Life in Paris


I love looking in windows as I walk through Paris (I wasn’t too far from Place Vendome but I’m not sure which street I was on). You can always see really wonderful things.

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Like this cake at a place called Nina’s.

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Nina’s also sells this tea made from ingredients from Versailles. Maybe Marie Antoinette drank something like it once. Who knows?

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Pretty perfume bottles.

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Isn’t this a great name for a shop that sells clothing for little girls?

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Not a window, but some etched glass that I saw as I came out of a restroom in a cafe.

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Not a window either but you can see through this enormous bubble. I’d love to know what the mix is to make them.

You can find brocantes just about every week-end in Paris and we went to one under the subway train tracks one Sunday to check one out.

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And here it is spread out under the tracks on a cold windy day.

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Right across the street from le Monde, a well known newspaper in France.

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We ended up buying this desk so Maurice doesn’t have to write on his computer while it’s on the coffee table.

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I love French writing like what you see here in a large document of some sort for sale. The writing always looks so elegant. I think Maurice has very elegant hand writing too.

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This guy was for sale too.

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Afterwards we had a nice lunch at a nearby restaurant and Maurice and I shared this dessert. It’s one of those chocolate cakes that are hot and oozy in the middle.

I love walking around the Left Bank of Paris. As you might expect, it’s full of interesting things to see.

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The Mariage Frères Tea shop is selling this. I think it must have been put out for Martin Luther King Day but I could be wrong.

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This is La cour du Commerce-Saint-André, a little street that is partly covered and hasn’t been repaved, it looks like, in centuries.

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Inside a private courtyard. Should my ship come in, I would buy an apartment here, although I imagine these places stay in families for generations.

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I like to watch the bakers in the window of Paul’s. This guy dropped one of the loaves as we watched.

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Blankets, should you get cold out on the sidewalk while eating. They also had overhead heaters.

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.

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

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

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

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

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See-you can wind the seat up or down.

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A statue of Charlemagne in front of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame reflected in a puddle.

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

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

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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.

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A pretty entrance to a courtyard.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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