Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Le chien...

est très gentile, according to his loving human. He was the perfect gentleman throughout their long Parisian lunch at La Polidor.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Madame et la moto

The beauty of having a Paris blog for 8 years means you can recycle from time to time. This was taken on my second trip to Paris in November, 2008. I still love it. C'est Paris, n'est-ce pas?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Livres en liberté

Here in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, we have some charming little "book houses' on posts stationed around town. I love this free library concept. You share your gently read books and take another from a generous neighbor.

Last November during our walk from the center of Rueil-Malaison to the chateau, we came upon the French version. These former phone booths are now transformed into a lovely free library.  Now I'm regretting I didn't do a little shopping!

Monday, January 16, 2017


Something for everyone at the Marché aux Puces. This array of champagne corks made me stop, smile, and appreciate all the many flutes I've had in Paris with friends. Merci Peter Olson, for providing them!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Church Series - Saint-Étienne-du-Mont

This is one of my favorite churches in Paris, and that says a lot. If you're in Paris and visiting the Panthéon, take the time to walk behind to this beautiful church. Pay your respects to the remains of Saint Genevieve and take in the exquisite  details here.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Les Gants

The French have a flair for displaying their wares most of the time. Here at the Marché aux Puces, this stall owner took a simpler approach. Those white gloves on the top brought back memories of my childhood!

Friday, January 13, 2017

View From Across the Pond

As most of my readers know by now, I arrived in Paris last November the morning after our presidential election. I snapped this photograph a few days later at a newsstand in Gare Lazare.  I have held onto it for several reasons. Maybe I just was hoping for the best, didn't want to be political here or just couldn't really deal with it.  Now, I feel is the time to share.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Le fumeur

This balcony at the Comédie-Française at Place Colette seems to be the favorite spot for a smoke break. Seems like I catch someone almost every trip.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Somewhere In The Marais

Most of the time, I do a fair job of taking archive shots so when I return home, I'll know where I was. I will have to admit for this lovely building, I've got nothing! I know it's in the Marais, but it's one of those photographs that truly don't remember taking. So for now, enjoy this pretty balcony with the lacy ironwork.

UPDATE! Thanks to my kind reader JPD, who left a comment, we all now know this is the Hôtel de Beauvais on Avenue François Miron in the Marais. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

La famille

This sunny morning at the Palais Royal I walked up on this sweet family. I enjoyed watching the older two keep the soccer ball from little brother. He cried and fusses a bit,  then Papa took over and he dried his tears and gave his best effort to finally get his tiny hands on the ball.  Life in Paris.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Paris jaune

Had there been room in my carryon, this cute Parisian waiter would have most definitely gone home with me!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pont des Arts

I love this bridge. I love it more now that the city of Paris has removed the 45 tons of "love" locks  to save it.  Now with the new glass panels, you can actually see the Seine again!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

La neige à Paris

For the four trips to Paris in January, only once, ONCE, was I lucky enough to experience a magical snowfall, January 2010.  That morning held another delightful surprise. For the first time since I had visited Paris, the construction walls had been taken down overnight to reveal the newly restored Colonnes de Buren I'm grateful for the wonderful memories of that morning walking through the Palais Royal with Mary. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bleu, rouge, bleu, rouge...

Some Parisian cafés have a bit more curb appeal than others. This one was loaded.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

La chemise de nuit

I'd love to have seen the petite jeune fille wore this sweet gown. I loved the beautiful antique linens for sale at the Marché aux Puces.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Le football

Not a bad place for a pick up  game of soccer!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ombres longues

As we left the Louvre, heading to the river, the long shadows caught my eye, then these two walked in......

Monday, January 2, 2017


I am honored to have this blog chosen as a Top 60 Paris Blog! Many of my dear blog friends were chosen as well. Have a look at the list HERE and see the honorees and find some new blogs to follow!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Photo of the Year

January Theme Day for City Daily Photobloggers around the world is always our favorite photo of the year. This was taken on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the Louvre this past November, 2016.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bonne année tout le monde!

Looking forward to sharing many more photos with you in 2017!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

La vie est belle!

A sunny morning at the Palais Royal. My happy place.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

100 French Strangers #86

Way back in 2009, I informally joined a Flickr group doing the 100 Strangers Challenge. The rules were a challenge for photographers who wanted to get more at ease with street photography. Your goal was photographing 100 strangers, with one catch. You had to have some interaction with them. No drive by shootings. I started it early on in my photography and hit 100 here in Birmingham. The summer of 2009, when my daughter Melissa and my two grands were in Paris for 3 weeks, I upped it to my personal 100 FRENCH Strangers Challenge. With not much French, the interaction had to suffice with me holding my camera up and saying, "S'il vous plait??" I stopped counting years ago but thought it might be fun to start up where I apparently left off.

This lovely man with checking his phone at the the Marché aux Puces this last trip. I walked past and stopped to snap. He heard the CLICK and looked up. I smiled and asked and he nodded. I think this might be one of my favorite Paris portraits. Merci Monsieur!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Ma nouvelle maison?

Rue Crémieux, near Gare de Lyon, is probably one of the most colorful and charming streets in Paris. Peter and I explored this in 2009 and after a very long, long day of walking, he lured me back for another photo shoot. How could I resist!  Mary and I agreed that this flat, with the chat noir was meant for us!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

City of Light II - Deck the Streets!

Paris knows how to put on the glitz for Christmas and many streets are strung with beautiful lights as well.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

City of Light

In November, 2008, I experienced Paris all decked out for Christmas for the very first time. Galeries Lafayette absolutely took my breath. Due to energy costs, they discontinued this fabulous lighting a few years later. I'm grateful for my photos to remind me of that magical trip.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

L'ange et les Tours

One of my favorite, very quirky shops in Paris is Tombées du Camion (fell off the truck). I first found it in Montmartre years ago. Imagine my delight to find not one but two locations when we visited the Marché aux Puces. If you want unusual, this is the place for you. You will thank me for this.