Tuesday, August 17, 2010


It has taken me a while, but I'm learning to push doors in Paris. Sometimes those big double doors aren't locked and you can slip right in and have a little look around. Other times, if you're lucky, you can step right in behind a resident or even the postman. I haven't been quite that bold yet, but this day I waited outside after someone went in, and put my hand on the door to keep it from latching. Then, after a few minutes I wandered in and voilà! Unfortunately this gate was locked, but I enjoyed this cool, shady courtyard garden for a few minutes, then hurried on my way!

My next series of five two hour classes will be starting again soon. For those in the Birmingham AL area, contact me for more details. These classes are designed for the amateur photographer who wants to improve their vacation and family photos!

For the more experienced photographers out there, I have a new class starting in September that will focus on creative ways to photograph our city!


Unknown said...

Quite bold I would say but it's worth it.it's very lovely
courtyard,I would love to live there.
Greetings from Finland

cocoa and coconut said...

Hehe, I've done that too before! It's totally worth it...stealing those few seconds of hidden beauty.

Shell Sherree said...

Wow, you're even naughtier than I thought, Virginia. :) I need to take a leaf from your book. {You'll be my 'one phone call' if I'm caught.}

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Virginia, lovely shot and one you would not have if you had held back.

Between my stalking techniques and your brazen door tricks we can make a mischievous team. Let's go!

Daryl said...

Neat .. its like in VA when we would pull into a driveway hoping we wouldnt get in trouble for trespassing ...

MadAboutParis said...

B-R-A-Z-E-N c'est toi!

claudine said...

Vous avez eu beaucoup de chance de pouvoir entrer dans cette cour avec jardin ! Le Marais réserve beaucoup de surprises!

Anonymous said...

You know I'm proud of you.

Wayne said...

Helpful tips for all the wannabe burglars out there. :-)

Christine said...

I've been following your blog for some time now because I enjoy your pics. Spent two days in Paris (not enough time) in Paris 38 years ago and have always wanted to go back but family and obligations kept me from it. Now I feel like I'm there again.

jennyfreckles said...

There must be hundreds of such hidden but beautiful spaces in Paris - who could object to you exploring a few?

Harriet said...

What a lovely courtyard! And another great 'Paris story' to go with it.

Virginia said...

HOW could I be "naughtier than you thought?" HA

All I'm stealing are some very nice photos! :)

I'm pleased you like my photos and they bring back wonderful memories of trips past. Please visit often.

I"m a rebel you know. I get bolder everytime I visit.

Mad About Paris,
As in "brazen hussy?" Yikes!

Easier to ask forgiveness, oui?

Team Alabama is out to discover Paris in a new way!

So are we partners in crime??

Glad you approve of my trespassing! :)

they are on every single street in Paris. Too many to "crash"! :)

I knew you'd love my story!

J'aime explorer Paris!

Alexa said...

You go, girl! And your brazen behavior definitely paid off—for us! What a lovely courtyard—and I kind of like seeing it through this gate.

Virginia said...

If I can get myself back to Paris, I will go forth with much more brazen behavior for you all! :)

Sheila said...

That ides is really interesting - what a beautiful payoff. Have you tried keyhole shots?

Judy - So California said...

We'll bring you wine and cheese if they toss you in the clink for trespassing.......in the meantime good job!

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

All the more delightful!
Stolen passions sometimes turn out beautifully! ;)