were originally designed to aid access by horse-drawn carriages.  
Today, there are a series of gardens leading up to the front steps.

Seen above the portico is a pediment sculpted by Charles-François Leboeuf-Nanteuil 
on the glorification of Saint Vincent-de-Paul.  
He is seen surrounded by figures symbolizing his saintly actions.

We arrived just as the doors were closing at noon and so we left to return later, 
just as I will bring you back here soon 
to see the inside of this large church and the treasures it holds.

bon dimanche

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

Saturday, October 20, 2012

La Seine en automne

La Seine

The magnetic appeal of the Seine is present 
even on a dreary autumn day

bon weekend

La Seine 
from Pont au Double
75005, Paris

Friday, October 19, 2012

Le Moulin de la Vierge II

Le Moulin de la Vierge

This boulangerie sits in a wasteland of drab buildings in the 14ème,
a single jewel rescued from the wrecking ball.

It has tile walls
a wood-fired oven
murals of women carrying armfuls of wheat
etched glass doors
delicious breads, and...


Le Moulin de la Vierge
104, rue Vercingétorix
75014, Paris
Métro Pernety

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rue Crémieux - la maison verte

Rue Crémieux

A street with "happy houses" all in a row,
colored with a box of crayons, each in a different color.

This one is fronted with plants even in the fall...
and one very large wisteria that should never need pruning

21, Rue Crémieux
75012, Paris

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sainte Geneviève des Bois - le cimetière russe

Sainte Genevieve des Bois

The Russian Orthodox Cemetery, 
final resting place of dancer Rudolph Nureyev
seen here with a carpet of gold Ginko leaves

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Le chien et la poussette

Parc de Monceau

While his children ride the carrousel,
he guards la poussette and les trottinettes

Parc de Monceau
75008, Paris

You may remember our friend Chula...

Chula Wula D'Auge, a Sheltie by birth and a Frenchie by choice, landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport after an 11-hour flight on Air France from San Francisco.  Chula, the author of Dog Trots Globe - To Paris & Provence, packed light with only a fur coast and four white socks.  She plans a 2-month adventure mostly in Provence on this, her third visit to France.

On my sidebar you can follow Chula's adventures and share her Poochcards from Provence about twice a week.  Visit her for a dog's-eye view of Provence and a lot of fun.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Magic Flowers

Magic Flowers!

I am often surprised to see English names on Paris businesses, 
particularly when it would be more enticing written in French.  

Nevertheless, this gentleman is poised to make a purchase of flowers, 
perhaps with plans for a bit of magic

Magic Flowers
23, avenue du Général Leclerc
75014, Paris
Métro Alesia

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Église Saint-Augustin

Église Saint-Augustin

Designed and built by the French architect Louis Baltard 
between 1860 and 1871 this church sits almost on its own island 
centered at the crossroads of major boulevards in the 8ème Arrondissement.  
Baltard was involved with the restoration of several Parisian churches
 including Saint Germain l'Auxerrois, St. Eustache, Saint-Germain des Pres, 
and Saint-Séverin.  

He is probably best known for building the twelve pavilions of Les Halles, 
the former central market in Paris.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Augustin
8, avenue César Caire
75008, Paris

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Jardin des Tuileries - pétanque?

Jardin des Tuileries

In the steady rain, the serious still play pétanque

It was not a slight drizzle but more rain than I have seen in Paris before.  
They were drenched but did not seem to mind.

(taken a week ago on October 6th)

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Friday, October 12, 2012

Au Panetier - boulangerie

Au Bon Pain d'Autrefois

pain au levain
croissants chauds

Pastries made this morning...
a memory of times past

les pains au chocolat!

10, place des Petits Pères
(in front of Basilique Notre-Dame des Victoires) 
75002, Paris
Métro Bourse

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Marché d'Aligre - fromagerie

The old covered market of Marché d'Aligre
has many stalls selling cheese, fish, produce, oils, flowers, and more

I stopped here for a sample and bought
une tranche de fromage

Marché d'Aligre
75012, Paris

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sophie Zins Antiquités

Sophie Zins Antiquités
Achat et Vente de toutes Antiquités

Buy and Sell all Antiques:
old toys, trans, planes, cars, boats, dolls, soldiers,
and all beautiful objects

...and a chat noir like Meeps!

14, rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
75001, Paris
Métro Louvre Rivoli

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

La fenêtre ouverte

La fenêtre ouverte

The pots of flowers on this window ledge give a hint 
of what may be in the courtyard beyond.

A residence in Paris
75019, Paris

Monday, October 8, 2012

Palais Garnier - La Salle de Spectacle

Palais Garnier
La Salle de Spectacle

Walking in through a hallway door into the richly adorned theatre
one is amazed at the opulence.   

Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris
Métro Opera

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Église Saint-Louis des Invalides

Église Saint-Louis des Invalides
"The Soldiers Church"

This is a unique church in Paris with its shiny white marble walls 
and a glass partition separating it from the dome area 
which can be seen on the Paris city-scape.

Although it sits on a major tourist site, 
most have not seen nor even heard of this beautiful church. 

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Louis des Invalides
Les Invalides
75007, Paris

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Rue Étienne Marcel - la grande fenêtre

Rue Étienne Marcel

The architecture in Paris is unveiled on every corner

Rue Étienne Marcel
75002, Paris

Friday, October 5, 2012

Le Moulin de la Galette - le dessert

Would you like to share?

Le Moulin de la Galette
83, Rue Lepic
75018, Paris
Métro Abbesses ou Lamarck-Caulaincourt

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Place de stationnement

Parking allowed here
by special permit

Seen in the Marais on
Rue des Francs-Bourgeois

23, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003, Paris

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Repetto - XI

La vitrine de Repetto

When I arrive in Paris, Repetto is one of my first stops,
not to buy the shoes, but to gaze at their window display.

My favorites are those with ballet tutus such as here.

22, rue de la Paix
75002, Paris
Métro Opéra

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

À Paris en avion!

On my way!

I have been saving this photo for my next trip and it is time.
I have prepared my posts but will be updating you daily 
about our adventures in the comments section.

When I return there will be 
new stories, familiar themes, 
and thousands of photos to share with you.

à bientôt!

Boutique du Palais Royal
(featuring toys by Vilac)
9, rue de Beaujolais
75001, Paris

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dans la rue - le marcheur

Le marcheur

on a brisk walk in the streets of Chartres

Les rues de Chartres
Chartres, France