Did you know that mustard is a huge thing in France? Many French people use it with meat, for instance eating with steak like Maurice and you can find all sorts of areas that make their own. Maille Mustard is one of the most famous mustards. You can find it in the States but it tastes different here, usually with a stronger taste. Right across the street from the Madeleine church is a Maille Mustard boutique, a rather elegant place.

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The store front.

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There are all sorts of flavours for sale as you can see.

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The red jars are a new color there. You can get mustard decanted into them, rather like beer. They then pound in a cork top to keep it in.

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You could taste it too. Some of it was mild but one had a taste that about blew my nose off.

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Outside you can see the reflection of Madeleine church in the window.

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Next door was a chocolate shop-I think those giant eggs are supposed to be cows in an artistic way. There were metal pipes inside which lined up exactly with the columns on the church which I thought was great.

As I often do, here is a mix of photos from different areas of Paris.

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Spring, and Easter, decorations appear in windows.

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Daffodils and green grass at Palais Royale. So nice to see.

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I’m happy to report that there is no longer ugly construction hiding the middle section at Palais Royale. I think it was there for two years. The two beautiful fountains there aren’t finished yet though.

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The light shining through the columns there. Such a pretty day.

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I like the shape around this door and the window above it. Seen in the Left Bank area.

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Someone was creative.

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I made the trek all the way out to Concorde one day to catch this sunset. It was worth it.

At the Luxembourg Museum you can find an exhibition of the Tudors until July 19th, rulers of England throughout the 16th century. From Henry VII to Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I you have the makings of many dramas, the desolution of the Catholic church in England (and marriages), beheadings and plots for plays by Shakespeare and coming soon to American television, Wolf Hall which is about Henry VIII and his six wives. I remember a movie a while back called Anne of a Thousand Days about a queen caught up in those unsettled times. There wasn’t a line the one day I was in the area so I popped in for a look.

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A little blurry as flash wasn’t allowed, but the back of a king’s robe.

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Some armour worn by Henry VIII. I remember seeing the armour lined up in order of age in, I think, Hampton Court, and you can see that Henry gained considerable weight as time passed. This looks so uncomfortable.

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A painting of Henry VII.

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Elizabeth I. I thought the films by Kate Blanchette were so good about this queen, rather sad too.

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The back of a royal robe.

One Saturday morning I turned on my phone and there was a message from a friend saying I could meet her at the Pont des Arts. I got dressed and arrived on time but she was nowhere to be seen. I rechecked my message and that’s when I noticed that it had been sent about two weeks prior. I’m not sure how that happened. So, since I was there, I took a few photos before heading home.

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This couple was getting their photo taken in one of the arches at the Louvre.

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These stylish girls walked by. It was fashion week and I thought perhaps they were going to a show but maybe they just liked dressing up.

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As it was Saturday morning I was able to get a photo of one side of the Louvre from across the street without any vehicles to spoil the view. It gives you an idea of just how huge the museum is. If you walked around the outside circumference it would be a three mile hike.

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A look at the Pont des Arts from a distance.

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A pretty bench at a nearby park-a book as it is near a school.

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I took this photo of the Louvre from a different side on a different day from a bus as we passed by.

A very popular street for wandering around, looking in windows, looking at food for sale is rue Montorgueil. It’s especially beautiful at Christmas as they do fabulous lights but it’s even okay on a cloudy, windy and rainy day.

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This sculpture is found inside Saint Eustache church commemorating the time when the area of les Halles had a huge food market.
The church is near the start of rue Montorgueil and a lot of the history of Paris happened here.

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The famous Storers is here. They have food to go, candy and really good pastries.

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As you might guess, this restaurant is known for escargot.

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Excuse the blur. It’s a photo of the onion soup a friend and I had at Pied du Cochon. A good way to warm up.

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The lovely lights inside the restaurant.

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A pleasant surprise at the end of our meal-made of meringue.

I often take friends to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the largest private one in Paris. It is always worth the trip.

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Many tombs are covered with moss.

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This is a popular tomb, that of Victor Noir, which has become a place to visit for those wanting to become pregnant. There are always flowers here and sometimes photos of new born babies.

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A lot of these family grave sites have open doors which probably means the family no longer visits or is no longer living.

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When there aren’t any leaves, you can see the Eiffel Tower from the cemetery which is on a hill.

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This tomb got painted some years ago.

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And, of course, there is the tomb of Jim Morrisson, singer for the Doors who died in Paris. There are always flowers, candles, graffiti and the scent of marijuana in the air. He lives on in his music and his well known wild life style.

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