This and That in Paris

A mix of photos here and there in Paris:

This is a window of a cabaret on a little street off of Rue du Buci. Round and red, always eye catching.

Fragrant mimosa for sale-a herald of Spring along with daffodils.

Eye catching cafe tables and chairs with the obligatory ash trays. I seldom sit outside because of smokers.

I’m always taken by waiters with vests and ties and those long white aprons.

Sunshine

As I’m often saying, sunny days in Paris in the winter (almost Spring) can be gray and cloudy so when the sun comes out, so do Parisians, and tourists too. Last weekend it rained almost continually but this one turned out to be great with temperatures in the 60’s and I didn’t even need my coat.

We walked into the Tuleries Garden. Maurice isn’t fond of the ferris wheel but I find it very photogenic.

 Here it is further into the garden. It’s not there all of the time and at Christmas it’s even in a different place.

Just look at all of those people enjoying the sun.

A look at the ferris when from the other end of the garden, the Louvre end.

On the way back there were some musicians playing and a little girl danced even though it wasn’t rock and roll but Vivaldi.

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.

White Sands

In southern New Mexico is the White Sands Monument. I remember going there as a child as I was raised in New Mexico and it is a special place. It’s known by some for the site of the first atom bomb detonation in its northern section. The sand is made of gypsum which normally dissolves in water but due to several factors remains.  It doesn’t retain heat like those sun soaked beaches that you have to race across but is cool to the feel even on the hottest summer day. We were there on a cool day and our feet got cold actually as we walked around with bare feet

We started seeing the yucca plants as we got near White Sands. These were in front of the visator center.

That is the white sands in the background. Notice all of the footprints and the trails left by people sliding down the hills on metal saucers. I had hoped to get some photos of pristine sand dunes but it would have required more of a hike than we were up to.

The light wasn’t the best but we got some great skies.

I found a bit of sand that hadn’t been walked on.

A closeup.

Looks like snow.

The Grand Canyon

After our visit to Austin we flew to Arizona to see my mother. During our time there Maurice and I made a trip up to Northern Arizona and over into New Mexico. Our first stop was at the Grand Canyon which Maurice says is one of the most beautiful places in the world. He’s been there many times and hiked down to the bottom a few times as well something I’ve never done.

 When we arrived it was very cold, windy and there was no view of the canyon due to low clouds. About thirty minutes before sunset the sun came out and I rushed out to get some photos.

There was almost a rainbow.

I liked the architecture there done in the early 1900’s after the train finally arrived there with tourists coming to see the Grand Canyon.

This sculpture is called the Bright Angel in the rustic lodge of the same name. The name comes from the first explorer of the Colorado River running through the Grand Canyon who after going through a section he named the Dirty Devil was pleased to find the clear waters he called Bright Angel.

This is the beginning of the Bright Angel trail. We didn’t go down very far as it was icy.

A ledge I liked.

A photo of a poster showing mules descending into the canyon-probably the only way I would ever do it.

Lights

There were lots of lights to photograph in Austin.

Two historic theatres in downtown Austin.

A funky place on the water called Oasis.

You don’t see many palm trees lit up in blue.

Aplace called Mozarts went over the top in Christmas lighting and it was drawing crowds even after Christmas was over.