Lovely Paris people — oh how I’ve neglected you! It’s been a little while since I posted a new photo set, but the upside is that I’ve got 26 shots of Paris for your eyeballs this time around.
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Allons-y and on y va — let’s get to the images!
Many areas that surround major museums feel like culinary black holes; it can be pretty tough to find quality food without extortion prices. The Musée d’Orsay area always felt this way to me, but I think I found a nice spot in Cocorico. The interiors are great, including this little nook which is perfect for a private VIP feel. And every plate of food coming out of the kitchen looked really good. You can find it at 5 Rue du Bac (7th arr).
Don’t remember the name of this shop but what a beautiful work of art in the window! This is along Rue des Blancs Manteaux in the Marais (4th arr).
God I hate getting up in the morning. Even worse in the winter. But sometimes the morning mist makes it worthwhile. This is one of my favorite recent captures.
This “living wall” is around the corner from the donut you’re about to see below. You’re looking at Rue des Petits Carreaux (2nd arr).
Don’t think of donuts when you think of Paris? A place called Boneshaker will change all that. Owners Amanda and Louis have created a delicious trend of high quality donuts and good coffee to boot. Do yourself a favor and check them out at 77 Rue d’Aboukir (2nd arr). That might sound like a plug or hidden ad, but it’s just me loving this place!
These were part of our house’s decoration for a Halloween gouter (afternoon snack) with friends. The French have never fully adopted this holiday, and our house got probably 5 trick-or-treaters all night. With all that affordable dental care you think they’d go hog wild with the candy, but no.
I’m a sucker for fall colors so I popped off this shot from my backyard. I wish the foliage could last longer, it’s so fleeting!
There’s a lesser-known market called the Marché Saint Quentin (10th arr). What a joy! Ultra local and very visual, this is a shot of some cheese that I couldn’t resist.
The dog days of…autumn. Can’t tell if this pooch is sad or just uber cool.
The Parc des Buttes Chaumont (19th arr) is where the most Parisian of Parisians hang out. It’s green, it’s open, and it’s one of those places I go to far less often than I should!
A scooter in the rain with some nice reflections in the cobble stones. It’s almost as if I’d staged it. But I didn’t.
Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre. This street isn’t a secret to anyone anymore, but it never gets old and at this time of year the doors entice me even more.
On my way to give a tour of Père Lachaise Cemetery (which you should join me on!) I found these mums. If you’ve been to Paris you know that the florists don’t mess around. They’re artists just as much as the pastry chefs and handbag designers. Paris is a city of people taking pride in their craft; just one of the reasons I love it to pieces.
This might be my favorite photo of the bunch, even though it doesn’t show Paris and even though I’m not a horse person at all. It was at a tiny farm in the suburbs and the light hit this guy just right so I snapped a few shots. Artistically I’m also proud of the crop here (I’m allowed to toot my own horn sometimes, right?).
How do you get a unique picture of Montmartre that hasn’t already been taken thousands of times? You start with this reservoir on Rue du Mont-Cenis. After I finish my Montmartre tours and head inevitably to Soul Kitchen for lunch, I always glance up at this beauty.
Eglise Notre Dame de Lorette (9th arr) is one of those forgotten churches and for that reason I always delight in walking around it. Nothing but locals here (though in truth there are a few tourists behind the building on Rue des Martyrs and for good reason — it’s a foodie haven).
Passage Jouffroy (9th arr) is just a classic, and when I give tours of the Covered Passages I love to show people the treasures ranging from pastries to doll house furniture to Chopin’s old stomping grounds. When the November light hit the ceiling the other day it was pretty glorious.
Let’s face it — Rue Saint Denis isn’t the most glamorous part of Paris. In fact if you’re ever curious to see what a Paris prostitute looks like, this is the place. But the area has two incredible old arches that marked the northern entrances of Paris centuries ago. I’m so glad they’re still around! I always feel like I’m time traveling in this area.
Not Paris, technically. This was part of a trip to the city of Tours in the Loire Valley. Right outside the big train station is this beauty.
A metro entrance in the 2nd arrondissement and another reminder (not that you need one) that Art Nouveau is so special. When I show these entrances to clients, I try to convey the idea of Paris always making aesthetic choices with its municipal and civil structures. That effort alone makes this city one of the prettiest on the planet. As a former art school nerd I’m so grateful to be surrounded by this stuff.
The tomb of Chopin at Père Lachaise is the one I could never find during my first visit as a tourist. I still remember that sinking feeling in my gut knowing that I may never come back to locate it. So now when I’m able to share this grave with other travelers I consider it a privelage and a personal victory. By the way Chopin is in this tomb but not ALL of him is here. Which part is missing? You’ll have to take my tour to find out! Or you could just Google it. But let’s face it, my tour would be more fun. :-)
Another shot of the farm outside town.
And some furry residents of the farm.
Another favorite shot of mine this week, sunset at La Concièrgerie. I could have Photoshopped the cranes out of the frame, but let’s keep things real shall we? :-)
Le Clos Montmartre, the little vineyard of the 18th district, has a new installation of flowers that I don’t remember seeing in previous years. What a great bonus to this already fantastic view!
Another view of Rue Saint Denis and its “portal” that once led you outside of Old Paris. I love blends of modern and ancient so this view tickled my fancy.
Phew, 26 photos — we’ve done it! If you’ve stuck around this long you must be a true fan.
Speaking of which, remember that if you’re in Paris on November 15th you can come meet me during a live episode of
The Earful Tower podcast with Oliver Gee and Paris author John Baxter. It’ll be a couple of hours of drinking, mingling, chatting, prizes, and all sorts of fun. Grab a ticket for the event here.
Or you can listen to this latest episode, where my “Corey Story” digs up some intriguing facts about the Nazi Occupation:
Have a lovely day everyone and happy Paris dreaming!