Sunday, June 26, 2016

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont

Perhaps one of my favorite churches in Paris, 
and I discover a new detail with every visit.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont
Place Sainte Geneviève
75005, Paris

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

in the rain
at night


Palais Garnier
8, rue Scribe
75009, Paris

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Provins - l'escalier

Medieval stairway
in Provins

leading to the 
city wall

77160, Provins

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Creperie - Mammy Gateaux


There are more than a few creperies in Provins,
but this one had the most charming entrance.

Mammy Gateaux
16, place du Chatel
77160, Provins France

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

des petits jardins de Provins

In the small spaces,
gardens are abundant
with vegetables, herbs
and plants

A quick train ride
 from Gare de l'Est...
the charming, 11th century
 town of Provins

rue du Four des Raines
77160, Provins

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

thé pour deux

Tea for Two

You may not be able to stay in a Five-Star Paris hotel,
but you can feel just as luxurious having afternoon tea
lounging on butter-soft leather couches.

(Order a selection of macarons, too)

Le Royal Monceau
37, avenue Hoche
75008, Paris

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Avenue de la Grande-Armée

Looking down from Arc de Triomphe
the Paris skyline looks as if you could 
just reach out and touch it.

It is a walking distance of 5.2km, 
not as close as it seems.

Avenue de la Grande-Armée
75008, Paris

Friday, June 10, 2016

Le Petit Colbert

The frosted glass of 
Le Petit Colbert
adds a bit of mystique

Le Petit Colbert
8 rue Monsigny
75002, Paris

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


The expression is 
one of surprise?

Or perhaps suspicion?

Boulevard Haussmann
75009, Paris

Monday, June 6, 2016

Des acrobates - Café de la Paix

Acrobat chairs 
at Café de la Paix

Quite often the terrace seating is stacked
but these two chairs were giving a performance.

Café de la Paix
5, Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Église Notre Dame des Champs

Église Notre Dame des Champs

Constructed between 1867 and 1876 in the Romanesque style,
the church site has a storied history.
From a Roman temple, a vineyard, a
place of pilgrimage, a monastery,
 this church is now an active parish.

bon dimanche

Église Notre Dame des Champs
91, Boulevard du Montparnasse
75006, Paris

Friday, June 3, 2016

La saison des pluies!

It was raining cats and dogs 
for several days continuously,
but nothing like Paris is seeing now!

The flood waters on June 2nd caused many closures
and rescues: the Louvre, Métro station Saint-Michel,
RER C Line, Musée D'Orsay, and more...

Passage Saint-Roch
75001, Paris

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

City Daily Photo Theme Day - "Shadow and Highlight"

Jardin des Plantes

Today I join city daily photo bloggers around 
the world for Theme Day:

"Shadow and Highlight"

Please take a look at the theme interpretation
of other photographers here.

Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Citroen 2CV


Brightly polished and ready
to ride.

Rue du Fiquier
75004, Paris

Monday, May 30, 2016

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Recognizing all who fought for France during World War I,
this darkened room on the top level of the arch is a quiet,
reverent place.

My grandfather (World War I) and my father 
(World War II) both fought on French soil and survived
to share their stories.

I am remembering them 
on our US Memorial Day.

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaule
75008, Paris

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Église Saint Paul Saint Louis

Église Saint Paul Saint Louis

Beautifully restored, it is a visual treat
to turn a corner and see this magnificent church
in the heart of the Marais

Constructed from 1627 to 1641,
it was due for another refreshing

bon dimanche

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

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Jardin du Palais Royal - beaucoup de pigeons

Jardin du Palais Royal

I have seen her over the span of many trips
to Paris and she always appears the same,
pensive and feeding the pigeons

Jardin du Palais Royal
75001, Paris

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Aux Couleurs Modernes - quincaillerie à Paris

Aux Couleurs Modernes

This hardware store was established in 1876
and I can assure you that although this is a smaller 
store than I have in my neighborhood,
you can find most anything you need here.

Having always called a store of this type
un magasin de bricolage, I do love the French 
noun une quincaillerie.

Aux Couleurs Modernes
6, rue Monsigny
75002, Paris

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Prêts à aller déjeuner?


Looks like we will have our choice of seating.

Le Petit Colbert
8, rue Monsigny
75002, Paris

Monday, May 23, 2016

Marché aux Fleurs

Marché aux Fleurs

Rain or shine, the Sunday market
does not disappoint with an array of flowers and containers,
plus the birds, rabbits, and chickens!

Marché aux Fleurs
Ile Saint Louis
75004, Paris

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Congregation de la Mission - Rue de Sèvres

Not easily seen from the street

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

A grand reflection of this empty
ballroom. I can hear the haunting music 

Palais Garnier
9, rue Scribe
75009, Paris

Friday, May 20, 2016

Cimetière Montparnasse

Cimetière Montparnasse

The lavender petals of spring blooms
line the cemetery paths - 
A bit of cheer in the midst of death.

Cimetière Montparnasse
75014, Paris

Monday, April 11, 2016

Jardin des Plantes - un perroquet vert?

Jardin des Plantes

One would think that this green parrot (?) had escaped
from an enclosure, a pen.  However, we sighted 
an entire flock of them, numbering 12 or more.
They enjoyed the November berries immensely.

Is Paris temperate enough to support
what I imagine to be a tropical species?

"If you have ever spotted apple-green birds the size of a turtledove with bright red bills during one of your strolls around Paris, you are neither colorblind nor sleepwalking. You merely sighted one of the many rose-ringed parakeets (Psittacula krameri) that have made Paris and its vast suburbs their home."
You can read more here. 

Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

Église de la Madeleine

This photo was taken only a few days 
after the terrorist attack in November 2015.

It seemed a good place to be.

Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008, Paris

Saturday, April 9, 2016

L'Escalier d'Hôtel Biron

Hôtel Biron was closed several years for renovations,
opening again in November 2015.

This elegant mansion, built between 1727 and 1737
 houses over 200 works of August Rodin.  
The grounds are exquisite and a befitting backdrop 
for large Rodin bronzes.

Hôtel Biron
Musée Rodin
77, rue de Varenne
75007, Paris

Friday, April 8, 2016

Galerie de paléontologie et d'anatomie comparée

Paleontology Museum

I have seen the photographs and peered through the impressive 
windows, but sadly I have never been inside to see the skeletons

It is on my list to accomplish this year

Galerie de paléontologie et d'anatomie comparée
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Jardin des Plantes
75005, Paris
Métro Gare d'Austerlitz

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Promenade Plantée (Coulée verte René-Dumont)

This unique "elevated" green walkway is situated on the tracks 
that took trains from Bastille to Verenne-Saint-Maur. 
Beneath the arches of this viaduct are 64 arcade
 of artists' ateliers, galleries, workshops, and more.  

You can walk the "promenade greenway" in one direction
 and then walk back along the glass fronts of the Viaduc des Arts.

Promenade Plantée
Avenue Daumesnil
75012, Paris

Monday, April 4, 2016

Jardin de l'Acclimatation

This pigeon house (pigeonnier) in Jardin de l'Acclimatation
was used during the siege of Paris in 1870
to send messages by carrier pigeon.

I do not know if pigeons are in
residence there today

Jardin de l'Acclimatation
Bois de Boulogne
75116, Paris