More From Venice

As usual, I have many photos so I want to share them. Venice is so full of photo ops.

The famous Realto Bridge was teaming with people.

So many lovely courtyards and gardens, most of which are private.

Wouldn’t you love to sit here along the canal and have a drink? It was in front of a hotel in the Carnaggio area of Venice which have way fewer tourists. Even at this time of year Venice was crowded but not like it will be this summer.

An unusual and bit crooked statue on the side of a building where the famous Italian artist, Tinoretto, once lived, also in Carnaggio.

Drying laundry when you don’t have a back yard line.

Evening light on a canal.

A Pretty Walk

I love to get outside and walk when the temperatures are cool and fall in in the air and golden leaves are everywhere. These photos were taken on the Promenade Planteé near our apartment building in early November.

img_2041 There had been a rain the night before and a lot of leaves came down.

img_2043 So nice to have this view as you walk along.


There are very few flowers on the walk except for rose bushes so it was a delight to see these seasonal mums.

img_2047 The grass is green for a little longer.

img_2048 I loved the yellow leave behind this statue.


The 16th Arrondissement of Paris is a posh area, full of wealth and grandiose architecture. After a visit to the Palais Galliera I strolled around a bit having a look.

The windows of this patisserie held jewel like desserts. This one looked like it was made of gray suede cloth. I forgot to find out what was inside and how they came up with that color.

This was a lemon tart. Yum.

A swanky florist.

Loved these flowers.

I just liked this statue with the pigeon sitting on his outstretched arm.

This and That

A mix of photos from the last few days:

The Moose has been around for years. As you can see, it’s a good place to go to watch sports. I’ve never been inside, to tell the truth.

Some nicely padded chairs outside a restaurant called Schmuck which, I believe, means snack or something similar, not a word to call someone you don’t like.

A famous, and very expensive, hat shop where hats are made by hand.

This statue was in the Luxembourg Gardens and I was surprised it had moss on it. Everything is usually immaculate in the park.

Isn’t this a cute little dog? He or she belonged to a homeless guy. I think he would have gone home with me if he could have.

A Connection

We were looking at this view in la Flotte on Île de Ré :

A sea wall along the harbor there.

when I turned around and saw an interesting iron sculpture on the wall behind us:

It was of Nicolas Martiau who, it turns out, was born on Île de Ré, immigrated to the States and built a fence in Jamestown famous for keeping out the angry Indians and, to my amazement, is related to George Washington, the first president of the US. Who knew, right? I googled him while standing there and saw that there was a statue of George Washington in Saint Martin on the island so when we arrived there we went to the Ernest Cognacq Museum to see it. Because I was an American wanting to see the statue which was in the garden, they let me in for free.

And here it is. The sun was in the wrong place so it’s not a good look. There is a medallion underneath of Nicola Martiau. The statue is a copy of one in Virginia. It was installed in the garden of the museum by the American ambassador in 2007. Our friend who was with us belongs to the organization that had it put there-small world.

There aren’t many signs of autumn here in this area. Most of the trees seem to be evergreens and the ones which aren’t just sort of drop brown leaves eventually. I’ve seen berries on bushes and the sun is going down earlier and earlier, the only signs I’ve noticed, so it was nice to see these bright red leaves on a building in Saint Martin.

I liked these flowers too-maybe roses?

Straight Lines And Curves

The lobby of the Louvre as well as the mall area have some interesting architecture.

You can walk down this twisting staircase or, if you have a wheelchair or baby stroller, take this tubular elevator down to the floor of the lobby of the Louvre.

Isn’t this curve great?

The inverted pyramid right past in underground shopping area is always a hit with children. This is where, in The Da Vinci Code, the books ends.

Leaving the Louvre Museum, you can walk into the Tuileries Garden which is full of statues. Someone put a rose in the hand of this one.

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