Friday, August 22, 2014

Matin sur Mouffetard

What a nice surprise to find this gentleman playing for passersby while enjoying his coffee and pastry on rue Mouffetard!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


I can't remember walking into a shop in Paris where everything wasn't in perfect order.  There is great attention to detail and pride in the displays.  Here at Michel Cluizel, Madame is keeping the chocolats just so. Parfait!

Michel Cluizel
201 rue Saint Honoré
75001 Paris

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I have been fascinated with the details of la Tour since my very first trip to Paris.  Gustave Eiffel paid hommage to 72 scientists by including their names in the original design.  Sadly they were painted over at one time, but were restored in an 1986 repainting. To see the entire list of names, click HERE.

Monday, August 18, 2014


I am always attracted to the detailed door handles on the enormous Paris doors.  This especially caught my eye!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Church Series - Saint-Germain-des- Pres

I think this gentlemen sits there almost every day. He has a little cup for coins but rarely even looks up as I pass as he is usually reading a book.

" Be kind for everyone you meet is involved in a great struggle."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Louvre Traffic Jam

For friends traveling to Paris for the first time, my advice is,  if you are only visiting the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa and Winged Victory.......skip it.  This is all you'll see of Mona, a sea of tourists with iPhones taking photos.  Thanks to my travel amie Mary Gilbert for lending this photo to illustrate my point.

UPDATE: Thank you dear reader Vreni for pointing out that on Wednesday and Friday evenings, the Louvre is open till 10 p.m. and is not crowded. I also hear from friends that they offer docent led tours in the evenings that just hit the high spots of the museum which is a good use of time spent there.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tout Seul

Taken at Jardin des Tuileries in November, when one can actually find some alone time.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Last November, Peter, Genie and I struck off on what seemed like the potential of a wild goose chase, in search of a new rooftop bar, Le Perchoir.   After a good bit ( a LOT)  of walking we found the street, wandered through some industrial doors and looked up. I'll admit, I was already exhausted and the thought of climbing these stairs was more than I was willing to tackle. I didn't say so, but was thinking that if I had a drink, Peter Olson would have to bring it to me as I sat on the bottom step. Luckily, oh so luckily, we spotted an elevator so we all went up.  The view from the rooftop, and the Jack Daniels bourbon made for a fine ending to the day!

Le Perchoir
14 Rue Crespin du Gust
75011 Paris

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Beurre à l'ail

With these two ingredients, les escargots are quite delicious!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tanning In Paris

  Tanning in Paris is serious business.  Madame even brought along her small towel so she could slip off her shoes!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ahhhh Pigalle

something for everyone in the family!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Le fenêtre de cercles

 The Musée Caranavalet, the history of Paris museum, is located in the Marais and free except of course,  for special exhibits.  It's a lovely museum with beautiful gardens. 

Musée Carnavalet
16 Rue de Frances Bourgeois
75003 Paris

My next Travel to Paris talk will be this coming Thursday evening at 6:30 P.M. at the HOMEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY! Please join me.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014


The name Laderée always brings a smile to my face. Their charming shop on rue Bonaparte was a must stop for a few macarons and photographs.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Les nécessités

People often ask me why I return to Paris over and over. They assume that I've seen it all many times by now.  That couldn't be farther from the truth. There is so much of Paris I've yet to savor, my list is still a mile long.  Last November, Peter took us up Rue de Belville for a look at an area I'd not seen before.   Belville, which includes parts of the 10, 11, 19 and 20 arrondissements, is quite colorful in many ways.  It is a rich mixture of many cultures, especially Asian, Arab and Jewish.  This grafitti wall was most certainly not to be missed by our band of three photographers!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Football à la fontaine Stravinsky

The plaza around the Stravinsky Fountain at Centre Pompidou is usually full of Parisian school kids just having fun in the afternoons.  I love the backdrop of the beautiful old Saint Merri Church.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pont des Arts Avant

This taken in June, 2010, you can see a few locks behind this musician.  Now......there is no space left as the locks of love have covered every single inch of this lovely bridge.  Hopefully,  the city of Paris will soon remove them all as they pose a huge weight on the bridge and also block the view of the Seine.  I vote to have them gone!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Très charmant!

Bertie's Cup Cakery is I think the first cupcake shop I've seen in Paris, Just steps from Notre Dame, it's easy to find.

Bertie's Cup Cakery
26 rue Chanoinesse
75004 Paris

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Dimanche à Mouffetard is one of the many special happenings I've discovered in Paris and return to time and time again.  Danielle is a dancer I've photographed so many times. This Sunday, she had yet another dance partner.  I think her dance card is always full!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Le sourire

French waiters get a bad rap.  They have a reputation for being snooty, unsmiling and just in general "FRENCH"!  I beg to disagree.  If you greet them with a cheerful , "Bonjour Monsieur"(and a smile), I have found that they are more than agreeable and efficient,  if I offer just a bit of my Alabama laced French!  One thing they won't do is hover and ask you continually throughout your meal how everything is, if you need more water etc. like we have come to tolerate in the U.S.  Parisian waiters are professional, efficient, but most certainly will allow you to linger over your meal, or even cup of café, or glass of wine as long as you like. They won't shoo you off to make way for more guests until you catch their eye and ask, "L'addition s'il vous plaît". This smiling waiter was shot through the glass at the pricey Café de la Paix. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

CDP Theme Day - Take Away

In Paris, the ultimate take away has to be from a boulangerie.  There is nothing more fabulous than getting the delightful baguette or pastry wrapped just so, for you to hurry home to enjoy!

All of my City Daily Photo friends around the globe are sharing their Take Away photos today. Go have a look right HERE!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Field Trip, Parisian Style

Boys will be boys, no matter where they live. These school boys were having a fine time feeding the pigeons their leftover lunch chips in the area between the Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville Paris. Although I've not visited the Palais de Tokyo, I highly recommend the Musée d'Art Moderne!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

La petite danseuse

What a delight to have a dance with Grand-père on rue Mouffetard.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Located in the Jardin du Luxembourg, this gallery space at L'orangerie offers visitors to the garden the added pleasure of seeing current exhibitions.

Monday, July 28, 2014


 that Paris has the heartiest geraniums on the planet.  Mid November and they were still spilling over the balcons with reckless abandon!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Le Cherche-Midi

This beautiful detail welcomed us every day when we walked out of our apartment at Cherche- Midi 1, in the 7eme.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Boulangerie Reflet

This little boulangerie just down the street from my little studio apartment, was reflected in the mirror of the laundromat across the street.

Today I join James' Weekend Reflections right here!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Le Chef

Genie and I arrived VERY early last November. It was so early, that after we got settled in our flat, we decided that a nap was in order.  Let me add that I NEVER nap when I arrive in Paris, but we did. When we woke up, it was about 11:00 a.m. Paris time, so we headed towards Bon Marché and found a nice little café.  As I recall, we had omelletes, salades et pain. Perhaps wine was involved.  From our table we were able to observe le chef. I am always amazed at the wonderful food that the French produce in a kitchen the size of my walk in closet. Vive la France!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Les portes de l'enfer

Actually, viewed from the Rose Garden at the Musée Rodin, the Gates of Hell look quite welcoming!

79 rue de Varenne
75007 Paris