Out and About

I left my hibernation in our apartment on a chilly day with a cold wind (but sun!) and finally got some new photos. My blog has become like a fun part time, unpaid job and I feel a commitment to get out and look around where ever I happen to be. I took line 1 from our apartment in a straight shot to Palais Royal, always a beautiful place.

 There I find one of my favorite fountains, one of two.

The lines of trees there now have their leaves ready for the summer.

If it had been warmer, these seats would have been full. There used to be large glass houses in this square and it was a place men went to pick up prostitutes. It is certainly different now.

When I left for the States two weeks ago the red buds and magnolias were in bloom. They are now gone and the chestnut trees has started with either pink or white flowers. Roses aren’t far behind.

Near and Far

I haven’t been out yet to take photos so searched through my archives for various photos of the Eiffel Tower previously posted on my blog:

It was built for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris and, as you can see from this old photo, started out being photographed as much as possible.

From the Post Alexander III.

From the end of the same bridge.

Against a pretty sky.

One of my favorites taken last Spring.

Back in Paris

I made a two week visit to the States to see my Mom and just returned yesterday. As usual, I have been hit like a wave with jet lag and, except for voting in the election yesterday, have just been home puttering around and napping. It will take me at least a week to recover. I’ve never found a good way to get over it, I just have to plow through it. Anyway, here are a few photos around Paris I took quite a while ago and never posted.

I read that this is the most popular photo shot in Montmartre. Maybe it’s all of the red and the view of the inviting seats down below in front of le Refuge. It’s not my favorite shot and I never even actually took it before but after reading the comment on Instagram about its popularity, I decided to take it.

Decorative book display. I can’t remember what the shop sold, maybe books?

A little cafe near Notre Dame. I like the writing and the painting on the front, maybe a priest? It’s in the Latin Quarter which once held many students and many priests teaching them using Latin, thus the name.

Desert Beauty

Because I grew up in the southwest I don’t generally like the vegetation and desert but in the Spring, there is a lot of beauty to see and I appreciate it. Plus, the temperatures are in the 80’s while it is rainy and cold back in Paris.

The Polo Verde are very impressive in the Spring.

The palm trees against the morning sky are pleasing.

My son came for a quick visit while I was here and we went to a movie. They are making theatres very fancy now with reclining seats, reserved seats and you can take wine or beer in to the movie. Afterwards we went out to the terrace there at the movie theatre and had drinks. We saw the movie, Colassal, by the way, which was very strange while being interesting and good at the same time. We got the lasts seats and had to sit in the front row which made me dizzy a couple of times.

Back to Paris on Saturday.

Desert in Bloom

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 I am in Arizona visiting my mother and there are trees and bushes and cacti in bloom all over the place.

In the yard of my mother’s neighbor. When my Dad was in the last stages of his Parkinson’s and disoriented, he got the neighbor’s garbage bin mixed up with theirs and to this day it bothers my Mom as it is smaller and stained with paint. No one would do anything about it so when it got dark, I went over and switched them. There are just renters in the place so I doubt they will notice or care like my Mother does. We will see.

These bloomed only for one day.

The cacti flowers come in yellow too.

You can see the buds on the saguaro cactus but I will miss seeing the blooms. You can also see a little hole where cactus wrens often build nests.

Here and There

The wisteria is starting to bloom. I love the look and the fragrance. I’ve read that it takes 7 to 8 years for them to start blooming after being planted.

This restaurant always has a great display of wisteria. It’s called Au Vieux Paris. It has a very interesting interior but I’m not sure about the food.

A different view.

Not too far from Notre Dame is the beautiful Place Dauphine. Last year I was able to get a photo of these trees blooming with flowers but I was too late this year. It’s a really lovely place I wouldn’t mind having an apartment overlooking those trees.

Love seeing tulips blooming. They seem more special because they are only there a short time.

Such great architecture.