Category Archives: Paris photos

First Week Back.

Yes, I’m still here- just a bit  quiet as I have tried to settle back into my little ex-pat world.  For some reason we have all suffered more jet lag than usual this time, which has slowed me down a tad.  I did get out, though, and here is what I did.

I went to the Louvre with my walking tour group.  The theme of the tour was “Kings and Emperors” and we saw lots of royals and their relics.

Charles V and his wife Jeanne de Bourbon

These statues of Charles V and his wife were the first actual representations of a French king.  All previous portrayals had been of idealized men and women meant to represent the rulers.  I think this was particularly brave of him, given his pronounced underbite.  I would have been like,”go ahead, idealize away” but Charles allowed himself to be sculpted as he was.  He was also the first king to live in the Louvre, when he moved the royal residence there in 1350.

Napoleon's throne

This seemingly understated little chair was Napoleon’s throne from the Tuileries palace.

This gorgeous sword was not used in battle but was held by every French king at his coronation.  Isn’t that amazing?  It is said to be the single most important French royal relic in existence today.

Another afternoon Sawyer and I walked around the Tuileries, which was beautiful in an austere, wintery kind of way.

Saturday was grey and misty, but we buttoned up our raincoats and did a walking tour of the Latin Quarter.  I had never seen the Pantheon, and I thought it high time.

They totally copied this from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, but it was still cool.

Rousseau's ashes

Yes, it was still yucky when we came out of the Pantheon.

So that was pretty much my first week back.  Tomorrow is my first French lesson in three or four weeks, so I need to go study up a bit.  Too bad we seem to be the only Parisians not invited to the party upstairs.  At least they aren’t playing music like they did at their last party, which lasted until 2:00 AM.  I have enough sleep problems going on without any help from the neighbors, thank you very much.

Oh yeah- we made it to church this morning and I documented the event.

Isn't it pretty?

I even liked the floor.

Have a good week, mes amies!


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Happy Thanksgiving from Paris, where it’s just another day…..

This is definitely a weird Thanksgiving week.  No one is home with me on this day before Thanksgiving.  The grocery stores and markets are not unusually crowded.  I am not making multiple lists of what to buy, cook, or pack.   No displays full of fresh cranberries, pumpkins, and no bins full of Butterballs.  Strange days, indeed.

The good thing about celebrating our first Thanksgiving in Paris is that no one has any expectations that it will be a traditional one.  I like it when people have no expectations.  We will be celebrating  chez Mai Paris on Friday, because Martha doesn’t get Thursday (or Friday) off of school, and I wanted her to be able to relax into the celebration rather than thinking about when she would do her homework.  Claire will be in South Africa, and Patrick in Dallas, and no grandparents or cousins will be around our table.  Fortunately,  our good friends who moved to London the same time we moved here will be crossing the channel to be with us, as well as another couple who are vacationing in Paris from the states.  That makes 8, including Mademoiselle Cordon Bleu, who will be in charge of the pecan pie and anything else she feels moved to create.  I anticipate a lively and well-laden table.

I have been busily cleaning the place up for company and stocking the fridge with good food, just as many of you  have been doing. Here are a few snaps from the past week.  I’ll be back next week with images of Paris dressed for Christmas!

One of my favorite streets- full of flowers and produce and chocolate and wine.

Don't you wonder what that shopkeeper was saying to those two sweet kids, who left their scooters parked in front?

yep- still there .


Enough already!

Who says you can't get a Thanksgiving turkey here?

Sometimes the English is just as confusing as the French.

an abundance of gorgeous herbs at the market this morning

I brought these carrots home. Do you think they're fresh???

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, friends!


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Keep it simple

Beauty products, chocolate, and flowers- what else does a girl need to be happy in Paris?

Happy Hump Day, mes amies.


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Falling for autumn in Paris

I am loving the beginnings of fall in Paris, despite knowing that it signals the onset of a very long period of darkness , dampness, and dreariness otherwise known as November-March.

Here are some shots from a morning walk I took on Saturday.

Martha had the day off school today and we went for a long walk this afternoon.  Here is some of what we saw:

Thanks for stopping by.  Drive friendly.  Like that guy.

Happy November!!!!


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A Few Pictures for Wednesday

I have been too busy kissing my girl Claire goodbye and unpacking my air shipment (which finally arrived- yea!) to write a post, so here are a few photos of Paris for you to enjoy.

The Champs-Elysees early in the morning- still wet from her bath

This is a metro station I seem to use a lot. I love the tiles!

This is the ceiling. Cool.

Who else remembers Opal's Glamorama? All My Children? Back when we were in college? 1:00- had to miss the last 15 minutes to get to French, and now i"m glad I did!

Just a little snack on the Champs!

My first window box- on my living room window- thanks to mon amie Martha M,, who gave me the holder!

Happy Hump Day, my friends.  Mark went to London for work today and he’ll be home in time for supper.  Weird!


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