Saturday, August 1, 2015

Un chat et deux bicyclettes - Theme Day

A cat and two bicycles

He is just waiting for his master to return home. 
Not a bad viewpoint from which to watch the world.

My City Daily Photo friends are showing their take on
this month's theme "bicycles" here.

City Daily Photo Theme Day
75014, Paris

Friday, July 31, 2015

Un cafe vert

A small cafe with beautiful awnings
and chairs.  As I remember there were plenty
of empty seats outside.

Would be a perfect place with a cool breeze to meet 
friends on a Friday afternoon to welcome the weekend!

bon weekend

Weekend setting - cafe scene
75004, Paris

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Un cafe de Paris

Although this is a simple terrace with empty chairs,
it personifies the amiable setting for a casual meeting among friends.

If it were possible to transport these chairs and table to my home terrace, 
do you think it would capture  the ambiance of Paris?

Paris cafe scene
75002, Paris

Monday, July 27, 2015

Palais Royal - Didier Ludot

Didier Ludot

The exquisite styles of decades past
are offered here at Didier Ludot, tempting haut couture
at unbelievable prices.

The displays suggest not only the dresses
but the jewelry and other accessories of that decade.

You know the place now where
"everything old is new again."

Didier Ludot
Boutique du Palais Royal
Palais Royal

Thursday, July 23, 2015

les bateaux de Bastille

Seen from one of many Bastille metro platforms,
the boats anchored along Port de l'Arsenal
provide insight to life on the water.

It is just a stone's throw from Opera Bastille
and the Colonne de Juillet.

Port de l'Arsenal
75004, Paris

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cafe Kitsune

Cafe Kitsune

a contrast of light and dark,
a blend of cultures,
coffee or tea?

Cafe Kitsune - Palais Royal
51 Galerie de Montpensier
75001, Paris

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rue Drevet - Montmartre

The steps of rue Drevet,
long and steep

We saw many who huffed and puffed to the top
and others who simply walked 

Perhaps it is a daily routine?

rue Drevet
75018, Paris

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Un defile militaire

Military Parade
Avenue des Champs Elysees
Quatorze juillet

The avenue was lined from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde
with a display of the French military and its territories, an amazing spectacle!

Avenue des Champs Elysees
75008, Paris

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Five Year Anniversary - Paris and Beyond!

Quatorze juillet

This was my first post five years ago when I started my Paris and Beyond photo blog under the guidance of Virginia Jones. In the five years of posting daily, I have met many wonderful people from around the world.  Many of those I have met in person and have traveled to faraway places to see them.  In the beginning I was not sure that I could keep up a daily post with a very full-time job and business travel.

Thank you to all who have followed me and have reached out to me.
Tomorrow I start year six....

(Merci beaucoup, Virginie!)

Avenue des Champs Elysees
75008, Paris

Monday, July 13, 2015

13 juillet - les bals des pompiers

Les bals des pompiers

The pompiers around Paris (and all of France) have celebrations
tonight and tomorrow in honor of Quatorze juillet.

Enjoy the party!

Les bals des pompiers
13, 14 juillet

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis

Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis

Tucked in a corner of this beautiful and storied church sits this
confessional, obscured in semi-darkness.

The rays of light entering a church window illuminate
the corner confessional, revealing a warm patina.

bon dimanche

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

Friday, July 10, 2015

Repetto - une femme francaise

A study in black and white

soft cotton chemise
and comfortable Repettos

Must be a French girl

Paris portrait

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Un petit repas

un petit repas

I used to travel with an assortment of cutlery (plastic) 
and small plates, but you can buy just what you need 
at Bon Marche or at a Monoprix.

We often feel that just a little taste of pain et fromage 
will get you through the early evening and give you the energy 
to stay out late enough to see the sun go down at 11pm.  

In the summer months the Paris sky stays a translucent blue 
until the wee hours of the morning.

Rue Jacob
75006, Paris

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

So who says you cannot play on the grass in Paris parks?

You can in this park and in certain areas of other gardens and parks.  
Just check out the signs, and if you step in a forbidden area,
 the shrill whistles will quickly bring you back to reality!

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
1, rue Botzaris
75019, Paris

Monday, July 6, 2015

Parc de Bercy -un petit bateau

 Parc de Bercy

The small lake in the Japanese gardens 
showcases this hand-constructed
bamboo boat.   Although not quite seaworthy,
its charm and reflection are perfect for the setting.

Parc de Bercy
128, quai de Bercy
75012, Paris

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tour de France 2015

Tour de France

It all begins today
 and promises many view of the French countryside 
along with exciting competition.  
Check it out here.

(Have a great July 4th Celebration)

Tour de France
Grand Start: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Friday, July 3, 2015

Bassin de la Villette Petanque

Bassin de la Villette

Where you find the smooth "Paris dirt" 
which I believe is a fine limestone gravel,
you will find people playing Petanque.  

It is not a game limited to the "old timers" you see in Louxembourg Gardens
 or Tuileries, but a game enjoyed by friends 
and family of of ages, gender, and generations.

bon weekend

Bassin de la Villette
75019, Paris

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Carriage lamps and red geraniums

The clear Paris sky
provided a serene backdrop 
for these carriage lamps 
and red geranium flower boxes

28, rue Gabrielle
75018, Paris

Monday, June 29, 2015

la petite

This precious child 
was with her older (not by much) brothers
and grandmother to see the Niki de Saint Phalle exhibit
at the Grand Palais

...a good time was had by all

Niki de Saint Phalle exhibit
Grand Palais-Galeries Nationales
75008, Paris

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saint-Denys du Saint Sacrement

Saint-Denys du Saint Sacrement

Etienne Hippolyte Godde was selected in 1823
 as the architect of this church in the Marais.  
The style is reflective of the time but the paintings of the Restoration Period 
are of particular interest.  
The most prestigious is the "Deposition of the Cross" 
by Eugene Delacroix.

If you enjoy the work of Delacroix, you could go on a hunt 
around Paris to see how many you could find in the Paris churches.

bon dimanche

Saint-Denys du Saint Sacrement
68, rue de Turenne
75003, Paris

Saturday, June 27, 2015

un musicien de jazz

As we waited to enter the Niki de Saint Phalle exhibit
at the Grand Palais last September, 
we were delighted with the smooth notes 
and melody transitions of the jazz clarinetist.

Grand Palais
75008, Paris

Friday, June 26, 2015

Montmartre Café

The long banquette seat
makes it possible to crowd in
many friends during busy hours

They are just getting started
and it is still early

Montmartre Cafe
75018, Paris

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Des lumieres?

Although these look like 
Paris confections
they are colorful
covers for little lights

la case de cousin paul
4, rue Tardieu
75018, Paris

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Le Rendez-Vous des Amis

Le Rendez-Vous des Amis

With a name like this and a reputation for 
music, food and a fun place, 
this guy looks pretty lonely.

Perhaps he is waiting for ses amis?

Le Rendez-Vous des Amis
23, rue Gabrielle
75018, Paris

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

la Porte Verte

the green door

In the process of 
getting a 

75018, Paris

Monday, June 22, 2015

Piccola Strada

Piccola Strada

Just where I would like to be
watching the parade of characters
while sipping a cool beverage with friends.


Piccola Strada
6, rue Yvonne le Tac
75018, Paris

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Basilique du Sacré Coeur

Today is le solstice d'été and 
la Fête de la Musique

I wonder what the music program holds
for Sacré Coeur today.  It will surely be magnificent!

bon Fête des Pères, Papa.
Tu me manques

Basilique du Sacré Coeur
from Rue Norvins
75018, Paris

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fête de la Musique - le solstice d'été

Fête de la Musique
June 21

Celebrating the summer solstice in Paris is an experience beyond
imagination with every street corner, church, bar, park,
and even the pedestrian bridges filled with music and musicians of all genres.

Le Pré aux Clercs was just on our corner
and the perfect way to sit on the terrace and watch the sun set...
at 11:00pm

Make plans for tomorrow...
wherever you may be.

Le Pré aux Clercs
30, rue Bonaparte
75006, Paris

Friday, June 19, 2015

Une table pour deux

Table for Two

Sometimes a window washer 
can provide a little assistance
with a photograph...  merci beaucoup!

bon weekend

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bicentenaire de la Bataille de Waterloo

Musée le l'Armée

The Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815, 
stopped the advance of Napoleon 
and sent him into exile for a second and final time.

In the one day of fighting there were around 55,000 
either killed, wounded, or missing in action.
 However, the battle ushered in more than 50 years of peace.

Musée de l'Armée
129, rue de Grenelle
75007, Paris