Friday, September 30, 2011

La Fontaine

Of course you know this lovely place.  Place des Vosges  bien sûr!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vue de café

I stopped at this café one summer afternoon,  just a block from the Place des Vosges,  to relax with a glass of wine.  I had a nice table facing the street and spotted this lovely lady across the way.  I wanted to  capture more of her, but I think her dress and the motorcycle makes it even more typical of the diversity you often see on the streets of Paris.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


The dancers on rue Mouffetard each Sunday have provided me with endless pleasure and many photographs.  You met this lady and gentleman here.  Today, they dance for you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Déjeuner à Nemours

Funny, I rarely take photographs inside cafés or restaurants in Paris, but this was our last lunch in Paris last January and as always I felt this compulsion to snap every possible image of Paris before I had to say, "Au revoir".  This lunch over a Croque-Monsieur, salade et vin, proved to be a treasure trove of images. You have already seen many of them.  Today a photograph I love, mainly for all the details that I unknowingly captured.

Monday, September 26, 2011

L'huile d'olive

My last day in Paris, June '10, I passed this store in the Marais. The young ladies that worked there were so friendly, and welcomed my photographs.  In France, an olive oil shop is a work of art.  I have several more I'll share.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Cimetière de Passy once more. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011


is the marketing genius at Chanel???  The French really know how to sell some parfum!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Name This Door

I figure it won't take two seconds for one of you to name this door, but I thought it might be fun to see.
This time I"m not putting the answer in the tags at the bottom like the last contest! Here we go!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Art et Legos

It is not often that you will visit the Palais Royal and not find some wonderful art exhibit in progress.  This snowy day, the bright Lego display in the shop window behind this piece made for an interesting photo.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


14 juilliet, the crowd begins to gather in anticipation of the fireworks to come,  when night falls in Paris.  Actually I took this from the bridge where Peter and I waited for about two hours in order to get the primo front row spot by the railing.  Well worth the wait.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monsieur à la foire aux antiquaires

I couldn't resist. Saint Sulpice Foire aux Antiquaires.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Paris Rouge LXIX - En Voiture!!

Gare de Lyon

Monsieur Google was kind enough to translate this.  We all know that as available as he is, he can be a titch "off the mark". I welcome corrections for "All Aboard!"  

My thanks to Véronique who so  kindly corrected the title for me. I've made the change!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Les vélos et la porte

Paris in one photograph, n'est-ce pas?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Les Détails

Since I first visited Paris, I've been fascinated by the lacy details of la Tour Eiffel.  I try and find new ways to capture them each time I return.  If you want to read a fascinating account of la tour's history, pick up Jill Jonnes' book Eiffel's Tower. I was fortunate to meet her in Paris and hear her talk about her book.  You can read about that evening here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Un bon livre dans le parc *

Jardin du Luxembourg

Everywhere you go in Paris, especially the parks, you will find readers.  As a former teacher I think this
says a lot about the French. They read books on the Métro, waiting for the bus, while in cafés, in the parks.  They don't waste a minute, always a book in hand.  A nation of readers.  What a concept.

* Thank you Genie for the translation!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

100 French Strangers - Yet Another Friendly Waiter

French Stranger #77

One a hot July day, this cheerful waiter served me lunch and as I watched, he greeted other patrons  outside with a smile.  About a block from Place des Vosges,  if memory serves.   I stopped by again,  late one afternoon for wine on the street again.  He took very good care of me.  Who says French waiters are snooty???

To see more of my photographs of my Paris waiters, visit My French Life.  My article "Waiting in Paris" was featured recently.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Abbey Bookshop

The Abbey is yet another lovely little bookshop in Paris with its wares spilling out onto the sidewalk. (But it  looks like someone needs to have their mouth washed out with soap! Tsk, tsk.)  Since 1989, it is another Parisian source for English language books from around the world.

29 rue de la Parcheminerie
75005 Paris
Métro: St. Michel/Cluny la Sorbonne

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Garden Shed

Le Jardin des Plantes
I would imagine that this garden is still a delight, even in September.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Paris Rouge LXIII -Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimone is what I think might just be Paris' best kept secret. Rarely do I find anyone who has visited, but I was awestruck the first time I stepped inside. It's the world's largest architecture museum. Located at Trocadero Palace et  de Chaillot, overlooking la Tour, it is not to be missed. Oh and have your coffee on the terrace. You get the same commanding view of la Tour for a fraction of the price.  You'll thank me for that!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Looking Towards New York Harbor

This replica of the the original Statue of Liberty, stands on the Île des Cygnes near Pont Grenelles in Paris. She faces towards the Atlantic Ocean and her "larger sister" in New York Harbor.  Today on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I thought this a fitting view from Paris.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

La Chanteuse III - The Métro

I regret that I always seem to be in a such hurry when in the Métro. There are usually musicians performing  and I always want to stop and have a listen. Since Métro musicians must audition for the permit to perform there, they are usually very good. I would have bought this singer's CD but alas, had to hurry on my way!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Walking In

I've already posted at least two photographs from this stroll through the Palais Royal, that rainy day last January. Fini? Bien sûr que non!!!  This chubby cheeked boy was just walking into my shot. I have more. I hope you won't mind.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Window Garden

When living in Paris, one must make use of every inch of "real estate"!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


If you've visited la Tour Eiffel , you've seen them,  and no doubt been annoyed.  I found a way to keep them at their distance........focusing my camera.  I dream of a time I visit la Tour Eiffel when they are .....terminée!!!

I'm pleased that My French Life. org has chosen my photos for another article: Waiting in Paris.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Crossing the Pont d'Iéna

Such wonderful memories. Summer, 2009.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Le Carrousel et la Tour

This is one of the most charming carrousels in Paris. The view's not bad either.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


I bring you back again, and again to the Cimetière de Passy.  I still ask myself why I seem to have found more images here than any other cemtery in Paris. Je ne sais pas.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Quiet Corner

Château deMalmaison,, Josephine's residence.  Located right outside of Paris in Reuilly-Malmaison.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Paris Rouge LXII- Métro Châtelet

Most of you who have used the Paris Métro station Châtelet, may have never noticed these fine red stairs. Why you ask? Most likely it's because you were suffering from fatigue from all the huffing and puffing up and down, up and down, up and down the stairs to make you way through the world's largest Métro-RER station, Châtelet- Les Halles. I've dubbed it "Metro Hell"!  I like the red stairs though.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011


Le Nemours au Place Colette, of course. Déjeuner with a view.
Métro: Palais Royal