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.

Winter Walk

I am back in Paris, and as is often the case in Winter, the sky is gray and cloudy with periods of rain just about all of the time. Finally the weather forecast called for blue skies so I got myself out there before the rain began again the next day. The light was beautiful in that sparkly wintery way and it was a bit cold but not horrible. Everyone else in Paris had the same idea. I walked along the Seine and people poured around me-tourists and Parisians alike.

Here is the Saint Paul Saint Louis Church looking especially beautiful in the sunlight.

One of two lions guarding a door on the side of the Hotel de Ville.

As you can see, the river was running high. I think it has gone down a bit though.

Going under a bridge. Traffic is usually on this road.

A closeup. I like this bridge.

Up above the river on the street level are many bouquinistes which used to just sell books but now sell art and things for tourists as well.

 

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.

Dior

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about an exhibit of Dior, the famous French clothing designer. There were lines waiting to enter, even if you had gotten a ticket for a reserved time online which I had. Some people, even with a ticket, had to wait an hour before entering. It’s getting near to the time when the exhibit is ending and maybe there are fewer people because I arrived early and was let in 20 minutes before my reserved time. The museum, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, was packed with people, and some areas were way to small to see things but it was still worth the time. He was indeed an artistic genius, as were the people who took his place when he died. I’m not a very fashionable person, but I do love looking at beautiful clothing.

I don’t know if this was done by some bored person waiting to enter the exhibit or not but I rather liked it. It was right by the entrance.

This was at the top of the stairs leading into the exhibit. It was done in lights.

I’m watching the TV series, The Crown, so this photo of Princess Margaret wearing a Dior gown on her 21st birthday caught my eye.

Dior loved the form of flowers, and the form of women as well, and many of his designs centered in some way with flowers. One of the exhibit rooms had the whole ceiling covered with flowers. All of the rooms were lovely and the clothing and other items were displayed beautifully and creatively.

A huge display in the last room with golden sparkle lights adding to the feeling.

He did perfume too. Isn’t this display pretty?

A look at some of the bottles of perfume done through the years. My favourite perfume is by Dior called J’adore. Such a lovely fragrance.

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish everyone who stops by here a Very Merry Christmas!

Photos taken mostly in the beautiful Galerie Vivienne, a covered passageway from the 1800’s.

Christmas tree models in a shop outside of Palais Royal.

French pastries for sale.

The pretty lights outside of the restaurant, le Grand Colbert.

Inside the Galerie Vivienne.

Outside another shop.

A shop selling gorgeous Christmas decorations.

Christmas stars in a wine glass.

 

View

There are splendid views on top of the Pompidou Museum.

A giant sculpture of a thumb by Cesar is outside.

The famous venting system. The whole building is sort of inside out.

The view. Not bad.

Christmas trees leading into Georges, the restaurant at the top.

Here is a slice of the Pompidou down a narrow street.