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.

This and That in Rome

Here are just a few of the many photos I took in Rome:

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The dome of the Pantheon.

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We visited the Trevi Fountain along with thousands of other people and threw in a coin. I could be wrong but there seemed to be a lot more tourists in Rome than I see in Paris.

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Near the Spanish Steps (under renovation) is this, the sunken boat fountain.

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The strap on my purse broke (I keep too much in my purse, I think) and after looking up the word for shoe repair-calzolaio-and asking at our hotel for the closest one which, it turned out were just sort of general directions and wandering around a bit, we found it. This nice man fixed it on this old trundle sewing machine in two minutes for five Euros. It was nice to see a craftsman at work.

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At the end of an ordinary courtyard.

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This was in the side chapel at the cathedral in Trastevere, a funky section of Rome across the Tiber River. I can’t find any info on it. Anyone out there know anything about it? I think it was on a tomb.

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There serve a lot of pork in Rome, especially hams and charcuterie.

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Just one of the many places to eat in Trastevere, a very lively part of Rome.

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The Saint Louis Cathedral dedicated to King Louis VIX. It was full of beautiful mosaics.

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The last photo I took on Piazza Navona. We had a little time to kill before our flight back to Paris and wandered over there. It was a fun place to sit and watch people. A couple from Norway was sitting next to us on a bench in front of an enormous fountain topped with an Egyptian obelisk and the man pointed out some of the symbols on it and said the Egyptians had had help from extraterrestrials in building their monuments. He said he and his wife had gone to England to see the crop circles also done by aliens, not as I told him, by joking farmers. Who knows?

Left Bank

The Left Bank of Paris is one of the most picturesque areas of Paris. Here are just a few of the photos I took there.

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Pretty handles on doors.

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Old carved signs. This one had the St (saint) crossed out during the Revolution when they were against anything having to do with religion, not to mention royalty. The “des” looks homemade too. Don’t know what that was about.

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The chestnuts trees are blooming in front of St Sulpice church.

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This is my favorite courtyard where I always wish for an apartment. It is off of the Cour St Andre des Arts. I went in to see if the wysteria was blooming but it looked very puny. It was cut back a few years ago and just never really recovered.

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The entry into another section of the courtyard.

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An old shutter there with a vine gracefully flowering over it.

Architecture in Paris

I love roaming around looking at architecture in Paris, as long as it isn’t something from the 60’s or 70’s. It’s art to me. Here are photos of a variety of places in Paris.

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Last year a friend and I got the door code to a very unusual courtyard. At the time there was a lot of renovation going on but this time, as you can see, the courtyard was serene and beautiful.

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This is what I like about it. I do wonder what the rooms are like in this building-are the walls curved? One day I hope to find out.

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Walking down the hill from Montmartre in the 9th arrondissement is this beautiful building which turns out to be the fire station in this area. I wonder what it was before the firemen took it over?

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This probably lights up when the fire trucks are coming out for a fire.

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Across the street was this lovely theatre.

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The happy red of this place caught my eye. There were red blankets on the chairs too in case you get cold.

Around The Left Bank

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.

Streets of the Left Bank

A few photos I took while wandering around the Left Bank with someone else who likes taking photos.

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I love the doors, windows and iron work that are everywhere in Paris.

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There are many secret passageways and courtyards in the area. This is one of my favorites.

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A little address sign within the courtyard which I think is charming.

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Of course, a walk in Paris isn’t complete without seeing a dog somewhere. Happily, this dog was only peeing. Note that there isn’t a leash. I’m always mystified as to how people can train their dogs to stay with them. Mine were always off like the wind the first chance they got or pulling me behind them if I had them on a leash coughing and choking all the way.

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