Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dodo Manège - la petite fille en rouge



Dodo Manège


The carrousels of Paris will amaze you.  

This is a unique little carrousel tucked away in Jardin des Plantes,
well-known by the children of Paris. 



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Take a virtual trip and have a look 'here'


Dodo Manège
Carrousel, Jardin des Plantes
(near Gare d'Austerlitz entrance)
75005, Paris

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jardin du Palais Royal - la fontaine de jouvence?



The Fountain of Youth?


Was he meeting a friend or just resting 
before getting back onto the streets of Paris?


He certainly selected a beautiful spot for propping his feet



Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris
Métro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre


Sunday, July 20, 2014

La Sainte-Chapelle



La Sainte-Chapelle


As you enter through the lower chapel of this Gothic flamboyant church, 
you are struck with the deep, rich colors trimmed with gilt.  
As you climb the narrow staircase to this upper chapel,
 seeing the panorama of stained-glass windows 
you will gasp at the magnificence. 


 I have seen it many times, knowing just what I will see,
 and it still takes my breath away.


bon dimanche



La Sainte-Chapelle
8, boulevard du Palais
75001, Paris

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Square Henri-Collet



Square Henri-Collet


This meandering garden pays tribute to Henri Collet (1885 - 1951) 
a French composer and music critic who lived here in the 16th arrondissement.


The benches, fountains and paths among the plantings 
make this a popular spot in the neighborhood.  
For those who work nearby it is a lunchtime respite from busy thoroughfares.




Square Henri-Collet
18, rue Gros
75016, Paris
Métro Mirabeau


Friday, July 18, 2014

Cimetière Montparnasse



Cimetière Montparnasse


Carefully attended and beautifully adorned, 
there are surely many stories about this grave.  
Certainly it belongs to a person 
who had a loving and dedicated family.


bon weekend



Cimetière Montparnasse
75014, Paris

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mairie de Nogent-sur-Marne



Mairie de Nogent-sur-Marne


Just east of Bois de Vincennes are a series 
of beautiful villes situated along the Marne river. 
 If you take the RER A to Nogent-sur-Marne, 
the Mairie is only a one block walk (west).


It almost looks like scene from a fairy tale



Mairie de Nogent-sur-Marne
Place Roland Nungesser
94130, Nogent-sur-Marne

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Paris en été - Paris-Plages



Paris in Summer
Paris-Plages

If you are staying in Paris for the summer (or visiting) 
you can have a Seine-side holiday replete with sand, 
beach chairs, misting fountains, volleyball, and more.  
Essentially, it is a beach vacation for the Parisians 
who do not leave during the grandes vacances  
and for the city's visitors.  


The dates for 2014 are July 20th through August 20th.  
Perhaps I am mistaken but these appear to be barges of sand!



Paris-Plages
Louvre to Pont de Sully
75001-75004, Paris
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Le Défilé Militaire - des pompiers



Les Sapeurs-Pompiers


One of many groups in the Military Parade of Quatorze Juillet...  
On the eve of the Bastille Day celebrations the pompiers have parties 
all over Paris that do not end until the sun comes up.  


All of the arrondissements have Bals des Pompiers 
and by some count it may be as many as 60 (!) in Paris and the near suburbs.


Have you been to one?


Avenue des Champs Élysées
75008, Paris
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Quatorze Juillet! - Bastille Day



Military Parade
of Bastille Day
2008


The parade involves around 7,000 soldiers 
(5,000 on foot, the rest are crew members or cavalrymen), 
300 vehicles, 240 horses and more than 80 planes and helicopters.



And, a celebration for me as today makes 
4 years of daily photos on Paris and Beyond
without missing a day!

A special thanks to all of you who follow my blog 
and to Virginia (Paris Through My Lens) 
who helped me "birth this baby" four years ago.



Avenue des Champs Élysées
75008, Paris
 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris - flèches d'église



Notre Dame


These spires of Notre Dame are intricately detailed in design.
If I had not been the one with the camera 
I am not sure that I would have easily identified the church.  

The drain spouts definitely help in knowing that it is Notre Dame 
although there are many similar in and around Paris.

bon dimanche



Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
75004, Paris

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Le Défilé Militaire



Republican Guard Cavalry Regiment
Military Parade
(quatorze juillet)


The uniforms were perfect, 
from the elegant helmets to the rich leather boots.
The horses were exquisitely groomed and trained.
There will be 250 horses in the celebrated parade on Monday




Le Défilé Militaire du quatorze Juillet
Avenue des Champs Elysées
75008, Paris


Friday, July 11, 2014

Chez Clément - restaurant d'hôtes



Chez Clément


The terrace after a spring rain
with a bit of reflection


May you have a weekend free of showers


bon weekend



Chez Clément
17, boulevard des Capucines
75002, Paris

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Île de la Cité - les serveurs


Les Serveurs


Dressed perfectly for the job, 
waiters are perhaps one of my favorite subjects in Paris


I did not exactly ask for permission 
but I pointed to my camera 
and tilted my head posing the unspoken question.  
With a slight nod, permission was given.



Île de la Cité
75004, Paris

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cimetière de Passy et la Tour Eiffel



Cimetière de Passy


This storied cemetery is just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower
which can be seen at every turn as you walk among the tombs.


I hope that you can find a view unobstructed by cranes.  
It is not easy.



Cimetière de Passy
75016, Paris

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Des Vélibs



Vélib bikes


Lined up and ready for riding...


It is an easy way to get around Paris and much faster than walking.  
However, you need to have a good knowledge of the streets,
 and I would not recommend taking photos while riding (bien sûr!)



Vélib station
Place André Malraux
75001, Paris

Monday, July 7, 2014

Rue Audran



Rue Audran


The casual, slightly askew collection of flowers, plants and pots 
is perfect for the little workshop of two potters.


I must go back for another visit



l'atelier
Rue Audran
75018, Paris

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont


Église Saint-Étienne du Mont


There are so many obvious treasures in this church, 
but one cannot overlook the small details such as this.


bon dimanche



Église Saint-Étienne du Mont
1, place Ste-Geneviève
75005, Paris

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Canal Saint Martin


Canal Saint Martin


This young boy and man captured my attention 
as each seemed to be in deep thought.


The scene left me 
with more questions than answers


Quai de Jemmapes
Canal Saint-Martin
75010, Paris

Friday, July 4, 2014

Les Floralies - Rue Cler



Les Floralies
Rue Cler


On this pedestrian street, 
the local residents have a wide selection 
of fresh produce, flowers, linens, chocolates, and a daily market.


The terrace cafes are a great place to watch pedestrians 
and the street's activities.


bon quatre juillet



Rue Cler
75007, Paris


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Le Carrousel - Dodo Manège



Dodo Manège


Hidden in Jardin des Plantes this fanciful, unusual carousel is a delight for all ages.


As you can see from the photo, these are not your ordinary carousel animals,
but, there are enough creatures to satisfy all tastes.



Dodo Manège
Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Beaucoup de Fleurs



Beaucoup de Fleurs


On a quiet street just 
 east of the Eiffel Tower you can find some exquisite Paris  architecture. 
This building boasts flowers in both the design and the window boxes.



75007, Paris

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day - "Celebrating Summer"



Jardin du Luxembourg


How to celebrate summer in Paris?
Where do I start?


While you consider all the possibilities, 
have a seat in one of the green chairs 
at Jardin du Luxembourg and watch the action.



The first of each month is Theme Day 
for the City Daily Photo people.
Click here to see contributions from all over the world.


Jardin du Luxembourg
75006, Paris

Monday, June 30, 2014

blé sucré - miam-miam



blé sucré


blé sucré is relatively new on the Paris bakery scene when one considers the legends of Ladurée and Pierre Hermé.  Founded by patissier Fabrice Le Bourdat, the list of temptations is long.  The quality is high and yet the prices are not.  So, what should you choose?
pain au chocolat, madeleine, and financier


Still hungry?
 éclair, croissant, chaussons aux pommes


More?
How about an assortment of macarons
 
 
blé sucré
7, rue Antoine Vollon
Métro Ledru Rollin
75012 Paris
 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Église Saint-Agnan de Chartres



Église Saint-Agnan de Chartres


Chartres is a quick train ride from Paris, 
and an easy day trip.


If you are there to see the cathedral, 
do not miss the other churches such as 
Église Saint-Agnan de Chartres and Église Saint-Pierre.  
Each is unique and exquisite in detail.


bon dimanche




Église Saint-Aignan de Chartres
12, place de l'Etape au Vin
28000, Chartres

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Jardin du Palais Royal - les amoureux




Jardin du Palais Royal
 
 
There are a few places in Paris where, in good weather,
one can just about count on seeing young couples in love... 
nothing that would embarrass your grandmother,
but a scene from a love story, perhaps.
 
 
This garden is at the top
of the list
 
 
 
Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Des tapis - Rue Paul Doumer




Rugs and Reflection
 
 
Repurposed rugs...
an artful window display
 
 
bon weekend
 
 
 
 
Rue Paul Doumer
75016, Paris
 


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bassin de la Villette - la vie quotidienne





Bassin de la Villette
 
 
 
This is a scene far from the tourist crowds of Paris,
but is a favorite spot for the Parisians on a Sunday afternoon.
 
 
Pétanque (more games than I could count),
picnics among friends,
multi-generation families out for a water-side stroll,
children at play riding trotinettes...
 
 
There is something here for everyone.
 
 
 
Bassin de la Villette
Quai de la Loire
75019, Paris
Métro Laumière
 
 

 
 
 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Le Square Trousseau - zoom-zoom





 
Square Trousseau
 
 
 
Perfectly balanced on his bike without pedals,
he moved rapidly across the play area
only touching down to gain more speed
 
 
The photographer had best
step aside
 
 
zoom-zoom!
 
 
 
Le Square Trousseau
75012, Paris
Métro Ledru-Rollin

 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

C'est un mystère



 
At the end of this narrow walled passage,
the enigmatic figure slipped from view
 
 
 
...and, perhaps was never seen again
 
 
(just kidding)
 
 
 
 
Rue Berton
75016, Paris
 



Monday, June 23, 2014

Les fenêtres de Paris





Windows of Paris
 
 
 
If I lived in Paris I would have the perfect shade of blue shutters
and window boxes with pink geraniums.
 
 
Then, I would have a party and invite each of you.
 
 
 
As long as I am dreaming, it might as well
be the way I want it, n'est-ce pas?
 
 
 
Windows of Paris
75010, Paris