Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cour Carrée du Louvre

I bought a lovely little book years ago titled Quiet Corners Of Paris. Organized by arrondissement, it features often overlooked places in Paris that you can seek out free of charge. The Cour Carrée is the first one listed. It mentions that the idea of a QUIET place in one of the most visited places in Paris might seem unusual, but it's true. Most visitors enter via the Cour Carrousel side and it's teeming with visitors almost any time of the year. This "square courtyard" is best entered from the side of St. Germain-l'Suxerrois on rue de l'Armiral-de-Coligny. The architecture is of course spectacular and next trip, I might find a spot to sit and just enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Un endriot tranquille

Place Dauphine, just across from the Pont Neuf, is always a quiet place to stop after a long day of walking. In the background you will see the equestrian statue of Henry IV of France overlooking the pont.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Church Series - la Basilique du Sacré- Coeur

The construction of La Basilique du Sacré-Coeur started in 1875 and finished in 1919. The mosaic ceiling is exquisite. This last visit, I was the last of our group inside the church and took a shortcut to join my friends. I did not see the "No Photos" signs and took many photos of the inside of this beautiful place. This is the only church in Paris that I know of that does not allow photographs. I try to be very respectful in all churches and certainly would not have ignored their rules had I seen the signs. Confession over, hoping for forgiveness.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Facing West

This replica of our Statue of Liberty stands on the Île aux Cygnes and faces west towards the United States. This 1/4 scale replica inaugurated on 4 July, 1889, was given by the American community in Paris to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. It originally faced east toward la Tour Eiffel but was turned in 1937. A plaque at the base bears the inscription IV juillet 1776 = XIV juillet, 1789.

Friday, July 3, 2015

La porte

I think Cimetière du Montmartre is one of my favorite cemeteries. If you are planning a day in Montmartre, do walk down the hill and stroll through. Near Pigalle, you can also take in the "color" of that area as well. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Runner Up

Yesterday was CDP Theme Day and as you know, the theme was UPSIDE DOWN. This was my runner up, a green chair at Tuileries after a shower.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CDP Theme Day - Upside Down

If you are looking for a very cool spot to rest your head in Paris, then l'Hôtel Original, located near Place de la Bastille, might be your place. No too rooms are alike and this neon spiral staircase is a showstopper.

Today I join my fellow City Daily Photobloggers around the world who are posting their photos for our monthly theme day right HERE.

Hôtel Original 
8 boulevard Beaumarchais
75011 Paris

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Les bateaux

All day, every day, the boats are for rent at Luxembourg Gardens. I learned this last trip that they even have boats with sails of many countries to offer. Everyone is happy peut-être?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Paris Orange

Seraphim's cheerful exterior is a nice break from the ever present noir in Paris!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Church Series - Église Saint-Merri

Several years ago when we visited this church, just steps from the Centre Pompidou and Stravinsky Fountain, they were doing some work on the façade. This unusual, and oh so Parisian, piece was installed just outside the doors. Built between 1500-1500, I think we all agree it can always use some restoration from time to time.

Église Saint-Merri
76 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Sunday at the Jardin du Luxembourg is always on my list. Parisians of all ages flock there. The parents with their young children are always a favorite of mine. This precious girl with her Poppa were such fun to photograph.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pont Neuf

The oldest standing bridge across the Seine. Luckily there is nothing to attach a love lock to so it's still standing and as lovely as it was when it was completed in 1607. Four hundred years later, it's beautiful.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


It was cold and rainy but the warm glow of this café near the Panthéon, begged us to stop in.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Paris Greeter

This lovely, smiling street musician was the official greeter the Sunday we visited Luxembourg Gardens last November. She returned his smile. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Paris Rouge - La porte et l'homme

The Musée deCluny on a cold and rainy day in November. This man sought refuge from the rain.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Regardez cette porte!

I wish I had a euro for every time I have screamed that!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday Church Series - Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis

I try and always stop in this pretty church on rue St. Antoine, when I'm in the Marais. I love the contrast of the warm candle light against the cool gray figure.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bon app !

Un palmier s'il vous plait. 
Bon samedi!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Paris Rouge - Les Stylets

Biking to work in Paris with a very fine pair of red stilettos. I'm in awe.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

From the Inside

Finally, after pressing my nose against this elegant gate for 7 years, in November 2014, we finally were able to go inside the beautiful Musée Galliera ( Palais Galleria, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris) for an fashion exhibit after being closed for renovations for years. Located just across the street from the Palais du Tokyo, it is the fashion museum of Paris. Check the website here for current and upcoming exhibits. It is worth a visit!

Palais Galliera
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera
75016 Paris

Monday, June 15, 2015


When it's pouring rain, la terrasse est fermé. Quelle dommage.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sunday Paris Church Series - Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

While the rest of my group headed inside the beautiful Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, I stood outside the doors and became enchanted with the ceiling. It's a photographer's thing. Many of you will understand. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Le vélo

I know you photoshop guys out there would have taken out half of this photo. Non, non, et non. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dusk, rue de la Paix

As I crossed the busy street I caught this, stopped and took one shot before the traffic moved!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jouer à Paris

With the lovely Musée de Cluny in the background. When visiting their website I read they have programming for parents and their young children. This day it was raining. I would love to return and see les enfants enjoying this colorful play yard.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Long Walk Home

After a long day of walking from one end of Paris to another, this might as well be Mount Everest for me.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Reading In Paris

Although I think iPhone use is ramping up even in Paris, I still enjoy finding someone reading a book or newspaper!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

My Quiet Corner of Paris

I can't promise Place Dauphine is always this quiet, but this day, I had it all to myself. That's usually been the case. Maybe one day I'll return and find pétanque players or friends chatting on a bench. No matter, Place Dauphine is a very quiet, special corner of Paris for me.

Saturday, June 6, 2015