Friday, August 22, 2014

La Seine, le Pont au Change, Dôme des Invalides...

The Seine, Pont au Change, the dome of Invalides...

...and faintly seen in the background is la Tour Eiffel, 
a little surprise I had not noticed in my photo

de Quai de Gesvres
75004, Paris

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Superette de la Bastille

Superette de la Bastille

The green and white stripes are a catchy backdrop 
for the bananas, oranges and apples of this epicerie. 
 It sits in the midst of a busy boulevard (Beaumarchais) 
and might otherwise be missed.

Although not a place for "big" shopping, 
it is the perfect answer to grab a quick bite 
or to pick up an essential item.  
Wish this was just around my corner...

Superette de la Bastille
14, boulevard Beaumarchais
75003, Paris

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Palais Galliera

Palais Galliera

Although the grounds and the late 19th century building look like a palace, 
it was designed and built as a museum.  

This peek into the side gardens shows what is probably the gardener's shed.
More on this museum soon....

Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris (a mouthful)
10, avenue de la Pierre 1er de Serbie
Rue de Galliera
75016, Paris

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

La femme et une fontaine

Jardin du Palais Royal

There is something quite mesmerizing about this fountain,
and you can feel the pull

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rue de Sèvres - chez toi?

Rue de Sèvres

As you can see from the staircase wall and the wet floor, 
it was a rainy day in Paris.  
Often you get a sprinkling of rain, 
and one can dart in and out of the scattered showers.  

But on this day it simply poured, 
so I pulled out my underwater camera (aptly named) 
and we made the best of the weather.  
We planned our day around visiting churches, five which we had never seen.

We were not disappointed.
A rainy day in Paris beats a rainy day at home.
(so says Holly)

Rue de Sèvres
75007, Paris

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Église Notre Dame des Champs

Église Notre Dame des Champs

We sat and listened intently to the organ 
as the music filled every corner of the immense space.  
It was a rehearsal by Yannick Merlin, 
and we watched as he and his assistant 
descended the narrow spiral stairs behind the latticed enclosure,
seen at the back of the church (under the arches).

The organ was built by Cavaillé-Coll in 1877, 
just as the roman styled church was completed (a ten-year venture).

bon dimanche

Église Notre Dame des Champs
92 bis, boulevard du Montparnasse
75006, Paris

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Le Royal Monceau - Voulez-vous avoir un peu de thé?

Le Royal Monceau

We met friends for tea and macarons at this elegant hotel, 
lounging in the butter-soft leather furniture.  

We watched people, took in the surroundings, 
sipped our tea, and snapped a few photos.
bien sûr

Le Royal Monceau
37, avenue Hoche
75008, Paris 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Musée du Louvre - un reflet

Musée du Louvre

Walking back to our apartment late one night, 
we found the reflections of street lamps and the Hôtel du Louvre in the windows.

bon weekend

Musée du Louvre
Rue de Rohan et Rue de Rivoli
75001, Paris

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Une papeterie à Paris

a stationer's shop

There are at least four things in this window 
on Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe that should have been bought for gifts.  
This street, just north of the Seine, 
has an abundance of charming little shops, 
several of which have papers and books like this one.

Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe
75004, Paris

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

La Seine Quai de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

In the rain

The quai was almost deserted 
in the late afternoon rains.  

Ignore the weather and explore.

Quai de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
75004, Paris

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Un grand macaron de framboise!

A large raspberry macaron!

Macarons are a challenge to make with careful attention 
to the humidity, the age of the eggs, the balance of heat in the oven, 
the phase of the moon.

However, I cannot imagine
 how many attempts it would take 
in order to get a perfect one of this size.  
At least the failures become "family macarons" 
and no one complains!

(just kidding about the phase of the moon)

Boulangerie aux Castelblangeois
104, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
75012, Paris

Monday, August 11, 2014

Place du Palais Royal - un pet't jardin?

Place du Palais Royal
A small garden?

Just opposite Café Le Nemours, we discovered these little gardens, 
raised beds, with flowers and vegetables.

Tented booths selling regional products (truffles, cheese, etc) 
as well as fine crafts such as jewelry and pottery completed the scene.

Place du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Chapelle Saint Vincent de Paul - les details

Chapelle Saint Vincent de Paul

This inconspicuous church sits only a block from Bon Marché 
and is hardly worth a glance from the street 
as its façade blends in with the other buildings on Rue de Sèvres.

  However, the interior is filled with treasures and a bit of mystery.  
There is a shrine to St Vincent de Paul, ornately adorned, 
a magnificent organ, and a link to Louis Braille.  
The details and imagery on the base of this statue are stunning.
bon dimanche
Chapelle Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
95, rue de Sèvres
75006, Paris

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Marché d'Aligre - les fleurs

Marché d'Aligre

Strollers, small shopping carts...
families out to do the Saturday shopping:
bread, cheese, vegetables, fruits, fish, pastries...

You can find it all here in the the covered market of 
Marché d'Aligre
Do you wish that you were doing your Saturday shopping here?

Marché d'Aligre
75012, Paris

Friday, August 8, 2014

Poilâne - du pain au four


In the depths of Poilâne's this baker is removing 
the signature loafs encrusted with a scrolling "P"
from the wood-burning oven.
Merci beaucoup, Virginia!
bon weekend

8, rue du Cherche-Midi
75006, Paris

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Villa Raynouard - la grille d'entree

Villa Raynouard

François Just Marie Raynouard, a French dramatist and linguist, 
was born in 1761 in Provence and died in Passy (1836).  
He was an Officer of the Legion of Honour.  

In the 16th arrondissement a street 
and a square have been named after him
The villa has a charming gate, usually locked, 
opening into the private courtyard.

92, rue Raynouard
75016, Paris

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Eric Kayser - Brioche Mousseline

Eric Kayser
Brioche Mousseline

Want to share one of these?


Eric Kayser
14, rue Monge
75005, Paris

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bazar des Écoles - une droguerie

Bazar des Écoles

Although you will see many of these types of shops in Paris, 
the awnings and corner location caught my eye.  
The 'bazar' was busy with shoppers 
and I regret that we did not stop in for a closer look.

Much more charming 
than an Ace Hardware Store back home!

Bazar des Écoles
20, rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève
75005, Paris

Monday, August 4, 2014

Un café avec des amies

Coffee with friends

When I think about un café avec mes amies 
this is my wistful vision

terrace, coffee, sunshine, friends, and laughter

(oh, and do not forget the chic shoes, too!)

Avenue Paul Doumer
75016, Paris

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Église Saint-Quiriace

Église Saint-Quiriace

This church in the small town of Provins, just beyond Paris, 
was founded early in the 11th century.  
The town is divided into an Upper Town and a Lower Town,
 respectively called the Châtel (Castle) and the Val (Valley).

This church sits in its elevated position in the upper town, 
and although it has never been completed it is worthy of a visit.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Quiriace
9, place Saint-Quiriace
77160, Provins, France

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ceux petits poulets pauvres

Poor Little Chickens...

Seen in a shop window on Rue de Rennes.  
We were hungry, but nothing here!

bon weekend

Rue de Rennes
75006, Paris

Friday, August 1, 2014

Theme Day - Nourriture à emporter!


In Paris my favorite "carry-out" is not a single café or bistrot, but the whole row of shops at Place Maubert.  One can start at the wine shop with the friendly King Charles Spaniel; move next door to the fromagerie, to the market on the corner for some fruit, the Charcuterie for saucisson sec, and finally Eric Kayser for une baguette Monge and a pastry for dessert.

You always stop last at Eric Kayser so you can stand in the fast-moving line for baguettes, still warm from the oven.  While you are there grab a little something to have with your café in the morning.  
Eat one of the warm baguettes as you stand on the street outside.

Now I am hungry!
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Place Maubert
75005, Paris
Métro Maubert-Mutualité

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Un cycliste dans une rue

A cyclist

In a narrow street of Provins (a short train ride from Gare de L'Est) we found this cyclist, moving so slowly that it was a marvel he kept his bicycle upright.  It was mid-morning and perhaps he had delivered the contents of those empty boxes to a market, mushrooms or berries?  He was chatting with a gentlemen who was walking in the same direction, someone he knew.  With a population of about 12,000, the locals all know each other.

Although it rained when we were there, 
it did not dampen our enjoyment of this Medieval town.

Provins, France

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Carrousel Jules Verne - Parc de Monceau

Carrousel Jules Verne

This carrousel tells the story of Jules Verne in the rides, 
the architecture, and the art panels.  

It is rather small as Paris carrousels go, 
but the colors make this a focal spot in a beautiful park.

Carrousel Jules Verne
Parc de Monceau
75008, Paris

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Place Armand Carrel - un cycliste

Place Armand Carrel

If you saw my post yesterday with a reference to Le Tour,
you will likely agree that this cyclist was not a contender either.

Taken on a Sunday afternoon just outside Parc des Buttes Chaumont, 
we saw many cyclists of all ages enjoying the blue-sky weather.

Place Armand Carrel
75019, Paris
Métro Laumière

Monday, July 28, 2014

Une bicyclette rose

A pink bicycle

No, this is not one of the bikes from Le Tour de France, 
but a bright statement of maman and her little one.

Coton Deux
37, rue de Turenne
75003, Paris

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Église Saint-Laurent - l'orgue

Église Saint-Laurent

Saint-Laurent was founded in the 6th century as the chapel of an abbey.  
The present church dates to 1429 and finally completed in the 19th century.  

The organ was built by François and Hippolyte Du Castel 
between 1682 and 1685.  Over the centuries it has been 
rebuilt and restored in four different centuries 
but 20 original stops date from before the revolution.  

You can hear this magnificent organ 
on Saturday and Sunday masses and for occasional concerts.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Laurent
68, boulevard de Magenta
75010, Paris
Métro Gare de l'Est

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Homme de musique - Rue Cler

Rue Cler

This charming man was a regular for many years, 
but I do not recall having seen him in the past year or so.

He has a lovely voice and sings with animation and passion.
Have you seen him lately?

bon weekend

Rue Cler
75007, Paris

Friday, July 25, 2014

Parnasse Lingerie - boutique de lingerie

French Lingerie

Window shopping...

Our favorite "French girl" loves to shop 
at Victoria's Secret when she comes to the USA.
She has just returned to Paris 
and I wonder if her suitcase was brimming with lingerie.

bon weekend

Parnasse Lingerie
9, rue d'Odessa
75014, Paris

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sur le quai de la Seine

Quai du Louvre

It would appear to be an after-work party with friends.
Just come as you are...
...and bring une baguette et du fromage

(Note the Longchamp bag and man-scarf 
on the fellow walking up to the group)

Quai du Louvre - Seine
Near Pont des Arts
75001, Paris

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