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Sunset In Paris

One of my favorite parts of summer in Paris is the lingering daylight. Even though it really messes with my sleep patterns, I love how it stays light here now until 10:00. Paris is beautiful in any light, but there is something magical about the glow from the waning sun.

Mark was out of town on Monday night and I ventured out to the Pont des Arts (which has now re-opened with the temporary panels) to watch the sun set from the Seine.

The inside panels of the bridge have been decorated by several different street artists. As you can imagine, not everyone approves.



of course the graffiti has already begun

I kind of like the melting locks

I kind of like the melting locks

The Pont Neuf was particularly lovely in the changing light.





As you can see, the little park at the tip of the island is not only a favorite picnic spot, it also is popular with the sunset crowd. Not that you can’t do both simultaneously.



I loved the numbers on this  bouquiniste  box.

I loved the numbers on this bouquiniste box.

The buildings turn toasty gold in the setting sun.



Now facing west from the other side of the Pont des Arts, toward the Musée d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower.






I crossed back over the river at the Tuileries, which was trying to close for the night.


looking to the other side of the Tuileries at the Louvre

Looking straight down the middle of the Tuileries, as the obelisk slices through the Arc de Triomph.

Looking straight down the middle of the Tuileries, as the obelisk slices through the Arc de Triomph.


Finally, I strolled up Rue Rivoli to catch the metro home.



I was tired and a little chilly, as I had neglected to bring a sweater, but pleased to have seen the show.


C’est fini.

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More From The Weekend

Don’t worry- I promise not to go on any more about our boss seats at the French Open Women’s Finals on Saturday or that you might have seen us on TV sitting right behind Serena. Not another word.

If you come to Paris this summer you shouldn’t miss the Berges de Seine, which I have featured here several times. We love to walk down to this re-vitalized and pedestrianized bank of the river between Pont d’Alma and the Musée d’Orsay. Lucky for us it’s not too far to walk carrying a picnic or just a bottle of wine, as we did on Saturday evening. The sun is not setting here until close to 10:00, which allows plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings, the wine, and the sunset.


Hey- didn’t I see you on TV earlier today?







The Petit Palais was aglow when we passed it on our way home.


Sunday afternoon Mark had to go to the office and I wandered around the Marais a bit. While many parts of Paris are closed on Sundays, the Marais is reliably hopping.

I was reminded that we are well into tourist season here in Paris. The streets were thronged with happy travelers, and the lines for falafel and gelato were staggering.


The Place de Vosges was as crowded as I have ever seen it.


I wandered off a main street and found this quiet spot.


This lovely place, the Hôtel-de-Sens, was built from 1475-1519.





A few other random things caught my eye.





pomengranate juice, anyone?

pomegranate juice, anyone?

And finally, this group had attracted a nice crowd on a shady corner.

Do wop, do wop.


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Looking In And Out Of Windows

I have been on the couch all week with a bug, which has left me plenty of time to look out my window and contemplate life. And cough.

Sunday night my window offered this view


Just a few short minutes ago, my window looked like this.


It rarely snows in Paris, and this snow didn’t stick, but was fun to watch fall.

The Louis Vuitton windows on Ave. Montaigne look like this






Ever sweet Bonpoint offered this glimpse of springtime and butterflies.



I’m not so sure about these Chanel windows. Do we really want to go back to the days of leg warmers?



And in closing, these flowers in the window of a fancy florist would brighten any sick room.


Enjoy the view from your windows today, mes amis.



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New Year’s Eve In Paris

How can this be the last day of 2014? It seems like we just got here.

Today was cold but not windy or wet, which is just about perfect winter weather for me. Our older daughter, Claire, arrived from Sweden (man that girl gets around) yesterday and this afternoon I dragged Mark and her out to enjoy the lights and bustle of the city.

Our first stop was Merci, one of my very favorite stores located in the northern Marais. Transforming an old wallpaper factory, Merci changes its themes and appearance many times a year, and is always edgy and cool. It sells clothing for men and women, and also household items and just generally fabulous stuff. I love it. Mark and Claire loved it, too.

The store is kind of hidden from the street- you have to walk down this pretty little hallway.



The courtyard is always decorated with fun stuff, which usually includes a little car.

Precious sisters posing by the cute car!

Precious sisters posing by the cute car!

I love this viewing spot from the upstairs. Isn’t it cool the way the candles appear to be suspended in mid-air?



Trying to beat the sunset, we hurried over to Notre Dame. I wanted to see the Christmas tree and was afraid that tonight might be its final appearance. The church was so pretty in the evening light.








We were in need of a little warm-up, so we crossed the river and went to a brasserie for coffee and beer and maybe a banana-chocolate crepe. When we came back out, the sun was almost gone.





If we can stay awake long enough, we plan to walk over to the Champs-Elysées at 11:30 for a celebratory light show. I”ll let you know how that works out….I am not known for being a night-owl.

Bonne Année to all from Paris!

See you next year!


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Too Busy To Blog!

The great thing about having family and friends visit is that we are always out seeing and doing and eating and sharing the joy of Paris. The bad thing about having guests is that I don’t have time to spend at the computer, downloading pics and describing our adventures. I had intended to write a post tonight, but it’s now 10:00 and I have packing left to do before our early morning departure for San Sebastian, Spain. I hope to find a few quiet hours while I am away to get caught up, but here are some photos of Paris from the last couple of weeks. It has been very hot, very pleasant, sunny, and rainy, sometimes from one hour to the next. We got our there and sweated with the best of them, although I do confess to drifting off into fantasies of mountains of crushed ice from Sonic. Not much ice and not much air conditioning- the perils of heat waves in Paris. Fortunately, they do not usually last long.

beautiful flowers in the Tuileries

beautiful flowers in the Tuileries

goats grazing in the Tuileries- first time I ever saw that

goats grazing in the Tuileries- first time I ever saw that






boat ride sunset

boat ride sunset

cute girls on the back of the boat

cute girls on the back of the boat

Assemblie Nationale all lit up

Assemblie Nationale all lit up

and of course….

and of course….

I hope to be back on track with regular posts soon.

But for now—vamos a la playa!!!

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Eating Out In Paris. A Lot.

We have just had the pleasurable company of Mark’s brother and his vivacious wife who were visiting from Houston. It had been a long time since family had come to Paris, and we loved showing them our adopted city. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I made reservations in new (to us) restaurants for each of the 5 nights they were here. Now that they are on the plane back home, I feel like I need a fast or a cleanse or a marathon, but it sure was fun while it lasted.

The first night we went over to the Ile de la Cite, where Notre Dame sits. I love being in that part of town at night, and I knew they would be equally captivated by its drama and grandeur.

It was still light when we headed out around 7:00.



Our restaurant, Au Baugnat, was on a quiet corner.


Right next door was this splendid display.


The restaurant was one of those authentic, old French places with exposed beams in the plastered ceiling and watch your head as you follow the hostess into the dining room. The food was pretty good, although two of the three of us had to make second choices for our main dishes because they were out of sea bass and lamb chops. At 8:30? Really? The waitresses were very nice (and slightly embarrassed) and it was a fine evening. I think the walk home might have been the best part.





The next night we chose Les Fines Gueules, a wine bar near Palais Royale. It, too, was authentic and tiny. The starters were amazing (green pea soup with a dollop of goat cheese and asparagus with egg) but the two fish dishes were sadly in need of seasoning. No visual aids for this one. I would go back and perhaps order several starters, which I think you could do in this laid-back place.

On the way home there was this.




Who needs dessert when you get this on the way home?

More restaurant talk later. I may or may not be in need of rehab for gluttony.

Au Bougnat

26, rue Chanoinesse (4th)


Les Fines Gueules

43 rue Croix des Petits Champs, (1st)


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On Our Way Home From The Park

Our time in Le Jardin du Luxembourg was shorter than we had planned, due to the rather early closing time, which gave us plenty of time to stroll home.  About the time hit the river, the sun was setting and the sky was unbelievably gorgeous.  Enjoy.

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