Friday, February 28, 2014

Le photographe

As he was capturing images at the Palais Royal, I was taking advantage myself.  I spoke with him later and I'll share his portrait another day.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Les petits matelots

Even on chilly fall days, the sailors are out with their bâtons at Luxembourg Gardens.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Le Jardin

As we were enjoying the Yousuf Karsh exhibit, I glanced out the window and found this delightful garden. If it hadn't just rained, I would have tried to find my way outside to photograph as well. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Re- Bonjour

I'm often asked why I yearn to return to Paris over and over again.  Today is a fine example.  I photographed this friendly sidewalk artist at Place des Vosges the first time in July, 2009.  This last trip, I found him again, in the very same spot, with the same wonderful smile.  Question answered.

And may I take a moment to thank my French language expert, Veronique for being my very faithful translator for this blog. She makes me look so good and when my French fails, it's because I didn't ask her first!  She has a fabulous blog, French Girl in Seattle, and I hope you will all start following her blog! 

Monday, February 24, 2014


I've already posted a post from Le Café des Chats, but there seems to be a lot of interest in this new café in the Marais, and as I'm a cat lover, I have many to share.  Today this little guy found a place to snuggle in the front window behind us.  If you love cats, put this on your list!

Please call for reservations: +33 9 73 53 35 81

Le Café des Chats
16  rue Michel le Compte
75003 Paris

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Church Series - Saint Germain des Près


One of the oldest ( or maybe THE oldest) churches in Paris, Saint Germain des Preès is remarkably good condition.  This last trip, I noticed these beautiful painted columns and the wear along the base.  To be expected for a church hundreds of years old.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Signes du Samedi - Galeries Lafayette

In the winter months, you are rewarded for braving the cold in Paris by being able to witness a Paris sunset from atop the rooftop of Galeries Layfayette.  (It closes around 6,  so in the warmer months the sun doesn't set for a very long time after that.)  We took full advantage in November,  and as I was madly snapping photos along with everyone else that afternoon, I turned and spotted the sign with the photographers silhouetted.  

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bonne Nuit

Le sigh........

Today I join James' Weekend Reflections!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Les joueurs d'echecs

This Sunday afternoon at Luxembourg Gardens, this jeune fille was holding her own in chess.  I talked with her  mother and father and found out she was 8 years old and her dad,  a chess instructor.  He seemed pleased with how she was doing with a much older opponent. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Les grandes portes

The Palais du Tokoyo, located at 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, houses two wings. The eastern wing, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the western, Palais du Tokoyo/ Site de création contemporaine, belonging to the French state.  The gentleman, gives a sense of scale.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Samedi avec Papa

Saturdays in Paris don't involve being loaded up in the family SUV for a day of track meets, basketball games etc.  You see a lot of families out together on the streets. Papa had the children this Saturday morning.  Who knows where they were headed.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

La reflet

Each time I'm lucky enough to return to Paris, I try and find new themes to pursue. This trip in November, I kept my eye out for reflections in the mirrors of the zillion motorcycles parked on every street. I'll admit it's not as easy as you'd think. Dirty mirrors, mirrors with nothing photo worthy etc. but I found a few I'll share from time to time.

Today I am happy to join James' Weekend Reflections right here!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

La vie parisienne

 Shooting on the street often requires a quick decision and an equally quick shot.  I'm often pleased when I get a look at my downloaded images with what I captured.  This photograph is full of little details that I missed, while really trying to get the bulldog begging for a nibble. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Le spectateur

I find the spectators around the pétanque courts at Luxembourg Gardens  as interesting as the players! Every trip back to Paris, I find the time to come here and watch. Paris moments I treasure.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Un, deux, trois, quatre baguettes - Un homme heureux

What I wouldn't give right now to have a warm baguette in my hands!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cadenas d'amour!

Walking across the Pont des Arts this Sunday afternoon,  I loved watching these boys trying to figure out what this was all about!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Vert et Violet

A strong contender for my favorite door in Paris.

Friday, February 7, 2014

There's An App For That!

From time to time I get hooked on a new photo app for my iPhone.  Yesterday I discovered Waterlogue and in one short day it's become a serious addiction.  Those of you who know me well,  know that I am not a fan of over saturated, over Photoshopped images, but I bit the dust on this one. Maybe it's because I'm am a frustrated watercolorist and now with the swipe of my finger, I can turn one of my photographs into a painting.  I'm not sure what, if anything,  I'll do with this new artistic ability except bore my Facebook friends to tears, but thought I'd share the app and photo today. Have fun and remember, it's addictive.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ma chère maman

Sunday on rue Mouffetard, waiting for the singing and dancing to begin, I spot this.  Another reason I love being a photographer. Capturing precious moments like this makes it all worthwhile.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Coucher du soleil

The rooftop of Galeries Lafayette is the perfect spot to watch the sunset in Paris. In the winter months you can capture it all and it's a photo frenzy with cameras, phones, and Ipads! I like to think it a little perk for braving Paris in the colder months. In the spring and summer, the rooftop closes well before sunset. Quelle dommage. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Paris Rouge - La voiture et les fleurs

On February 1st, I mentioned Passage Saint Paul where there's a little side entrance to the Église Saint -Paul- Saint Louis in the Marais. I usually go or come this way as it's a charming little passage with wonderful weathered shutters and doors.  This time, I spotted rouge all around.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Entry

L'église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis is one of my favorite churches in Paris. Located on rue St. Antoine in the Marais, it also offers a hidden side entrance on Passage St. Paul that I love to use. This door and lock show the age of this beautiful old church completed in 1641.

Today, my City Daily Photoblog friends around the world are sharing their version of our monthly theme.  Click here to see them all!