To new followers who have come from my Facebook Live videos – welcome and bienvenue! I’m thrilled to have you here. There’ll be another live walk this weekend – I’ll let you know once it’s scheduled.
If anyone missed Sunday’s video tour of Ile Saint Louis you can
watch it here, followed by the Post-Tour Café Chat. Once I record Episode 03 I’ll probably start a YouTube channel so you can find these all in one place.
Ok onto this week’s set of Paris pics, because still images are always in style. :) If you’re new here, every week or so I do a recap of my little discoveries with captions for each. Sometimes it’s a historical tidbit, a food recommendation, or whatever’s on my mind. Hope it helps transport you a little bit!
When I posted this to Instagram, one of my favorite followers @shelly_sells_lemonade commented “This pic is everything”. That made me smile because I think the Covered Passages are pure magic. This one’s called the Verdeau (9th arr), which gets overlooked quite often. Those who take a tour of the passages with me get to walk through this beauty.
Been holding onto this photo for a while now. I get a James Dean kind of vibe from this image, like the feeling that I need to hang out with this guy and find out what his story is.
This is one of Hemingway’s haunts, Café de la Mairie. It overlooks Place Saint Sulpice which is a favorite square of mine. This is a popular local spot and it’s rare to find these seats empty, so I feel like I captured a moment here!
The Saint Michel fountain still stops me in my tracks. It’s the last great “wall fountain” of Paris; after it was installed in 1860 most fountains were placed in the center of squares and roundabouts. This structure was later dedicated to victims of the French Resistance because a battle vs. the Nazis took place here. Where are the bullet holes left behind from that fight? A French Frye tour of the Latin Quarter will answer that. :)
Debauve & Gallais is a chocolate shop that can’t be beat when it comes to history. Debauve was Marie Antoinette’s royal pharmacist who ended up making chocolates for her and the royal court. He managed to survive the Revolution and opened his first Paris address in 1800. This one is at 33 Rue Vivienne (2nd arr).
Rue de l’Abreuvoir is perhaps my favorite street in this town. What a perfect manifestation of all that’s lovely about Montmartre. The translation of the name is Trough Street, because at the bottom water used to be collected as a pool where pack mules could drink and bathe.
A florist along Rue Saint Honoré caught my eye several times this Xmas season. I guess when your Paris apartment is the size of a shoebox, these mini trees are about as much holiday joy as it can handle.
Oh the Opéra Garnier – how I adore thee! I exhausted all of the traditional angles with my camera long ago, so now when I’m here I look for something a bit different. This is the staircase that leads up from the métro.
These next two are a cheese shop I saw in Montmartre on my way to Au Lapin Agile. This is on Rue Caulaincourt I believe. Love those festive sprigs! (That should be the name of a holiday gospel choir – “The Festive Sprigs”)
La Bossue is a favorite coffee spot of mine in Montmartre. I’m actually there right now as I finish this blog post. They have some of the most gorgeous treats of any café and remarkably it’s all made in-house. Gotta respect that in this day and age. You’ll find it at 9 Rue Joseph de Maistre. My walking tour of this area passes conveniently in front of this location, and I always secretly hope my clients ask to stop for some java to take away. :)
Rue de la Paix looking festive after hours.
A moody look at the Tuileries Gardens. The Palace of the Tuileries once stood here, and during the French Revolution the people stormed it. Soldiers of the Swiss Guard, meant to protect the royal family inside, were slaughtered by the bloodthirsty mob. Napoléon witnessed the event and later said that in all his years on the battlefields of Europe and beyond, he’d never seen carnage equal to that of the Tuileries Gardens on that day. Now we admire its statues and little kids play with sailboats in the basin. Times have changed!
Passage Jouffroy is another Covered Passage along my tour of these old shopping arcades. This bizarre decoration adorns a shop called Philippe Ferrandis, specializing in walking canes and parasols. Some real masterpieces inside!
Dammann Frères is a frequent stop of mine for loose leaf tea. There are many locations, and this one is on Rue Victoria (1st arr). I like that most of their teas are there for you to smell and browse. Major aromatherapy in this place.
Thanks for having a look, hope you enjoyed it! For more photos you can check out the
previous photo post. Stay tuned next week for another recap of whatever I may find in my wanderings.
To join my next live video tour of Paris, keep an eye on my
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And if you do all that and decide you can still tolerate my voice, pop over to
The Earful Tower podcast where you’ll here me sharing lots of Paris history and recommendations. :)
Until next time, happy Paris dreaming!