Early One Morning

I walk with a friend two or three times a week very early, usually at 7 AM. It is still dark as the sun doesn’t rise until well after 8. I always have her text me when she is ready as one morning she overslept and I decided to head out on my own. The walk we always do is at the edge of a forest/park, around a lake and it isn’t very well lit which is fine when there are two of you but it was way too dark when I was by myself even though a jogger or two went by. I enjoy seeing shops still lit up in the area.

Here’s a look at the edge of the walk on a foggy morning.

An old time boulangerie, or bakery, still lit inside. This is actually a very well known place.

Kouglof for sale inside. It is a Christmas pastry which originated in Alsace.

A close up. I don’t think I have ever had one. I think it is sort of a fruit cake, although raisins are the only fruit.

A simple Christmas decoration in the window.

 

More

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.

Here and There

The wisteria is starting to bloom. I love the look and the fragrance. I’ve read that it takes 7 to 8 years for them to start blooming after being planted.

This restaurant always has a great display of wisteria. It’s called Au Vieux Paris. It has a very interesting interior but I’m not sure about the food.

A different view.

Not too far from Notre Dame is the beautiful Place Dauphine. Last year I was able to get a photo of these trees blooming with flowers but I was too late this year. It’s a really lovely place I wouldn’t mind having an apartment overlooking those trees.

Love seeing tulips blooming. They seem more special because they are only there a short time.

Such great architecture.

Palais Royal in the Sun

IMG_9535
On a beautiful day Palais Royal was full of people, like this lady with her bike.

IMG_9537
The tulips are doing their thing.

IMG_9543
Everyone was taking in the sun, except me who stays in the shade as much as possible.

IMG_9545
The trees are now covered in green leaves.

Autumn in a Park

I love finding signs of Autumn in Paris. One of the best places is in the Luxembourg Gardens. They had mums planted everywhere but they weren’t blooming yet, maybe needed another couple of weeks to start. I did find some trees changing color, one of my favorite things.

DSC04402
The sun was shining and the shadows of the trees in the park looked dramatic.

DSC04403
Someone enjoying the sun. People were all over the park sitting in the sun. It can be rare to see sun in Paris.

DSC04406
There is a Statue of Liberty there and I was trying to get the yellow tree in the photo too.

DSC04420
The Luxembourg Palace is there with a pond in front. This is where the Senate meets.

DSC04428
The Medici fountain.

DSC04436
Along side the fountain.

DSC04431
Reflections of tree in the water.