Saturday, December 16, 2017

Notre serveur amical

Le Grand Café Capucines, near the Opéra, is an Art Deco delight. We enjoyed oysters and a delicious dinner there. Our very friendly waiter was a bonus!

Le Grand Café Capucines
4 Boulevard Capucines
75009 Paris

Friday, December 15, 2017

Paris Photo

Every November Paris Photo celebrates photography with an enormous international exhibition under the glass and steel roof of the Grand Palais. This event has been on my Bucket List for YEARS and I finally was able to attend this last trip. Warning: It's sensory overload and a lot to see. Plan to spend several hours. I was torn between photographing the interesting attendees, some of the photography I just wanted to remember, and the amazing Grand Palais. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Le serveur

Paris waiters never stop. They are constantly in motion. I caught our very efficient and cordial waiter as we left this restaurant in Meudon.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Les baguettes!

His face says it all. He's delighted to be bringing home those crusty, delicious baguettes. I agree.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Les grands magasins

The view from Galeries Lafayette looking towards  Printemps, two of the grands magasins. At Christmas, they are magical for children as well as the adults!

Friday, December 8, 2017

À travers les yeux d'un enfant

The Christmas windows at Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are truly magical.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I Love Paris in November!

Paris in November. I love the bare trees, the fall color...tout!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

La neige å Paris

Another archives photo from the snowfall during our January, 2010 trip to Paris. My friends Mary and Mary at the Palais Royal.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

La neige

It snowed last week in Paris, just a week after I came home. I'll admit being a bit miffed with l'homme de la météo! I do still have a small collection of photos of la neige from January 2010 to remind me of  how even more beautiful Paris is after a snowfall.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pétanque in the Parc

These guys. I find them almost every visit to Luxembourg Gardens. They are always at the same court. I love reconnecting with them.

Friday, December 1, 2017

City Daily Photo Theme Day - GIFT

Today my City Daily Photoblog friends around the world are posting this month's theme, GIFT. For me, the gift of friendship is the perfect choice. I met Peter Olson, Peter's Paris, through blog friends before my second trip to Paris in November, 2008. He graciously shared his knowledge of Paris and a few bottles of champagne that trip and has continued to offer an incredible amount of time for me and my friends every single trip since. I dubbed him the MOST PATIENT MAN IN PARIS, years ago and he's held the title ever since. He is always willing to do whatever is on my "program" as he calls it, no matter how many times he's visited that place. He kindly stops and waits while I take an endless number of photos or just need a little rest for my back.  We have shared many wonderful Paris memories, laughs and more glasses of champagne than we can remember. After every trip, I always remind him that he is indeed  my best friend in Paris. Merci Peter, pour le cadeau de ton amitié.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Paris Rouge - J'aime, je déteste

As much as I love the signs and the fast and efficient Paris Métro, my knees detest the endless steps, the steps, the steps. This last trip, Mary and I pretty much figured out the Paris bus system and I was very grateful.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Paris Rouge - Scoot!

While I was madly photographing the couple in the background, this little guy zoomed by. I love Paris.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Whatever they put on the geraniums in Paris, they share with the wisteria. Killer vine in the Marais.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Le Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées

This past trip, I was finally able to check the Grand Palais off my list. Since 2007, I've gazed longingly at it's beautiful façade and glorious steel and glass dome. Paris Photo made it possible this trip. This Art Deco structure made of iron and light steel opened in 1900 and regularly houses exhibits and events of all types. It was well worth a 10 year wait!

For a listing of upcoming events, check out the website HERE.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Paris Rouge - Exciting News!

Call me a cockeyed optimist, but I'm planning on bringing out Paris Rouge II just before Christmas. It will be self published on Blurb, and I'm really hoping to meet the deadline for gifts for my family. Maybe you might want to have a look as well. Of course, this Dior window at Assouline at 35 rue Bonaparte will be included. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Jimmy Choo

Printemps'  Christmas windows are always glamorous. This window filled with beautiful shoes caught my eye!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Follow the Leader

Monsieur, on his way home with fleurs, proved to be a fine leader for the students to follow!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Well, it took 15 trips,  but I finally got inside the Grand Palais.  I also FINALLY was able to attend Paris Photo. It was just as Meredith Mullins warned, "Sensory overload". I was totally torn between soaking up every photograph and shooting the fabulous glass ceiling. If you are in Paris in November, be sure to attend this fabulous 3 day event.

I"m doing the BW Photo A Day Challenge on Facebook where I post a BW image a day for 7 days, no people, no words. I"m double dipping here. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Les géraniums

Instead of buying scarves in Paris, I need to be loading up on whatever the fertilizer is they use. The middle of NOVEMBER and the geraniums at this window and all around town are still knockouts. This particular spot on Place Dauphine never disappoints, year after year.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

I'm Home!

Another fabulous trip to Paris is in the books. It was a jam packed 8 days, and I'm so grateful to my dear Paris travel amie Mary Gilbert, and my Paris ami Peter Olson, for making it all happen. It was a wonderful week in the city I know consider my second home. I can't wait to share my photographs with all of you, my faithful followers.

Mary and I trekked to the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette late one afternoon to capture the sunset.  I will never tire of this view!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Au revoir!

For the next week, Mary and I will be roaming the streets of Paris. I hope to bring home many tales and photos!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Amis à Paris

Remembering a delightful afternoon at the Palais Royal with our Birmingham friends the Wilsons. The kids played in the dirt and ran up and down the arcade. This must what it feels like to be a Parisian kiddo every day!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Square du Vert-Galant

Square du Vert-Galant, located on the western tip of Île de la Cité at the Pont Neuf. It's lovely any time of year but especially in the fall. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Church Series - The American Cathedral in Paris

The residence of the Dean of the Cathedral is located above the enclosed courtyard. I always enjoy attending services there when I visit Paris. This trip, Mary and I will be attending a mass at Notre Dame de Paris as we will be meeting Vincent Dubois, one of the organists. I am hoping to be able to photograph him play during the mass. He will be playing a recital at Independent Presbyterian Church here in February. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

One of My Top Finds

I love being asked to help friends, and friends of friends plan their trips to Paris. I'm no travel agent by any means, but I do have a VERY LONG list of to dos. When asked about museums I always offer this one, Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine ( Architecture Museum, it's easier). Located near Palais de Chaillot, it's a must see. After,  have a coffee or glass of wine on the terrasse overlooking the Seine and Eiffel Tower! You'll thank me for this one.

Friday, November 3, 2017

My Happy Place

Next Friday, with any luck at all, I'll be right here photographing the Colonnes de Buren with Mary and Peter!