Sunday onrue Mouffetard is a must for me. Unfortunately the dancers had left by the time Mary and I arrived. Not to worry, we found this great opportunity to have a quick, but very needed massage on the street for whatever we wanted to pay. At that point, my back was screaming for help so I was willing to pay some euros! Mary photographed while I enjoyed myself.
I have climbed the 6 bagillion steps to the dome of the Sacré-Coeur twice. I'm glad I took so many photographs to prove it! BTW, I googled my brains out trying to find out exactly how many steps from the basement to the dome. I think Peter counted them one by one the last trek, but he's away on vacances so we'll have to await his return for that tidbit. Meanwhile, enjoy the view that most of you probably will never have!
Parisians on their balconies. Sometimes I can get a wave or a smile. Taken in 2008, it was just the beginning of my fascination ( addiction? ) with Parisian street photography and eventually my 100 French Strangers quest. As I have spent more time there, I'm bolder and take more risks. J'aime le résultat.
Every tourist that has visited Montmartre has probably taken this shot. Lapin Agile was built around 1855 and artist Andrew Gill painted the charming sign of the rabbit jumping out of the saucepan. Today you can still enjoy French music in this quaint little cabaret. I will admit that I've never gone in but after reading about it, I will surely go next visit.
Recently I had a nice comment from a new reader who goes by the name of "Lapin Agile". I had a look at his blog and couldn't believe my good luck. L'Auberge "Chez Richard" features terrific recipes that I might actually try, but you can also get a great French fix as well. HOP on over to Richard's blog and tell I sent you!
Admittedly this charming little resto was not shot in the summer. Au contraire, in the dead of winter, janvier to be exact. I think we could all do with some cooling off so here you have Au Clair de la Lune in Montmartre. I was nosing around waiting for Mary G. and Mary B.G. to finish shopping and found this dear little place around the corner. I think I need to go back and try it out, et vous??
Ma Bourgogne was a familiar spot for me last summer. When I was alone, I sought this place on Place des Vosges with waiters that recognized me and made me feel welcome. This was my favorite waiter. He had many talents!
BTW, I have one of these very special Ma Bourgogne glasses thanks to my dear blog friend Alexa, who sent me one from her last visit to Paris.
* I posted this a tad early yesterday, excusez moi!
I do believe that meeting and photographing strangers in Paris is my favorite pastime....among others! It has almost become a game I play with myself, just seeing how many Parisians I can engage in a VERY brief conversation or sometimes just holding up my camera with a simple, "S'il vous plait???" (with a smile!)
Usually I photograph my pétanque players in the designated areas at the Jardin de Luxembourg, but this afternoon I found these delightful young people playing an impromptu game as the sun was setting at the Palais Royal . Come back tomorrow to see what they used to improve their game! :)
PS I think this is one of my favorite Paris portraits so far. I loved meeting them!
Le Marais. I wish I knew how the love affair began, but it's not ended. I think I loved it from my first visit in 2007 when Melissa, Eva and I wandered all over in search of the Musée Picasso! After that, the photography tour in 2008, then........... well it reached fever pitch last June when I stayed there for over a week. It must be my favorite place in Paris, among many others of course. It feels like home now.
Today, we go back to my much photographed Musée Carnavalet. Paris' history museum, is very special and although I don't always go in and tour the entire museum I always find some delightful finds, inside and out. This is a shot from a window taken in January '10. The colors of the walls, the garden... parfait.
Two years ago today, I was standing on a bridge in Paris with mon ami Peterwatching la Tour Eiffel explode with this most glorious fireworks display. I've shared many images of that evening, but today the one that graces the back cover of Paris Rouge Through My Lens. A treasured memory of what I think must be the most wonderful evening I've spent in Paris.
We have another raison de célebrer, our dear Genie at Paris and Beyond is celebrating her first blog birthday this very day. I'm proud that I was present at the birthing last 14 juillet, and she and I have had such great fun blogging together this year. I think she's done a terrific job!! Joyeux anniversaire chère Genie!
I just realized something while perusing my Paris photos. Many times I'm so intent on getting the front of a shop, the signage, the window that I don't even think to go inside! I'm sure this has saved me a great deal of money in the past. Lolita ...I have no idea what was for sale there. I must go back.
The oh so élégante door sign was featured here. I have made this image available on Red Bubble on the sidebar.
Ma chère amie Mary and I met in 2007 when we found ourselves corresponding on Virtual Tourist. We have been dear friends and Paris travel buddies ever since. I found this photo from our last, but NOT OUR LAST, trip to Paris.. janvier 2011. I love you Mar and here's to many more rendezvous à Paris!
At le Jardin d'Acclimatation even the scarecrow has that je ne sais quoi! If you or anyone you know is traveling to Paris with children, this should be at the top of your list. Located in the Bois de Boulogne, it is a delightful place to spend the day. Plenty to see and do for children and adults. We had a delightful day there.
Today as we in America celebrate Independence Day, I thought it would be fitting to share this photo of Lady Liberty ( la liberté éclairant le monde) as she stands in Luxembourg Gardens. The first bronze modelof the Statue of Liberty, given by the sculptor Bartholdi. Another larger model stands on the Île aux Cygnes, near the Pont de Grenelle facing southwest towards New York Harbor.
As a little connection with the US and Paris today, may I recommend a new blog I found...
I never thought it would happen, but I have finally stumped Peter, my go to guy
for all things Paris. Peter, JB, Owen, Mary and I struck off down this street last June and I think the flags must have some meaning. Of course I took no archive photos and when I enlisted Peter's help, he couldn't recall the street either. What I do remember is that it is near Place de la Bastille. Regardless, I thought the ROUGE and the flags made a festive shot, especially since we in the U.S. are waving our flags this holiday weekend!
I'm pleased to announce the publication of my book, PARIS ROUGE THROUGH MY LENS, now available on BLURB. See the badge on the sidebar.
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 9 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.