Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel

Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel

A trip to Paris would be so much easier 
on a plane like this...

No crowding, no security, 
and no Air France pilots striking!

La Tour Eiffel et Le Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel
75007, Paris

Monday, September 29, 2014

Un chat et un chien

A cat and a dog

This building dated 1903 (Bastier) has two interesting doorways.  
The green tiles are an assortment of salamanders by A and M Turin, 
and together with the cat and dog, appear to guard the door.

The beautiful wood doors are in pristine shape, 
and it would be hard to pass on the sidewalk 
without feeling the "eyes" looking down at the passerby.

78, rue Mademoiselle
75015, Paris


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Église Saint-Augustin

Église Saint-Augustin

This majestic church sits at the intersection of major boulevards, 
and if you were to walk around the building 
you would see as many as fourteen roads and intersections.  
It takes a prominent spot in the 8ième 
and can be easily recognized by its red cupola.

Holly and I rode our Velibs here up the broad boulevard Malesherbes, 
and for our next stop, rode across Avenue des Champs Élysées 
and then Pont Alexandre III - bravery at its best.

bon dimanche

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

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Café de la Paix - des chaises vert

Café de la Paix

When the terrasse is closed, 
the café chairs are stacked and chained.  
Otherwise, you would see these familiar chairs 
walking away until there were none left!

Café de la Paix
12, boulevard des Capucines
75009, Paris

Friday, September 26, 2014

Passage du Grand Cerf

Passage du Grand Cerf

Polished wood, glass windows, patterned tile floor,
wrought iron framing, and glass skylights all make for a
historic setting.

The fine crafts, galleries, 
and custom made clothing add to the scene.

bon weekend

Passage du Grand Cerf
Rue Dussouds, Rue Saint Denis
75002, Paris

Thursday, September 25, 2014

L'automne - Jardin du Palais Royal

Autumn in Paris

The deciduous trees of Paris will shed their leaves 
over the next few months.

Although the weather was sunny and warm during our time in Paris, 
the leaves are dropping as seen in this photo of Jardin du Palais Royal.  
We were a bit disappointed that the fountain was turned off.

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Une fleuriste - 'happy'


I would be so very happy
to be standing here right now!
Would you like the orange and red roses on the right,
or perhaps some orchids?

Rue Saint Antoine
75004, Paris

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Palais Garnier - l'opéra

Palais Garnier

No, I am not here tonight but in Budapest
with Alexa and the ever-charming Hattatts, Jane and Lance.

We will be at the Hungarian State Opera House
for a performance of 
Cavalleria Rusticana and  Pagliacci,
and I will bring back photos and stories

Palais Garnier
75009, Paris

Monday, September 22, 2014



Definitely some shades of pink here!

The pastries are divine, beautifully served
with tea or coffee, or
wrapped like a present to take home.

5, boulevard Beaumarchais
75004, Paris

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Église Saint-Séverin

Église Saint-Séverin

From the ancient windows of the 14th century to seven contemporary abstract windows of the 20th century, Saint-Séverin is a study of contrasts.  The twisted pillars resemble palm trees, and are a fascinating feat of architecture and design, added in 1489.

bon dimanche
from Budapest

Église Saint-Séverin
3, rue des Prêtres Saint-Séverin
75005, Paris

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Palais de Justice Conciergerie

This former palace was the site of imprisonment 
for Marie Antoinette before before she was executed on the guillotine.

It is now a museum, but from the sixteenth century
to the French Revolution, this was the seat
of the Parlement of Paris

Palais de Justice Conciergerie
Boulevard de Palais
75001, Paris

Friday, September 19, 2014

Les fleurs dans la fenêtre

Red Geraniums

No matter the season, 
you can always find geraniums 
blooming in the window boxes of Paris' upper floors.

bon weekend
et demain - Budapest

Paris window boxes
75003, Paris

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Une femme et le métro

Une femme et le métro

I believe that you are not supposed 
to take photos in the Métro, but...

Do you think she could be any more stylish and chic?
Must be a French girl.

Métro Charles de Gaulle Étoile
75008, Paris

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Magasin d'antiquités

Antiques in the Marais

If you are a visitor in Paris, 
you might find the perfect memory to carry home 
in a shop like this one in the Marais...

something small that will tuck in your valise for the trip,
a little reminder of your time in this magical city

Rue Saint Paul
75004, Paris

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

l'actrice en rouge

An actor in red...

Just outside Marché des Enfants Rouge, 
we walked upon a film scene as they were finishing for the day.

She was not posing or acting,
but just being herself.

Must be a French girl...

Rue de Bretagne
75003, Paris

Monday, September 15, 2014

La Terasse de Julien

Pâtisserie Julien

The café chairs are found in great variety in Paris, 
but these are the only white ones I have seen.

They look particularly bright in the mid-morning sun.

73, ave Franklin D Roosevelt
75008, Paris

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Église Sainte-Chapelle

Église Sainte-Chapelle

This famous church is known for its stained glass windows, 
but the rich jewel-tone colors and detailed designs 
are equally stunning.

bon dimanche
de Paris

Église Sainte-Chapelle
4, boulevard du Palais
75001, Paris

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Oskar m'a dit... allons-y!


Oskar, the international traveling cat, 
is taking me away to Paris and then beyond to Budapest.

We will meet up with friend, Alexa (Paris Encore) for a week in Paris, 
and then we three fly to Budapest to visit dear blog friends.

I will be looking for hidden Paris places 
and thousands of photographs.
Oskar is ready...

Destination:  Paris and Beyond
(Merci, brattcat, for mon cher Oskar)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Passage Sainte-Anne Popincourt - l'Immeuble en reflet

Passage Sainte-Anne Popincourt

We were in a rush to get to Café des Chats, 
but the four of us missed nary a detail along the way.
Often it is a puzzle to remember and document the location!

bon weekend

Passage Sainte-Anne Popincourt
75011, Paris

Participating in James' Weekend Reflections

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Une cour privée

A private courtyard

One never knows when a door will be left open...
Virginia (Paris Through My Lens), Peter (Peter's Paris), 
Alexa (Paris Encore), and I snapped away 
and soaked up this gorgeous courtyard off Place des Vosges.

Then, we were discovered and left quickly...

Hidden courtyard
Places des Vosges
75004, Paris

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Clos Montmartre

Clos Montmartre

Does this look like the city of Paris?  
It is on the hill of Montmartre, only a short distance from Sacré Coeur.  
Often referred to as the secret vineyard of Paris,
but there have been vines here since the 12th century.  
Clos Montmartre is owned by the Mairie de Paris, 
contains about 1,900 vines of 28 different grape varieties, 
and is the last active vineyard inside the city limits.

If you are in Paris in October, do not miss the Fête des Vendanges
a five day harvest festival that draws Parisians and visitors alike. 
I will have come and gone by that time, sadly missing the celebrations this year.

Clos Montmartre
14-18, rue des Saules
75018, Paris

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Loren Munk - l'artiste américain

Loren Munk

The artist, Loren Munk, was born in 1951 in the United States and made his artistic debut in SOHO.
He is known for his cubist paintings that "combine urban imagery with exhaustive historic research, complex systems of thinking and painterly finesse." (www.freightandvolume.com)

He was jury-selected to execute this wall mural by the Mayor's Office of Paris in 1993.

Loren Munk wall-mural
4, rue de la Gaité
75014, Paris

Monday, September 8, 2014

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

A typical weekend scene at Tuileries:
games from Pétanque to soccer;
sitting in the ubiquitous green chairs around the fountain; 
meeting friends for a picnic...

You can see from the big puddles in the foreground 
that the rash of intermittent rain showers
does not keep the Parisians away.

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Église Saint Germain des Prés

Église Saint Germain des Prés

After reading many books on the history of Paris,
I am amazed that there are so many gorgeous stained glass windows left in the churches.

This sixth century church has had a close-up view of war and destruction.
Recent renovations are lifting layers of grime to reveal the beautiful interior.

bon dimanche

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

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rue du Trésor

Rue du Trésor

This short pedestrian street is filled with small shops and restaurants.  
You almost miss it as you walk down Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe,

Rue du Tresor
75003, Paris

Friday, September 5, 2014

Métro République

Métro Station République

So many of the platforms are changing with  "improvements" so it is said.
This station opened on October 19, 1904 as part of the first section of line 3.

The glass walls that are being added certainly contribute to the safety of the passengers, 
but I prefer to see the seats, the signs, and even the "framed" posters as they are,
unobstructed by the barriers to the tracks.

Where are you headed this weekend?
I am flying away to a petite birthday party!

Métro République
75003, Paris

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Caryatid - la fleuriste


This sculpture on the premier étage appears to be arranging the garland of flowers.  
Her companion on the other side of the balcony is striking a slightly different pose.

The building was constructed in 1909 by Adolphe Cherioux 
and the two caryatids by sculptor E. Chenevière.
Many of the buildings will have a date and some additional information.  
You just have to look for that detail.

39, rue Saint-Sabin
75011 Paris

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Le Bon Marché - La Grande Epicerie de Paris

Le Bon Marché

Although you cannot take photos inside La Grande Epicerie de Paris*
you have ample opportunity to photograph through the windows.

I wonder if he even notices what is happening on the street.

*unless you are very tricky

La Grande Epicerie de Paris
Le Bon Marché
24, rue de Sèvres
75007, Paris

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Passage du Bourg l'Abbé

Passage du Bourg l'Abbé

Perhaps not as well known as other passages in Paris, 
it is yet a memory of the 19th century architecture.  
Even without the glitz of the more groomed arcades, 
it is worth a look, and is just across rue Saint Denis from Passage du Grand Cerf.

On a rainy day in Paris, 
you can skip from one passage to the next 
as many are clustered in this area.

Passage du Bourg l'Abbé
120, rue Saint Denis
75002, Paris  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rust and Ruin?

City Daily Photo 
September Theme Day

"Rust and Ruin" should have been an easy assignment...

Seen in a window in the Marais

Marais window
75003, Paris

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