Monday, February 20, 2017

Musée du Louvre


Musée du Louvre


Although the installation of I M Pei's glass and metal
pyramids at the Louvre must have been met with the ire
of many, the attraction to this large icon of Paris has withstood
the test of nearly three decades.


It is a kinetic sculpture of sorts with
an ever-changing view depending on the time of day,
the weather, and the season.


Cour Napoleon
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

Saturday, February 18, 2017

La Vieille Ville de Bordeaux



Through a passageway in
Old Town Bordeaux


bon week end



Bordeaux, France

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Joyeux Saint-Valentin



Joyeux Saint-Valentin

Not from a fine Parisian pâtisserie, 
but the wish for a Happy Valentine's Day
to all my readers just the same

Somebody has already
asked for the sugar-laden
Eiffel Tower.



Beyond Paris

Monday, February 13, 2017

Musée Rodin


Musée Rodin

Hôtel Biron is a jewel of Parisian rocaille architecture, 
with its expansive park.

From the Musée Rodin website:

First opened to the public on 4 August 1919, 
the Musée Rodin was housed in a mansion, 
formerly called the Hôtel Peyrenc de Moras. 
Now known as the Hôtel Biron, it was built on Rue de Varenne 
between 1727 and 1732. Nearly 300 works from Rodin’s collection 
are on view in this mansion.

Do you know how long you have to stand here to capture 
a photo with absolutely no one but M. Rodin in view?



Musée Rodin
79, rue de Varenne
75007, Paris

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Église Saint-Sulpice

Église Saint-Sulpice

This enormous late Baroque church
in Paris is surpassed in size only by Notre Dame.


I would have guessed Église Saint-Eustache, but
really should go back for another look.  
What would you have imagined?
The façade is massive and imposing.

bon dimanche


Église Saint-Sulpice
2, rue Palatine
75006, Paris



Friday, February 10, 2017

Le Comptoire de la Gastronomie



Le Comptoire de la Gastronomie


A café with a view in all directions,
from the impressive Art Nouveau façade of the
café/boutique to the café across the street
(Le Cochon à l'Oreille).

bon week end

Le Comptoire de la Gastronomie
34, rue Montmartre
75001, Paris


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Art d' Arcachon


A bigger than life painting
in an Arcachon gallery,
caught in afternoon reflections


Arcachon 
Gironde department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region
33120, France
 
 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Les Marquis de Ladurée


Les Marquis de Ladurée

The windows of Paris never disappoint and
Les Marquis de Ladurée displayed
exotic birds of organza and wire


(Hint: If you have trouble getting
photos of windows without a reflection,
try an evening photo shoot.)


Les Marquis de Ladurée
14, rue de Castiglione
75001, Paris

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Le Métro






Sometimes a simple smile
transcends language 


Make a difference


Le Métro 10
75008, Paris
 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Façade de 34, rue Pasquier







Not all of the elephants
seen in Paris are on carrousels


There was a rather famous one known as
the Elephant of the Bastille, a monument which existed
between 1813 and 1846 and was memorialized by
Victor Hugo in his novel, Les Misérables.



34, rue Pasquier
75008, Paris


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sacré Coeur et Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité






Sacré Coeur et Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité


Rising above the rooftops and chimney pots
are these two majestic churches


bon dimanche



Basilique du Sacré Coeur et
Église de la Sainte-Trinité
75018 et 75009, Paris
 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Musée du Louvre - le reflet







Musée du Louvre


The sharp lines and edges of the 'pyramid du Louvre' form
an eye-deceiving reflection of the buildings and the blue sky.


Classic architecture transformed into 
shards of an eclectic puzzle



Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

(I am joining James' Weekend Reflections)


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel



Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel


...and I thought he might
jump off the carrousel and 
run away with me



Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel
Place de Varsovie
75016, Paris


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Loving Life



Cour Damoye


This group created an impromptu party
and enjoyed a makeshift table
with lively conversation.



Today I join photobloggers from around the world
in theme day.  Click here to see their interpretations. 
The theme for February is 
"LOVING LIFE"



Cour Damoye
75011, Paris
 




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Champ Libre - Fleuriste



Champ Libre
Fleuriste


I would pick up flowers to take
home every day if I passed
by this shop



Champs Libre, Fleuriste
104, avenue Ledru Rolin
75011, Paris

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Les ombres



Stained glass windows 
sunlight reflected on the
Gothic walls of the church



Paris church
75005, Paris

Friday, January 27, 2017

Paris Pâtisserie



Strawberries, raspberries, and cream


What I have concluded about Paris pâtisseries
is that what you see in the windows and
display cases tastes as delicious as
it looks
miam-miam!


bon week end


Paris pâtisserie
75011, Paris
 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Paris Café



The familiar iron pedestals topped
with small rounds...

Rows of cafe chairs. Can you think
of a better place to be?


 
75002, Paris

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


 
La Tour Eiffel
 
 
Do you know that the tower is painted every
seven years and that it costs over $5,000,000 to do it?
 
 
It is all painted by hand with paintbrushes,
and although the color may change every seven years,
there are actually three colors with the darkest shade on the
bottom and the lightest on the top.
 
 
La Tour Eiffel
75007, Paris




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

La tristesse

 
 
 
 
 
 
Cimetière de Passy
 
 
One of thousands of statues
in Paris cemeteries,
this one resonated with me.
 
 
 
 
Cimetière de Passy
2, rue de Comandant-Schloesing
75116, Paris

 
Il me manque énormément
 
 


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Parc de Belleville



Parc de Belleville


Autumn leaves
green park benches
temperate weather
light breeze


...just about perfect



Parc de Belleville
75020, Paris

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Église Saint Roch


Église Saint Roch


The late afternoon autumn sun
gives the church a golden glow.


bon dimanche



Église Saint Roch
284, rue Saint Honorée
75001, Paris

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Le Chalet du Parc



Le Chalet du Parc


Enjoying the autumn sunshine on a Sunday afternoon,
there was no need for the heaters on the terrace.

Friends gathered, 
taking a break from their studies?



Le Chalet du Parc
28, boulevard Jourdan
75014, Paris

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cimetière de Montrouge



Cimetière de Montrouge

The porcelain funerary flowers are probably the work of
Céramiques de France in Béthune with origins in the mid-nineteenth century.
This grave tells the story of a brave aviator Maurice Arnoux (7 September 1895 – 6 June 1940) who was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories. He returned to flying fighter planes during the early days of World War II and died fighting for France.


The high polish of the marble reflects the
words of remembrance and honor.





Grave of Maurice Arnoux
Cimetière de Montrouge
18, avenue de la Porte de Montrouge
75014, Paris


 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

L'arbre hanté?



Haunted Tree?


This tree in Parc Montsouris
seemed almost alive with
its undulating surface.

I am not sure that I would have been
sitting in the same spot at monsieur here.
We hurried along before a branch reached out
and tapped him on the shoulder



Parc Montsouris
75014, Paris

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Square du Serment de Koufra - carrousel



Square du Serment de Koufra


This enclosed carrousel 
resembled a little jewel box
nestled under the trees


(More on this park and its historical 
significance at another time)


Square du Serment de Koufra
75014, Paris

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Le Promeneur



The sun to his back,
the lonely walker 
ascends the steep path




Monday, October 3, 2016

Pots de Cheminées



Chimney Pots, Flower Boxes,
and Blue Skies


Rather ordinary at the street level,
but stunning at the upper floors, 
enhanced by flower boxes and blue skies



82, rue des Cascades
75020, Paris

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Église Notre Dame de la Croix de Ménilmontant



Notre Dame de la Croix
de Ménilmontant


The late afternoon autumn sun
repeated the stained glass patterns
on the stone arches


bon dimanche



Église Notre Dame de la Croix de Ménilmontant
3, Place de Ménilmontant
75020, Paris

Saturday, October 1, 2016

City Daily Photo Theme Day - "Abandoned"



Jardin des Tuileries
"Abandoned"

If you are not familiar with this popular and historied Paris garden 
the photo above might appear as just a "park photo."
This shot was made on the day after the November 13, 2015 
terrorist attacks. 


On this beautiful, crisp November Saturday, the
garden was closed, an eerie sight.  On a typical weekend,
you would not see any empty green chairs, and the paths would be 
filled with families, children, couples, and people enjoying life.


Jardin des Tuileries, abandoned.... and silent



Jardin des Tuileries
75001, Paris

Today I join other City Daily Photobloggers
around the world on Theme Day - here.