Monday, September 15, 2014

La Terasse de Julien

Pâtisserie Julien

The café chairs are found in great variety in Paris, 
but these are the only white ones I have seen.

They look particularly bright in the mid-morning sun.

73, ave Franklin D Roosevelt
75008, Paris

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Église Sainte-Chapelle

Église Sainte-Chapelle

This famous church is known for its stained glass windows, 
but the rich jewel-tone colors and detailed designs 
are equally stunning.

bon dimanche
de Paris

Église Sainte-Chapelle
4, boulevard du Palais
75001, Paris

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Oskar m'a dit... allons-y!


Oskar, the international traveling cat, 
is taking me away to Paris and then beyond to Budapest.

We will meet up with friend, Alexa (Paris Encore) for a week in Paris, 
and then we three fly to Budapest to visit dear blog friends.

I will be looking for hidden Paris places 
and thousands of photographs.
Oskar is ready...

Destination:  Paris and Beyond
(Merci, brattcat, for mon cher Oskar)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Passage Sainte-Anne Popincourt - l'Immeuble en reflet

Passage Sainte-Anne Popincourt

We were in a rush to get to Café des Chats, 
but the four of us missed nary a detail along the way.
Often it is a puzzle to remember and document the location!

bon weekend

Passage Sainte-Anne Popincourt
75011, Paris

Participating in James' Weekend Reflections

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Une cour privée

A private courtyard

One never knows when a door will be left open...
Virginia (Paris Through My Lens), Peter (Peter's Paris), 
Alexa (Paris Encore), and I snapped away 
and soaked up this gorgeous courtyard off Place des Vosges.

Then, we were discovered and left quickly...

Hidden courtyard
Places des Vosges
75004, Paris

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Clos Montmartre

Clos Montmartre

Does this look like the city of Paris?  
It is on the hill of Montmartre, only a short distance from Sacré Coeur.  
Often referred to as the secret vineyard of Paris,
but there have been vines here since the 12th century.  
Clos Montmartre is owned by the Mairie de Paris, 
contains about 1,900 vines of 28 different grape varieties, 
and is the last active vineyard inside the city limits.

If you are in Paris in October, do not miss the Fête des Vendanges
a five day harvest festival that draws Parisians and visitors alike. 
I will have come and gone by that time, sadly missing the celebrations this year.

Clos Montmartre
14-18, rue des Saules
75018, Paris

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Loren Munk - l'artiste américain

Loren Munk

The artist, Loren Munk, was born in 1951 in the United States and made his artistic debut in SOHO.
He is known for his cubist paintings that "combine urban imagery with exhaustive historic research, complex systems of thinking and painterly finesse." (

He was jury-selected to execute this wall mural by the Mayor's Office of Paris in 1993.

Loren Munk wall-mural
4, rue de la Gaité
75014, Paris

Monday, September 8, 2014

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

A typical weekend scene at Tuileries:
games from Pétanque to soccer;
sitting in the ubiquitous green chairs around the fountain; 
meeting friends for a picnic...

You can see from the big puddles in the foreground 
that the rash of intermittent rain showers
does not keep the Parisians away.

Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Église Saint Germain des Prés

Église Saint Germain des Prés

After reading many books on the history of Paris,
I am amazed that there are so many gorgeous stained glass windows left in the churches.

This sixth century church has had a close-up view of war and destruction.
Recent renovations are lifting layers of grime to reveal the beautiful interior.

bon dimanche

Église Saint Germain des Prés
3, place Saint Germain des Pres
75006, Paris

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rue du Trésor

Rue du Trésor

This short pedestrian street is filled with small shops and restaurants.  
You almost miss it as you walk down Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe,

Rue du Tresor
75003, Paris

Friday, September 5, 2014

Métro République

Métro Station République

So many of the platforms are changing with  "improvements" so it is said.
This station opened on October 19, 1904 as part of the first section of line 3.

The glass walls that are being added certainly contribute to the safety of the passengers, 
but I prefer to see the seats, the signs, and even the "framed" posters as they are,
unobstructed by the barriers to the tracks.

Where are you headed this weekend?
I am flying away to a petite birthday party!

Métro République
75003, Paris

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Caryatid - la fleuriste


This sculpture on the premier étage appears to be arranging the garland of flowers.  
Her companion on the other side of the balcony is striking a slightly different pose.

The building was constructed in 1909 by Adolphe Cherioux 
and the two caryatids by sculptor E. Chenevière.
Many of the buildings will have a date and some additional information.  
You just have to look for that detail.

39, rue Saint-Sabin
75011 Paris

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Le Bon Marché - La Grande Epicerie de Paris

Le Bon Marché

Although you cannot take photos inside La Grande Epicerie de Paris*
you have ample opportunity to photograph through the windows.

I wonder if he even notices what is happening on the street.

*unless you are very tricky

La Grande Epicerie de Paris
Le Bon Marché
24, rue de Sèvres
75007, Paris

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Passage du Bourg l'Abbé

Passage du Bourg l'Abbé

Perhaps not as well known as other passages in Paris, 
it is yet a memory of the 19th century architecture.  
Even without the glitz of the more groomed arcades, 
it is worth a look, and is just across rue Saint Denis from Passage du Grand Cerf.

On a rainy day in Paris, 
you can skip from one passage to the next 
as many are clustered in this area.

Passage du Bourg l'Abbé
120, rue Saint Denis
75002, Paris  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rust and Ruin?

City Daily Photo 
September Theme Day

"Rust and Ruin" should have been an easy assignment...

Seen in a window in the Marais

Marais window
75003, Paris

from around the world have found...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Église Saint-Paul Saint-Louis

Église Saint Paul Saint Louis

The renovations in this 400 year old church have brought light and freshness to the interior.  
The lacquered red door is a new focal point on Rue Saint Antoine

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Paul Saint-Louis
99, rue Saint Antoine
75004, Paris

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Marché d'Aligre

Marché d'Aligre

The street markets of Paris are many, each with its own flavor.

You never know when you will find a porte-bonheur (lucky charm), 
a cherished memory that will long remind you of Paris.

Marché d'Aligre
Place d'Aligre
Rue d'Aligre et Rue Beccaria
75012, Paris

Friday, August 29, 2014

Parc de Monceau - zoom-zoom!

Parc de Monceau

As you walk the paths of this Paris park, 
you should be on the look-out for little speed demons,
the charming little Parisians who learn to ride a scooter 
as soon as they can walk.

...and they can really go fast!

Parc de Monceau
Boulevard de Courcelles
75008, Paris

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pâtisserie - Julien


The bright, primary colors of an artist's palette,
displayed to perfection. difficult to choose just one!


73, ave Franklin D Roosevelt
75008, Paris
Métro St Philippe du Roule

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chez Julien - les fleurs

Chez Julien

The flower boxes of Paris are a ubiquitous presence in all parts of the city, 
and the red geraniums are quite hardy lasting until winter.

Look up

Chez Julien
1, rue du Pont Louis-Philippe
75004, Paris

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jardin du Palais Royal - il pleut

Jardin du Palais Royal

Well, if one must be caught in the Paris rain,
one must be just this chic!

Must be a French Girl!

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Monday, August 25, 2014

La Tour Eiffel en reflet

La Tour Eiffel
in reflection

It was early enough that there was not much of a crowd,
 and the tower's reflections in the wet stones 
were not hampered by either tourists or hawkers.

Rainy days and Mondays -- still nice in Paris!

La Tour Eiffel
75007, Paris
(from Trocadero)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame

The afternoon sun adds a golden tint to the south side of Notre Dame with all the griffins lined up on their perches.  The details of the architecture could keep you sketching for months.

bon dimanche

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
6 Parvis Notre Dame
Place Jean-Paul II
75004, Paris

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Repetto XVI


Known the world over for les ballerines
the window displays are always a treat.


36, rue de Passy
75016, Paris

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