Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Aux Champs-Élysées

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

The avenue has many looks and 
is always well-dressed whether at Christmas,
for Quatorze juillet, or anytime in between.

Aux Champs-Élysées
Aux Champs-Élysées
Au soleil, sous la pluie
À midi ou à minuit
Il y a tout ce que vous voulez
Aux Champs-Élysées ♪♫

Avenue des Champs-Élysées
75008, Paris

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

La Grande Épicerie de Paris

La Grande Épicerie de Paris

If you are a "foodie" you simply must
make a trip to the Grande Épicerie de Paris,
a part of Le Bon Marché.

Wines, spices, foods from around the world, 
produce, carry-out, pastries, a restaurant, kitchen supplies,
and just about anything else you can think of relative to food.

Did I mention that there is a whole aisle
dedicated to butter!

La Grande Épicerie de Paris
38, rue de Sèvres
75007, Paris

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Les Villages de Noël

Les Villages de Noël

Although there was no snow in Paris,
the white-flocked trees provided 
an imaginary winter wonderland

Rond-point des Champs-Élysées-Marcel-Dassault
75008, Paris

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché

Even in late November the Parisians were 
busy holiday shopping.

(So were the tourists)

Le Bon Marché
24, rue de Sèvres
75007, Paris

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Repetto - Lac des Cygnes

Swan Lake

Once upon a time a Princess named Odette 
was under the spell of the Evil Wizard Rothbart.
 He turned her into a swan after the moon set
and the spell could only be broken by a vow of everlasting love.

The Paris Opera Ballet performed Rudolph Nureyev's production of 
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake earlier this year. The Repetto window 
pays homage to the genius of the composer and the choreographer.

The large window of the Repetto flagship store on Rue de la Paix
will always amaze you with its beauty and creativity.  
My favorites are those which feature a ballet such as this one.

22, rue de la Paix
75002, Paris

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont

Angels We Have Heard on High

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont may have more angels
than in any church I have seen in Paris. 

This choir of angels adorns the organ case built in 1633
by Jean Buron. It is perhaps the most magnificent in Paris
and is the oldest case which is preserved completely.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont
Place du Pantheon
75005, Paris

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Le Bon Marché

The animated windows of 
Le Bon Marché are usually contemporary
and colorful.

Even in a steady rain
the wide awnings kept the 
families dry as the young children
squealed with delight.

Bon Marché
24, rue de Sèvres
75007, Paris

Friday, December 18, 2015

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette

Over the top, elegant and beautiful!
Yes, that is a huge ornament.

Galeries Lafayette
40, boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

Thursday, December 17, 2015



Dressed in its Christmas finery...

Perhaps I am hungry but it makes be think
of a delicious pastry, 
a religieuse perhaps.

64, boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Aux Merveilleux de Fred

et voila!
Aux Merveilleux de Fred

"Fred" is Frédérick Vaucamps and his pastry shops are described as
"A visual and olfactory experience, the Merveilleux are made in
front of the customer in each of the stores."

So what is this Merveilleux? In a variety of versions
the core is a feather-light meringue coated in chocolate whipped cream with 
shavings of dark chocolate.  Miam-miam!

He has given each of the varieties fanciful names:
The Incroyable, the Impensable, the Magnifique, the Excentrique,
 and the Sans-Culotte.  Read more about these shops here

Aux Merveilleux de Fred
29, rue de l'Annonciation
75016, Paris

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Un mystère

...continued from yesterday's post

She has rolled the creamy substance from the 
bowl into balls.  Wonder if she feels the pressure
creating this "marvelous" concoction in the viewing window?

75017, Paris

Monday, December 14, 2015

Une confiserie ou une pâtisserie?

Working in a shop window
as the world looks on...

What is being created here?
Cakes, macarons, elcairs, quoi?

75017, Paris

Saturday, December 12, 2015

un papa et sa fille

On the way to work
and to school
hand in hand

Rue Saint Honoré
75001, Paris

Friday, December 11, 2015

Le Perchoir

Le Perchoir

Such a lovely place and quiet view...
taken about an hour before the world changed

A night to remember

Le Perchoir - 13 novembre 2015
14, rue Crespin du Gast
75011, Paris

Thursday, December 10, 2015

La Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel

Seen in a shop window on avenue de l'Opéra...

A crystal Eiffel Tower would be a great
conversation piece but I could not 
figure out how to get it home!

miniature Tour Eiffel
avenue de l'Opéra
75002, Paris

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Carrousel Palace

Carrousel Palace

The carousel is part of the grand setting of the 
Christmas Village on Avenue des Champs Elysees.

One could see Christmas lights from the
Arc de Triomphe to La Grande Roue 
at Place de la Concorde

Rond-point des Champt-Élysées-Marcel-Dassault
75008, Paris

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Palais Royal - blanc et noir et rouge

Palais Royal

The Colonnes de Buren in the Coeur d'Honneur
is a site for wedding photos or children's play...

or a photo reminder of wonderful
trips to Paris with a daughter.

Joyeux anniversaire, ma chère Holly!

Colonnes de Buren
Coeur d/Honneur
Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Monday, December 7, 2015

Printemps - une petite fille et son frère

A Little Girl and her Brother

She held his hand tightly 
as they watched the animated 
Christmas window
at Printemps

64, boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris
Joyeux anniversaire, Cherie!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Église Saint-Eustache

Église Saint-Eustache

Built between 1532 and 1632, Saint-Eustache is a marvel of 
French Gothic architecture with Renaissance and Classical details.

Although it seems dark in the "short days" of November and December,
 it is a photographer's delight to catch it on a sunny day with diffused light and shadows.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Eustache
2, rue du Jour
75001, Paris

Friday, December 4, 2015

«Where the Tides Ebb and Flow»

Where the Tides Ebb and Flow
by Pedro Marzorati

In the lake at Parc Montsouris the Argentine artist Pedro Marzorati
installed his 30 blue men sculptures to bring awareness of
 the worldwide rising sea level.  His project was timed to coincide with the 
United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) which is being held in Paris.  

This installation will be in place until mid December.
You can read more about the artist and his work here.  

Where the Tides Ebb and Flow
sur le lac du Parc Montsouris
75014, Paris
RER B - Cité Universitaire

Today I join James' Weekend Reflections here

Thursday, December 3, 2015

La Seine - Préfecture de Police

Patrolling the Seine

There was a police presence in all areas,
including the waters of the Seine.

This police boat was in a hurry

Préfecture de Police de Paris
On the Seine
75001, Paris