Sunday, November 30, 2014

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis

If you have not been to Paris recently 
you might not recognize the magnificent Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis.  
After more than a year of work,
 the exterior has been brought back to a nearly new appearance.  

I had only seen the doors in a very sombre, dark and indistinguishable color.  
As you can see, the details of the newly-painted doors are displayed in bright red, 
ah yes, Paris rouge.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis
99, rue Saint-Antoine
75004, Paris

(joyeux anniversaire, Renée)


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Quai de Bourbon - l'automne

Quai de Bourbon

Looking towards Pont Louis-Philippe from Pont Marie, 
the quai and the riverside walk are almost deserted.  
Golden leaves will soon be swept from frail branches into the Seine.  
Within a month, this will be a monochrome palette, 
save the red doors and a few window boxes.

Paris will take on her winter beauty

Quai de Bourbon
75004, Paris

Friday, November 28, 2014

E. Dehillerin - le coq

E. Dehillerin

The copper and brass rooster (le coq
dominates the front window of E. Dehillerin. 
Perhaps he is reflecting on the last of the autumn leaves of Paris.

If you enjoy cooking and cooking implements 
stop in here and also at Mora and G. Detou nearby.

bon weekend

18-20, rue Coquillière
75001, Paris

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Le Métro - après minuit

The Métro
(after midnight)

Truly, the deep interior of the Métro looks the same day or night, 
but in the very late hours before closing the sounds are amplified.

The clicking of heels, 
the laughter of party-people, 
and often an eerie silence
in the curved halls 
that snake from platform to platform.

Paris Métro after midnight
75008, Paris

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dear 4-eyes, gee!

Passage du Grand Cerf
"Dear 4-Eyes, Gee"

Opened in 1825 in the 2nd arrondissement,
 it is now restored and charming with many artists and several ateliers.

Please forgive the silliness, 
but it just called out to me.

Passage du Grand Cerf
75002, Paris

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Les Ombres d'Automne

Jardin du Palais Royal

The alleys of trees are a delight no matter the season.  
The green park chairs of Paris are covered in autumn leaves 
which may lead to snow as winter closes in.

Well, not too soon, svp

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rue Gabrielle - 'shabby chic'

Rue Gabrielle

The dark reflection in the old glass panes 
adds to the mystery of this premier étage.  
The trace of last year's vines 
and the slant of the frame itself are in stark contrast 
with the fresh red geraniums.

I will take this "shabby chic" any day

33, rue Gabrielle
75018, Paris

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Église Saint-Nicholas du Chardonnet

Église Saint-Nicholas du Chardonnet

On a quiet Monday morning 
the church was vacant with rows and row of chairs, 
and an abundance of shadows

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Nicholas du Chardonnet
23, rue des Barnardins
75005, Paris

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Institut de France

Institut de France

The Institut de France is a French education society 
grouping five académies
the most famous of which is the Académie française.  

It is impressive by day but an exhilarating sight at night

Institut de France
23, quai de Conti at rue de la Seine and quai Malaquais
75006, Paris

Friday, November 21, 2014

C'est sureal!

A chicken, table and chairs, a family, and a photographer...

This is more a collage than a photo, and
the little one with the hat has discovered the photographer.

bon weekend

Rue Montorgueil
75002, Paris

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Café La Palette

La Palette

Night or day, 
La Palette attracts a crowd.

Café La Palette
43, rue de Seine
75006, Paris

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ombre d'arbre

Mona Bismark American Center

The autumn sun softly outlines the leafless tree.  
The lady graciously demurs

Mona Bismark American Center
34, avenue de New York
75016, Paris

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stohrer - Pâtissier-Traiteur

Stohrer - Pâtissier-Trateur

When Louis XV married the Polish royal Marie Leszczynska in 1725, 
her pastry chef followed to Versailles.  
Five years later this chef, Nicolas Stohrer, 
opened his bakery at 51, rue Montorgueil where it stands today.  

Open seven days a week (!)
 it still satisfies the tastes of Parisians and the visitors.

Stohrer - Pâtissier - Trateur
51, rue Montorgueil
75002, Paris

Monday, November 17, 2014

Place Michel Debré

Dressed for the autumn weather with its scattered showers, 
this woman braved the streets with a confident gait.  
She was in chestnut brown from head to toe, 
save the locks of red under her hat.

Must be a French Girl

Place Michel Debré
75006, Paris

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Église Saint Pierre de Montmartre

Église Saint Pierre de Montmartre

Built on the site of a Roman temple and a 7th century Merovingian church, 
Saint Pierre de Montmartre was consecrated in 1147
 and is one of the oldest churches in Paris.

Although it sits in the shadow of the grand Sacre Coeur,
it has some fascinating features and architecture.
As the sun falls on the stained glass windows, 
a kaleidoscope of  color splashes on the old stone floors.

bon dimanche

Église Saint Pierre de Montmartre
2, rue du Mont Cenis
75018, Paris

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Un lion en automne

A Lion in Winter Autumn

Looking up at the sculpted balcony with its ironwork balustrade 
one sees the trellis of red and graceful curtains.  

Do not miss the guardian of it all, 
le lion.

Avenue d'Ilena
75016, Paris

Friday, November 14, 2014

La Trottinette

Crossing the street with caution 
as his maman coached from a few steps away.

I am amazed at how early the little Paris children learn to ride 
and how they can make the scooters fly!


Paris street
75009, Paris

Thursday, November 13, 2014

la petite avec son papa

little girl with her father

French girl?  
I am not sure as there are not many 
little girls in Paris with such beautiful blond locks.

Perhaps it is Boucles d'Or*


Paris Metro
75004, Paris

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chaises de Café

An inviting café scene

Unstack those chairs and let's have a cup...

A nice café
75012, Paris

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day - Beyond

Veteran's Day
Changing of the Guard
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington Cemetery

As you know I rarely go "Beyond" but today is Veteran's Day, and it seemed appropriate to share a story.  About a year ago I was fortunate to be selected as a Guardian for an Honor Flight.  We accompanied over 100 World War II Veterans to see the war memorials in Washington, D.C.  The men and women who were in their teens when they went to the Pacific or to Europe to fight in the war are now in their late eighties and nineties.  What an experience to talk to these former soldiers and to hear their stories.  My dad died just five weeks before we were to have gone together on this momentous journey.   

You can see in the reflection of the Guard's glasses the bright yellow shirts of our Veterans.

(for Daddy)

Arlington Cemetery
Washington, D.C.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Jardin du Luxembourg - la fille qui lit

Jardin du Luxembourg
-the girl who reads-

In the midst of Sunday afternoon park activity, 
this young woman sat peacefully with her book (e-reader), 
oblivious to intrusions on her private world.

May you have a peaceful 
and focused week

Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris - Saint Denis

Notre Dame

A small section of the statues of Notre Dame features
poor Saint Denis, a martred Bishop of the 3rd century,
 who carried his head through Paris after being decapitated.

This is a section over the left portal of Notre Dame.

bon dimanche

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
6 Parvis Notre Dame
Place Jean-Paul II
75004, Paris

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Café Madame

Café Madame

Just a leisurely café or petit-déjeuner 
among friends on a Sunday morning...

Café Madame
25, rue de Vaugirard
75006, Paris

Friday, November 7, 2014

Village Saint Paul

Village Saint Paul

Café chairs, an artist's display easel, 
bicycles, and a lamp.

I am at a loss to place the man 
and just where he was standing in this photo of reflections.

bon weekend

Village Saint Paul
75004, Paris

Thursday, November 6, 2014

la Pleine Lune

The Full Moon over Paris

I have seen the rising full moon a few times in Paris,
and it always makes me realize how small the world is.

I hope that you will have clear skies and can enjoy the full moon tonight. 
 I will be watching it seven hours later than the Paris full moon from my city.
If you miss the rising, you can always watch it set in the early pre-dawn hours.
 Just as magnificent setting in the western sky.

Hôtel de Ville et Église Saint Gervais
75004, Paris

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sainte Geneviève des Bois - le cimetière russe

Sainte Geneviève des Bois
a Russian Cemetery

The Russian Orthodox Cemetery is not highly regarded 
by the locals of this small town 
and many do not even know of its existence.  
I made the trip to see the tombstone of Rudolph Nureuev 
and found the carpet of fallen ginko leaves as a bonus.  

Wherever I have traveled in the world, I visit and photograph the cemeteries.  
Although this cemetery is not well-maintained, 
there was a quiet beauty of the season, 
silent and colorful with autumn leaves.
Russian Orthodox Cemetery
Sainte Geneviève des Bois

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Des Chaises Vertes

Green Café Chairs

One can take thousands of photos 
of café chairs in Paris without duplicating.

This red and green combination 
made me want to stop to enjoy the setting.

Paris café
Rue de Turenne
75003, Paris

Monday, November 3, 2014

Le Centaure

Le Centaure

This large bronze sculpture represents the mythical centaur 
with the body of a horse and the bust of a man.

It was created in 1985 by the French artist César Baldaccini 
(called simply César) and sits in the small place Michel Debré 
at the intersection of Rue du Cherche-Midi and Rue de Sèvres.  

Interestingly, the artist placed his face 
as the head of this strange sculpture

Le Centaure
Place Michel Debré
Rue du Cherche-Midi et Rue de Sèvres
75006, Paris

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame

A series of concentric iron circles...
a scattering of candles.

bon dimanche

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
6 Parvis Notre Dame
Place Jean-Paul II
75004, Paris

Saturday, November 1, 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day - "Landmark"

City Daily Photo Theme Day

Although Paris has many "landmarks" and it was difficult to choose just one, 
this photo has my favorite plus a bonus:  
la Tour Eiffel and Grand Palais.  

With the setting sun of autumn the structures of both are seen in silhouette, 
the Eiffel Tower with its familiar pattern of steel, 
and the Grand Palais with its glass vault.

Would you believe that there are 6,000 tonnes of steel 
in the Nave of the Grand Palais 
which is more than in the whole Eiffel Tower?

la Tour Eiffel, 7ième
Grand Palais, 8ième
taken from the rooftop of Printemps, 9ième

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