Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mairie d'Arcachon

Mairie d'Arcachon

Just a block from the beach in the charming
town of Arcachon, the bleu-blanc-rouge flies
in the bay breeze.

Did I mention the fabulous oysters?

Mairie d'Archachon
Gironde department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region
33120, France

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Église de la Madeleine

Église de la Madeleine

La Madeleine assumes a prominent footprint
in the 8ième arrondissement.

Built in the Neo-Classical style its
fifty-two (52!) columns surround the building.
The interior is stunning and worth a visit.

bon dimanche

Église de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008, Paris

Saturday, February 25, 2017

La solution au casse-tête

So, here is the answer to the puzzling photo of yesterday. 
The afternoon sun was shining on the frieze of 
the building on the opposite site of the Cour Napoleon (Louvre) which is
the Pavilion Richelieu. The image of the 
frieze is seen as a reflection off the interior back wall
  (yes, through the round opening). 

It was a special moment.

Cour Napoleon
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Friday, February 24, 2017

Qu'est-ce que c'est?

What is it?

A porthole, 
a painting,
a tapestry?

I had to look at the surrounding photos 
of this image to figure it out...
and I was the photographer.

bon week end

Somewhere famous in Paris

I am joining other photographers
 at Weekend Reflections here

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Les Toits de Paris

Les Toits de Paris

From the Printemps rooftop there
is much to see:
windows, chimney pots, roofs, and domes

Paris rooftops
75009, Paris

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Selfie" au Cour Napoleon

Cour Napoleon

Watched this sweet couple as they took multiple selfies
in front of the impressive façades that form the 
Cour Napoleon of the Louvre.

Monsieur had his digital slr around his neck,
but Madame was adept with the phone.

Cour Napoleon
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Monday, February 20, 2017

Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Although the installation of I M Pei's glass and metal
pyramids at the Louvre must have been met with the ire
of many, the attraction to this large icon of Paris has withstood
the test of nearly three decades.

It is a kinetic sculpture of sorts with
an ever-changing view depending on the time of day,
the weather, and the season.

Cour Napoleon
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Saturday, February 18, 2017

La Vieille Ville de Bordeaux

Through a passageway in
Old Town Bordeaux

bon week end

Bordeaux, France

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Joyeux Saint-Valentin

Joyeux Saint-Valentin

Not from a fine Parisian pâtisserie, 
but the wish for a Happy Valentine's Day
to all my readers just the same

Somebody has already
asked for the sugar-laden
Eiffel Tower.

Beyond Paris

Monday, February 13, 2017

Musée Rodin

Musée Rodin

Hôtel Biron is a jewel of Parisian rocaille architecture, 
with its expansive park.

From the Musée Rodin website:

First opened to the public on 4 August 1919, 
the Musée Rodin was housed in a mansion, 
formerly called the Hôtel Peyrenc de Moras. 
Now known as the Hôtel Biron, it was built on Rue de Varenne 
between 1727 and 1732. Nearly 300 works from Rodin’s collection 
are on view in this mansion.

Do you know how long you have to stand here to capture 
a photo with absolutely no one but M. Rodin in view?

Musée Rodin
79, rue de Varenne
75007, Paris

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Église Saint-Sulpice

Église Saint-Sulpice

This enormous late Baroque church
in Paris is surpassed in size only by Notre Dame.

I would have guessed Église Saint-Eustache, but
really should go back for another look.  
What would you have imagined?
The façade is massive and imposing.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Sulpice
2, rue Palatine
75006, Paris

Friday, February 10, 2017

Le Comptoire de la Gastronomie

Le Comptoire de la Gastronomie

A café with a view in all directions,
from the impressive Art Nouveau façade of the
café/boutique to the café across the street
(Le Cochon à l'Oreille).

bon week end

Le Comptoire de la Gastronomie
34, rue Montmartre
75001, Paris

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Art d' Arcachon

A bigger than life painting
in an Arcachon gallery,
caught in afternoon reflections

Gironde department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region
33120, France

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Les Marquis de Ladurée

Les Marquis de Ladurée

The windows of Paris never disappoint and
Les Marquis de Ladurée displayed
exotic birds of organza and wire

(Hint: If you have trouble getting
photos of windows without a reflection,
try an evening photo shoot.)

Les Marquis de Ladurée
14, rue de Castiglione
75001, Paris

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Le Métro

Sometimes a simple smile
transcends language 

Make a difference

Le Métro 10
75008, Paris

Monday, February 6, 2017

Façade de 34, rue Pasquier

Not all of the elephants
seen in Paris are on carrousels

There was a rather famous one known as
the Elephant of the Bastille, a monument which existed
between 1813 and 1846 and was memorialized by
Victor Hugo in his novel, Les Misérables.

34, rue Pasquier
75008, Paris

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sacré Coeur et Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité

Sacré Coeur et Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité

Rising above the rooftops and chimney pots
are these two majestic churches

bon dimanche

Basilique du Sacré Coeur et
Église de la Sainte-Trinité
75018 et 75009, Paris

Friday, February 3, 2017

Musée du Louvre - le reflet

Musée du Louvre

The sharp lines and edges of the 'pyramid du Louvre' form
an eye-deceiving reflection of the buildings and the blue sky.

Classic architecture transformed into 
shards of an eclectic puzzle

Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

(I am joining James' Weekend Reflections)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel

Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel

...and I thought he might
jump off the carrousel and 
run away with me

Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel
Place de Varsovie
75016, Paris

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Loving Life

Cour Damoye

This group created an impromptu party
and enjoyed a makeshift table
with lively conversation.

Today I join photobloggers from around the world
in theme day.  Click here to see their interpretations. 
The theme for February is 

Cour Damoye
75011, Paris