Spring in Paris

Spring in Paris can be gray and rainy but there are always Spring flowers, mostly pink. The pink flowers attract my attention the most as they are usually on trees.

This tree and the unusual structure behind it were on Promenade Plantée.

Also on Promenade Plantée, nature’s confetti. Just like in Autumn, trees really make a mess. I’m not sure what that lady on her hands and knees was doing. I think the camel pose in yoga.

This tree was on the side of the Hotel de Ville. They have a garden there that is supposed to be open to the public but I’ve never seen the gate open.

On the side of Notre Dame. They have great landscaping on one side and the back.

Here’s a view from across the Seine.

This Year

Some more favorite photos from 2015.

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Winter light through a window in our Paris apartment building.

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A view of Parisian architecture in a rear view mirror.

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I loved this window decorating in a shop in Paris.

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When Spring came to Paris.

Home

I was gone quite a while visiting friends and family in the States and, of course, while it was great, it was wonderful getting home.

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I arrived in the morning and after unpacking and taking a much needed nap, Maurice and I went for a walk on Promenade Plantée. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday and, as you can see, we weren’t the only ones out enjoying the day.

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I think I missed the wisteria but the iris was in bloom.

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As were the rhododendron.

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I’m not sure what these little flowers were but they sure caught my eye. Ah, Spring in Paris.

All For Nothing

I went with Maurice to the American Embassy for him to apply for a visa but because I didn’t have an appointment along with him, they wouldn’t let me in. So I walked around the area a bit-it’s right off of Place de la Concorde-then went into WH Smith and bought a book and decided to head home.

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The famous Hotel Crillon is having a huge renovation and is going to be closed at least two years. They put up some art over the scaffolding so you don’t have to look at ugly construction.

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The pretty park right across the way. The sun was shining, the trees were blooming. It was a really pretty day.

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That horseman holding flags is on top of the Hermes building. I’m not sure why. There is a lovely garden up there but I don’t think I’ll ever be invited to see it.

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I thought these stockings/socks and shoes were interesting. There were across the street from Hermes in the window of another shop. Maybe Prada? Anyway, the last time I wore some shoes similar to those-remember Candy clogs?-I fell down some stairs and my then toddler son came over and asked me if I had an “owie”. I sure did. Nothing broken, just bruised. I never wore the shoes again.

Palais Royal

Ah, the Palais Royal. One of my favourite places. They finally took down the awful wooden structure that was there for about two years and you can see it in all of its glory.

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Right before you enter.

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See! The view isn’t obstructed.

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I was there before the tulip trees dropped all of their flowers. There had been rain and wind the night before and they weren’t looking their best.

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The fountain there.

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You can see the petals on the ground and the benches for sitting and just taking it all in. I have a friend whose son proposed to his girlfriend here. The marriage didn’t last but the romance of the place does.

This and That in Paris

As I often do, here is a mix of photos from different areas of Paris.

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Spring, and Easter, decorations appear in windows.

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Daffodils and green grass at Palais Royale. So nice to see.

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I’m happy to report that there is no longer ugly construction hiding the middle section at Palais Royale. I think it was there for two years. The two beautiful fountains there aren’t finished yet though.

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The light shining through the columns there. Such a pretty day.

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I like the shape around this door and the window above it. Seen in the Left Bank area.

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Someone was creative.

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I made the trek all the way out to Concorde one day to catch this sunset. It was worth it.