I don’t really have a theme going here, just a few photos that were actually all taken around the Latin Quarter and Notre Dame where I met an Internet friend.

It’s hard to get shots like this unless it’s pretty early in the morning.

Sine it is freezing or below these last few days I’m starting to think these aren’t real but they are pretty.

Notre Dame when the sun came out to light it up.

A little tea shop has this unusual sitting area out front.

See-you can wind the seat up or down.

A statue of Charlemagne in front of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame reflected in a puddle.

Here is a mix of photos from a day out in various parts of Paris.

The sun came out and lit up Île de la Cité and the Seine.

There are still locks in every possible place, especially on the Pont des Arts. There are plans a foot to get rid of all of them. Hopefully, one day, it won’t be a trend.

A pretty entrance to a courtyard.

The old section of the church, St Julien de Pauvre.

I always find this architecture interesting. It’s in the Latin Quarter.

I have a friend here in Paris right now who used to live here (in fact in our very apartment) with her husband. They took us to a cute little neighbourhood restaurant years ago and we decided to once again have dinner there. It was as good as we remembered, packed with French people and we arrived at 7:30 PM because they needed our table at 9:30. It’s a place you wouldn’t find just walking around. It’s not in a trendy area and is on a tiny street easy to miss.

I love the interior seen here without the crowd of customers as we arrived first.

They’ve repainted since we here last. I think it all used to be red and yellow.

We all ordered steak and potatoes which comes out on a wooden plank. It was really delicious.

I took this photo of the dessert menu to show the forest cake with was done with oreo cookies. Interesting. It is easy to find Oreos in France now.

Maurice and I shared a baba au rhum, a cake with rum poured over it.

Seen from the outside looking inviting on a cold, rainy evening.

I went out yesterday to check out the site of Charlie Hebdo where the shootings took place in Paris and also to take a look at Republique where the first spontaneous gathering happened the night after the shootings and where the famous walk started on Sunday where over three million people marched against violence and for hope.

The street where the offices of Charlie Hebdo are located was blocked and people had stacked flowers, notes, books and candles against the barriers. There were also still TV crews set up there.

A closer view.

Death of laughter. There were also full bottles of wine left.

And, of course, many pens.

Then over to Place de la Republic which, a couple of years ago, had been made into a wide open space which was good for gatherings.

The statue in the middle had been climbed on during the Sunday before and was covered with all sorts of items having to do with the shootings. This monument had recently been cleaned and I hated to see permanent graffiti on it. I suppose they have ways of removing it.

There are little tableaux all around the monument relating to events in the French Revolution and these were used to put in things having to do with the shootings.

This was the next cover for the next issue of Charlie Hebdo. Once again they are using an image of Muhammad for the cover. I have to say that I didn’t like this magazine. I’ve never been a fan of most satirical art, especially when it borders on pornography which a lot of drawings in Charlie Hebdo did. You wouldn’t believe some of the things they did, things which drew the ire of fanatics in the Muslim world. They didn’t limit their satire to the Muslim world, of course. Everyone was fair game. Still, I believe in freedom of expression. I just don’t have to look at it or buy it.

After the upheaval and unbelievable happenings of the last few days here in Paris it was nice to get back to normal life and have some hot chocolate with a friend.

In this case, it was Mexican hot chocolate with a hint of cinnamon and something spicy underneath. It was so good and nice on a cool day.

We had the hot chocolate up on Montmartre at an American owned place called Soul Kitchen. They have very tasty food there as you can see by these fabulous looking muffins.

Afterwards we walked up the hill behind Sacre Coeur through a little garden. We went inside and lit some candles while we were there for the victims killed in Paris as well as for some friends.

Sunday in Paris certainly was historic. The last time there were this many people marching in Paris was at the end of WWII at the liberation of Paris. President Hollande and leaders from over 50 countries also marched.

Here is a grainy photo of the TV screen I took showing the beginning of the march.

I live near Nation where the march was to end. Here you can see the crowds gathered there waiting for the over one million marchers to join them. I headed up the street towards Republique where the march began and finally had to turn around and head back to Nation as people poured in. It took a lot of work to make it back to Nation. I finally went home to watch the rest on TV. Hollande and the rest didn’t do the whole march due to, I’m sure, security reasons.

People on the fountain in the middle of Nation.

These signs were everywhere.

Lots of feelings demonstrated. It gives you hope that things will be better now.

A food truck along the way feeding hungry marchers.

Another sign, this one on a news agent stand. I’m glad I was just a very small part of this day.

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