Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Le serveur

Paris waiters never stop. They are constantly in motion. I caught our very efficient and cordial waiter as we left this restaurant in Meudon.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Les baguettes!

His face says it all. He's delighted to be bringing home those crusty, delicious baguettes. I agree.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Les grands magasins

The view from Galeries Lafayette looking towards  Printemps, two of the grands magasins. At Christmas, they are magical for children as well as the adults!

Friday, December 8, 2017

À travers les yeux d'un enfant

The Christmas windows at Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are truly magical.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I Love Paris in November!

Paris in November. I love the bare trees, the fall color...tout!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

La neige å Paris

Another archives photo from the snowfall during our January, 2010 trip to Paris. My friends Mary and Mary at the Palais Royal.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

La neige

It snowed last week in Paris, just a week after I came home. I'll admit being a bit miffed with l'homme de la météo! I do still have a small collection of photos of la neige from January 2010 to remind me of  how even more beautiful Paris is after a snowfall.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pétanque in the Parc

These guys. I find them almost every visit to Luxembourg Gardens. They are always at the same court. I love reconnecting with them.

Friday, December 1, 2017

City Daily Photo Theme Day - GIFT

Today my City Daily Photoblog friends around the world are posting this month's theme, GIFT. For me, the gift of friendship is the perfect choice. I met Peter Olson, Peter's Paris, through blog friends before my second trip to Paris in November, 2008. He graciously shared his knowledge of Paris and a few bottles of champagne that trip and has continued to offer an incredible amount of time for me and my friends every single trip since. I dubbed him the MOST PATIENT MAN IN PARIS, years ago and he's held the title ever since. He is always willing to do whatever is on my "program" as he calls it, no matter how many times he's visited that place. He kindly stops and waits while I take an endless number of photos or just need a little rest for my back.  We have shared many wonderful Paris memories, laughs and more glasses of champagne than we can remember. After every trip, I always remind him that he is indeed  my best friend in Paris. Merci Peter, pour le cadeau de ton amitié.

Please click HERE to see all of the CDP Theme Day posts from around the world!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Paris Rouge - J'aime, je déteste

As much as I love the signs and the fast and efficient Paris Métro, my knees detest the endless steps, the steps, the steps. This last trip, Mary and I pretty much figured out the Paris bus system and I was very grateful.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Paris Rouge - Scoot!

While I was madly photographing the couple in the background, this little guy zoomed by. I love Paris.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Whatever they put on the geraniums in Paris, they share with the wisteria. Killer vine in the Marais.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Le Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées

This past trip, I was finally able to check the Grand Palais off my list. Since 2007, I've gazed longingly at it's beautiful façade and glorious steel and glass dome. Paris Photo made it possible this trip. This Art Deco structure made of iron and light steel opened in 1900 and regularly houses exhibits and events of all types. It was well worth a 10 year wait!

For a listing of upcoming events, check out the website HERE.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Paris Rouge - Exciting News!

Call me a cockeyed optimist, but I'm planning on bringing out Paris Rouge II just before Christmas. It will be self published on Blurb, and I'm really hoping to meet the deadline for gifts for my family. Maybe you might want to have a look as well. Of course, this Dior window at Assouline at 35 rue Bonaparte will be included. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Jimmy Choo

Printemps'  Christmas windows are always glamorous. This window filled with beautiful shoes caught my eye!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Follow the Leader

Monsieur, on his way home with fleurs, proved to be a fine leader for the students to follow!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Well, it took 15 trips,  but I finally got inside the Grand Palais.  I also FINALLY was able to attend Paris Photo. It was just as Meredith Mullins warned, "Sensory overload". I was totally torn between soaking up every photograph and shooting the fabulous glass ceiling. If you are in Paris in November, be sure to attend this fabulous 3 day event.

I"m doing the BW Photo A Day Challenge on Facebook where I post a BW image a day for 7 days, no people, no words. I"m double dipping here. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Les géraniums

Instead of buying scarves in Paris, I need to be loading up on whatever the fertilizer is they use. The middle of NOVEMBER and the geraniums at this window and all around town are still knockouts. This particular spot on Place Dauphine never disappoints, year after year.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

I'm Home!

Another fabulous trip to Paris is in the books. It was a jam packed 8 days, and I'm so grateful to my dear Paris travel amie Mary Gilbert, and my Paris ami Peter Olson, for making it all happen. It was a wonderful week in the city I know consider my second home. I can't wait to share my photographs with all of you, my faithful followers.

Mary and I trekked to the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette late one afternoon to capture the sunset.  I will never tire of this view!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Au revoir!

For the next week, Mary and I will be roaming the streets of Paris. I hope to bring home many tales and photos!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Amis à Paris

Remembering a delightful afternoon at the Palais Royal with our Birmingham friends the Wilsons. The kids played in the dirt and ran up and down the arcade. This must what it feels like to be a Parisian kiddo every day!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Square du Vert-Galant

Square du Vert-Galant, located on the western tip of Île de la Cité at the Pont Neuf. It's lovely any time of year but especially in the fall. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Church Series - The American Cathedral in Paris

The residence of the Dean of the Cathedral is located above the enclosed courtyard. I always enjoy attending services there when I visit Paris. This trip, Mary and I will be attending a mass at Notre Dame de Paris as we will be meeting Vincent Dubois, one of the organists. I am hoping to be able to photograph him play during the mass. He will be playing a recital at Independent Presbyterian Church here in February. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

One of My Top Finds

I love being asked to help friends, and friends of friends plan their trips to Paris. I'm no travel agent by any means, but I do have a VERY LONG list of to dos. When asked about museums I always offer this one, Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine ( Architecture Museum, it's easier). Located near Palais de Chaillot, it's a must see. After,  have a coffee or glass of wine on the terrasse overlooking the Seine and Eiffel Tower! You'll thank me for this one.

Friday, November 3, 2017

My Happy Place

Next Friday, with any luck at all, I'll be right here photographing the Colonnes de Buren with Mary and Peter!

Thursday, November 2, 2017


I"ve been photographing this guy dancing on rue Mouffetard since 2009. He's a flashy dresser and great dancer. We've never spoken, but I do believe I might have taken him a print. His favorite dance partner was a tall blonde who dressed to the nines. I hear she moved away a few years ago and now  he dances with several of the regular ladies. You can find them every Sunday around 11 -12. Don't miss it. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Rock and Roll

This band of young Parisians braved a messy, drizzly day in Paris to gather across from the Louvre and play for us. The song was, "I Love Rock n Roll", sung en anglais!

Today I join my fellow City Daily Photo blog friends around the world for our monthly theme. Click HERE to see all of their creative photographs!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

La conversation

In this little park, I noticed that the gentlemen congregated on one side, and the ladies on others. Everyone seemed happy with that arrangement.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Huile d'olive

Olivier and Co. shops can be found across Paris. Good selections of oils etc. Photo ops are an added plus.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday Church Series - Les bougies

Église Saint-Paul-Saint Louis, consecrated in 1641 is one of my favorite smaller churches in Paris. Located in the Marais on rue Saint Antoine, it's not as grand as some, but I love it. Take the side door on the left and you will find a charming little alley.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Window Shopping in Paris

Paris shop windows are always worth a look! This trip, Mary has suggested I start a new series of Paris shops. I like that idea!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Un Sourire!!!

As we waited to cross the street, a large bus containing soldiers or perhaps band members in dress uniform went by. I took a series of photos. He spotted me, gave me a smile then waved. Who says that the French never smile. I"m proud of this one.

Today I finally rejoin James' Weekend Reflections again! Click HERE to see all the other lovely reflection photographs from around the world!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Museum of Asian Arts

Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet is considered one of the finest collection of Asian art and  civilizations. After 14 trips to Paris, I'm convinced it's impossible to visit all of the outstanding museums and galleries the city offers. This museum, located near Trocadéro and the Palais Chaillot, is just one of an exceptional concentration of fine museums in the area.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Urban Art Series - Fini

Today ends the Urban Art Series, for a while. When I return to Paris next month, I will be searching for many more! Today, le photographe and I snap each other!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Urban Art Series - Léo & Pipo

Léo & Pipo are a  French duo whose creations feature collages of  BW 1920's photographs. I find them charming. From reading about them, it appears that you can find their work in countries around the world. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Urban Art Series - Philippe Baudelocque

This little series have been fun and educational for me. Until now, I"ve known a few of the more well known artists but I've had to really zoom in and do a little googling to find the others. Philippe Baudelocque, a French artist, uses chalk on black backgrounds to create his intricate creatures. You'll want to visit the site to see them all. I will definitely be looking for more on future trips!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Urban Art Series - Jana und JS

This little urban art series has forced me to research some of the photos that I've taken on Paris streets over the years. Jana & JS are a French /Austrian couple whose stencil art is distinctive and completely unique. I am almost certain that I shot these in the Butte aux Cailles neighborhood. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Urban Art Series - Jef Aerosol

An Urban Art Series would not be complete without another of my favorites, French stencil artist Jef Aerosol ( Jean`François Perroy)! He was one of the first urban artists in Paris and his creations can be found all over the city, but  I have found many in area around rue Mouffetard. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Urban Art Series - Jérôme Mesnager

I must confess, Mesnager's Man in White series are some of my favorites. I love finding them all over the city. He and Némo, seen earlier this week, were some of the first urban artists in Paris.

"I make paintings and the canvas is the world." Mesnager

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Urban Art Series - Invasion of the Space Invaders!!!

These cute tiled space invaders are the work of Invader. He's quite prolific as his work can be found not only in Paris, but 65 cities in 33 countries! Have you spotted them on your travels?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Urban Art Series - Finding Nemo!

So let's start a mini series again. Street art in Paris can be found in every neighborhood. NOT to be confused with tagging, which I despise, but the creative endeavors of many street artists who do their work, I assume, in the dark of night. I'll share some of my favorites in the days to come.

Today, Nemo. His work is distinctive,  featuring the silhouette of a man with recurring rouge umbrellas and balloons. With my Paris Rouge obsession, I"ve enjoyed finding Nemo all over Paris. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Le Ciel Bleu

Le Grand Roue is installed at the Concorde entrance to Tuileries for the holiday season. I went up years ago on a gray drizzly day in January. I"m still kicking myself for not taking advantage of this gorgeous and rare blue sky day!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Le serpent

Gorgeous Virginia Creeper/Boston Ivy vines snake their way across every available surface in Paris. The green turns to beautiful shades of red, coral and yellow.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pots en cuivre

My Paris savvy readers probably are thinking  E. Dehillerin, and that would be an excellent guess. They are known for their extensive collection of copper cookware. These well worn pots and pans were spotted at Marché aux Puces. I love the patina.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Of all the offerings at the Marché aux Puces, I think I enjoyed the lace and linen vendors the most. Such beautiful handwork.