At Night

Here we are in the last day of 2012. It certainly went by quickly for me. I have to go back and look at my blog to see exactly all that I did as I sometimes think an event was this year but it turns out to be the year before. A sign of aging? Could be, or just my normal condition.
I’m not making any resolutions for the new year. I read of someone who just made intentions which are a little easier to bear if they don’t get done. I have no burning desires or wishes, nothing major that I want to accomplish. I want to stay healthy and in good shape and I want to travel as much as I can. That’s it. I wish for all of my readers-and thank you so much for coming here through 2012-a healthy and happy 2013. I’m looking forward to it. (Comments still closed. I’m not sure if they will ever get fixed.)

Last Sunday night-why is it always when most stores are closed?-I discovered we were out of milk so set out to find one of the small grocery stores that stay open with their inflated prices on Sunday. It was just five o’clock but it was dark and the lights had come on. I love to look up and see into windows then. I mostly got photos of doors, though, with the light on behind them.

Isn’t this pretty? It doesn’t look nearly as good during the day.

Lovely window up above.

I like this door too which looks much more magical at night.

And, finally, the courtyard of our apartment building, with it’s “Narnia” light aglow to welcome you.


In the summer I often miss sunrise and sunset in Paris as I am home without much access to what is going on in the sky. Since, in late Autumn and early Winter, the sun is late to rise and early to set, I catch much more going on with the sky.

One morning the sun was breaking through some clouds and I got the photo of golden sun on the bridge along with its reflection in the Seine.

This was the shot in the opposite direction.

You can’t see the light as well on the Tour St Jacques which is what is left of a church from centuries past.

Inside the tower is a statue of Pascal who did scientific experiments here.

I wished I had had the Seine or the Eiffel Tower in the foreground with this sky but as I was at Nation, I just got a photo of the sky.

This and That

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas. My son and his family are here from Switzerland and it’s always nice to have children around with their excitement for the holidays.
Please note the advertisement to the right of a place to stay in Paris. It’s from Lisa and her apartment to rent up in Montmartre. I think renting an apartment in Paris is a great way to visit Paris.

Here is a posting I made a week before Christmas:

A few things photographed as I wandered around looking for Christmas windows and decorations:

I don’t know if you can tell, but these Christmas trees are flat which would be ideal for our apartment as we don’t have much room for a tree. I don’t know if I could get Maurice to go for it though. He’s very traditional.

Tangerines are always for sale around Christmas.

Nothing to do with Christmas but this interesting statue near St Germain Blvd. was done by the same man who designed the César statue for the French movie awards, César Baldaccini.

Large sign of a watch above Swatch shop. I wonder if they made one like it?


I went to Hermes expecting to see some spectacular Christmas windows but, although they were magnificent in their usual fashion, there was nothing to do with Christmas there.

A sort of Renaissance feel.

I wondered if the paintings had been especially created for the windows.

I liked the dressed cats.

This window was almost tropical looking except it was all in pale colors.

And here is a little rabbit. Not an elf, reindeer or Santa to be seen.

Galerie Vivienne

I’ve posted about this place many times. It’s one of my favorites and, I think, one of the most beautiful.

It’s especially pretty at Christmas.

Red flowers in a window there-my favorite Christmas color.

An old bookstore which always draws my attention. Can you see the people to the left? I guess Galerie Vivienne is on everyone’s list because five huge tour groups went through here in the short time I was there.

Outside is the famous Grand Colbert lit up with holiday lights.

Searching For A Creche

I am always looking for a great Creche as we near Christmas. To tell the truth, I’ve been less than impressed with many I see around Paris.

I looked in the St Severin Church known for its “alley” of “palm trees”.

This was it: interesting but not very impressive.

I did like this little boat hanging from the ceiling with what looks like the Holy Family being transported in a boat but it’s always there and has nothing to do with Christmas.

A very simple creche at St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Church.

The cross on a statue of St Antoine there looking like it has been touched by many hands.

Notre Dame has a creche from Sicily which used to be at the St Sulpice Church. It’s enormous with running water and little Satons everywhere. I think this is my favorite.

A little bridge going over the flowing water.