Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sieste à Paris

This sunny day at Luxembourg Gardens, these two seem to have just found a green chair and taken a much needed nap. Oh I've been there.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

L'Opéra Bastille dans la nuit

I will be honest, this opera house at night is about as lovely as it gets. By day, the property is not well kept.  I can't imagine why the City of Paris has let this structure fall into such a state.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Table et chaise

Sometimes I just stop and snap and have no idea where. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Le plaisir du photographe

Boulevard Beaumarchais near the Bastille, is the place to browse for old and new cameras in Paris
...or maybe just a selfie! Keep in mind that if you are from the U.S., camera equipment and even memory cards and batteries will probably be much more expensive in Paris. I speak from experience!

I'm happy to be again joining James' Weeekend Reflections today.

Friday, April 25, 2014

La vie à Paris

When I snapped this shot, I was was focusing on life in a Paris garden. I loved the light and the fall leaves. When I downloaded the photograph, I realized that almost all of them were connected to their phones. Quel dommage.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Òu sommes nous?

C'est très facile!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Warmer weather in Paris means more sailboats in the water at Tuileries!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Girls' Night Out at Les Bonnes Soeurs near Place des Vosges, found us sharing this one, delicious mousse au chocolat, without fighting.  Fabuleux !

Monday, April 21, 2014

Paris Rouge - Le Guitariste

I love the street musicians that pop up all over Paris.  Note the Pont L'Archeveche behind him, covered in love locks.  Not only are the locks now an eyesore but as you can see, irresponsible visitors have scratched their names on the old walls all along the Seine to further deface this beautiful city.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Joyeuses Pâques

For all of my friends and readers who celebrate this day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holding Tightly

Carrousel la Belle Epoque, Hôtel de Ville

Friday, April 18, 2014

Eva et le chat

In June 2009, Eva and Davis delighted in counting the dogs and cats we encountered each day in Paris. This day, on our way to Jardin des Plantes, we discovered this clever way the owner had found  for her cat to spend outdoors on the window sill.  Eva couldn't resist some nose to nose time.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Enough Is Enough

For many of us, the Locks of Love attached to some of the Paris bridges was a lovely thought, and for a time I supported that.  Now, as is the case in so many things, what started as a delightful way for lovers to share the Paris experience, has become a public nuisance!  Have a look at the Pont de L'Acheveche, directly behind Notre Dame. Not only have the locks covered the bridge but taggers have added insult to injury.  Lest you scream, "How can the city of Paris do this?" Be aware that the weight of the locks is creating a huge problem and compromising the fragile bridges,  and the keys at the bottom of the Seine, another issue. I've read that the city of Paris, who has cut off the locks before, are now in the process of taking care of this eyesore once again.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Monsieur et son petit chien

Apparently Monsieur, takes walking his dog very seriously!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

La pluie... toujours

When in Paris, expect the rain and be grateful for the photographs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Channeling Vivian Maier

I"ve been a fan of Vivian Maier for quite a while. This last trip to Paris in November, Peter, Genie and I saw a small exhibit of her work.  She was unnoticed until after her death when a container of her prints, negatives and undeveloped film were bought at an auction. Now she is finally being given credit for her amazing street photography.  Today, a salute to Vivian from the Palais Royal!

If you are not acquainted with her work and her story, you must read more here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

M is for Métro

The sun came out as we left the Hôtel de Ville and I couldn't resist.  That happy yellow M always makes me smile.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Café le pas sage

Passage du Grand Cerf is one of the nicer passages left in Paris.  Cafe le pas sage is just across from the lovely florist Messages du Grand Cerf so this tiny table was the lucky recipient of this luscious vase of roses.

Passage du Grand Cerf
1 Passage du Grand Cerf
75002 Paris

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Le Café des Chats - Amis

Cat lovers visiting Paris, put this on your To Do list.  We had such a delightful afternoon there sipping some very good chocolat chaud and thé and getting to pet the 20+ rescue cats that make this place their new home.  Today, a very gregarious kitty that spotted a lap!  Reservations are preferred.

16 rue Michel le Comte
75003 Paris

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gare Saint-Lazare

Gare Saint Lazare. These train stations in Paris take me back to another era.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Paris Rouge - There's An App For That

Sadly I saw more and more Parisians reading their phones instead of their books and newspapers this trip.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Les chaussures noires

Must be a French girl.  I was in awe.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Church Series - La Madeleine

This has to be one of the most exquisite altars in Paris.  This summer evening we readied for a beautiful choral concert as part of Fête de la Musique.  The accoustics in this enormous space were perfect.

Église de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Signes du Samedi - BON!

C'est toujours bon à Paris! 

(I'm feeling very proud of my French as I ran this past Veronique, my ever faithful translator and
she said I was correct!!! Oh this is really big.)

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 
75003 Paris

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bleu à Paris

I'm never blue when I'm in Paris and La Fourmi Ailée, with the vélibs all lined up outside certainly made me smile.

La Fourmi Ailée
8 rue de Fourarre
75005 Paris

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Claire Ardaut Fleuriste

Recently I asked one of my newest followers and good friend Mark Cohen,  to choose a photo for me to post on the blog.  He chose this one. Quelle surprise!!!  Claire is the name of his adorable granddaughter.  Today's blog post is dedicated to Claire in Birmingham who has just celebrated her 4th birthday. Joyeux Anniversaire!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Paris Rouge - Les cafés

A Sunday stroll up rue Mouffetard,  I spotted rouge off this side street.