This terrasse on Rue de Turbigo, captured my attention first for the colorful café chairs, but the Cafés Richards cups were my favorite. The mixture of colors and patterns remind me of the simple design and secondary colors of Fiestaware. After the 2010 trip an artist friend, Carol Schiff, created this beautiful interpretation of the cups, a daily reminder of my Paris obsession.
This passage of 1825 is filled with interesting shops and boutiques, and there seems to be a theme of art, antiques, and fine craft. The natural wood framing, tiled floor and high ceiling bring the architecture and history to life.
This masterpiece of late Gothic architecture unveiled a bell tower framed in blue skies and white clouds, a reward for looking up. The tower is finished in Renaissance style which would be expected for a church of this age. Rennovation and reconstruction over the centuries produced many interesting details.
The construction of the present church was begun in 1532 and finished over a hundred years later. The first church on this site was established in 1223.
If you are fond of seafood you will love this restaurant devoted to shrimp, fish, prawns, lobster, and most importantly (to me) oysters! We were there for a midday meal of oysters and to sample their featured fish of the day. I was not disappointed and as I type about the salty sea flavor of these delightful mollusks, my mouth is watering. At home I might have been mixing a coctail sauce, but here they needed not a single seasoning or spice.
The next trip to this bistrot, I will just have an assortment of oysters...
Compared to the elegant upscale Gallerie Vivianne, this passage of the same era is in deplorable condition. The structure is mostly intact and if you squint your eyes you can imagine how lovely it must have been in the late 1700s. It is reportedly the oldest surviving passage in Paris.
I am hopeful for a brighter future for Passage du Caire
The design of this elaborate, ornate organcase is attributed to Jalues Hardouin-Mansart. It is the only representative of the Louis-XIV era among the organs of Paris.
The instrument was built by Alexandre Thierry (1687). Major revisions were carried out in the mid 1800s and more recently in 1957. The organ is not the most ornate aspect of this mostly white and gilt church. It is not my favorite but I can appreciate the detail as well as the sounds that are brought forth.
This free exhibit at Hôtel de Ville is a delight for photographers and everyone who sighs at the romance of Paris. Even in the first week of opening, the wait was less than 15 minutes on a weekday in November.
This stunning rooftop bar is 7 flights up with a view from each corner. It is found on an unlikely industrial office street with no sign or indication of what could be found inside. Feeling certain that I had the correct address, it still made me a bit uneasy that I had led Peter (Peter's Paris) and Virginia (Paris Through My Lens) on a wild goose-chase. We walked through large (open) industrial doors into an open space and found an open winding staircase. When we reached the top of the building (by the elevator) we found a delightful 360° view of Paris. Looking at the bar, it made me think of a Moorish tent in the middle of the desert. We enjoyed beverages and took many photos before leaving this oasis in the 11ième arrondissement.
Do not miss this and get there early as the rooftop is limited to 110 persons. There is a wonderful restaurant on the floor below for which you will need reservations.
Saint Vincent de Paul was born in 1581 and after early years of study,
graduated in theology and was ordained in 1600 at the age of 19. In
1617 he founded the "Ladies of Charity" from a group of women within his
parish who came to be known as the Daughters of Charity of Saint
Vincent de Paul.
He worked for some time in Paris among imprisoned galley-slaves, and
established a group known as the Vincentians, priests with vows of
poverty, chastity, obedience. The Vincentians (also known as Lazarists)
are today present in over 80 countries.
Repetto It is always a treat to see the Repetto windows on Rue de la Paix with crystal chandeliers and wall of mirrors. The snow-flocked trees frame the ballet scene vignettes. By January 7, the windows will have a heap of once-worn pale pink pointe shoes to announce Les Soldes.
Expanding the Ladurée brand beyond the pastries and macarons, Les Marquis de Ladurée is a luxury product dedicated to exquisite gourmet chocolates. The flagship boutique is found just off Place Vendôme with a window full of branded chocolates.
What you may not notice at first glance...
Everything in the windows other than the chocolates are made of paper.
The chandeliers, the candles, the plates, the flat-ware, the goblets,
and even the "crystals" hanging from the chandeliers.
As you look beyond the Métro platform, you can see the trains approach and depart. So many of the stations now protect the awaiting passengers with glass panels and the view is only be into the darkness of the subway tunnels. I rather enjoy the few above-ground stations and the ability, for now, to peer down the winding tracks.
If you are vacationing during these holiday weeks,
This black and white is my favorite for the action, interest, and detail. A breezy but sunny day on Rue Saint-Honoré was enjoyed by this woman sitting alone and enjoying her cafe. The waiter is in watchful attendance while the lovers in the background enjoy a bottle of wine.
For me, this photo exemplifies life in Paris, la vie quotidienne.