Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mon repas

Escargot. I still don't make eye contact.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Paris Rouge - La Clé

This key shop on rue Mouffetard always makes me smile. I love that big red key overhead. Locks are very important in Paris I've learned. Apartments have formidable locks and learning how to make them work has caused me many panicky moments.

Just a reminder that my photograph graces the cover of Juliet Blackwell's new novel, The Paris Key! 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Church Series - Basilique Cathèdrale de Saint Denis

This beautiful medieval abbey church, built in the Gothic style is often called the today "royal necropolis of France", as it was the burial place for the kings and their families for centuries. Located in the northern suburb of Saint Denis, it is a Metro ride and the stop if near the church. I highly recommend if you have the time in your stay in Paris for a short side trip.

1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur
93200 Saint Denis, FR

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Art Appreciation

My granddaughter Eva, first saw Young Woman in a Floral Hat, at the Musée Rodin on our first trip in 2007 when she was just 5 years old. Two years later, she spotted it and remembered! It's never too early to share art with children.

Note that the Rodin has been closed for renovations and will reopen November 12. It is one of my favorite museums in Paris and I have visited 3 times. 

Musée Rodin
79 rue de Varenne
75007 Paris
Metro Varenne or Invalides

Friday, September 25, 2015

Reading in Paris

As a teacher, I am drawn to the Parisians who read in Paris.. the parks, the Mètro, cafés. I hope cell phones don't replace this.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


As much as I love staying in apartments in Paris, rather than hotels, I confess I have a love/hate relationship with the stairways!  They are a photographer's delight, but on the other hand, they are the bane of my existence if there is no lift.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

View From Above - Centre Pompidou

I will admit that the Centre Pompidou is not at the top of my To Do list every trip but I did see a wonderful Mondrian exhibit there a few years ago.  That said, it is something you really must see, even if you don't opt to attend an exhibit. You can take the cool exterior escalator to the top and get a really nice view of Paris from above. You might even choose to go in the evening and have a drink or dinner at the top floor restaurant George.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Le petit garçon et la tour Eiffel

I snapped this before he spotted me. After, I got a few smiles as well, but love this one.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Automne, je t'adore

Those of  you who follow this blog and my trips to Paris, know by now that novembre is my new BFF. It's really the best of both worlds. You get fabulous fall color, the geraniums and other flowers. are still falling all over the balconies , and.......... wait for it............ you get the Christmas decorations in all the grands magasins. You will thank me one day of this tip. Today, Canal Saint MartinSo fabulous.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Automne à Paris

Really hard to beat a late Sunday afternoon at Jardin du Luxembourg, looking towards le Sénat.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Après Déjeuner

My first day in Paris and my dear friend Keri took me on a jaunt from her apartment on Île St. Louis to Luxembourg Gardens. (I was working off of an adrenaline rush) La Cuisine de Phillippe proved to be well worth the walk in the rain. This man, talking to the owner, fascinated me. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Annick Goutal

How do I love thee! Her shops across Paris are an "experience". I dream of a bottle of her la violette fragrance. This was taken just off rue St. Honoré, on 14 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Le photographe

While my friends were having a look inside Saint Sulpice, I wandered around the fountain people watching and photographing. I spotted this interesting man doing the same thing! He was intently watching an artist painting some art fair scenery nearby. I snapped this one before he noticed me. I then told him in broken French and sign language that he had a wonderful face. I got a smile. I'll share that shot one day soon.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Glimpse of Autumn

Autumn in Paris is one of my favorite times. I've visited in November three times and will look forward to sharing a few photos with you from time to time. Today, just a peek.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Les parapluies

When in Paris, a parapluie should always be in your bag. Don't leave home without it.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Church Series - Sweeping Up

Église Notre Dame-de- Lorette, completed in 1836, in the 9th arrondisement.

Notre Dame-de-Lorette
1 Rue Flechier
75009 Paris

Friday, September 11, 2015

J'adore cet endroit!

One of my favorite spots in Paris reflected in this restaurant window. Où suis je?

Today, of course I'm joining James' Weekend Reflections! Click HERE to see all the other posts!

Le Plomberie

Parisian version of Home Depot.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Un moment calme

It's not often you get a few quiet moments at the lovely la Fountaine des Medicis at Jardin du Luxembourg During low tourist season, it's a delightful  place to sit and read or just rest and enjoy.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hold Tightly

This petite jeune fille was very serious about staying on her pony.
Carrousel Hôtel de Ville

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Mary and I love a fun toilette in Paris and Colette's is of course très hip!

Monday, September 7, 2015


Late night in the Métro.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

le Café Marly

Steps away from la Pyramide du Louvre. I keep it on my list but have not had a drink here. Have you?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Le reflet

Not that I love them you understand, but the big motorcycles parked along all of the Paris streets do offer some fine reflections from time to time.

Today I join James' Weekend Reflections. I love this group. It is probably the only one I join now, but not on a regular basis as I forget. Pardon!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Àprés-midi à Jardins du Luxembourg

Sunday is my favorite day, sure you get a lot of tourists, but you also get Parisians who flock there to enjoy the day in this beautiful place. Older couples nicely dressed making their way slowly, parents with children, toting bikes, trikes and scooters, and young couples publicly sharing their affections. Off the beaten paths, you will find chess and card players, pétanque games, as well as the favorite Parisian pastime of just sitting quietly and reading.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Pinch Me

Never in my wildest dreams, when I fell in love with Paris and photography in 2007,  did I ever imagine that one day I would have one of my images on a book cover, much less a book published by Penguin Random House, set in Paris! Last week Juliet Blackwell's newest novel, The Paris Key, arrived at my doorstep with this lovely note. I started reading it immediately and was struck by so many wonderful serendipitous events that I had to share with Juliet. The story, set in the Marais at  Village St. Paul is just a few blocks from an apartment I rented in the 2010. While there, I photographed a lovely man who had KEY shop and had written a book about antique KEYS! I hope all of my friends who love Paris will order this book, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dimanche sur la Seine

This sunny Sunday morning, Mary and I walked along the Seine from our apartment. I spotted this gentleman having a very fine walk along the quai alone.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CDP Theme Day - Curiosities

 Regardless of your feelings on Picasso's work, you must admit this is a curiosity.
5 rue  deThorigny
75003 Paris

Today is the first day of the month, and City Daily Photobloggers around the world are posting their take on our month's theme, CURIOSITIES, right HERE.