Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Street Art - 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. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

These green chairs are calling my name. I'm looking forward to pulling one up and propping my feet on a fountain at Tuileries... or maybe Luxembourg Gardens... or most likely the Palais Royal with Peter and Mary.  Paris, je t'aime!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Paris Rouge - Packing ....

ma valise soon! Mary and I are planning our trip the second week in November. Would love to meet up with blog friends in the city while we're there!

These colorful red suitcases were spotted at

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Le Pigeon

Autumn in Paris. Hoping there will still be some colorful leaves when I return in November!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Le matin au Palais Royal

My heart always skips a beat when I get right here. The gardens of the Palais Royal are truly my happy place.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Paris Passage

Galerie Vivienne, built in 1823, is one of Paris' loveliest covered passages.

6 rue Vivienne
75002 Paris

Monday, October 2, 2017

Wandering around le Village Saint Paul one afternoon, I poked my head into a small courtyard and discovered this little photography exhibit, but alas, the artist must have stepped out for a smoke! If you are spending some time in the Marais, I highly recommend.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Sensual

Well it's the first day of the month and you know by know that my fellow City Daily Photoblog friends are all posting their take on this month's theme, SENSUAL. Ooh la la. That was chosen just for Paris, nest-ce pas?

Today we stroll down rue Saint-Honoré and peek into Chantal Thomass' divine shop. Her windows are always tastefully, sensual. I"ve never been inside, but who knows.....

Click HERE to see all the other CDP Theme Day entries!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Skipping Along at the Place des Vosges

One of those Paris memories that I will always love.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Le spectateur

The pétanque courts at the Jardin du Luxembourg always draws spectators.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Les huîtres de Paris

               Reminded me of an audible book I enjoyed, The Paris Oyster by Mireille Guilland

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Les vignes d'automne

The Parisian pruning corps needs to pay a visit.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Church Series - Église Val-de- Grâce

We had this view of the Val-de-Grâce from our living room window in June, 2009. I photographed this beautiful church in every light, at many hours of the day. A storm was gathering this afternoon.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Heurtoir de Porte - De luxe

I would love to revisit this beautiful door, don't remember where on earth is it!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sometimes I marvel that when I see an image, I know exactly what trip and where I was. This lovely door was just a few blocks from Place des Vosges, June 2010.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Heartoir de porte III

I love the color, I love the peeling paint. J'adore.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Heurtoir de porte II

Today we travel 80 km SE of Paris to the fortified medieval town of Proving. This lovely heurtoir and porte was a good find.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Heurtoir de porte I

How about a little mini-series of fabulous door knockers in Paris. Shall we?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Canal Saint Martin

Canal Saint Martin was drained and given a good cleaning in 2016. Click HERE to see what was found! Any of my readers ever taken a boat trip here?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Church Series - The Restoration

As is the case is in this old city with old churches, there is continual restoration going on in one place or another. Abbey Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the oldest in Paris, camouflaged the scaffolding beautifully with this lovely trompe l'ceil screen.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Beaucoup d'argent

Many treasures to be discovered at the Marché aux Puces.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Les arches

I"m not sure what this building is called but I can share that it is behind Le Sénat at Jardin du Luxembourg.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Les savons

Peter and I stepped inside this charming little honey shop in Butte aux Cailles. The owner was very kind and allowed me to poke around with my camera. I need to go back and buy soaps for all my friends at home!

Les Abeilles
21 Rue de la Butte aux Cialles

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Les couleurs de l'automne

Strolling in the Marais, loving the ivy covered walls!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Paris Rouge - La galerie

  Place des Vosges is a lovely place to stroll the arcade and window shop for interesting art!

A collection of my Paris photographs are now available on Etsy.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Trop de Pluie - Paris Rouge

As the SE is reeling from Hurricane Irma and the state of Texas recovers from the hell of Hurricane Harvey, my city of Birmingham is expecting the aftermath of Irma for the next two days. Whatever she brings, it won't be anything like the devastation that Texas and Florida, as well as all of the islands in the Caribbean have experienced. If you feel you can contribute, there are many organizations taking donations and money to help.

If I don't post for a day or two, it may mean we've lost power here.  Birmingham is a beautiful city full of old, gorgeous  trees that like to take down power lines. I"ll stay in touch!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sunday Church Series - Prayers

Remembering all those who have lost lives and are in harm's way this day.  The world weeps.

79 Rue Galande
75005 Paris

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bon App!

One of my great finds in Paris happened one day in 2014 while leisurely walking rue Saints-Pères. I looked through the big open doors on the street and spotted what appeared to be a charming little shop at the end. Of course I had to investigate. I found this utterly delightful bakery/café, Treize, a Baker's Dozen, owned by Laurel who speaks Southern because she's from South Carolina! Be still my heart. Now I always make time to go in and say,"Bonjour y'all!" and have brunch. You should too.

Treize, A Baker's Dozen
16 rue Saints-Péres
75007 Paris

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Wandering the streets of the 6 eme, I stopped to admire this creative window.  Reminded me of my extensive scarf collection!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Paris From Above

Regardless your opinion of Centre Pompidou, you have to admit that it offers a unique view of Paris from above, without the crowds around la Tour Eiffel etc. The escalator is an easy ride up and I hear  Café Gerorges is a nice place to enjoy a drink or meal and enjoy the view. I encourage you to research the current exhibits when planning a visit to Paris. The Mondrian exhibit we saw a few years ago was one I"ll never forget. 

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sunday Church Series - La fontaine

La fontaine de la place Saint-Sulpice ( 1843-1848), designed by architect Louis Visconti, who also designed the tomb of Napoleon.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Photographing the Photographer


Today I join my fun loving and talented City Daily Photoblog friends around the world posting our take on their month's theme. Please click HERE and see the gallery!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


The friendly doorman at the Four Seasons George V patiently waiting.

Hôtel George V
31 Avenue George V
75008 Paris

Monday, August 28, 2017

Le Rubis

A few years ago while enjoying a leisurely day alone in Paris, I passed by Le Rubis and remembered a fine boeuf bourguignon I'd enjoyed there once. I decided to try it again. I was shown a door at the end of the bar and discovered a tiny ( of course), winding (of course) stairway. At the top I walked through what appeared to be a make shift kitchen but it could have been the one and only. I found a small dining room lined with tables. I squeezed onto a banquette, shed my coat, camera, bag and tried not to look like a harried tourist. I fooled not a soul. The sweet, overworked waitress informed me that I had to read the menu off the chalkboard on the wall. So the whole process went in reverse. I could hardly read it and so with our limited use of each other's language, I decided on the "peeg" with lentils. It turned out to be what we would call ham. Very pink and tender with a sea of lentils topped with a pat of butter. This is what David Leibowitz called "earthy French food" in his review. It's worth the read.

Le Rubis is the type of cafe you want to run up on in Paris. The same couple is always behind the bar and the food is always honest and hearty.

Le Rubis
10 rue Marché Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Paris Rouge - Manteau rouge

Paris carrousels always stop me in my tracks!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Paris Rouge - La tour Eiffel

The hearty souls selling their art at Place du Tertre, brave even the cold temps in January!

Friday, August 25, 2017

I Love This Place

It's been a few years since Mary and I trekked to the charming Butte aux Cailles neighborhood to find L'Oisive Thé. Owned by an American, this lovely shop combines yarn and knitting supplies with a thé and coffee shop offering delicious breakfast and lunch offerings made in the tiniest kitchen I"ve ever seen!

L'Oisive Thé
8 Rue de la Butte aux Cailles
75013 Paris

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Visages sur le mur

If memory serves, these lovely ladies were gracing a wall in Butte-aux-Cailles a charming hilltop neighborhood in the 13 arrondissement.