Marais Architecture

On a Saturday with sun and rain said to be on the way, I got out to walk around the Marais. It is full of ancient architecture.

An old street sign back when names were carved into walls. The Marais is now in the fourth arrondissement, not the twelfth.

My favorite door.

There is a great castle there. It is undergoing renovation and I look forward to seeing the inside.

Inside what is called Village Saint Paul. It was once full of antique shops but only a few remain now.

The walkway to the street.

See the wooden shutter looking squares under the windows? There used to be little spaces behind these where people put their milk and other objects to keep cool before refrigerators. Our place has one that was open to the air and which we covered to keep out cold or heat or bugs. When we didn’t have a refrigerator for a week I was putting things out on our window ledge to keep them relatively cool.


It has been really hot in France the last couple of days-95 degrees-too hot to be out except in the early morning. One night I slept with the ceiling fan on along with a floor fan. I hate it when the sheets are hot. We don’t have air conditioning here. We usually don’t need it. We just open windows on either side of our apartment, turn on the ceiling fans and we are comfortable. With the heat came a strange invasion of flying bugs, mostly gnat sized. They were all over my floor so I vacuumed them up and by the afternoon my floor looked the same as it had earlier. There was also a ton of lady bugs flying in the air, landing on our windows and terrace. I don’t know if it was the heat that caused this or if it was one of those mating things. Well,  I survived and the temperature dropped ten degrees  and I have some photos, not of bugs, but around our village.

There are lots of walls and doors along the beach for, I’m sure, privacy. I always take a look when a door happens to be open. This looks like a neat yard.

Not the prettiest dog I’ve ever seen. I saw this same dog last year. It looks over the fence, not barking, not interested in people. I think it’s looking for other dogs. It looks like it is getting gray.

The markets here have lots of fresh food like this mountain of green beans. I always think it’s nice to see them this way instead of wrapped in plastic..

An unusual sunset the other night. I try to look at each one every evening.

A Chilly Day in the Marais

We’ve had a cold front here in Europe and the high yesterday was 32 degrees. I’ve been sort of nesting in our apartment keeping warm but then getting cabin fever so I bundled up and set out getting off the metro at Saint Paul, the Marais area.These photos are all places and things I’ve taken before but they are newly taken. I’m proud I braved the cold for an hour or so, ending up in a warm coffee place for a hot drink.

An architectural detail (there are four) called a chimère (an ancient mythological creature) holding up a balcony.

Interesting grafitti.

One of those narrow streets that give you the Parisian “feel”.

I love this door.

Look at this ancient sculpture right across the street. It probably advertised a shoe maker. I’m glad they didn’t cover it up.

My Favorite

Not too far from the Eiffel Tower is a beautiful Art Nouveau apartment building by architect Jules Lavirotte in 1901. It’s found at 20 Rue de Rapp. It’s one of the show stoppers with artistic renderings all over it.

The front door.

The lady over the door is wearing a fox stole with a head on it.

Lizard door handle.

A lady came out the door and I zipped inside to take a look. It’s rather bare but there is still some great rod iron.

The door from inside.

This is a small square next to the building, interesting in its self.

Some More

A few photos I took on a long walk the other day. I purchased a Fitbit when in the States and I keep trying to get up to 10,000 steps each day.

It’s very common to find fruit and vegetable shops around Paris. There are four on one short street near our apartment. This one is one of the nicer ones I’ve seen in the Left Bank area.

Part of the arches in the covered shopping area of Palais Royale.

A pretty Art Deco door I saw.

Some sort of photo shoot was being done in the Palais Royal and I got a shot of the model from behind.

A tile mosaic of the Mona Lisa. I like it.

You can sit outside with the smokers on the terraces of cafes when it isn’t raining.

More Marais

I ventured down a few streets in the Marais that I hadn’t visited before or, at least, not for a long time.

This building has been made into a museum. Isn’t it lovely?

Interesting painting on the side of a building. Not grafitti.

My eye was caught by this red door and then I noticed the lady walking in front of it was wearing a red skirt. Perfect.

I liked this lady with flowers in her basket.