Thursday, March 26, 2015

L'escalier


The Mona Bismarck American Center's stairway. I have been fortunate to visit this beautiful space in 2013, for the Yousuf Karsh exibit and then in 2014 for Meredith Mullin's street photography workshop. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Où suis-je??



I am thinking most of my readers, even my Parisian readers, won't know where I took this photo.Actually, now that I have a look at the only two photos is snapped this day, I wish I had taken more and framed them differently. Love the arches and the detail. I will let my commenters have a guess today, then I will share the location. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mini Meeps Goes To Paris



Many of you, especially Facebook friends know my chic chat noir Meeps. She's a scarf loving kitty who loves Paris from afar. Each trip I make, she nestles into my suitcase in hopes that she can steal away and join her Parisian cousins. Well a dear blog friend knitted me a Mini Meeps, complete with scarves, and I took her along the last two trips to Paris. Today Mini Meeps as she gazes over the city of Paris from the rooftop deck of Galeries Lafayette. Stay tuned for more Meeps adventures.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Anticipation

This adorable Frenchie was patiently waiting for a bit of baguette or even better, a bite of boeuf bourguignon!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Church Series - Saint-Eustache




Perhaps not one of the most visited churches in Paris, but one of my favorites. Built between 1532-1632, it should be on your Paris list of churches.

2 Impasse Saint-Eustache
75001 Paris

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Only In Paris...


do you come up upon someone who appears to be a mime, who then bursts into song with , "I lovvveeee you!" At the Sacre Coeur, artists abound. Since he sang to us, I assume he's not a mime. I am sure the French have a word!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Le Jour du Macaron



All I can say is, "Merci, Pierre." Were it not for Paris' Pierre Hermé, we wouldn't be celebrating Le Jour de Macron today, here and in Paris.  For those of you who are imagining those heavy coconut blobs that we know as macaroons, forget all that. The macaron is two tiny wisps of an almond flour meringue cookies with a delightful creamy filling inside. If made correctly, under perfect weather conditions, the shell is crisp as air and then the filling completes the experience.

Today I feature a photo from my first taste of macaron in November, 2009. It was in Pierre Hermé's shop in the Marais. I had caramel. It remains at the top of my list, but violette, tasted at Ladurée is another favorite. I also pay homage to some of the best macarons I've ever had on this side of the pond. My dear friend Genie, in Mobile, Alabama, makes homegrown macarons and her divine pistache avec Nutella butter cream rivals any I've had in Paris. Enjoy!

For my Birmingham readers, my next session of FROM SNAPSHOTS TO CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHS begins April 9th. Click HERE to register online.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bientôt !

Geranium's will be spilling over balconies all over Paris! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Les Ballerines


These exquisite lamps were beautifully displayed on the steps at the Opéra Garnier's Boutique.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Les choix


Love these old signs in Paris. Now what will you choose?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bonjour Chat!


Ohhhh, I love this image of Eva captured during our three weeks in Paris, 2009. We passed this street art by Nemo, every single day, going to and from the Censier Daubenton métro. During our time in  Paris, Eve kept a running count of the cats she spotted in Paris. Maybe she included this one!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Poppa et sa petite fille


Sunday afternoons at Luxembourg Gardens is always a delight. Poppa was very kind to allow many photos.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Deux Chats

These two very docile cats were the main attraction as this organ grinder played his tunes. Before I was allowed to snap the first photo, I was shown the euro basket. I complied. I'm not sure how he keeps those cats in that basket with all that's going on in front of Galeries Lafayette, and the traffic. Oh and yes, that would be Peter patiently waiting in the background!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nemo


It's no secret that I abhor the senseless tagging found all around Paris and all of our cities as well. That said, I love the real Paris street artists like Nemo. His work always makes me smile.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Paris Rouge - Les chaussures



I had to be quick on the trigger to catch madame as she sped down the street with her fabulous red pumps!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

She's watching.... and listening


I think walking (trudging?) up through the métro and hearing this talented group of musicians is just another Paris moment that I will never forget. On two visits, I've climbed the stairs at the Bastille stop and heard the most beautiful classical music played by this very talented group. Vivaldi in the métro...c'est Paris!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Play It Again, Pierre

Wedged into the entrance of this tiny bar/café in Montmartre, the sound of his playing drew me in from the street.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Des milliers de visages


Last November, as we left Luxembourg Gardens and started our walk towards the Panthéon, we noticed that the dome had been wrapped in a sea of faces during the renovation which has been ongoing for some two years. Last night as I researched this, I learned that not just the façade, but the interior is clad in even more. The credit goes to someone I have admired for several years, JR. I first learned of him through his Inside Out Projects around the world. I have even tried to start one here in my hometown of Birmingham. JR's work is amazing, and I'm thrilled he has been given this beautiful space for yet another innovative project. Have a look HERE at the photos! Now try and imagine how disappointed I am that I did not get a ticket and go inside and see the other installations! How do you say, "I could kick myself!" in French?

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Shopping avec bébé


This jeune fille was taking her shopping trip to the marché very seriously.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Beaucoup des livres!


The  Abbey Bookshop, gives Shakespeare and Company a run for their money. Started in 1989 by Canadian Brian Spence, their website claims they have over 35,000 books in English. How they have any idea how many books are in this fabulous shop, I have no idea. Located near the Saint Severin Church, it's worth a stop.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

L'homme


I spotted this man in silhouette at the other side of this tunnel. I took some shots and then I think he spotted me. Shortly, he walked into the tunnel and came in and out of sight, always seeming to keep me in sight. Something told me I needed to turn and leave the quai. Sometimes I listen to that inner voice. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Les urnes dans le jardin


As I reached the end of the Jardin des Tuileries, making my way to the Winogrand exhibit at the Jeu de Paume, I turned as spotted this lovely fall image.

Monday, March 2, 2015

La Fontaine

I feel certain this lovely small fountain at Luxembourg Gardens has a name and perhaps my readers will share that with all of us. As our group sauntered from L'orangerie, Joe and I stopped for multiple photo ops here. Funny, when I take a photo it's often for one reason,  but when I view on my computer with time to contemplate, I sometimes see it in a new way. Now it's evident that the fountain, with its lovely sculptural leaves were cast in copper so that they would take on this lovely green patina. J'adore.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Aging


I snapped this sweet photo at the Palais Royal. Grand-mère avec son bébé.

Today, the first of the month, I join all of my talented City Daily Photobloggers around the world how are posting their take on our theme....aging. Hopefully I'm not in any of their photos!
Click HERE to see their photos.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Charmant


I've lost count of how many times I've visited Montmartre. I never tire of this charming place. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pollarding in Paris

The French have mastered the fine art of tree trimming. Since my first visit to Paris in 2007, I have been fascinated at the way they manicure the trees in the gardens. I've learned since,  this technique is called pollarding. Love seeing it in the fall at Tuileries.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Paris Rouge - Amis


Mercredi in Paris, the schools are closed, so you see a lot of children in the gardens. These two seemed to be having fun in Tuileries.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

La femme dans le jardin


I have no idea what she was thinking this Sunday afternoon in Luxembourg Gardens. I was thinking how much I love this place and wishing I didn't have to leave Paris!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

La guitare



Unpacking his guitar along the Seine, I didn't notice the chalk drawing on the sidewalk until I downloaded this photo.