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

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rue du Bac

Rue du Bac

While his maman was shopping in the store
this petit enfant was captivated by the 
display of Eiffel Towers.

I was wondering how to get this
item into an overhead bin
for the trip home...

rue du Bac
75007, Paris

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Place Saint Sulpice

This large fountain sits just in front of the
massive entrance of Église Saint Sulpice

On any day of the week, you will see
people gathered in this square
just a few blocks from Jardin du Luxembourg.

bon dimanche

Place Saint Sulpice
75006, Paris

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Le Marché Couvert Saint Quentin

Le Marché Couvert Saint Quentin

This is a local, neighborhood market.
The fish and other seafood are fresh, and 
the merchant has a busy day
serving his patrons with little time to stage the display.

Wish that I was having some oysters tonight.

Le Marché Couvert Saint Quentin
85B, boulevard de Magenta
75010, Paris

Friday, October 16, 2015

Il pleut un peu?

The rain in Paris 
brings out the stalker in me.

I had to chase down this gentleman 
with his striped jacket, two-toned gloves, orange scarf,
knee-high boots over skinny jeans,
and the colorful (orange and black) parapluie!

Rainy street
75006, Paris

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rue Mouffetard

If you are in Paris on any Sunday morning,
stop by and watch the dancers, and join in
the singing and dancing.

(Off to Argentina - 
perhaps I will brush up on my Tango)

Square Saint-Médard
rue Mouffetard
75005, Paris

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

It is impossible to visit Paris 
without sitting in one of the green chairs around a park fountain.  

Sometimes you have to bundle up a bit 
if there is a chill in the air.

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Église Saint-Laurent

Église Saint-Laurent

I discovered this large neo-Gothic church
through a blog-friend who I was able to meet
face-to-face.  Cynthia's beautiful and informative post

Like many of the churches in Paris
(and in all of Europe), Saint-Laurent saw many additions
and revisions over several centuries. 

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Laurent
68, boulevard de Magenta
75010, Paris

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Rue de Rivoli - la petite

Rue de Rivoli

After a long afternoon at Jardin des Tuileries,
this little one held the hand of her maman
as the family walked  toward home.

Must be a French girl

rue de Rivoli
75001, Paris

Friday, October 9, 2015

Parc de Monceau - le carrousel

Parc de Monceau

On a brisk October day, 
families enjoy the warmth of the sun
while the children play.

This is a beautiful neighborhood park
with a wide path for strollers, scooters,
and joggers.

Parc de Monceau
75008, Paris

Thursday, October 8, 2015

le château de ma Mère

le château de ma Mère

This little shop on rue Ledru Rollin
features furniture, toys, clothing and accessories for 

How would you like to take home 
a child-sized café chair?

le château de ma Mère
108, rue Ledru-Rollin
75011, Paris

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Blues" de Paris

Paris "Blues"

Paris style...
to each his own!

rue du Faubourg Saint Martin
75010, Paris

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Le Marché Couvert Saint Quentin

Le Marché Couvert Saint Quentin

One of the oldest covered market in Paris 
features Baltard style glass and ironwork with high ceilings
and an expanse of windows. 

These architectural details permit 
much natural light and great ventilation.

Le Marché Couvert Saint Quentin
85 bis, boulevard de Magenta
75010, Paris

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Église Saint-Roch

Église Saint Roch

This late Baroque church is filled with art,
stunning architecture, a storied past, and
three magnificent organs.

The Marquis de Sade was married (!) here in 1763,
and Yves Saint Laurent's funeral brought over 1,000 people
 to this church in 2008.  

My friend Peter Olsen (Peter's Paris blog) provided 
many interesting photos and facts which you can find here.

bon dimanche

Église Saint Roch
298, rue Saint Honoré
75001, Paris

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Chez Gladines - cuisine Basque à Paris

Chez Gladines

This charming bistrot serves reasonably-priced Basque cuisine. 
I first "discovered" Chez Gladines, the original restaurant, 
on rue des Cinq Diamants in the 13ème.  The food is simple, but delicious. 
Be sure to select a dessert while I whisper in your ear....
(crème caramel -or- mi-cuit au chocolat et Piment d'Espelette ).

This lively scene is on Boulevard Saint Germain and 
the warm September evening filled all the tables,
 inside and on the terrace.

Chez Gladines
44, boulevard Saint Germain
75005, Paris

Friday, October 2, 2015

Quai de Conti

Les Bouquinistes

Very near the Left Bank entrance to Pont des Arts
the bouquinistes kept their stands open
even in the steady rain.

bon week end

Quai de Conti
75006, Paris

Thursday, October 1, 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Shelter

Jardin des Tuileries

The shared umbrella was scant shelter 
in this October deluge.
The trees provided a bit of shelter
but the downpour drenched us all that day!

The theme for this first day of October is SHELTER.
Click here to see the interpretation of City Daily Photo bloggers 
from around the world.
Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Artiste à l'oeuvre

an artist at work?

The Viaduc des Arts houses many 
artists ranging from design artists, textiles,
furniture-making, printmaking,
parapluies (umbrellas), musical instruments,
jewelry, porcelain, and more.

The studios have full glass fronts which 
allow the flâneur a clear view of the studios within.

Viaduc des Arts
1-129, avenue Daumesnil
75012, Paris