Our first trip to Paris, we entered Tuileries and immediately these enthusiastic tourists caught my eye and my Eva's as well. She seemed a bit puzzled as to why grown men would pose with a statue such as this. I decided to pass on that explanation! A while later she picked her own statue and asked me to take her picture with it. Peter has done extensive posting of all the statues in the gardens here and if you look closely you will find our Eva on his blog as well !
These days Paris waiters don't leave a small handwritten tab on your table, although I'd love to find some that still do. Sadly, now it's a computerized ticket they've printed out. Here at Le Petit Marcel, it seems our handsome waiter, with the red suspenders, was actually logging it all in on a computer! Quel dommage.
If you've traveled to Paris, you've probably had to locate la pharmacie a time or two. Oh I've had to stop in for band-aids for my toes many times, but the most fun is strolling the aisles pouring over the cosmetics, cremes and soaps..... Paris pharmacies are well known for this and Pharmacie Place Monge is said to be the largest and busiest one in Paris. Mary and I stopped in for a few things and the line to see the pharmacists was quite long, but there were friendly salespeople there to help us with over the counter items. Just look for the neon green cross!
You have met Alexis several times here on this blog, as I've photographed his studio at Place des Vosges as often as I can find it open. Today another view of one of his gowns with the designer himself in the background. Alexis was gracious enough to allow me to stop in and photograph his creations on several occasions but remained a bit in the background. I think this photos illustrates that.
As I wandered near my apartment in the Marais one afternoon, I spotted this man hard at work at his desk just inside the doorway. I stepped in and asked if I could take some photos. After all, the place was dripping with old keys and tire bouchons! He spoke a little English so I asked if I could take his photograph as well. He consented but asked to share the book he had written, Des Clefs et des Hommes.
Of course I agreed. I have a few more photos of his interesting shop for you later.I'm one lucky photographer.
Oh I can hear what you're saying, "Why on earth is Virginia posting this shot? Every tourist on the planet has taken this one!". Well I have a little Louvre trivia pour toi aujourd'hui. Ever wonder how they clean all that glass? ( Paris is full of pigeons you know.) I'm sure I.M. Pei never gave that a thought when he designed it. Well it's obviously a job too big for a Frenchman with a squeegee! Look closely and you will see the little robot that does it effortlessly. You just never know what you'll learn on PTML!
It seems that faithful pétanque players enjoy their game year round. In fact, I think I recognized several of these players from previous trips. This very chilly Sunday, they donned jackets and scarves and seemed to be having a bit of a discussion, which I've observed, happens quite often.
Last June 2010, I stayed in the Marais, just blocks from the Place de la Bastille. One day I came up from the Métro and looked theOpérasquare in the face. I will admit that it has never been a favorite of mine, but I'd hoped it would "grow on me, in time. Well .... it hasn't. It's sleek, curvy and to be honest, not all that well cared for in places. I have photos but decided to leave that alone. Maybe if I had been inside for a performance, I would feel differently. This bright sunny day, I did my best to put a good face on it.
If you can squeeze yourself through the throngs at Shakespeare & Company, and wind your way upstairs, you will discover some wonderful finds! I will admit it took me three trips here to finally discover the back stairs.
A sad day for everyone at Apple and for all of us who admired what Steve Jobs created in a life cut short. As a former Apple employee I can say it was the finest company I've ever had the pleasure of being part of. He will certainly be missed. Last January, our first day in Paris, we headed to the Apple Store Opéra. It was a thrill to see it first hand.
It's a banner day here on my blog. I'm so stingy with my photographs that I RARELY post more than one. ( Humor me, I fear my photos will run out before I can return to Paris!) That said, I thought these two told the story so well. Look at these fabulous belts. How would you choose?
I've been saving a small group of photos from this belt shop in the Marais since June, 2010. I love the small specialty shops I find in Paris. The craftsmanship is remarkable and made and displayed with such care. Loscocarries only handcrafted leather belts and buckles. Today my archive photo. What I didn't realize was that I had piqued someone's curiosity!
I think it might be nice to keep this group of photographs together in a series, so come back tomorrow to have a look at his workbench.
I've found these lovely porcelain crosses and wreaths at each and every cemetery I've visited in Paris. I think they become even more beautiful as they weather. Last January, after a rainfall, I thought this one very special, with the fallen leaves.
Didier Ludot's vintage Pucci collection is quite safe! Here at the Palais Royal and all over Paris, the shops lock it up nice and tight at night. I have always been fascinated by this because I probably feel safer in Paris at night than anywhere! Anyone have an opinion to share?
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". My 2008 trip I looked at Paris with a different 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. I was thrilled to return to Paris and the French countryside in June and July of 2009, and blogged daily while there. I've returned to the city I love in January and June- 2010 , January 2011 and January 2012! Each time I visit, it feels more and more like home, and I discover new and interesting things with each trip. I cherish the time with my Paris friends as well as the friends that always join me there. 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.