A Search for Flowers

Every year I make a trek out to the Eiffel Tower to get photos of flowering bushes or trees in front of the Eiffel Tower. I don’t know if I was too early or too late or if it’s just an off year but I found very little. I was leaving for the States the next day and wanted to find some beautiful flowers. (After arriving in the States I saw all sorts of photos of pink flowering trees in Paris so I guess I was too early.)

I only found one magnolia or tulip tree and it was a bit puny.

A bit of a flowering bush.

It had rained the day before leaving puddles here and there and I found a reflection of the Eiffel Tower.

 So I headed towards Notre Dame where there were flowers last year passing the Conciergerie on the way, once used as a prison.

I passed this clock to created in 1370 and still working!

Last year this restaurant was covered with wisteria blooms. Not this year. They had some pretty potted flowers though.

A Bridge

I wanted to get a sunset photo on the Alexander III bridge so walked there where many people had the same idea. There are often brides here being photographed as it is a particularly beautiful bridge but there were none this day.

On the way I passed this statue of Thomas Jefferson. He spent time in Paris.

Here’s the bridge from the side.

I like the row of lights.

One of the figures on the bridge with the Eiffel Tower in the background. The sun did indeed set, but it wasn’t very spectacular as you can see.

Love the light fixtures.

Lights

After the Dior exhibit I thought I would take a bus to see the Dior store on Avenue Montaigne. I went a few other places as well and ended up taking two metro rides and five buses. I was exhausted when I got home, but it was worth it.

This was on Rue de Rivoli in front of a hotel.

I liked Avenue Montaigne much more than the Champs Elysees for Christmas lights. It’s a smaller street for one thing and I just liked the Christmas lights there more. This is the front of Plaza Athenee Hotel.

The lights on the Dior store.

The elegant decorations at the Peninsula Hotel.

A Christmas tree seen through the door of the restaurant there.

The tree at the Shangrila Hotel. I had a 12 Euro coke there at the bar. I love dark, elegant hotel bars.

I walked from the hotel to Trocadero to take the metro line 6 home and, of course, had to get a photo of the Eiffel Tower. As you can see, it was foggy.

Eiffel Tower

On the way to, and leaving, the Quai Branly Museum, we saw the Eiffel Tower several times, always a pleasure.

This, on the way to the museum, is a new Greek Orthodox church. I’m not sure if you can visit it or not. I liked the exterior. I wish the sky had been blue. Right after I took this, it started pouring rain, along with some snow.

I saw this from inside the museum.

This view when we went to lunch at a cafe on the grounds. It was a good meal, just a bit pricy.

Because it’s December, the sun starts setting early which was nice for photos.

This was my best photo-sunset, Eiffel Tower, Seine, boat-what more could you need?

Still Here

Still here in Arizona and haven’t done a thing except walk each morning at the mall, talk with my Mom and watch all of the New York Tennis Open and some college football and go to a couple of movies. Oh, and read a lot, lots of mysteries. Nothing worth photographing except a few things at the mall. I’d like to do a short day trip this week. I don’t think my Mom will be up for it but we will see.

The carousel in front of the Hotel de Ville in Paris. I was going through my Paris photos and found this. I don’t remember when I took it. It’s always there.

I took this from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower as I climbed the stairs with my grandsons some years ago. Not the best photo ever. Did you know that you now have to go through security to get below the Eiffel Tower or to get into line to go up?

Near and Far

I haven’t been out yet to take photos so searched through my archives for various photos of the Eiffel Tower previously posted on my blog:

It was built for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris and, as you can see from this old photo, started out being photographed as much as possible.

From the Post Alexander III.

From the end of the same bridge.

Against a pretty sky.

One of my favorites taken last Spring.