On Rue Montorgueil

I love to walk down Rue Montorgueil in Paris. It’s very lively and full of restaurants and shops which are constantly changing. There’s always at least one new one each time I go, although old standards remain.

All of the streets in the area are paved like this.

One of the old places that still remains. I had lunch one time with a friend on the second floor and it was very good.

 Stohrers has been around since 1730 when the baker came to France with Marie Antoinette. It’s always winning awards for its pastries. This year it won for their chocolate eclairs. They also sell meals to go.

Don’t these look incredible? Cherries made with almond paste for sale at Storers.

The eclairs don’t look too bad either. It’s very hard to find any with vanilla creme inside like the States. They usually have chocolate creme although these come in a variety of flavors.

 

Unbelievable

While in Venice we went to two museums, the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, with a show called Daniel Hirst Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, which featured what we thought were real treasures found in 2008 off coast of Africa 2,000 years after it went down. There were photos of the “treasures” being found and hauled up to a ship but the coral on the pieces looked suspiciously bright and colorful and there were also statues looking like Micky Mouse. I’m not sure what it was all about but I enjoyed both buildings and the views.

The view from the Punta della Dogana which is shaped rather like a boat and has views of Venice, like this one, from every side.

Here was a photo showing a diver with one of the “found” treasures. It turns out that the statues we saw were actually submerged for a month or so.

Then here is the statue with that bright coral and a body like a Playboy model. This was when I said, “Hmm”.

As you can see, some of the statues were enormous.

Another view.

The second part of the show was in the Palazzo Grassi which featured this enormous statue and made you think, “No wonder that ship went down!”.

There was even a model of the ship. So even though it was not real, and we had no idea that it wasn’t when we went, we enjoyed it.

More From Venice

As usual, I have many photos so I want to share them. Venice is so full of photo ops.

The famous Realto Bridge was teaming with people.

So many lovely courtyards and gardens, most of which are private.

Wouldn’t you love to sit here along the canal and have a drink? It was in front of a hotel in the Carnaggio area of Venice which have way fewer tourists. Even at this time of year Venice was crowded but not like it will be this summer.

An unusual and bit crooked statue on the side of a building where the famous Italian artist, Tinoretto, once lived, also in Carnaggio.

Drying laundry when you don’t have a back yard line.

Evening light on a canal.

Three Days, Two Nights

We had a chance to be with friends for a short time (Two nights, three days) in Venice. It’s not long enough but no way was I turning it down. As always, it was fabulous.

Of course I took photos of many canals and bridges.

Obligatory shot of gondolas with their blue tarps.

One of several Spritzs made of Aperol, an orange liquor, Proseco and a bit of carbonated water. So pretty, so tasty, and such a part of Italy.

I’m usually not a fan of Italian pastries but these were exceptionally light and tender and, of course, chocolate.

The only bridge in Venice with three arches.

Madonnas are everywhere and I thought this one was especially charming, especially with the flowers.

Another madonna on the corner of a wall.

A Short Walk

A short walk from Palais Royal is the Passage Vivienne full of interesting and photogenic things to see.

Entering or leaving Palais Royal.

The Bistro Vivienne is a nice place to stop for a drink or something to eat. I liked looking out the window and at the red curtains and the newspapers with their handles ready to read.

A pretty window ready for the evening.

Shops are there selling stylish clothing.

Something for everyone.

It was a rainy day as you can see by this stylish young boy.

More

More photos from Palais Royal.

Those manicured mulberry trees. The leaves are really soft right now. They were originally  planted as food for silk worms but are now just to look at and add to the beauty of the garden.

As you enter from Rue de Rivoli you see the art of Daniel Buren. They are always being used by visitors as you can see here.

As little tables for lunch or

Or to climb on.

Here is an area underneath. I don’t know why there is water.

And you can go right across the street to the Louvre.