Friday, November 30, 2012

Sainte-Geneviève des Bois - le cimetière

The Russian Orthodox Cemetery
at Sainte-Geneviève des Bois

Although I have only seen this cemetery in the fall, 
in any month one imagines that the setting would still appear as an artist's palette 
but in the shades of the proper season.

Whether carpeted with Ginko leaves, 
a rare blanket of snow, 
or the petals of the spring blooms,
 it would surely be an artist's canvas.

Russian Orthodox Cemetery
Sainte-Geneviève des Bois

(Joyeux anniversaire, Renée)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pain et Chocolat - sous la table

Pain et Chocolat
salon de thé

This authentic salon de thé has captured my taste buds.

The menu is varied and excellent...

The desserts will transport you to heaven in a spoon 

Pain et Chocolat
16, avenue la Motte Picquet
75007, Paris
Métro École Militaire

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Le Relais Odéon - une grande brasserie

Le Relais Odéon
Rue du Jardinet

This famous Paris brasserie has an address on Boulevard Saint-Germain
but there is back entrance on Rue du Jardinet as seen here.

The weather worsened as the day progressed, 
but the rain made for moody photos on the rain-soaked, cobbled streets.

Le Relais Odéon
Boulevard Saint-Germain et
Rue du Jardinet
75006, Paris
Métro Odéon

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Printemps - Noël

 Noël, Rêves d'Evasion

Last year Vreni (of Vienna Daily Photo) and I spent an evening early in the Christmas season
snapping every window on Boulevard Haussmann.

This is one of my favorites.

She will be there soon,
 and I will miss being there with her to see
 and photograph the beautiful windows.

64, boulevard Haussmann
75009 Paris

Monday, November 26, 2012

Marché d'Aligre - XIV

Marché d'Aligre

Early Sunday morning at Marché d'Aligre
is my favorite for taking photographs and watching the day come alive.

As with all the street markets of Paris, there is a collegial neighborhood atmosphere as shoppers greet their favorite vendors.  You see children playing and families shopping together on the weekend mornings.  Quite often they finish the morning in the nearby Square Trousseau with the children playing.

Marché d'Aligre
Place d'Aligre
75012, Paris
I am linking to Paulita's 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Église Saint-Louis en l'Île - les cierges

Église Saint-Louis en l'Île

Far from the bustling crowd on this well-traversed island in the Seine
is Église Saint-Louis en l'Île, full of art and soft light.

Construction started in 1642 at the direction of Louis XIV 
using the plans of François Le Vau who was also designing Versailles.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Louis en l'Île
Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île
Saint-Louis en l'Île
75004, Paris

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rue de Courcelles - un lion

Rue de Courcelles

If you are walking in Paris and feel that there are eyes watching you,
just look up and you may meet the gaze of a lion,

or a giant, 
or a horse, 
or a nymph,
or a gargoyle!

They are everywhere you look.  
If you are with children, make a game of finding animals, 
characters, and faces in the architecture with a prize at the end of the day.

Rue de Courcelles
75008, Paris

Friday, November 23, 2012

Marché Maubert - des noix

Pistache, amande, noix du Brésil, noix de cajou,
noix de macadamia, cacahuète, noisette, pignon

The bins are full in the street market of Marché Maubert.
Can you think of any other nuts?

(comme cinglé?)

Marché Maubert
le mardi, le jeudi, et le samedi
Place Maubert
75005, Paris
Métro Maubert Mutualité

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Café - Les Halles

It looks a bit lonely here.

The bustling business is not until a bit later in the day.

If you are in the USA
Happy Thanksgiving

Café - Les Halles
Rue Berger
75001, Paris

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Crêpe - Barbe à Papa - Glace?

Crêpe? Cotton Candy? Ice cream?

On most every trip to Paris 
I have a banana, Nutella, ice cream crêpe from a street vendor like this...

for a friend

Well, somebody has to do it

Ice cream vendor
Place de la Bastille
75004, Paris

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Haut les mains!

Victoria Antiquités

These hands appear to be touching the blue skies of Paris

They were over a corner shop, Victoria Antiquités, 
which displayed a wealth of treasures in the store windows.

Victoria Antiquités
80, rue de Charonne
(at the corner of Rue St Bernard)
75011, Paris

Monday, November 19, 2012

Rue de la Roquette - café et bar

Rue de la Roquette

There is much to observe in this photo but when shooting I saw none of it.
It just looked like a warm, sunny afternoon in October on a sidewalk terrace.

Rue de la Roquette
75011, Paris

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Église Saint Germain des Prés en novembre

Église Saint Germain des Prés
The Porch Tower

This 6th century church has seen more than its share of unrest, wars, and destruction.  It was originally the keystone of an important abbey complex founded by King Childebert in the 540s.  He created the Abbaye Saint-Croix-Saint-Vincent (as it was called then) to house two important relics he had brought back from an expedition in Spain.  By the mid-eighth century the abbey had taken on the local saint's name (Germain), with the suffix "des prés" indicating that it was out in the meadows beyond the city limits.  

Although nothing remains of the early 6th century church, this heavily-buttressed porch-tower was built around 1000.  The centuries of architecture and stories could keep a researcher busy for years.

bon dimanche

Église Saint Germain des Prés
3, place Saint Germain des Prés
75006, Paris

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Le dernier train

The last train
Garches, France

It sounds so distant to say we went to Garches, France, 
but it is only outside the Peripherique by two stops,
and you can use a Paris Visit, Zones 1-3

However, if you miss the last train back into Paris,
it would seem distant indeed.

Garches, France
Two stops beyond La Défense

Friday, November 16, 2012

Jardin des Tuileries - les cinq mères

Jardin des Tuileries

While the children played not far from view
the five mothers enjoyed a respite with friends.

One of the boys spent an hour playing in the water puddles 
with hardly a glance given by his maman.

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Métropolitain, la fenêtre, et le Vélib

Rouge times two

Safety in the streets of Paris suggests that one ring the little bell 
and then pull over to the curb.  
One can take photos while riding a Vélib, 
but coming to a complete stop is best.

...and I did

There is more to this story, bien sûr

brrring, brrring!

112, boulevard Raspail
75006, Paris
Métro Notre-Dame des Champs

Le Beaujolais nouveau arrive!

Just look at this lovely ink and watercolor
by dear friend Shell Sherree here!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Deux par deux

"Two by two"

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
They left the house at half past nine
In two straight lines in rain or shine-
The smallest one was Madeline"

-Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline, 1939

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pain et Chocolat - la terrasse

Pain et Chocolat
Salon de thé

This is perhaps the best seat on the terrace

(definitely a French girl)

Pain et Chocolat
16, avenue la Motte Picquet
75007, Paris
Métro École Militaire

Monday, November 12, 2012

Henri Sabatier - architecte

280 Rue Saint-Honoré

I walk past this building many times daily when I am in Paris.
What caused me to look up and see the sweet face of a cherub this time?

There was not a date on the building that I could see, and on the other end of this transom was another cherub with his back turned to the street and the notation of the engineering company, "Canal et Schuhl"

(l'anniversaire d'Auguste Rodin)

280 Rue Saint-Honoré
75001, Paris
Métro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre ou
Métro Pyramides

Today I join Pauita's Dreaming of France meme right here

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Église Saint-Laurent II

Église Saint-Laurent

Last Sunday I featured the exterior of this church with its first construction in the 6th century.  The existing building dates from 1621 with addition of these Gothic vaults in 1667.  The carved keystones in the apex of the arches are of the Mannerist style, dropped slightly from the ceiling and carved to relate a religious scene.

  Based on the church's website and the activity seen in October, the church with foundations in the first century is active and vibrant, serving the parishioners of the 10ème arrondissement.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Laurent
68, boulevard de Magenta
75010, Paris
Métro Gare de l'Est

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Manteau rouge

Red Coat

This young girl watches over her little brother 
on the park playground

...must be a French girl!

Square Trousseau
75012, Paris
Métro Ledru Rolin

Friday, November 9, 2012

Manège du Parc - Parc de Monceau

Manège du Parc

This fascinating carousel in Parc de Monceau seems a bit lonely
 in the fading light of a gray autumn day

Parc de Monceau
Boulevard de Courcelles
75008, Paris
Métro Monceau

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jardin des Tuileries - les enfants

Jardin des Tuileries

This merry-go-round spins with a tilt and 
the little fille with chic boots on the left is trying to spin them all asunder

Squeals of laughter sound the same in any language

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris
Métro Tuileries

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rudolph Nureyev

Russian Orthodox Cemetery

The final resting place of the famed dancer and choreographer resembles a "traveling trunk" draped with a fringed kilim rug.  The rug is actually crafted with bronze fringe and small glass mosaics, an homage to Nureyev's Bashkir heritage.  Click here to see the close-up details of the rug's artistry in my previous post.

It is worth the short train ride to the southern suburbs (only 14.6 miles from the center of Paris) to see this lovely and unusual cemetery.

Rudolph Nureyev (1938-1993)
Russian Orthodox Cemetery

I am joining Julie's Taphophile Tragics.
Click here to see the other cemetery posts

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Combien de cheminées?

How many chimneys?

...too many to count!

Seen from the rooftop of Printemps

64, boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

My blog "disappeared" for two days and my email was "gone" as well - 
Don't forget to back up your blog!  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Les Fines Gueules - Hôtel Portalis

Les Fines Gueules
Paris restaurant - wine bar - bistrot

I was attracted by the architecture and stone construction of this building 
on a narrow street just off Place des Victoires.  Located at the corner of rue Croix des Petits Champs and rue de la Vrillière, this curious mansion (Hôtel Portalis) was built by the architect Ledais in 1750. Its uniqueness lies in its two turrets mounted on curved carve-outs from the base.  This strange form was intended to save ground floor space and also to soften the corner between the two streets.  I will bring you back here to see more of the building soon. 

Under the turrets at street level, 
the terrace looks like a pleasant place to stop for a glass of wine.

Les Fines Gueules
43, rue Croix des Petits Champs
75001, Paris

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Église Saint-Laurent

Église Saint-Laurent

Built on a historical site, this church has been built and rebuilt over the centuries.  In the sixth century this site was the location of a church, monastery and gardens, and has maintained its religious focus.  The basic building seen in the photo dates from 1621 and has seen many individual architectural embellishments in the past 400 years.  Under Napoleon III, a Gothic façade was added by the architect Constant-Dufeux.

I will bring you back for the exquisite details of the interior of this active church.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Laurent
68, boulevard de Magenta
75010, Paris
Métro Gare de l'Est

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jardin du Palais Royal - les pigeons

Jardin du Palais Royal

In a fence row of about 25 feet (7.62 meters) there were 
side-by-side pigeons who had spaced themselves almost perfectly, 
although they could not agree on the direction.

Pigeons are not my preference as photographic subjects, but
the sight of 42 pigeons lined up on a fence was worth a click or two.

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Friday, November 2, 2012

Musée de l'Armée

Musée de l'Armée

In my trips to Paris I had prowled the grounds of Les Invalides but had never explored this national military museum of France.  It was originally built as a hospital and home for disabled soldiers by Louis XIV.  The museum holds 500,000 artifacts and includes weapons, armor, artillery, uniforms, emblems and paintings. 

 The permanent collections are organized chronologically giving a historic tour from antiquity through the end of World War II.  There is considerable focus on Napoleon with less on the role of France during the last world war.

The display of weapons and uniforms over the centuries is fascinating.

Musée de l'Armée
129, rue de Grenelle
75007, Paris
Métros Varenne ou École Militaire

Thursday, November 1, 2012

La Seine - un aire de pique-nique

La Seine
un aire de pique-nique

Having a picnic with friends along the Seine...
what could be any better?

I am honored to be invited to join the City Daily Photo Blogs, and with my acceptance, to participate in the first day of each month with "theme day."  November's theme is "The Water's Edge" and here is the link to visit other cities around the world.

La Seine
Right bank - just off Pont des Arts
75001, Paris