Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Church Series - Église Notre Dame de Lorette

Not as well known, this church that sits in the shadow of the Sacre Coeur, is not as well cared for as Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, but well worth a visit.

Notre Dame de Lorette
8 bis rue de Chateudun
75009 Paris

Saturday, June 29, 2013

L'artiste amical

What a nice man. I look for him at Place des Vosges every trip now, but he must be painting somewhere else.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Boutiques Parisiennes - Le propriètaire, A la mère de famille

As promised yesterday, the owner at A la Mère de Famille, sweet shop on rue Faubourg Montmartre.  I see that they also sell thé and even candied fruit as well as candies of all kinds. A charming shop.  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Boutiques Parisiennes - A la Mère de Famille

Today I introduce a new series, where I will feature Paris shops and their owners that I've found over my travels to Paris.  Today Paris' oldest sweet shop founded in 1761... I repeat...1761!!  I will post the delightful owner another day. I think this will be a fun series and hope you will too!

A la Mère de Famille
35 Rue de Faubourg Montmartre
75009 Paris

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Crépuscule au Pompidou

From a cafe table overlooking the Stravinsky Fountain, the Centre Pompidou twinkled in the twilight.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Le carrousel

I loved the top of this charming carrousel in front of the Hôtel de Ville!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Décoration de vitrine chez Annick Goutal

As I hurried across rue de Castiglione, I spotted her adding some finishing touches to the windows at Annick Goutal.  Sigh........ je voudrais un flacon, svp.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Fête de la Musique - Trop Tard

Not only did I miss Paris' Fête de la Musique yesterday, I also missed my 5th Anniversary of my Birmingham Alabama Daily Photo blog.  In an effort to catch up, today I share this loud but wonderful drum corps that I encountered on the steps of the St. Paul-St. Louis church as I came up from the Métro on June 21, 2010.  What a great night full of music in Paris.

Friday, June 21, 2013


This sign in Marly le Roi, was so charming, but I wonder what kind of coiffure I would have gotten in this small village??

Thursday, June 20, 2013


L'orangerie, Jardin du Luxembourg

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


The gravestones at the Cimetière des Chiens in Asnières are so touching.  Some are more "elegant" than others. I loved this one. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Life Imitates Art

213 rue St. Honoré
75001 Paris

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Chuch Series - Saint Quiriace Collegiate Church

Construction of the Basilique Saint Quiriace was begun in the 12th century and not completed until the 17th century.   Located in the medieval village of Provins,  in the champagne region of France 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Couverte de Vigne

The Butte aux Cailles neighborhoods are a charming change from what one expects to see in Paris. The wisteria is rampant. Vive la France!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cerises pour Eva

This from our 2009 trip to Paris and Fontaine-Fourches.  The backyard at La Bonne Etoile was a wonderful playground for Eva and Davis. They kicked the ball, picked carrots, explored, made fairy houses and saw for the first time cherry trees!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chats du cimetière

I think if I were a cemetery cat in Paris, this would be my choice.  Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques in the northwest suburb of Paris, Asnières-sur-Seine is probably one of my favorite resting places in Paris. The fact that I found Meeps' Parisian cousin has nothing to do with it! 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


The beautiful Musée Jacquemart-André  located in this gorgeous 19th Century mansion contains an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture and tapestries.  Not as well known as many other museums in Paris but certainly worth a visit.

Musée Jaequemart-André
158 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris
Métro- Miromesnil or St. Phillipe de Roule

Monday, June 10, 2013

Interdit II - Didier Ludot

I've spent a good amount of time with my nose and lens pressed against the shop windows in Paris.  At night, they lower these gates making it even more difficult to drool over the vintage designer gowns at Didier Ludot.  Trip #9, and I've still not gathered the courage to walk in when they're open.  Je suis très desolé!

Didier Ludot
Galerie Montpensier 
Jardin du Palais Royal

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Church Series - Le flamme

Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés considered the oldest or one of the oldest churches in Paris, should be on everyone's To See List when visiting Paris.

3 Saint Germain des Prés
75006 Paris
Métro: Saint Germain des Prés / Mabillon

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Allow me a moment today.  For you, these steps probably don't mean much.  For me,  many fond memories. These are the slopey, well worn stairs from our apartment on St. Roch. I've walked DOWN them many, many times. Up.... not so much.  The morning light on the well worn carpet was too good to resist.  

Friday, June 7, 2013

Rouge In France - Deux Fenêtres

I wish I new the name of this little village near Fontaine-Fourches, FR. We stopped at a little brocante there.  Charmant!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Le Sous-Chef

Sadly not one of my 100 French Strangers.  I snapped this through the window of a small café in Marly le Roi.  He saw me and gave me a nice smile. Merci!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


These lovely green chairs stacked high along Place des Vosges, seemed to be waiting for spring.  

Monday, June 3, 2013

L'artiste - Place du Tertre

Bless Peter's heart.  He trudged up to Montmartre with me for probably his 100th time so I could explore a little more, and did it cheerfully I might add.   It was cold and damp and a bit slippery in places as Paris was melting from their latest snowfall ( that managed to elude my lens), but I found a few hearty artists braving the cold, sketching away.  I note the Greek on the back of his easel, but he's doesn't appear to be Greek to me. Any thoughts?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday Church Series - La Madeleine

Taken from my seat as we awaited the choral concert at this beautiful church, as part of the Fête de la Musique . This festival of music which is held on June 21st, originated in France in 1982, but now is celebrated all over the world. La Madeleine was a spectacular venue for the choral concert. The acoustics were amazing.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

City Daily Photo Theme Day - The Beauty of Decay

The grave of scientists Joseph Croce-Spinelli and his lover Théodore Sivel are buried together at Père Lachaise.  The two died in a balloon accident in 1875.  The sculpture of the two men, lying side by side holding hands is a much talked about gravesite, but I was too enamored with the colors cascading down the side to capture them.  The beauty of decay can be found everywhere at this beautiful cemetery.

Today, City Daily Photobloggers around the world are posting their interpretation of The Beauty of Decay right HERE. Go have a look, tell them I sent you!