Monday, November 30, 2015

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Built between 1903 and 1905 this steel bridge has two levels,
 the lower one for vehicles and pedestrians, 
and the upper level (the viaduct) supports Métro Line 6.

The iron sculpture framed by the yellow poplar leaves
is one of four on the main arches of the bridge.  
This one was designed by Jules-Felix Coutan and represents Labor.

This was my first visit to Pont de Bir-Hakeim,
and I will share more photos with you soon.

(Joyeux Anniversaire, Renée!)

Pont de Bir-Hakeim
entre 75016 et 75015, Paris

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Belleville

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Belleville

Built between 1854 and 1859 in the Belleville area,
it was the first Gothic Revival Churches in Paris.

These historical grounds are built on a foundation of
an early Bellevillois chapel of 1548 which was
replaced by the "first" Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Belleville church
in 1635.

During the construction of this current structure, the foundation
stones of the earlier churches were uncovered.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Belleville
139, rue de Belleville
75019, Paris

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jardin des Plantes - des flâneurs

Jardin des Plantes

In a misty rain 
you will always see people in Paris parks.

This young maman was walking her baby
briskly between the showers of the afternoon.

Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris

Friday, November 27, 2015

Parc Montsouris

Parc Montsouris

Montsouris is located in the 14ème arrondissement 
at the southern edge of Paris.  

Opened in 1869 the park is one of the four large parks, 
along with the Bois de Boulogne, the Bois de Vincennes
 and the Parc  des Buttes Chaumont, created by Napoleon 
and Baron Haussmann at each of the cardinal points 
of the compass around the city.

It was filled with Parisians enjoying
a sunny clear November day.

Parc Montsouris
75014, Paris

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Palais Royal - vide

Palais Royal - empty

The Palais Royal was empty 
with no tourists posing on the Buren Columns.

After the period of mourning,
the garden and the gates were open again.

Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jardin des Tuileries - Fermé

Jardin des Tuileries

The gates were closed for a few days
and the emptiness beyond was absolutely eerie.

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

The four levels of the galery hall and the glass ceiling 
were "painted" in the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge of the French flag.

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution
Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris

Monday, November 23, 2015

Je suis... Paris

Je suis... Paris

It was a different trip to Paris
My thoughts and prayers
are with the people of Paris (and Beyond)

Quai Saint Bernard
75005, Paris

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Jardin du Palais Royal

The fountain is at the heart of 
Jardin du Palais Royal.

I have seen it in every season and in every month,
and it is always a changing panorama.
Once, it was even frozen over with children throwing
chunks of ice!

Look for me there on Friday as I feel
the limestone crunch beneath my feet
and gaze down the alleys of trees.

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Exposition - Hôtel de Ville

Hôtel de Ville

The exhibitions at Hôtel de Ville are without charge.
This was a wonderful exhibit of Jean-Jacques Sempé in 2012, 
France's most celebrated cartoonist.

The lines are not usually long unless you are there 
during the first few days of an opening.
(Photographs were allowed)

Hôtel de Ville
salle Saint-Jean
5, rue de Lobau
75004, Paris

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

Statues and fountains, an Egyptian obelisk, a view of the Eiffel Tower,
 the Grand Palais and the constant circulation of traffic...

Oh, and lest one forget, this largest square in Paris 
was the scene of many executions.

Place de la Concorde
75008, Paris

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Des feuilles rouges et orangées

Cimetière Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois

An explosion of red and orange covers the
ground beneath the empty branches 
of maple trees.

Cimetière Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois
91700, Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cimetière Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois

Cimetière Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois

I was determined to visit the grave site of the reknown
dancer, Rudolph Nureyev, at Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.

How lucky we were to arrive just as all the Ginko leaves
were making a carpet of gold to welcome us.

Cimetière Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois
91700, France (only 14.8 miles from the center of Paris)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Carrousel de l'Hôtel de Ville

The double-decked carrousel
at Hôtel de Ville 
is best enjoyed after dark.

This petite fille holds on tightly
as the horses run fast as the wind at night.

Carrousel de l'Hôtel de Ville
75004, Paris

Sunday, November 1, 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Ephemeral

Jardin du Luxembourg

The autumn bloom of chrysanthemums are ephemeral 
but our memories are imprinted with the many shades of gold and orange.

On the first day of each month, the City Daily Photobloggers
from around the world interpret the "theme" and November's
theme is "EPHEMERAL."  Take a look here.

Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris