Life in Paris


This old passage, where I saw a display of umbrellas hanging overhead, used to be mostly business offices but it has gotten more interesting than the last time I was there.

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A shop selling knitting supplies.

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Like these.

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A cat in a shop window waiting for someone to come open up the shop and feed it.

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A little play on words in the small cafe, pas sage means not wise.

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It sold slices of ham from legs like this one hanging in the window.

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I wasn’t the only one who noticed that cat in the window.

I saw someone else’s photo of some umbrellas hanging overhead in a passage, Passage du Grand Cerf, and headed there to take some photos.

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They started half way down the passage.

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It turns out that they were an artistic display done by this umbrella shop.

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A closeup of sorts.

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From one end.

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From the other end. This was taken into the sun as it streamed in from the glass ceiling and I liked the way it made the umbrellas glow.

On the way to take photos of a passage, I passed some interesting things, mostly to do with flowers.

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I tried to get an interesting photo of the metro train passing overhead but this was what I got.

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I was near Rue Montorgueil and one of the side streets looked like this. The paving stones in this area make everything look beautiful.

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A restaurant with pretty flowers over the windows.

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I’ve seen several walls of plants but they usually are all green. I liked the flowers in this one.

I was gone quite a while visiting friends and family in the States and, of course, while it was great, it was wonderful getting home.

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I arrived in the morning and after unpacking and taking a much needed nap, Maurice and I went for a walk on Promenade Plantée. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday and, as you can see, we weren’t the only ones out enjoying the day.

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I think I missed the wisteria but the iris was in bloom.

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As were the rhododendron.

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I’m not sure what these little flowers were but they sure caught my eye. Ah, Spring in Paris.

The other evening we joined some friends at a restaurant that had a charming interior but the food was very disappointing. I hate when that happens. It even had good reviews on Trip Advisor. Go figure. (le Gorille Blanc, if you want the name.)

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See? Isn’t that pretty?

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A very inviting ambience.

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Isn’t this window selling kids clothing cute? It was in the Marais close to where we ate.

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We walked over to Place des Vosges looking pretty at night.

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The park there was closed for the night.

I went with Maurice to the American Embassy for him to apply for a visa but because I didn’t have an appointment along with him, they wouldn’t let me in. So I walked around the area a bit-it’s right off of Place de la Concorde-then went into WH Smith and bought a book and decided to head home.

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The famous Hotel Crillon is having a huge renovation and is going to be closed at least two years. They put up some art over the scaffolding so you don’t have to look at ugly construction.

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The pretty park right across the way. The sun was shining, the trees were blooming. It was a really pretty day.

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That horseman holding flags is on top of the Hermes building. I’m not sure why. There is a lovely garden up there but I don’t think I’ll ever be invited to see it.

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I thought these stockings/socks and shoes were interesting. There were across the street from Hermes in the window of another shop. Maybe Prada? Anyway, the last time I wore some shoes similar to those-remember Candy clogs?-I fell down some stairs and my then toddler son came over and asked me if I had an “owie”. I sure did. Nothing broken, just bruised. I never wore the shoes again.

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