Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Musée du Quai Branley

One of Paris' newest  (2006) museums, Musée du Quai Branley, located near la Tour Eiffel, features the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceana. It is well worth your time on your next visit.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Paris Rouge - Le vélo

I love bikes parked along old Paris shops and cafés.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Vêtements de bébé et un clown

Surely, la Marché aux Puces is a photographer's delight. I probably should go alone and spend a long day there. I've only visited twice, and I don't think I gave it enough time to really explore and photograph.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

La Croix

Thanks to my travel amie, Mary Gilbert, I've learned to love the beauty of Paris cemeteries. Mausoleums are particularly beautiful. This one captured at Père Llachaise. This cemetery, located in the 20th arrondissement, is the largest so plan to spend a long time there exploring this lovely resting place.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Cimetière de Passy

As you know by know, Passy is one of my favorite resting places in Paris. Conveniently located near Trocadéro and la Tour Eiffel, it's small, well kept and doable in a short amount of time  If you have the luxury of an extended visit to Paris, of course visit Père Lachaise, if not, this will give you the Paris cemetery experience. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Amical parisien

This photo was taken in November, 20008, my second trip to Paris.  I had not even started my 100 Strangers Project on my Birmingham blog. Later, I would add this blog and searched for 100 French Strangers over the years since. The "rules" are that the person must be a stranger and you must have some verbal interaction with them. For most Parisians, it was VERY minimal, but I loved meeting so many friendly French strangers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Au Marché de la Butte

 Amélie shopped here. I think it might have been spruced up a bit since I took this photo a few years ago. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

L'élégante porte

The history of Paris museum, the Musée Carnavalet,was closed this day, but the view through the gate was lovely. Today the museum is again closed for renovation until the end of 2019. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018

Waiting in Paris

Once a Paris waiter, always a Paris waiter apparently. I love it when I see the same guys year after year. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Meet Olivia Clétienne, who paints in her tiny studio at the Village St. Paul in the Marais. She paints animals and restores artwork. She kindly allowed me to photograph her at work.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Notre beau balcon

This was our sweet balcony on rue Berthollet, June 2009. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Grand mère et sa petite-fille

Both enjoying a lovely morning in May at the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Monday, June 4, 2018

My Favorite Cemetery in Paris

Oh, Cimetière de Passy is one of my favorite resting places in Paris. Located near Trocadéro and the Palais de Chaillot, it's a small, lovely cemetery that gives you a taste of Paris resting places.

Sunday, June 3, 2018


Prowling around the Village Saint-Paul, I spotted this artist at work. Olivia Clétienne, peinture animalieret et restauratrice de tableaux. She heard the click of my camera and looked up. She kindly allowed me to take more photographs.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Fontaine Saint-Sulpice

I will be presenting a phototalk on Sacred Spaces of Paris at my church, Independent Presbyterian Church this coming Sunday at 10:00 a.m. While gathering photos for my presentation, I discovered this image of the magnificent fountain at Saint-Sulpice If you are in the Birmingham area, I hope that you will attend. Everyone is welcome!

Friday, June 1, 2018

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Me!

I'd do almost anything to stay our of the camera, but in 2009, when I did a walkabout in Paris with one of my favorite photographers, Meredith Mullins, I complied. She was sneaky. She waited till I looked out over the sunset on the Seine, then said, "Virginia!" I turned around and she caught me. It's not everyone who has a Meredith Mullins portrait. I"m very proud.

Today, I can't wait to see what my City Daily Photobloggers around the world will post as their ME photo. Click HERE to see the gallery.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Auld Alliance

A Scottish Bar in Paris. Who knew!

The Auld Alliance
80 rue François Miron
75004 Paris

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Paris Rouge - Le chaise

Who among us can deny a love affair with every Paris café chaise? I love them in every color.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Les oiseaux amicaux

I was having a nice glass of wine at Ma Bourgogne, Place des Vosges, I was alone for long. These little friends hopped over for a few pieces of bread. I think they have played this game a time or two.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Musée avec vue

In my opinion, one of the best kept secrets in Paris is Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine  (architecture and monument museum). Located near the Palais de Chaillot, it's most convenient when visiting la Tour Eiffel. As you can see, this museum offers commanding views but it is without a doubt a must see on your next visit.

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre
75116 Paris

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Les letteres d'alphabet

Merci is one of my favorite shops in Paris. Always full of quirky items for the home, clothing, and an assortment of letters, large and small.

111 blvd Beaumarchais
75003 Paris

Monday, May 21, 2018

Joyeux Anniversaire!

 I don't normally celebrate birthdays on the blog , but this one is very special. Today my dear Paris amie, Mary Gilbert, is celebrating her birthday. She and I met via Virtual Tourist after my first trip to Paris in 2007. Since then, we've lost count of how many times we have been lucky enough to be in Paris together. She's taught me so much about Paris, is my experienced and patient navigator, and the very dearest /easiest travel companion anyone could ever ask for.  Joyeux anniversaire, Mar. Here's hoping we have a few more trips in us! xxx V

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Afternoon at the Bois de Boulogne

The Bois de Boulogne is a very beautiful place. There are so many things to see and do here. If you're in Paris long enough, you should explore!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Paris jaune - Fondation Louis Vuitton

I visited the fabulous Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2016. I'd like to share a few more photographs from that trip with you this week. It took me several visits to Paris to finally get there,  but it was well worth the effort. I  highly recommend if you have time on your next trip to Paris.

Today I finally rejoin James' Weekend Reflections. Click HERE to see all the other wonderful images. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Pour le bébé

Our first trip to Paris as we wandered behind the Musée d'Orsay, we stumbled upon, Bonpoint,  a gorgeous shop. I've never forgotten the beautiful baby clothes pressed between glass, hanging in the window. To me this said, "Paris."

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Rêves de fleurs, Senlis FR. It's always fun to take a trip outside of Paris to visit the charming small towns. The cathedral here was our destination, but strolling this little town was an added plus.