Hi everybody! First thing’s first – I’ve just scheduled my next Facebook Live Video Tour. Set those alarms:
Note that it’s a
5pm start this time, to help out you Americans on the west coast (8am for you). Sadly my Australian mates will have to stay up even later at night…but I’ll be taking care of you all soon. :-)
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follow these instructions. And if you missed last week’s video from Saint Germain des Prés you can catch up by watching it here.
Speaking of videos it’s exciting times over here at French Frye HQ, as I plan the evolution of my Live series. There are some developments that I think a lot of you will be interested in. And a YouTube channel is coming soon where you’ll be able to find (and binge on) all the videos.
Ok onto the task at hand – a fresh set of Paris pics! I hope you enjoy them.
The Passage des Princes (9th arr) was one of the last shopping arcades, completed in 1860. The owner took great pains to erect it and then promptly went bankrupt – the project was a flop. Why? By that time Paris was experiencing a new shopping fad, the grand department stores like Bon Marché, etc. But today you’d never sense that failure; it still takes people’s breath away each day.
The wonderful & winding Rue Servandoni leads you from the Luxembourg Gardens to Saint Sulpice (6th arr). When I give tours of this area I point out an old carved sign bearing the alley’s former name: “Gravedigger Street”. This is where the dead were carted to the church’s burial site hundreds of years ago. Yay for history!
Porte Saint Denis (10th arr)….because the Champs Elysées isn’t the only street with a killer arch! This area is named after that famous patron saint who walked around town with his own decapitated head in his hands. True story, they say.
Capturing the changing colors in my backyard. I’ve never owned ferns before but since we bought our house, I guess I do. And I guess I’m now a bit of a nature photographer as well for that matter.
I’ve said it before and I will again: the Tuileries (1st arr) is like an outdoor extension of the Louvre. At least that’s how I see it. This is looking over toward Rue de Rivoli and that classic Baron Haussmann style. Do you think those residents ever take their view for granted? Probably…it’s only human nature.
Tuileries Gardens again. Most of the city’s fountains are in hibernation mode, but the upside is the calm reflections you get from all angles. Once spring blooms I can’t wait to include some of these gardens in my Live Video Tours!
This is in front of KB Caféshop along foodie haven Rue des Martyrs (9th arr). This isn’t even my cup – I found it sitting outside on a table and confiscated it for a photo shoot. I like the vibe of this café, though if I’m honest it’s not my favorite as far as the coffee itself. Not all hipster java bars are created equal.
In the uber local, uber real 20th arrondissement there are plenty of photo ops. I quite liked the colors of these chairs along Place Gambetta.
A bakery called Claus on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1st arr) is where this one came from. It’s a trend now for bakeries and gourmet food shops to add a few baskets of fresh produce at the entrance. Maybe they’re just there so guys like me take pictures and give the company free advertising. :-)
This is a shop in the 1st arrondissment called Nina’s Marie Antoinette. It’s on Rue Danielle Casanova. The interiors are pastel and pretty and it specializes in tea and accessories. I’m always in the mood for a good afternoon tea splurge, so objects like this make me smile.
Bring on the fog, bring on the rain! At least long enough for me to get my dreamy picture of Montmartre. :-) This is Square Louise Michel and you’re looking at not just Sacré Coeur but an 18th century double-decker French carrousel. Life is good.
Another statue from the Tuileries. Can you spot the tower hiding behind the tree? I didn’t check the title of this sculpture but I assume it’s the classic hunter Diana with her trusty dog. Because when you’re French you can hunt topless and get away with it. You can also lead a revolution topless, if any of you remember Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” in the Louvre. Makes me wonder: if the art world had been dominated by women instead, would we see so many bare bosoms throughout history?
If you haven’t done it yet I hope it’s on your list, because the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette (9th arr) offers a stunning view. In fact they could easily charge for access to this…luckily they don’t. I may do a FB Live Video from here one day because there are some things I want to show you all. We’ll add it to the loooong list of things I’ll be showing you in the coming months!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s set and I hope it tides you over til next time. Until then happy Paris dreaming and have a great day.