A Short Walk

A short walk from Palais Royal is the Passage Vivienne full of interesting and photogenic things to see.

Entering or leaving Palais Royal.

The Bistro Vivienne is a nice place to stop for a drink or something to eat. I liked looking out the window and at the red curtains and the newspapers with their handles ready to read.

A pretty window ready for the evening.

Shops are there selling stylish clothing.

Something for everyone.

It was a rainy day as you can see by this stylish young boy.

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More photos from Palais Royal.

Those manicured mulberry trees. The leaves are really soft right now. They were originally  planted as food for silk worms but are now just to look at and add to the beauty of the garden.

As you enter from Rue de Rivoli you see the art of Daniel Buren. They are always being used by visitors as you can see here.

As little tables for lunch or

Or to climb on.

Here is an area underneath. I don’t know why there is water.

And you can go right across the street to the Louvre.

Out and About

I left my hibernation in our apartment on a chilly day with a cold wind (but sun!) and finally got some new photos. My blog has become like a fun part time, unpaid job and I feel a commitment to get out and look around where ever I happen to be. I took line 1 from our apartment in a straight shot to Palais Royal, always a beautiful place.

 There I find one of my favorite fountains, one of two.

The lines of trees there now have their leaves ready for the summer.

If it had been warmer, these seats would have been full. There used to be large glass houses in this square and it was a place men went to pick up prostitutes. It is certainly different now.

When I left for the States two weeks ago the red buds and magnolias were in bloom. They are now gone and the chestnut trees has started with either pink or white flowers. Roses aren’t far behind.

The Sun Came Out

Paris can be very cloudy, gray and rainy in the winter and spring and it certainly has been recently. It’s such a treat to get out and see some blue sky.

The Louvre Museum seen across the Seine.

I’m always taken with open windows.

Daffodils are blooming.

A Statue of Louis XIV shining in the sun on Place des Victories. It’s a lovely square with the buildings all rounded inward which now house upscale shops where houses once were.

Back in Paris

I wrote this as my first post when I got back to Paris and then, somehow, forgot to actually post it. Since I went to the trouble of writing it, here it is, a bit late.

I didn’t really make it out of our apartment for almost a week after returning to Paris. A few mornings I slept until 11 AM, unheard of for me, and then I got a cold on top of it. Paris got very cold so I pretty much hibernated.

I did bundle up late one morning for a walk on Promenade Planteé and the sun came out  lighting up this building, actually a police station, which has two unusual lines of these statues, copies of The Dying Slave by Michelangelo, although with a triangle in the torsos. I’ve never found out the reason for this decoration but I’m guessing it’s just modern art.

My first day out I headed to Palais Royal, one of my favourite places. It was on a Sunday so it was packed with visitors, locals and tourists alike.

A couple posing for wedding photos. I’m glad she had that little jacket because although sunny, it was cold.

Interesting clothing.

A look at the beautiful architecture.

 

This and That in Paris

This and That in Paris:

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Metro entrance at Palais Royal made of hand blown Murano glass for the millennium.

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Pyramid at the Louvre shining in the sun.

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The pyramid was and is controversial but I do like how you can see the Louvre through the glass.

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Most French eat their hamburgers with a knife and fork. The hamburgers cost about 20 Euros unless you go to Macdonalds.

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A nice place in Montmartre that I want to try sometime.