The Marais

On Wednesday I walked all the way from our apartment to the Marais, about four miles. It’s been windy and I hate the wind, so I decided to make up for missing my early morning walk. I wore my jogging shoes with my jeans and off I went. There were still gusts but it wasn’t too horrible.

Mimosa have started blooming in Provence and you can find them for sale at florists.

Interior of the florist shop with a great selection of beautiful flowers.

I reached the Bastille area and saw the reflection of the column there in the windows of the Bastille Opera House.

I then reached the Marais with the fantastic architecture of the Place des Vosges.

A colorful corner.

Inviting seating but a bit to chilly for me.

A Bridge

I wanted to get a sunset photo on the Alexander III bridge so walked there where many people had the same idea. There are often brides here being photographed as it is a particularly beautiful bridge but there were none this day.

On the way I passed this statue of Thomas Jefferson. He spent time in Paris.

Here’s the bridge from the side.

I like the row of lights.

One of the figures on the bridge with the Eiffel Tower in the background. The sun did indeed set, but it wasn’t very spectacular as you can see.

Love the light fixtures.

Winter Walk

I am back in Paris, and as is often the case in Winter, the sky is gray and cloudy with periods of rain just about all of the time. Finally the weather forecast called for blue skies so I got myself out there before the rain began again the next day. The light was beautiful in that sparkly wintery way and it was a bit cold but not horrible. Everyone else in Paris had the same idea. I walked along the Seine and people poured around me-tourists and Parisians alike.

Here is the Saint Paul Saint Louis Church looking especially beautiful in the sunlight.

One of two lions guarding a door on the side of the Hotel de Ville.

As you can see, the river was running high. I think it has gone down a bit though.

Going under a bridge. Traffic is usually on this road.

A closeup. I like this bridge.

Up above the river on the street level are many bouquinistes which used to just sell books but now sell art and things for tourists as well.

 

Looking Back

I was going through my 2017 photos to try and pick a favorite but don’t really have one. I just have photos that mainly bring back good memories. I picked out over 20 but may have to spread it out over several posts.

We went to the States in January. We visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona,

and Sante Fe in New Mexico,

and the White Sands Monument in New Mexico.

We went to the Maldives for my birthday.

A trip to Venice with a lot of Spritzs to drink.

We did part of the Camino de Santiago in May where I took this photo of a cow at dawn. It was very difficult for me, my first and last time, but Maurice is ready for more.

We went to England to watch some tennis and made a stop in London while there.

I spent the rest of the year in the States, mostly with my mother but visiting with my children before coming home in December.

I don’t know if this is my favorite photo but I do love the optical illusion of this building in hilly Montmartre.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2018. Thanks for making me a part of your lives.

A Chateau Christmas

I had read about the Christmas lights and decorations at the Vaux le Vicomte which is a chateau not too far from Paris. We took a train and then a bus and were quickly there. I had visited here years ago. It is really lovely.

We had a quick meal before touring the chateau. There were paintings all over the restaurant of beloved hunting dogs, like these two.

There were decorations set up in the stables too like this one.

The entrance to the chateau all decorated for Christmas. As it got dark the front was also lit up in red but we had to catch the bus back to the train station so I didn’t get a good photo.

A painting of the trial that took place when Fouquet, the owner of the Vaux le Vicomte was found guilty of using the money from France’s treasury to build his chateau and the very famous grounds which Louis XIV copied when building Versailles. ┬áHe probably wasn’t guilty but was framed by a jealous cohort but ended up spending the rest of his life in prison.

A Hansel and Gretel theme for the Christmas decorations.

A little wildlife seen amongst the trees.

A magnificent roof in one room over Christmas trees.

Lobsters as Christmas decorations in the kitchen.

Copper pots in the kitchen. Beautiful but lots of upkeep to keep them shiny.

 

Lights

After the Dior exhibit I thought I would take a bus to see the Dior store on Avenue Montaigne. I went a few other places as well and ended up taking two metro rides and five buses. I was exhausted when I got home, but it was worth it.

This was on Rue de Rivoli in front of a hotel.

I liked Avenue Montaigne much more than the Champs Elysees for Christmas lights. It’s a smaller street for one thing and I just liked the Christmas lights there more. This is the front of Plaza Athenee Hotel.

The lights on the Dior store.

The elegant decorations at the Peninsula Hotel.

A Christmas tree seen through the door of the restaurant there.

The tree at the Shangrila Hotel. I had a 12 Euro coke there at the bar. I love dark, elegant hotel bars.

I walked from the hotel to Trocadero to take the metro line 6 home and, of course, had to get a photo of the Eiffel Tower. As you can see, it was foggy.