Monday, December 31, 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Non Madame, pas de photos!

Yesterday, some of my readers asked me if I'd ever been refused photos in Paris.  Today seems like the perfect time for this story.

I arrived in Paris last January with "my list" clenched in my fist.  I had researched several specialty shops in Paris Made By Hand,  that I was dying to photograph.  Alexandra Sojfer's parapluie shop was at the top of the list.  After a very long first day in Paris, we finally arrived on the doorstep after dark.  I walked in, greeted the gentleman at the counter and asked to take a few photographs.  He apologetically  told me that I could not take any photos inside the shop. With that, the designer herself breezed in from the back and made it very clear that there would be none, although I pulled the "I'm here from the U.S. to take photos" card. Sadly I was then forced to press my lens against the glass and get only passable photographs.

Since 1834, this family has handcrafted exquisite umbrellas. If you get caught in a Paris shower without your umbrella, expect pay the price for one of hers!

Alexandra Sojfer
218 Blvd. Saint Germain
Métro: Sèvres Babylone

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Trois Amis

I love it when I ask to make a photograph and I get this reaction!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Paris Rouge - Damman Frères Thé

Thé shops can be found all over Paris.  Located on rue Mouffetard, it is one of three Paris stores.  Damman Frères has been in the tea business since 1692.  

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Trop Fatigué

I have felt like these tourists at the Panthéon many times.  I think if I didn't travel with such energetic friends I would have done this very thing!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A la pêche aux euros

We happened upon Monsieur, dangling a line in the water below the Daniel Buren's Les Deux Plateau at the Palais Royal.  Pourqoui??  Peter has a few words with him, and he explained he was catching euros on a magnet.  He did not share how many he's captured.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

L'ange - Sainte Trinité

This beautiful papier maché angel stood beside the altar at Sainte Trinité church.  The créche was off to one side. The crates used here were also stacked on the altar. Lovely

Joyeux Noël à toi et toute ta famille

Monday, December 24, 2012

You'll find...

Père Noël hanging around all over Paris!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

M Is For...

Merry Christmas from Merci and me!

111 boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris
Métro: Saint Sébastien Froissart

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Signes du Samedi - Ladurée

Don't you wish you could pop in Ladurée for your last minute gifts and stocking stuffers!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Noël à Paris - Hôtel de Ville de Paris

In addition to the large skating rink that is set up in from of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, this beautiful double decker carrousel adds to the magic.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

La crèche

This crèche at the Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis is one of the most unusual I've seen anywhere in Paris.  If I didn't know better, I'd think les petits enfants had been rearranging the figures.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Paris Rouge - Coeurs rouges

Lest you think all Christmas trees in Paris are fabulous, over the top creations, meet the dear little tree that greets you in the courtyard ouyside Moulin de la Galette restaurant in Montmartre. I think the rouge hearts are the perfect choice.

83 rue Lepic
75018 Paris

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

La Grande Roue de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde's obelisk  with the Grande Roue de la Concorde in the background, decked out for Christmas.  It went up 16 novembre and will come down 13 janvier. Prix 10 euro, and worth it for the views of Paris from above.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Les Décorations

Last January I noticed that many of the cafés and restaurants had added festive decorations over their signage.  Today, I'm sharing not ONE but THREE photos. Consider it an early Christmas gift, or  perhaps a  Christmas miracle!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Church Series - La Chorale

Late one afternoon, we wandered into the Église Saint-Merri and found this group practicing for an upcoming concert.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Signes du samedi - Pas de chiens

There is a dear little playground adjacent to the Église Saint-Médard on rue Mouffetard.  Good things these petits garçons didn't bring their chien along!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Jingle les cloches

Père Noël better have some mighty hefty elves to jingle these bells!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Les petits écharpes

Even les petits enfants wear their scarves with a flair!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lumières de Noêl

It seems each neighborhood has it's own light displays during the holiday season.  This one by St. Germain des Pres reminded me of those on the Champs Élysées several years ago.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Simple et festive

The Panthéon decorated with trees simply dressed with festive red bows.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Café avec amies

Friends enjoying a sunny afternoon for a café.  
The Village St. Paul

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Scandaleux à Paris!

Sometimes Paris windows just make me laugh out loud as I pause to snap the photo! 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Les lumières de Noël

Even in January, you can still enjoy the festive lights strung across so many Paris streets.

For more lights of Christmas in Paris, visit My French Life. They have published the second in the series Postcards From Paris featuring my photographs right here!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

L'Oisneau de Feu

L'Oisneau de Feu

I have a love /hate feeling about the Stravinsky Fountain.  Although I deep down really love the vibrant colored sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle and her husband Jean Tinguely, the black pieces don't seem to fit there. In addition, I don't think I've ever seen the fountain when all of the sculptures were working and moving as it was designed.  That said, this evening when the Église Saint-Merri was warmly lit, it makes a striking image against this 14th century church.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hôtel Jeanne d'arc

Well if the mirror is any indication, this must be a delightful place to stay in the Marais.  

3 rue de Jarente
75004 Paris

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Soccer au Palais Royal

Jackets, scooters and skateboards are stashed against a column in the Gallery d'Orléans

Imagine being a young boy living in Paris. On Wednesdays you are out of school,  so you are free to meet up with your friends for a quick pick up game of soccer.  Where do you play? Why the Palais Royal of course.  Be careful that you don't kick you ball into the Pol Bury Fountains!!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Nöel lèche vitrine

The shop windows in Paris during the Christmas season are just spectacular.  This day I caught my friends doing a little window shopping at Galerie Vivienne.

Merci MY FRENCH LIFE for featuring a number of my Paris Christmas photos!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday Church Series - Église Saint-Merri

Sitting at a café near the Stravinsky Fountain late one afternoon, the lights caught my eye...the street lights as well as the ones in the apartment windows, illuminating this old church.

76 Rue de Verrrerie
75004 Paris 
Metro: Hôtel de Ville

Saturday, December 1, 2012

City Daily Photo Theme Day - My Street

 The view from our bedroom

For the past two years, my street in Paris has been our fabulous apartment on rue St. Roch. The tall windows overlook the Église St. Roch , and we wake up every morning to the sound of the church bells. Mon amie Mary and I are planning another trip this janvier.  La vie est belle!

Today I join City Daily Photobloggers around the world who are posting photos of their street right here.