Monday, February 8, 2016

Le tour des livres

"Monsieur, may I see that book that is on the bottom left? Merci!"

Spotted in a tiny shop around the corner from Galerie Vivienne.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

La feuille

Cimetière Père Lachaise

Friday, February 5, 2016

Les croix, les arbres

Reflections, Père Lachaise

Today I join James' Weekend Reflections right HERE. You will enjoy the creative reflections my fellow bloggers share each week.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Les journaux

Bistrot Vivienne

I love the newspapers on a stick. Keeps them in the café but now sure how easy they are to read.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I am convinced that I could spend an entire day in the Cour Carrée at the Louvre and find enough exquisite details to shoot. I will admit to walking THROUGH this quiet place many times on my way to and from the more famous courtyard with I.M. Pet's pyramids. This last trip as it was getting dark, I wandered in alone and was there in this beautiful space with only a few others. I sat on a bench and took it all in. I'll share more images at another time. This courtyard on the eastern side is a quiet getaway from all the tourist madness just a few yards away. Try it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

La Chandeleur

I'll have to be honest, had I not read all about this on Facebook yesterday, this auspicious day would have passed me by. Join me in celebrating the jour des crêpes! Try flipping your crêpe in the pan while holding a coin in your writing hand. If you can catch it, your family will be prosperous for the coming year. This explains a lot with our family.

Today, I honor La Chandaleur with a photo of my very favorite crêpe guy! Be sure to look him up at his stand on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain by the church. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, February 1, 2016

CDP Theme Day - Scene From a Coffee House

Today is the first of the month and I'm sure you know by now that we City Daily Photobloggers around the world are posting our photo for this month's theme. Last November Mary, Phil and I landed in Paris, threw our suitcases in the apartment and walked down the street to have coffee and a pain au chocolat at LePain Quotidian Victories, just behind the Palais Royal. A great way to start our trip.

If you'd like to see the other clever photos, click HERE to be whisked to the City Daily Photo portal and a posting of all of our photos!

Le Pain Quotidien Victoires
5 rue des Petits Champs
75002 Paris

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Church Series - Église Saint Séverin

One of the oldest churches still standing on the Left Bank of Paris, Saint-Séverin was built around the 11th century. It's worth a visit for it's beautiful palm tree shaped pillars.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Le bain

A refreshing morning bath in the Pol Bury Fountain at the Palais Royal.

Today I join James' Weekend Reflections right HERE!

I am thrilled to finally announce that my PHOTOS IN FRENCH photo collections are now available as a resource for French teachers across grade levels on World of Reading. It's been a long time coming and hope that if you teach French or know someone who does, you will share this resource.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Paris Dirt

When we were in Paris in 2009 with Eva and Davis, we were lucky enough to meet up with our Birmingham friends, the Wilsons. They were staying in a very cool flat at the Palais Royal. Be still my heart. While the grown ups sipped wine and enjoyed the late setting summer sun, the kids did what kids do - played in the dirt! That white powdery "Paris dirt" was just the things for making roads and fairy houses. Ethan couldn't resist!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chaussure Bleue

We passes Derville Chaussures many, many times our last trip to Paris. This custom shoe boutique is located in Passage des Chalets just behind the Palais Royal. We stopped many times for photo ops!
Derville Chaussures
5 rue des Petits Champs
75001 Paris

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Paris Rouge - Caffè della pizza

I read the reviews and it sounds like a good place for Italian food!

3 rue Geoffroy Marie
75009 Paris

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Les arbres

Opened in 1825, Cimetière de Montmartre is officially known as Cimetière du Nord.  It is the third largest resting place in Paris after Père Lachaise and Montparnasse. I've visited this cemetery on many occasions and highly recommend it. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Au marché Avenue du Président Wilson

Tomme de vache, a cow's milk cheese from the French Alps and Switzerland, spotted at marché Avenue du Président Wilson. Of note, this marché is near Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 7:00-14:30.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Church Series - Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre

Located just across the Seine from Notre Dame, St. Julien le Pauvre is one of the oldest churches in Paris. Built in stages from the 12th to the 19th century this Melkite Greek Catholic church is far smaller than the many grand churches and cathedrals in Paris, but I highly recommend a visit.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

La terrasse est fermé

Place Colette

I am thrilled to finally announce that my PHOTOS IN FRENCH photo collections are now available as a resource for French teachers across grade levels on World of Reading. It's been a long time coming and hope that if you teach French or know someone who does, you will share this resource.

Friday, January 22, 2016

La vue d'en haut

My very first trip to Paris in 2007, I climbed to the dome of the Sacre Coeur with my daughter and granddaughter. We didn't set out to do that but got in the wrong line to see the crypts. When I finally arrived at the top, this is what I saw. The whole city of Paris at my feet and la Tour in the distance. In 2009, friends Peter, Maya and Janet "persuaded" me to do it one more time. This is the photo I took in July, 2009. The view leaves you breathless in many ways!

I am thrilled to finally announce that my PHOTOS IN FRENCH photo collections are now available as a resource for French teachers across grade levels on World of Reading. It's been a long time coming and hope that if you teach French or know someone who does, you will share this resource.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

You Write the Caption

There are so many possibilities here. I'll let you,  my readers have a go. I look forward to your comments.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Best Kept Secret in Paris

I have found that the city of Paris' Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, is rarely on the To Do Lists of my friends visiting Paris. This is one of the most beautiful museums and can easily be added to your itinerary when you are at the Palais de Chaillot at Place du Trocadéro. It also offers commanding views of la Tour Eiffel from the expansive windows overlooking the Seine. The entrance fee is nominal and on free on the first Sunday of the month.

1 Place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris
Metro- Trocadéro

Monday, January 18, 2016


 the people watchers on Nemours' terrasse.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Church Series - La Couple

The beautiful Église Val-de-GrâceWas fortunate to stay near this church in 2009. I visited for services twice during our stay.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Madame et son chien

From the looks of it, this petit chien is being shown the door. Actually I stopped and watched for a bit and the waiter was having a really good time chatting with this pup.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ne pas nager

I was just about to dive into this fountain at the Palais Royal and swim laps, when I spotted the sign. Phfft!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Art de Yaseen

Yesterday you meet mon ami Yaseen. Today his art. The photograph featured is the piece I purchased, a self portrait. I love it.  A very talented and devoted artist. How special to have connected with him.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


I made these portraits of artist Yaseen in Paris November, 2015. Martha and I noticed his artwork taped along the wrought iron fence that encloses a small garden and playground on the side of the St. Germain de Près church. We found several pieces that we wanted to buy, but there was no one around to give us a price.  We stepped inside the garden for photos and as well were leaving Martha spotted Yaseen walking down the sidewalk, recognizing him from a newspaper article hanging with his work. He spoke some English and we walked back into the side entrance so he could sign our work. He looked so familiar to me and I finally placed him. I asked, "Do you knowMeredith Mullins?" With an amused look, he said, "Of course." I told that I was a friend of hers and had bought her book, In A Paris Moment, in 2008. She includes a striking portrait of him in the book, as well as sharing that they had been friends for over 10 years. A very special Paris moment for me as well.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Paris Rouge - Le sac à dos

Most likely a student who paused on the edge of the Fountain Pol Bury to check her phone. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Les souvenirs

Still enjoying reminiscing about our trip janvier, 2010. We arrived to bitter cold, but the next morning awoke to Paris in the snow! As Mary and I walked through the Palais Royal to the Métro, we discovered something even more special. Since my first trip to Paris, les Colonnes de Buren had always been walled off for restoration. Amazingly, overnight, the walls were down! That's when I knew for certain that the Parisian Photography Gods really did love me. I have been in love with M. Buren's colonnes ever since.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

La neige à Paris

It has been unseasonably warm in Paris so far, but on 9 janvier, 2010, we woke up in Paris to this delicious dusting of snow. Ahhhhh la neige à Paris.

Hôtel de Bethune-Sully
Centre des monuments nationaux
Place des Vosges
62 rue Saint-Antoine
75004 Paris

Friday, January 8, 2016

Fleurs de novembre

I've been to Paris in November many times and there are always still some hearty geraniums gracing the balconies.