As we made our way through the Marais in search of Le Café des Chats, I spotted one of my favorite doors to photograph, the Hôtel de Châtillon, a hôtel particulier. I made a mad dash and thankfully Madame was walking just past the entrance to make the photograph complete!
AsMeredith Mullinsand I stepped outside Le Reminetafter a delightful lunch, she spotted a family
that she knew. They were visiting Paris again, and I was the lucky one. I was able to snap these two
This Gothic church built in the 13th century began as a Roman Catholic church but was granted to the Eastern Catholic Melkite community in 1889. Just across the Seine from Notre Dame de Paris, it shares the block with the lovely Square René Viviani. This simple church, by Paris standards, would be a a nice addition to your tour of the larger chrurches and cathedrals in the city.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
I am a former elementary school teacher, a full-time photographer, part-time painter, lover of all things French ( whose français is slowly improving), obsessive Paris traveler, enthusiastic art museum volunteer, grateful community volunteer, and grandmother to 5 delightful grandchildren.
I fell in love with Paris in March 2007. It was as the French say, le coup de foudre : love at first sight. As a result of that trip, my photography took another direction. Since that time I have pursued a career of sorts in photography and dreamed of returning to the City of Light. November 2008 found me strolling the streets of Paris once again. My first visit I was so overwhelmed with the incredible beauty of the city, I photographed it as a "tourist". In 2008 I returned and I looked at the city with more of a photographer's eye. I wanted to capture the unique, the small details, and oh yes - the people! This blog was started as a photo diary of that trip, but I have been most fortunate to return to the city j'adore 8 times since. Each time I leave, I wipe a tear and start planning my list for the next trip. Paris may well be a moveable feast, but I think it's best savored in person! Someone told me that once you have been to Paris, you will leave a piece of your heart. I left mine right there, but I brought home some wonderful memories. It is my pleasure to share them with you.