How I Saw Paris This Week (Part Eight)

Oops, was yesterday Wednesday? I forgot to post my weekly set of photos. I guess spending 5 hours at Ikea trying to plan a new kitchen can mess with a guy’s sense of time. Another example of pesky reality getting in the way of creativity…

This week’s gallery is infused with a few food recommendations so get your Paris notebooks ready!

This was coming home from a tour in the 6th arrondissement. Light like this can’t be ignored! The subject matter isn’t the most lofty; just a woman on a bicycle. But this kind of theatrical light tends to make any scene dramatic. You Caravaggio fans will know what I’m talking about. That reminds me – I kinda miss Rome!
I’m so thankful for this scene each time I walk down the quiet Passage Saint-Paul. Just too perfect! If Hollywood tried to create a turn of the century movie set they couldn’t do better than this. As usual, I wonder what the people inside are like and if they appreciate the charm of their surroundings. Maybe one of them will invite me up for tea one day.
This is off Rue Gallion (9th arr). Considering it empties out onto the uber-busy Boulevard de l’Opéra, it’s remarkable how tranquil this space is. These courtyards always beckon me forward as if to say “there’s a better version of you in here, come find him”. I know a lot of you Paris lovers feel it too.
Also in the 9th, this is the lobby of a hotel called La Maison Favart. Just a lovely, well-constructed space that invites you to have a seat and a coffee. I haven’t stayed in this hotel but I’ve heard good things from readers.
This photo went a bit viral on my Facebook with over 200 likes – a pleasant surprise! It’s Aux Vieux Paris d’Arcole, a restaurant on Rue Chanoinesse (4th arr). I encourage you to make it part of your next Paris trip; the interior décor is fun, the food is yummy and the service is very friendly. Considering its proximity to tourist-packed Notre Dame this place has no business being so legit – but it is!
I come to the Palais Royal for work and I come here for pleasure in the off hours. It’s just great. Sometimes I forget how grandiose this architecture is. Like the hidden courtyards the arcades pull you forward, promising something special at the end of the tunnel.
I got a kick out of the lines that make up this staircase. It’s at the Marais Dance School on Rue du Temple (4th arr). Only Paris can make you happy there’s no elevator. :-)
This one was inspired by a visit to Boneshaker Doughnuts (2nd arr). Their creations are seriously good and it’s the perfect way to end a walk up trendy Rue Montorgueil. I had the pleasure of chatting with its married owners, Louis and Amanda. He’s an Irishman with with a background in the hospitality industry; she’s an American pastry chef who spends 18 hours to create each batch of homemade donuts. It’s impossible to choose from their flavors, ranging from bacon to beer to peanut butter to matcha tea. And they’re super friendly people to boot! You won’t regret a visit.
I did a small series of photos on Rue des Petits Carreaux, around the corner from the donut shop. This is a juice bar called Lemon (2nd arr). I’m a sucker for this pastel green color and I liked how it played off the colors of the apples in the window.
Like I said – the green and the red. Good stuff!
Another shot from Lemon on Rue des Petits Carreaux.
I guess they’re really into fresh fruit on this street because across from Lemon there was another health food place with two mini orange trees outside. This is why you don’t necessarily need to visit Parisian museums and monuments – the streets themselves are full of visual loveliness!
I took this at Anticafé Louvre (2nd arr). Not so much for the latte art but for the quirky coffee cup. You’re supposed to put your thumb in that divot to lift it to your mouth – logical on paper but kind of ridiculous in practice. I felt like a weirdo every time I took a drink. This café is interesting though; you pay 5 euros an hour for a seat,  and during that time you can have unlimited coffees and snacks. It’s a new trend in Paris and there are several cafés like this now.
This is inside La Sorbonne (5th arr). Any old library is a great reminder of how valuable books were in the past. I was one of those kids who always got giddy in a library or bookstore, and I always envied the school librarian who got to hang out surrounded by knowledge.



Thanks everybody for stopping by. You can find the previous “How I Saw Paris” installment here. Happy Paris dreaming and I’ll see you for the next one! I’m off to grab a donut…


      • oh I would love that. We even sat in a cafe in Paris and wondered who was living in the apartment we were looking at from our seats. We pretended it was ours :)

    • Thanks Bonnie, I think that’s exactly what great artists do so well. I enjoy striving to that standard! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Take care.

  • Another great snippet of our beautiful Paris…must try that Anticafe on my next visit….and NEXT visit we shall meet!!…no crossed wires!!
    Fabulous photos once again…thank you

  • Hi Corey!
    I love this week’s blog and photos! I am so looking forward to meeting you next week for the tours of Paris with my parents! I am an amateur photographer as well (Instagram: @yogabelette, currently featuring photos of my dog Charley #travelswithCharley, during this 9 month trip we have been on), and am excited to add some awesome Paris shots to my collection! Also psyched for restaurant and café recs, etc!
    See you next week!

    • Yes photography is certainly encouraged on my tours. :-) Is your trip really 9 months? Holy cow – can’t wait to hear about the adventure! See you on Thursday.

  • I lived in Paris (16th) from October 1968 until February 1971. Loved, loved, loved every minute of it. Your photographs are works of art in themselves and very, very nostalgic for me.
    2 Ave Paul Doumer

    • Oh I am so pleased to hear that Diane. I’m a very nostalgic person and I think Paris is made for dreamers like us. :-) I’m so happy to know there is a receptive audience on the other end of these blog posts, thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

  • Thank​ you for these beautiful photos. Just love them. You capture the essence

  • Gorgeous. Your pictures make my heart happy. Two friends are going to Paris in a few weeks and asked me for restaurant recommendations. I’m going to add Aux Vieux Paris d’Arcole to the list (and to mine for next November). Your picture makes it appear to be the perfect place! Thanks. Loved your first picture in your post. Paris in the fog is heartbreakingly wondrous!

  • I love your photos and it makes me so happy to look at them. I love Paris and dream of living there one day. For now, I’ll live vicariously through your photos. And thanks for the recommendations! Will make sure I hit them up next time I’m visiting.

  • The wisteria at Aux Vieux Paris d’Arcole is beautiful! Love this style of posting and your photographs! I want to give it a try :’)

    • Thanks Jackeline, that’s nice to hear! Any time I can pleasantly surprise someone I consider the day a success. :-) Hope to see more of you on the blog!

  • Missed this post and actually wondered why I didn’t hear from you ….. my bad!
    Lovely, lovely stuff – you really know how to tempt and draw in your readers and ‘visitors’! If I did need a guide I know who would be ‘the one’ :)
    The wisteria hysteria nearly made me cry….. I am hyper-allergic AND have a large one ‘working’ as a conopy covering one of our patios but this one here, with the chairs and tables and all the colours makes the viewer sing with delight!
    Your Sorbonne catch made me cry for different reasons – my all-time dream is always to be shut in a bookshop/library for a weekend (with an ample supply of red wine, saumon & nice food, but that goes without saying really…)
    I also love the arcades and the lantern lights….. and I love that buggy pushing into the picture :) I have a Hero Husband who always, but really always points a finger or ellbow into my photos!

      • no, he doesn’t…. let’s say he is just a tad ´accident prone and clumsy’…. it’s something he has no control over and one does get used to it ;)

  • Forgot to say that the 1st pic made me immediately think of Ladro di bicicletta… or similar!!!! OUTSTANDING!

  • I LOVE the Centre Danse du Marais! They have about 100 different classes – mostly for adults – in every kind of dance imaginable, plus theater, voice, conditioning, etc. I’ve taken a couple of drop-in classes in classical ballet there; quite an experience! The very old-fashioned [strict] teachers were very kind to an almost-septuagenarian whose stamina/extension/ballon have diminished but who still has impeccable technique. :-) BTW there is a great restaurant in the courtyard.

  • I came across your Facebook page and blog last month, just before our recent trip to Paris. I fell in love with your photo of Aux Vieux Paris d’Arcole! On our last day, we ventured out to the Notre Dame. As my children and husband were perusing the souvenir shops, I ventured down a deserted street. To my surprise, I found the very restaurant in the picture you took! Thank you so much for taking photos of things most people would not. These are the things that I want to remember most about Paris…until I return someday!

  • Hi Corey, am I too late to post almost two years later? I just discovered you, through author Cara Black’s FB page. My husband gave me the gift of a month in Paris for a special birthday, it took me 11 months to plan, and we “lived” on Quai St. Michel from April 29 to May 29, 2017. I’m now going to go through the rest of your posts for that month, and will follow your blog and live posts forever!

    • Hi Susan, it’s never too late to post a comment. :-) I’m so glad you have those wonderful Paris memories. Having extended time here really changes the experience! I’m so happy to have you following along.

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