Monday, January 22, 2018

Beaucoup de boutons


Ultramod mercerie is one of my favorite shops in Paris. It's old school, like everything in Paris. The buttons are in old cardboard boxes, ribbons on rolls, trim and thread on old wooden rolls. I love this place more than I can say. I have photographed this shop many times. I will always go back.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Church Series - Les chérubins



I will be presenting my phototalk, "Sacred Spaces of Paris" at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham AL on Monday, February 5th at 7:00 pm. The presentation is in conjunction with the Religious Arts Festival and is open to the public. On Thursday, November 8th, Notre Dame organist Vincent Dubois will speak at the banquet. Tickets may be purchased via the church website. On Sunday, November 11th, Vincent will play a recital at the church.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

J'adore


An afternoon strolling slowly up and down the streets on îIe Saint Louis with Peter and Mary.

Friday, January 19, 2018

After School in Paris


After school fun outside a high school in the Marais,  just steps from the Saint-Louis-Saint-Paul church.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Only in Paris

Of course the Louvre would have fancy schmancy drain covers!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Une autre vue


Pardon. I was so thrilled to be inside the Grand Palais for the fabulous Paris Photo Exhibit, I have many photos to share. Another Paris memory that I will never forget.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sunset at Notre Dame


I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting my phototalk, Sacred Spaces of Paris,at 7:00 on Monday, February 5 at Independent Presbyterian Church. This year's Religious Arts Festival is a salute to France. On Thursday, February 8th, Notre Dame organist Vincent Dubois will speak at the banquet and play a recital on Sunday, the 11th. For a complete schedule of all events, please visit the website HERE. All programs are free and open to the public. The banquet ($25) requires a reservation which can be made online. I hope my Birmingham area readers will join us!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Les portes bleues


The charming Hôtel Relais Saint Sulpice
3 rue Garancière
75006 Paris

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunset On The Roof


If you've never experienced sunset on the roof of Galeries Lafayette, you need to put it on your to do list. The balloon was a special effect for the Christmas season, but it's lovely to look over the Opera, rooftops and of course la tour Eiffel!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Les chiens à Vincennes

On our little side trip to Vincennes, I spotted these two cute guys crossing the street!. Not sure I"ve ever seen beagles in Paris.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Musée Rodin - Muedon


The fall leaves in as a backdrop made the sculpture even more beautiful.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chez Rodin


Auguste Rodin purchased this home in the town of Muedon,in 1896 and lived and worked here, although he continued to work in Paris as well. There are a few rooms, including this dining room, his bedroom and bath,  as well as a small studio that you can visit. On a lower level is a museum featuring many of his familiar work overlooking his burial site. We visited on the 100th Anniversary of his death.

For those of you with the time to get outside of the city I would recommend this side trip. We took the Metro to the town, took a cab up the  hill to the museum and walked back down. We had a lovely lunch, visited the marché then we took the Metro back into Paris.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Paris après la pluie


Some things never change in Paris. J'adore.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Je suis en retard!


Alas, I'm posting these delicious galette des rois a few days after Epiphany, but hope that you found the fêve and are wearing your crown proudly.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Paris Church Series - View From the Organ Loft


Last November, with thanks to Dr. Jeff McLelland, Music Director at Independent Presbyterian Church, for the introduction, I was so fortunate to meet Vincent Dubois,  organist at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. I was invited by Vincent to sit in the organ loft and photograph during the mass. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Rêves de Fleurs


As Mary, Owen and I strolled through the village of Senlis,  we were charmed by this lovely outdoor courtyard at Rêves de Fleurs. I adore this shabby, delightful, oh so French collection.

Friday, January 5, 2018

C'est Paris


I'm certain, after all these trips, that I will never tire of Paris windows and flowers. And lanterns. And shutters....

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Le même?


The lady I photographed in yesterday's post was taken last November, 2017. This was taken in November, 2014. The same?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Le marcheur


I am fairly certain that I have photographed Madame walking along the quai near the Louvre in 2014. It's uncanny how many times I discover images of Parisians I recognize from previous trips. Come back tomorrow and I'll share the photo and you can be the judge.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Photograph of the Year


The first day of the month is always Theme Day for City Daily photobloggers around the world. January 1 is historically the time we choose our favorite photo of the year. I chose this shot taken at one of the entrances to the Louvre. Rim light is hard to catch and I especially liked the way it highlighted the two friends. I also liked the long shadows on the  cobblestones.

I encourage your to visit the CDP website HERE to see all the other favorites from around our world. If you are a photographer on any level, I encourage to consider joining this friendly community of photobloggers. I started with my Birmingham blog in 2008 and later added my Paris one. It's a great way to showcase your city or town no matter how large or small. The added plus is that it encourages you to get out in your community and shoot more!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Moto Reflet


I play a little game with myself in Paris. I'm always on the lookout for reflections in the rear view mirrors of motorcycles. This time the windshield stopped me in my tracks.

Today, after a long absence, I'm happily joining James' Weekend Reflections right HERE!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

La laveuse de vitres


The exterior of the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle de Vincennes ( begun in 1379) is undergoing restoration on the exterior. I took a seat on a bench inside to just take in the beautiful architecture and spotted this.  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Paris Photo - Elliott Erwitt


While wandering the fabulous international photographic exhibit at Paris Photo last November, I watched as two photographers were snapping photos of this man. Realizing he must be someone of importance, I motioned one of the photographers over and asked who he was. I couldn't understand the name as he had an accent and it was very noisy. He must have seen this and added, "He is ia Magnum photographer." That I understood and so I asked him to repeat the name. "Elliott Erwitt." I all but screamed. I"m very familiar with his remarkable work and even attended a small Erwitt exhibit at La Hune a few years back. I literally chased this man down. I asked the woman who was with him if I could take a quick photo. She answered, "Yes, make it quick." I did! After, I put my hand on his shoulder and said, "Merci, I am so honored." This will always be a favorite Paris memory for me.

I saw the two photographers later and they were happy I got the photo. I told them I didn't think he was so glad to see me but I was thrilled nonetheless.

Erwitt was in Paris for the signing of his just released book of his images of Cuba taking many years ago.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Paris Rouge - Paris Photo


This petite fille looked so adorable with her umbrella leaving Paris Photo in the rain!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Galeries Lafayette. 2008



 I will never forget the first time I saw the amazing Christmas exterior lighting of Galeries Lafayette in 2008. I have never seen anything so magical. As the years have gone by, they have paired down the lights to save on the expense. I certainly understand,  but am so grateful I was able to photograph it in all its splendor!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

Le Pont Neuf

After a few trips to Paris, you accept that there will be many gray, overcast skies. When a sunny, blue sky day appears, it's pretty fabulous. If you're a photographer, hard to beat the light and shadows. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Paris à noir et blanc


These crisp black and white chairs were a show stopper for sure. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Beacoup de baguettes!


The street market in Meudon, was an added treat after our morning at the Museée Rodin!