A Pretty Day

I went out the other day just intending to pick up a few things and come back home but it was such a pretty day that I set out on a little walk enjoying the sun and fresh air.

I usually take photos of this building in the Marais from the front but it’s also lovely from the back.

A view of Île Saint Louis from across the Seine.

Some mosaic graffiti on the side of a shop selling wine.

These looked good. I think there were apples inside. They were really big too, larger than your average cookie.

As you can see by the reflection of my iPhone , I look a photo of this painting through a window. It was a shop on Île Saint Louis and it was full of really great paintings.

On the weekends the bridge between Île Saint Louis and Île de la Cité behind Notre Dame is very lively. On this Sunday there was an accordion player, a puppeteer and this piano player. The whole area was packed with people, mostly tourists I think.

Georgia O’Keefe

While in Santa Fe we made a stop in the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. She has long been one of my favorite painters and the last time we were in the area we went out to Ghost Ranch where she lived, to look at the beautiful, unique countryside. The museum is small and easy to roam around. They only display 10% of the art that they have-that’s how much they have. She was from the East coast but visited a friend in New Mexico and fell in love with it.

I like her flowers the best.

She also did art from New York City. The volunteer there said this was painted late in her life and at a time when she was losing her eye sight.

I can’t remember what this was but I like it. Looks like white sand and a sunset to me.

I liked seeing her paints and brushes.

A look at one wall. There was a wall of picture frames that she decorated herself too.

A Great Hotel

The La Posta Hotel was full of beautiful architectural details and fablous art.

 One of two fireplaces.

 Even the phone to call rooms was decrative.

 I loved this painting. I saw it each time we got off the elevator.

 These figures were on a fireplace mantle.

 The pretty dining room. We never ate there though.


Santa Fe Art

Santa Fe is full of art galleries, hundreds I think. I didn’t buy anything, beautiful though they were. I actually do have a really pretty Santa Fe print from years ago in my Paris apartment. It doesn’t really go with the decor, such as it is, but I love it. It was fun to walk around and peak in windows.

A row of shops.

 I liked this painting.

Isn’t this cute?

Embroideried leather, including boots.

So creative.

And look at these beautiful purses.

Petit Palais

The Petit Palais (right across the street from the Grand Palais)  was built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (universal exhibition), and now houses the City of Paris’ Museum of Fine Arts. It is a gorgeous building and you can enter for free to see the permanent exhibits. I went there to see the Oscar Wilde Exhibit which, since it was temporary, wasn’t free.

img_2385 The rather spectacular entrance.

img_2374 One of the ceilings in a round room.

img_2379 There is a lovely gallery outside in the central garden. You can eat there too.

img_2392 Another view.

img_2375 Part of the permanent exhibit. This is a painting of les Halles, the giant outdoor market which no longer exists. So much to look at in this painting.

img_2384 There is one huge room full of pieces of Art Deco and Art Nouveau. I particularly liked the statue of a woman.

How You Know You Are in Paris

Besides the Eiffel Tower, there are signs all over the place that say, “Paris”:

img_1864 Here is a literal sign, one for the metro. So iconic.

img_1859 Medieval architecture popping up unexpectedly.

img_1863 Inviting restaurants. This one is Ralph Lauren. Expensive but I think I will try it one day, just not the fifty euro hamburger.

img_1846 Unexpected art here and there. This looks like the shadow of a tree but it’s painted on the side of a building. Wonder why?