Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Day and Night With la Tour Eiffel




Author Jill Jonnes

Another day full of new sights, new tastes and old and new friends. I started my day with Mary and Peter at a wonderful little cafe, Aux Marches du Cafe, just minutes from the Eiffel Tower. After a delicious lunch we headed to Paris' Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine. Only a little over two years old, this gorgeous museum is housed in a wing of the Chaillot Palace overlooking the tower itself. Stunning replicas of architectural features dating back to 11th century cathedrals to ultra modern architecture of today makes this a musuem you will want to add to your list when you visit Paris. After your tour you can stop by their extensive bookstore and have a cafe on the terrace and enjoy the spectacular view. We bid Peter good bye and headed to BHV . If you haven't visited their bottom floor hardware department, put that on your list as well. We loaded up on their great tote bags for 3.50 euros and headed for Shakespeare and Company on the banks of the Seine. I found the new Paris Magazine which features in its premier issue, an article by Meredith Mullins. We swung in Eglise Saint Severin for a few photos and walked ( I was getting pretty tired by then) to a nearby hotel for a talk and book signing by American author Jill Jonnes, who has written a fascinating new book called Eiffel's Tower. It was nice meeting Jill and several Americans living in or wanting to live in Paris. Richard Nahem of Eye Prefer Paris , fame joined us and we all had dinner at Pizza Chic. Time to say bonne nuit everyone!



Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine
We stopped many times to admire the commanding view of la tour from the museum's windows!


Chapel Eglise Saint Severin

The stained glass windows at Saint Severin are remarkable
The ummmm view from the terrace!



17 comments:

Harriet said...

Great portrait photo of the author! All orthodontists are into profiles; we can't help ourselves!

Those are interesting stained glass windows. There must be a story there....

Peter said...

What a day! ... and you had the time to post! Bravo; that's a real professional blogger! :-)

Jill said...

Marvelous 'tour' today V. I have this vision of you with legs and no feet as you have thoroughly walked them off!

Ladybug said...

Thanks for more lovely shots; I'm so envious!

Virginia said...

Harriet, I'm sure there is a story. Mary tells me those windows were new. In Paris that could mean hundreds of years old!HA I'll put Peter on that story. I posted at midnight so I didn't do the research!

Peter,
Since you stay up till all hours, I should have let you do this one. I was tired but you know I couldn't sleep till I had something up.

Jill,
I wish I could walk my hips off!HA

LB,
Thanks for your comments and visits.

Karen said...

Wonderful photos, as usual. I am living vicariously through you right now and making notes of places to go and see for when I do return.
So good to see that you are enjoying your trip.
All that walking will show on the hips eventually. Mine did but unfortunately I am home in the flatlands with no stairs or hills to climb so it comes back. LOL

Daryl said...

Before the Upper Westside went insane and store rents went higher than small shops could afford .. we had on the corner of Broadway and West 81st St a book shop called Shakespeare & Co.!

Love all these photos and I love how your trip has inspired me ...

marley said...

You really are cramming your days full! Good for you!

Another super selection of photos. My Fav today? Its got to be the stained glass and the chairs.

altadenahiker said...

That's my kind of terrace! All kinds of symbolism going on there.

I really like the Shakespeare & Co photo -- so cheerful. You certainly are making use of every minute in Paris. wouldn't that be something to live there for a year?

Harriet said...

Love the new banner photo!

Mary said...

Merci a Wikipedia:
Internal features of the church include both ancient stained glass and a set of seven modern windows by Jean René Bazaine, inspired by the seven sacraments of the Catholic church, around the ambulatory. The deambulatory also includes an unusual pillar in the form of the trunks of a palm tree, that brings to mind the Apprentice Pillar at Rosslyn Chapel.

Peter-so nice to finally meet you!
xx,
M

Starman said...

I wonder how many aspiring writers are staying at Shakespeare's now?

Kim said...

Just catching up with you after a week's worth of whirlwind (high school graduation and finishing off work for the year). I love each of these captures for different reasons, but especially the chapel shot as I feel I pray there quite regularly. I purchased one of Eric's "from the floor" shots of this very scene and have it here on my desk and contemplate it quite frequently. Your light is superb. Oh how I wish I were really with you. As far as spending a good length of time in Paris, I think I've finally found a way to legally stay more than three months. We'll see if life circumstances let me pursue it :-). Meanwhile, I am visiting through you, and this is wonderful.
-Kim

Maya said...

The light on those chairs in the chapel is wonderful!

Babooshka said...

This is a mindblowing post. So many images just bursting thorugh the screen. Vivid reds and geometric monos.Your days must be neverending, but in a good way.

Dusty Lens said...

you've reminded me of something I forgot to do when in Paris. Get the Hunchback of Notre Dame book at Shakespeare and Co.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

This little museum is going to be inundated with visitors very soon Virginia, me for sure!!