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For those of you that have visited Paris a few times, I'm sure you know exactly where this is. Oui! Place des Vosges in the Marais. I spent a lot of time right here last summer as my little flat was just a few blocks away. There was usually a street musician playing. This day the harpist.
My last day in Paris, this past January, Peter (Peter's Paris blog) gently nudged me to take a deep breath and ride the grande roueat Tuileries. I'm so glad I did. I got some great photos from high above Paris...after I opened my eyes! Where else could I have had this wonderful view of the city j'adore? Peter captured some as well, as you can see.
Today's photos were taken with Genie and Marie last June at Église Saint-Séverin, one of my favorite churches in Paris. This lovely enclosed courtyard adjoins the church. We all three had great fun trying to shoot through the iron fence!
I really need to spend more time here. I've found some great prints etc., but always get overwhelmed at the selection and don't take the time to really have a closer look. When reading this link, I found that there are over 240 bouquinistes that share 900 of the "green boxes", selling 300,000 books, magazines, prints, cards ( and some tacky souvenirs). I love the fact that these stalls have been here, unchanged, along the Seine for so long. Isn't that what we love about Paris........
Well as many of you know, my dear Paris loving amies Genie and Marie (M) are in Paris at this very moment. We had planned to chat every single day but alas, with the 7 hour time difference, that still has not happened! ( I hope to stay up late tonight and get these early birds when they wake up!) I'm missing them a lot, so today a look back to a wonderful déjeuner at Le Reminet last juin. Le sigh.
When in Montmartre last January, visiting our jewelry/textile artiste amie Shauna's lovely boutique, she suggested this restaurant for lunch. What a wonderful choice! Don't be fooled by the "touristy" location (right below the windmill). The food is delicious. I think this lovely lady on the signage at the door looks a bit like our talented Shauna.
I love the way the French are able to turn major renovation projects into something creative and artistic. Spotted in Montmartre. I wouldn't mind a few of those on my new walls. LOVE the rouge scaffolding of course.
Today mes chère amies Genie and Marie (aka M) are dashing off to Paris for a week. To make matters worse, they will be staying in the fabulous apartment that Mary and I adored last January, and will get to spend a week with our dear Janeen! Did I mention meeting up with fellow bloggers Peter, Nathalie and who knows who else? Meanwhile, I'm limping around packing and unpacking, packing and unpacking. Color me VERT!!! ( But very happy that I will get to chat with them daily and live vicariously through their photos.)
This photograph was taken shortly after yesterday's Louvre shot. Strolling along the Seine that Sunday morning was a photographer's paradise! Look closely and you can see all the locks of love attached to the sides.
Normally I would never take this shot, but my friend Wayne, Meandering in Lotusland (Vancouver), is a crane fanatic, so this lovely Sunday morning I took this just for him. Of course we had no idea what the cranes were for, but Peter had a look and said there might be some major reno going on or an upcoming exhibit. Regardless, it is always nice to see what's being spiffed up around Paris!
"Grow old with me, the best is yet to be." Robert Browning
For my Birmingham area readers I will be offering another series of photography classes. Designed for amateur photographers with any type digital/film camera who want to be more creative and learn to take better family and vacation photos.
Parisians are willing to stand quietly in long lines outside of boulangeries at any time of day. Pourquoi you ask? For the best baguettes etc. on the planet. I've done it myself and was happy to spend the time in order to be handed a buttery pain au chocolat or a warm baguette. C'est magnifique!!
The face on this beautiful angel at the entrance of Montmartre's Église Saint Jean l'Evangeliste ( featured last Sundayhere) has captivated me since the first time I set eyes on her on my visit in 2008. Unfortunately, the angle required to capture her at her best, has escaped me...twice! This last visit in January, the weather was cold and rainy, again. I still couldn't compensate for the the glare. I've done what I can in editing and decided to share her as is. Perhaps I'll get another chance one day.
I am a former elementary school teacher, a full-time photographer, lover of all things French ( whose French is slowly improving), obsessive Paris traveler, enthusiastic church and 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 13 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.