Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres I

For the next week, we will be spending time in Chartres France. This past trip in March, I made my first trip there and I couldn't imagine why I had not gone sooner. I hope you will enjoy images not only of the cathedral itself but the area around the church and the charming town itself.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

City Daily Photo Theme Day - My Neighborhood

Since I sadly do not live in Paris, I'm sharing a photo from our window this last trip in early March. We were on an upper floor so I had the pleasure of photographing the rooftops in all times of day and weather. Rue des Entrepreneurs.

Today, the first of the month, I'm joining my fellow city daily photo bloggers around the world. Click HERE to see their neighborhoods.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Les Danseurs

Dimanche å rue Mouffetard. I hope the dancers on Mouffetard are back now that the lockdown has ended. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In Full Bloom

Square Georges Cain is tucked away in the Marais, just across from l'Institut Suédois, on rue de Payenne. Another very lovely quiet corner of Paris. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Chateau Vincennes

As we wandered the grounds at Chateau Vincennes, these outbuildings caught me eye. "Harnachement" translates to harness so I'm guessing something to do with stables? If any of you have a better translation, I'd welcome it.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Flower School Catherine Muller

What a lovely morning we spent with Catherine and her gracious staff. I see from her website that she will resume her flower schools in July. Such good news.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Place Dauphine Reflet

This is one of my favorite quiet corners of Paris. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Shakespeare and Company

 If you wander up the stairs to the second floor, you find the very  interesting places that this bookshop is known for.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Les bouquinistes

For hundreds of years, the booksellers have opened their green boxes in almost any weather, to sell their wares. It's a treasure trove of antique and used books, prints, magazines, and now assorted souvenirs for the eager tourists. I'll admit to purchasing some lovely vintage prints and posters myself. C'est Paris!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

La dentelle antique

Late one afternoon, while Mary and I were poking around one of our favorite places, Village Saint-Paul, we discovered a small brocante. Note: On our last trip in early March, it was under renovation. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Quiet Corner of Paris - Place Dauphine

Place Dauphine, located on Ile de la Cité, is a small, quiet square. Surrounded by a few cafés, I always make a point to stop by. Once or twice I've found some pétanque players but most of the time, it looks just like this. I almost hesitated to share this info so as to keep it on the down low, but wanted you to have the pleasure as well. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Jardin des Plantes - L'artiste

This artist was sketching animals at la Ménagerie, one of the oldest zoos in the world, created in 1794.  

Monday, June 8, 2020

Jardin des Plantes V

 A cool, shady place to run free. We found that most tourists flock to Tuileries and it's a mad house in the summer. This was the perfect park to enjoy with the grandchildren. 

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Jardin des Plantes IV

I assume this charming little building is for the gardeners to store their equipment. One of my favorite  places here!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Jardin des Plantes I

Today we move to another of Paris' beautiful gardens. We discovered the Jardin des Plantes in June, 2009, when my daughter and I were staying in the 5eme with her two children, ages 4 and 7. That summer we found many fun things to do in Paris with children.

The Jardin des Plantes is Paris' botanical gardens and includes a small zoo, carrousel , and the extraordinary National Museum of Natural History. 

Le Dodo Manege carrousel features a delightful collection of extinct and endangered animals. This is a must when you travel to Paris with children.

Monday, June 1, 2020

City Daily PHoto Theme Day - Parks

Today, the first of the month is our THEME DAY. Paris has an abundance of parks so I chose one that most visitors might never discover. Square Georges Cain is located on a quiet side street in the Marais. Put it on your list.

For all of the CDP bloggers' photos of their favorite parks, click HERE! 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Palais Royal IV

Selfie with friends. In November, 2015, I traveled with friends Mary and Phil. We stayed in an apartment near Place Victoire and spent a lot of time at the Palais Royal. Here we are!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Palais Royal III

I never tire of this view into the gardens.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Palais Royal II

Les vélos
Jardin du Palais Royal

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Palais Royal I

 Today really thinking about how much I love the Palais Royal and spending time in the gardens. I'll share a few more photographs this week of past trips. Sadly, this last trip we didn't get a visit here de to rain and having to leave Paris early.

PS. I"m having keyboard glitches and unable to type a few letters so forgive me!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

Les Vendeurs IV

 After visiting the Marché aux Puces de Vanves, we walked through the lovely Parc Georges Bressens  to the pavilion which houses the weekly book market. Lots of antique and used books and lots of interesting vendeurs.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Les vendeurs II

This nice vendeur agreed to a photograph as well. Some of you have asked me if I always ask permission. It really depends. Sometimes I interact with a stranger and feel like I'd like to ask their permission, which is technically a Street Portrait. Other times, I love standing afar and watching the interactions going on and choose to snap a photograph. This is what is typically known as Street Photography. Many photographers enjoy the interaction with strangers as I do, but that means you miss out on getting that special moment with them doing what they do. Regardless, I would never publish a photograph of anyone that is not flattering. Tomorrow, I'll share a street photo so that you can see the difference. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Flea Market Finds - Les vendeurs

While shopping and photographing, I managed to meet a few lovely vendors. Monsieur was happy to be photographed, which I appreciated. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Flea Market Finds

Une collection of verrerie de vintage. Of note the fabulous and longed for blue sky day in Paris.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Marché aux Puces du Vanves - Les acheteurs

Madame et Monsieur enjoying a morning at the flea market. 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Flea Market Finds

 Marché aux Puces des Vanves is a little tricky to find but worth the effort. This small outdoor flea market is set up along one long street in the south of Paris. I found it much easier to navigate, the dealers friendly and some wonderful photo ops. I'll share a few more for the next few days. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Charming in Chartres

Just a short walk from the cathedral, I found this charming restaurant.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

La Cour

This private courtyard has been locked to the public since the 2015 terrorist attacks. I'm so grateful to have had several visits there before.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Charmant à Chartres

 The lovely town of Chartres, is just a nice train ride from Paris. The Cathedral is breathtaking, but take the time to wander the streets. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Travaux en cours

For those of you who have followed my blog, you'll remember Alexis. He is an evening/wedding gown designer whose shop is located just off Place des Vosges. For many visits, I found his shop closed, but then I got very lucky one day. He has kindly allowed me in on several occasions to photograph. He speaks no English and I... well you know about that. He nods and lets me take photographs and he attends to his phone. I leave with a merci and that's about it.

This trip, I found some of his sketches with the beginnings of a fabulous new creation. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Mon préféré

 I love so many bridges in Paris, but the Pont des Arts remains my favorite. When I first visited Paris  years ago, I found the few "love locks" charming. As time passed, they took over this bridge and most others and were destroying them with their weight, not to mention their hideousness. Thankfully the city of Paris stepped in, finally, and cut them off, and now have restored them to their former beauty. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


Sad to think about Paris empty, with no social interaction on terrasses.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Flower School Catherine Muller II

Today, a closer look at Catherine Muller's Paris flower school. After greeting us and showing us around her lovely shop, Catherine escorted us downstairs where 7 students were busily assembling their bouquet assignment. Have a look.