Friday, May 29, 2015

Bon Marche


le Bon Marche


The escalators here give a visual challenge
with an abstract sense of movement.


It is difficult enough to find the escLalator going up
in this grand magasin but am I upside down?


bon weekend


le Bon Marche
rue de Sevres
75006, Paris

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Un bol, un serpent, et un main



A bowl, a snake and a hand...


a beautifully detailed sculpture 
in the depths of Petit Palais



Petit Palais
ave Winston Churchill
75008, Paris

Monday, May 25, 2015

Joie de vivre!




After a very long day walking all over Paris
it is an absolute joy to find a Metro escalator 
to ride up to the street level.


When I find one,
I do a little happy dance (discretely).
This little girl just thought it was funny - 
what a doll...


(Must be a French girl!)



Rue de Sevres
Metro Sevres-Babylon
75006, Paris

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Église Saint-Germain des Prés



Église Saint-Germain des Prés


One of the oldest churches in Paris,
 and it has its own Métro stop.


I have featured this church many times before with historical details, 
but you might like to know that this is a Val d'Osne signpost (totem) 
and it was created in the 1920s with its luminous opaline globe to better
light the Métro entrances.  There are a few that remain. 
 How many have you seen?


bon dimanche



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

Saturday, May 23, 2015

La Seine et des Bateaux



The Seine and Boats


In warm, sunny weather living on a boat
 moored on the Seine seems like paradise.


I will have to remember to check out
 this scene in winter as well



La Seine et Pont de Sully
75005, Paris
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Petit Musée de la Table de la Tour d'Argent



Little Museum of the Table


...of the Table?  
Why, a most famous table, that of La Tour d'Argent.  
The little museum has a display of cutlery, original menus,
 and memorabilia from times gone by.

Probably the most impressive display, is that of a table,
which is laid out exactly as it would have been for a royal assembly
and pretigious event that took place in Paris in 1867.

Before you write down the address and put it on your to-do list
please note that it is only available in the reception area of the restaurant,
for which you have made dinner reservations.  Tant pis pour moi.




Petit Musée de la Table de la Tour d'Argent
15, quai de la Tournelle
75005, Paris
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PiTR



PiTR


One Paris' graphic street artists, PiTR 
met another street artist, Ella.


When asked how they met, PiTR said:

We met each other one autumn evening in 2007 in the streets of St Etienne, while pasting. Ella, who comes from the south of France, was pasting up her first drawings, and I asked her what she was doing and if she’d like to paste work with me. She said yes – now we have two children.

You can read about them here.


PiTR
Streets of Paris
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Les photographes à Notre Dame



Photographers at Notre Dame


This shady corner in front of Notre Dame
is often the scene of interviews
and film crews...


I have no idea what this is about, 
but I am guessing that Mr. Orange Scarf
is the subject.



Notre Dame
75004, Paris

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

un peu de shopping...



Ah, yes, just a quick stop
for a little bit of shopping...


(Must be a French girl)



rue Brémontier
75017, Paris

Monday, May 18, 2015

Qu'est-ce que c'est?



Beautiful color and detail, 
but what is this?


If you know what, 
you will surely guess where.



Paris, bien sûr!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cathédral Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky



Saint Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral


This Russian Orthodox cathedral, built in 1861, was
the first Russian Orthodox place of worship in France.


This shot was captured in reflection


bon dimanche




Cathédral Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky
12, rue Daru
75008 Paris
Métro Ternes ou Métro Courcelles
 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

l'apartement



With a grand piano,
art, a wall of books in French,
and fabulous views,
even the laundry looked better 
from this 6th floor window



Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
75011, Paris

Friday, May 15, 2015

un garçon et son bateau




Whether you are sailing one of these boats
or just watching, it will take you back to childhood


(if you ever left)


bon weekend



Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris

Thursday, May 14, 2015

le chien de Paris




He owned the street.


His master chatted with a friend while
le chien posed for the photographer



avenue de Wagram
75017, Paris

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

La tentation



Temptation


Can you get so close to your 
screen that you can almost taste these?


At least there is fruit
so it must be healthy!
Miam-miam



Rue Mouffetard
75005, Paris

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Place des Vosges



Paris in Love


Shoes kicked off
and not a care in the world


ah, Paris



Places des Vosges
75004, Paris

Monday, May 11, 2015

des motos




These motos appeared to be lined up for 
a color-coordinated fashion shoot


My favorite siting was of
an orange moto and I even talked a friend 
into posing next to it.



Paris transportation
75001, Paris

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Basilique du Sacré Coeur



Sacre Coeur


In contrast to the Gothic churches of the Middle Ages like Notre-Dame (1163-1240),
 the Romano-Byzantine style of Sacre Coeur is inspired by churches 
such as Saint Sofia in Constantinople and San Marco in Venice. 


The exterior travertine stone, known as ‘Château-Landon’, 
comes from the Souppes-sur-Loing quarry in Seine et Marne 
and is particular in that it is extremely hard with a fine grain 
and exudes calcite on contact with rainwater,
 making it white.


bon dimanche



Basilique du Sacré Coeur
75018, Paris

Saturday, May 9, 2015

vert et turquoise



The bright green of new spring growth
and closed aqua shutters


Do you wonder what lies beyond
the window?




28000, Chartres

Friday, May 8, 2015

Jardin du Palais Royal



Perhaps the water is just a bit too cool yet.
A sweater and a light jacket kept her warm 
while her toes were tempted to take the plunge.


bon weekend



Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Le petit garçon et son billet



the little boy and his ticket


Strapped in to ride on an imaginary creature 
in the fanciful carrousel
Dodo Manège

Jardin des Plantes has something for any age,
including photographers



Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Montmartre - deux chaises et le soleil



Montmartre


Sitting in the sun,
watching as the world walks by
la vie est très belle...



Montmartre
75018, Paris

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Palais Royal - rue de Montpensier



I wonder just how many columns and 
lanterns there are in Palais Royal?


I think more than there are pigeons
but will count on my next trip.



Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Monday, May 4, 2015

Cocktails ou Café?



Cocktails or Coffee?


The colored cups are not often seen in Paris, 
but these are Cafés Richard.


I would choose Cafés Richard over Starbucks for certain,
and I do wish that I had some of these colorful cups for coffee and tea.



Café Étienne
14, rue de Turbigo
75002, Paris

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Église Saint-Augustin



 
Église Saint-Augustin



Amidst the rooftops and chimney pots, 
the dome of Saint-Augustin pushes toward the heavens.


With no special effects or editing, 
this scene is seen just as it appeared:  
a limited color palette
and situated against the backdrop of modern Paris buildings.

bon dimanche

 
Église Saint-Augustin
8, avenue Cesar Caire
75008, Paris

Saturday, May 2, 2015

La Trottinette



This small park has a playground,
 tables for ping-pong, a small bandstand,
and plenty of green benches.


If you go, be careful as you might be run over
by the speeding trottinettes.



Le Square Trousseau
75012, Paris

Friday, May 1, 2015

City Daily Photo - Theme Day - La Revolution



City Daily Photo
Theme Day


On the first day of each month the photographers who participate daily with photos of their city (or adopted city) post a photo along a selected theme.  This month is "revolution," and I chose to consider the revolutions in wheels.


This woman is riding a Velib, 
which is the public bicycle system in Paris.


On three trips to Paris I have used the Velibs,
dodging the buses and cars to take a different view of the city.
I do not take photos while I ride which is a great comfort to my family.


Take a look at all of the interpretations of the CDP photographers here.



Paris Velib
Place Louis Lepine
75004, Paris

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Le zinc bar



Zinc Bar


The old cozy bars of Paris
provide a glimpse into the past.


Old bars, new friends...



Pre aux Clercs
Rue Jacob
75006, Paris


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jardinières avec des fleurs rouges



Window boxes 


On the second floor of this building in the Marais
the bleeding heart flowers and masses of red blooms
first caught my eye.


The giant thermometer which could be read 
from the street was a fascination.





46, rue de Poitou
75003, Paris

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

un Jardin -- Château de Chenonceau



Chenonceau


At the edge of the Cher river,
this Chenonceau formal garden
offers a carpet of flowers punctuated with
urns and shrubs.


The castle grounds are a maze of
beautifully orchestrated plans



Château de Chenonceau
37150, Chenonceau