Time again for a recap of what I saw in Paris this week. A mix of food, flowers, architecture and close-ups…my usual obsessions. Hope you enjoy them, and don’t forget to go
here if you missed the previous installment!
Found some lovely light scraping across this café in the 1st arrondissement. I got there just as the lunch rush was pushing through, so it’s a miracle I got a shot with (almost) not a soul in sight. I love how perfect the “Onion Soup” looks on the window. I should probably eat more of that dish; if you’ve had a great one in Paris let me know in the comments.
Hipster shops really know how to decorate these days, making you feel like you’ve stumbled onto a Sunday flea market or a granny’s attic. You end up forgetting that every object was painstakingly arranged by professionals to keep you in the store. But that also makes for cool still life shots, like this one in a shop called Merci (3rd arr).
This is the Chateau de Rambouillet, an hour or so outside Paris. It’s one of many royal residences you can visit near the city and they’re all worth it. This one was used by Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and Napoléon to name a few. Renaissance king Francois I also died here. I loved this little guard station and its contrast to the imposing tower behind it.
You’ve already heard me talk of La Caféothèque (4th arr), which is my favorite coffee shop in town. I haven’t found a café in Paris that is more serious about coffee, and you can taste the difference. There’s also a comforting international vibe with people from Ethiopia, Guatemala, Italy, the States and beyond. Because I stop by so often I’m always sensitive to new arrivals like these roses, which having been placed near a mirror gave the scene a double shot – or a doppio – of color. :-)
This is the second shot of a gourmet grocery store I found near Arts et Métiers. I wonder if these ceramic jugs are filled all the way to bottom. Those are those kinds of important life questions that plague me. As far as the image itself, I like the contrast of the warm-colored nuts against the cool hard metal of the scoops. Pretty sure I’ve seen those scoops on a box of Raisin Bran…
Any time life imitates art I get excited. As an art kid in college I’d stare for hours at abstract prints of De Kooning, Pollock and Rothko, and we might as well be looking at one here. It’s part of the coffeehouse Folks and Sparrows (11th arr), and rather than busting a window through the wall they left the history of all those paint jobs and renovations over the decades. Fantastic.
In the same vein of nontraditional Paris beauty, I couldn’t pass up this little composition. The shutter seems like it has a few stories to tell, and look at those subtle blues and oranges peeking through the white paint. Better than TV I tell you!
It’s raining like crazy in Paris these days, which is typical for spring. I found some soaked details like this one attached to the Opera House (9th arr). Silver and gold and a little bit of rust – a perfect combo, no?
I hope this quick shot of Paris adds a bit of pep in your step. Be sure to stop by every Wednesday for new photos, or make it easy on yourself by subscribing to A French Frye in Paris – just scroll a bit further down.
A la prochaine!