Hello my wonderful supporters, old and new alike – welcome! I’m so glad to bring you another weekly set of Paris views. Some expected, some (hopefully) not so much.
But before that: yesterday I filmed a new Live Video Tour for the Eastern Hemisphere. It was far too early for most North Americans but you can see the
replay on my Facebook page. It’s also on my new YouTube channel where you can watch all previous episodes. I won’t give away the location of yesterday’s video but there were passages…that were covered… 🙂
On to this week’s photos – full of food, architecture, sidewalk scenes – all my usual obsessions. Enjoy!
Whenever I decide I deserve a treat, afternoon tea at Mariage Frères is always an option. Scones and butter and jam and my favorite tea blend: French Breakfast. Angels singing and all that. :-) This location is at 13 Rue des Grands Augustins (6th arr).
A closed café in the 1st arrondissement. Love those repetitive elements, and this shade of red.
When I talk about getting close to the details of Paris, sometimes I’m talking REAL close up. Someone must have brought a step ladder to Place de l’Opéra to put this little lion sticker up there.
It’s the end of the Galettes des Rois, the special January treats filled with almond frangipane and usually a tiny ceramic or plastic figurine. If you get the piece with the figurine, you’re designated king or queen for the day. These are individual-sized ones at my local bakery.
As I grab the train to go home after my tours, I often stop at Forum des Halles at a place called L’Exception. The coffee’s great and it’s usually nice and quiet so I can pull out the iPad and catch up on FB comments, etc. There’s always something interesting on the counter next to the cash register, including these.
This is my favorite food shot I’ve taken in a while. It gets my mouth watering every time! These are homemade madeleines at La Bossue, a place in Montmartre I’ve already talked about several times. Fyi this can easily be a stop along a Montmartre tour with yours truly!
Just down from La Bossue on Rue des Abbesses is La Mascotte. I love the green hue of their tables & chairs, and inside there’s a great turn-of-the-century zinc topped bar. Straight out of the Belle Époque – just how I like it.
There aren’t many flowers or fountains this time of year in the gardens, so you have to get a bit creative. This is a reflection in one of the hibernating basins, looking toward Rue de Rivoli.
A more classic Paris shot, but trying to get the composition just right. This is the Mabillon station along Boulevard Saint Germain.
Also on Boulvard Saint Germain are these lovely old address signs, which would have been illuminated originally. This is a rare find so I thought I’d share. These gems are a reminder of something we already know – that the details are what make this city grand! There’s a quiet elegance in these little boxes.
Parisian doors are so special that even when they’re unfinished they’re still gorgeous. I know I have a lot of fellow door worshippers out there.
Another shot from La Bossue (18th arr) and their Galette des Rois. Perfect with a cappuccino.
The prettiest bakery in the Marais has to be Au Petit Versailles at 1 Rue Tiron. Here’s just one little view of many that are worth a visit inside. Oh and they also received 2nd place for 2014’s Best Baguette in Paris, so there’s that. People come from far and wide to enjoy this little spot.
An escalator at Forum des Halles (1st arr). I usually use this after coffee and FB work at L’Exception next door.
A straggler from the Christmas season at Palais Royal. I never tire of walking under these arcades. Are you familiar with the sordid & juicy Napoléon story related to this area? If you’ve toured it with me you have. :-)
Old books in Galerie Vivienne, what an absolute treat. Victor Hugo used to visit this same shop and look for inspiration among the tomes. Ah, Paris :-)
Another try at finding a different perspective of a well-known place. This is the Luxembourg Gardens. Sometimes the color of the Paris’ sky and the color of its statues match perfectly!
Porte Saint Denis (10th arr) always convinces me to get my camera out. A perfect reminder of Old World Paris, no matter how modern the neighborhood becomes. The kings of France, after being crowned in the cathedral at Reims, would make their grand entrance into Paris through this arch and others.
For me, the canopy of the Forum des Halles (1st arr) looks better at night than during the day. I’ve never loved the color they chose, but when it’s lit up like this I like the futuristic aspect of it.
How can you not love this? An old-timey sign of a detective agency that is still going strong. This location was part of the Midnight in Paris storyline, and it’s just steps from the Louvre along Rue du Louvre.
So many flâneurs walk through Galerie Vivienne without noticing the quiet passage running parallel to it, the Galerie Colbert. Don’t let the guard at the entrance deter you; all you have to do is show him your bag for security reasons and you’ll be allowed in. This statue is a copy of one that used to be in the Palais Royal gardens. This circular rotunda was quite the revelation in the 1820s. And it still is today!
Ok there you go for this week, hope you enjoyed those little vignettes! If you want to see last week’s photo set
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And I hope to see you all live on Saturday for this:
Until then, happy Paris dreaming. 🙂