Thursday, July 24, 2014

Le Chef

Genie and I arrived VERY early last November. It was so early, that after we got settled in our flat, we decided that a nap was in order.  Let me add that I NEVER nap when I arrive in Paris, but we did. When we woke up, it was about 11:00 a.m. Paris time, so we headed towards Bon Marché and found a nice little café.  As I recall, we had omelletes, salades et pain. Perhaps wine was involved.  From our table we were able to observe le chef. I am always amazed at the wonderful food that the French produce in a kitchen the size of my walk in closet. Vive la France!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Les portes de l'enfer

Actually, viewed from the Rose Garden at the Musée Rodin, the Gates of Hell look quite welcoming!

79 rue de Varenne
75007 Paris

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Les Chaises

Leaving Place des Vosges one afternoon, these chairs and the green windows behind were too good to pass up!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putting On The Ritz...

at the Hôtel George V!  The lobby flowers never, ever disappoint!

31 Avenue George V

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Amnesia, one of the most beautiful roses I've ever seen. This shop located in the Hôtel Costes, one of the most delightful shops in Paris.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ladurée Reflet

No macarons in sight but a lot going on!
rue Bonaparte

Thursday, July 17, 2014

L'art public

I think M. Picasso and I are smiling.
Place de Vosges

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Le Lion

As many times as I've visited and photographed Paris, I find I often forget to look up with my camera. There is so much to see and appreciate.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Une Invitation

Today I share, not one of my photographs,  but an invitation for those of you in Paris.  I was contacted by a high school student, lucky and talented enough to be chosen to study in Paris for National Geographic, with photographer Tino Soriano.  These young photographers are exhibiting their work tomorrow evening, and Amanda found my blog and asked me to publicize.  I do so with great pleasure.  I can't be there for this event but hope that some of my Paris friends might stop by and oohh and ahhh on my behalf. My blog world never ceases to amaze me and open doors. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bon Fête de Nationale!

14 juillet, 2009 I stood on a bridge with my friend Peter Olson and took this shot ( a LOT of shots).  I think this evening must take the "MY BEST PARIS MOMENT" award for all time.  Merci Peter for planning this so that I could share this wonderful event with you and all of Paris from the perfect vantage point!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Church Series - L'Ecoute

 On its own, Saint Eustache is one of my favorite churches in Paris, but Henri de Miller's sculpture is what I love about Paris, never afraid to mix the really old architecture with new and contemporary art. Henri de Miller's L'Écoute ( Listen) is a suprising delight for adults, children and of course photographers!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Today we meet Olivia Clétienne, who does restorative work in her studio at Village Saint Paul in the Marais.  I took several shots before she heard the click of my camera but was kind enough to allow more photos.

Olivia Clétienne
23 rue Saint Paul 
75004 Paris

Friday, July 11, 2014

Paris Rouge - la Tasse

As I came around the corner of Village Saint Paul in the Marais, I spotted the red cup first then the artist painting in the doorway. You will meet her tomorrow.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Les marguerites

Le Marais, bien sûr !

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Les ombres

Late on a winter afternoon, the pétanque players are winding down another day of cutthroat play at the Luxembourg Garden courts.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Été á Paris

Summer at Place des Vosges.  I love the way Parisians just plop down in a park and enjoy the afternoon.  They don't feel the need to lug fold up chairs with cup holders, umbrellas, huge coolers with drinks and food, picnic blankets, and a variety of games to pass the time.

How about doing the Happy Dance in Paris today!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Le jardin est fermé

This friendly gendarme waited patiently for us to leave Luxembourg Gardens and even allowed a quick photograph which is rare. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Church Series - Notre Dame de Paris

Please take the time to stroll around behind the beautiful Notre Dame de Paris, and discover these lovely gardens where you can sit, relax and take a few quiet minutes to enjoy this beautiful place

This Thursday, July 10, I will be presenting TRAVEL TO PARIS at the Hoover Library at 2:00 PM here in Birmingham.  I hope you will join me!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Opèra Bastille

I've passed this opera house in the Marais many times but never been inside. 
Sadly, I have found the area around, especially along the Métro station, not be to be well kept by the City of Paris. Your thoughts?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jardin d'acclimatation

If you've not visited Paris with children, then I'm fairly certain you've never taken this little boat ride through the Jardin d'acclimatation at the Bois de Boulogne.  In the summer of 2009, we spent a lovely day with our Birmingham friends, the Wilsons.  This shady ride ended with a gentle spray of water, a welcome relief from the warm summer day in Paris.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Opèra de national de Paris

Another view from the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette. Eventually I'll run out but until then, take a deep breath and enjoy.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CDP Theme Day - Celebrating Summer

Nothing says été in Paris like Paris Plage.  Since 2002, the city of Paris brings in sand, pools, deck chairs and turns the Seine into a beach from the middle of July to August. What a delight for the citizens and tourists alike.

To see all of the other terrific entries from CDP bloggers around the world, click HERE!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Le visage

I never tire of photographing these exquisite details. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Reflet dans le miroir

While waiting for our lunch, I watched our waiter in the mirrored wall.

Today I join James' Weekend Reflections right HERE!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Deux fenêtres

Not a chic street in Paris but charming nonetheless.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Les mains

Our first morning in Paris, January 2010, we awoke to a lovely snowfall.  As Mary and I made our way to the Métro through the Palais Royal, we discovered this beautiful photography exhibit.  I wish I had been able to spend more time with each photograph but was a bit distracted with finally experiencing la neige. The choices I have to make in Paris!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

La trottinette

Scooters seem to be the preferred mode of travel for the children of Paris. I'm always amused to see adults using them as well. Of course it wasn't the scooter that caught me eye, it was le petit garçon's glorious curls!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Alexis in the Marais, has long been a favorite spot to photograph.  His exquisite, over the top gowns are a delight.  

Monday, June 23, 2014

Paris Rouge - Pourpre et rouge

This was too fabulous to pass up!
( In the Marais somewhere)