Many friends contact me for advice on what to see in Paris to make the most of their time there. For those only in Paris for a few days, I usually recommend a smaller museum and then to see la Pyramide du Louvre at night. C'est magique!
Each bouquet more beautiful than the next. Paris is full of delightful choicesI I will be teaching From Snapshots to Creative Photographs at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church's Conservatory of the Arts beginning Thursday, September 10 for 5 weeks. Please visit their website for online registration.
I will be teaching From Snapshots to Creative Photographsagain this fall. If you have working knowledge of your digital camera, join us to learn to take better photographs of your friends, family as well as vacation photos.
Merci to my friend Keri Ofshe for taking me to this lovely restaurant just across from Luxembourg Gardens. I had just arrived in Paris after a long trek from CDG to her apartment on Île Saint Louis and this lovely lunch was perfect. La Cusine de Phillpe is family owned and known for their soufflés.
75006 Paris For my Birmingham readers: will again be teaching From Snapshots to Creative Photographs at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church's Conservatory of the Arts beginning Thursday, September 10th for 5 weeks. Please visit their website for online registration! http://vhumc.org/ministries/coa/visualart/
While in Paris, if you're wanting to pay your respects to France's kings and their families, then you must visit Basilique royale de Saint-Denis. Often called the necropolis of French royalty, it houses the remains of all but three of the monarchs of France from the 10th Century until 1789. Of special interest, the cadaver tombs , two of which are shown above.
Never miss the chance to stop by the Palais Royal while in Paris. It's a wonderful, quiet place to sit and rest a bit...and people watch.
If you would like to see photographs from the Palais Royal, please have a look at my photo essay published this month at Bonjour Paris right here. I'm pleased to be a monthly contributor for their beautiful new website!
For my Birmingham area readers: I will again be teaching From Snapshots to Creative Photographs at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church's Conservatory of the Arts beginning Thursday, September 10th for 5 weeks. Please visit their websitefor online registration!
Each child who rides the small carrousel at Luxembourg Gardens is given a small baton. As they pass the gentlemen on the right, they try and slide their baton into another metal ring. As you can see, he kindly helps a bit.
As I've said many times, "You know those Parisians, so aloof and never smile!" Another example of the many delightful Parisians I meet every visit. This morning these two at Paul had a grand time posing for me. They were hilarious.
It's been quite a while since I posted photos of my quest for 100 French Strangers. If you're not familiar, it originate on a FLICKR group and the idea is to challenge yourself to take 100 strangers' photos. The catch is that you must have some interaction with the person/persons before your take their picture. I started it on my Birmingham blog years ago and then in June, 2009 when I spent a good bit of time there, I decided to start the 100 French Strangers. It's a good way to help overcome the fear of street photography and asking strangers for their pictures. I am certain since last posting #83, I"ve already hit 100 but we'll just take up from there and move forward. I encourage you to try it!
The red motorbike has a story, but sadly I don't know it. What I do know is that I have photographed it (or one just like it) parked in front of Église Saint-Germain-Des-Présseveral times over the years. I rather like the idea that it belongs to the priest. Now that would be one great photo op to see him sail up to the church in his robes!
I'm working on a new photo essay for Bonjour Paris. I chose one of my favorite places in Paris, the Palais Royal. I know the Buren's Les Deux Plateaux was and remains a controversial installation but for me as a photographer.... j'adore!
I am a former elementary school teacher, a full-time photographer, part-time painter, lover of all things French ( whose français is slowly improving), obsessive Paris traveler, enthusiastic art museum volunteer, grateful community volunteer, and grandmother to 5 delightful grandchildren.
I fell in love with Paris in March 2007. It was as the French say, le coup de foudre : love at first sight. As a result of that trip, my photography took another direction. Since that time I have pursued a career of sorts in photography and dreamed of returning to the City of Light. November 2008 found me strolling the streets of Paris once again. My first visit I was so overwhelmed with the incredible beauty of the city, I photographed it as a "tourist". In 2008 I returned and I looked at the city with more of a photographer's eye. I wanted to capture the unique, the small details, and oh yes - the people! This blog was started as a photo diary of that trip, but I have been most fortunate to return to the city j'adore 9 times since. Each time I leave, I wipe a tear and start planning my list for the next trip. Paris may well be a moveable feast, but I think it's best savored in person! Someone told me that once you have been to Paris, you will leave a piece of your heart. I left mine right there, but I brought home some wonderful memories. It is my pleasure to share them with you.