This private lane in the 15th arrondissement (you can see the Tour Montparnasse in the far background) is called Square du Croizic. A very quite lane with splendid Haussman type buildings. Average price to buy an apartment here is 8500 euros per square meter. Definitely not for me !
The Galerie Vivienne is one of the covered pathways you can find in Paris. This one is rather "chic" as it is located between La Bourse (the former stock exchange building) and the Palais Royal gardens. It's hosting one of Jean Paul Gautier's fashion shops and as you can see they still have their holidays decorations. If you want to know more about it they have a nice website in English.
These Christmas trees were made of used plastic bottles and I was surprised to seem them still in place on the Place du Palais Royal yesterday. In fact I thought I was lucky because I did not have the chance to take a picture before so here is a Holiday season last picture.
The Palais Brongniart was built in 1807 and was the Paris Stock Exchange building untill 1987. It is now a conference center and today there was a special happening as you can see with the red carpet. And yes Virginia it is still raining in Paris these days !
This is a close up of a building front on the Rue Rambuteau in the 3rd arrondissement. The whole building front is decorated with these sculptures. It is really a must see if you are in the area. The exact address is n°2 rue Rambuteau.
Laperouse is a famous Parisian restaurant and one of the oldest as it was founded in 1766. It is located on the river left bank and offers old fashioned "cabinet" style that you can see on their website. The place was very famous in the 1860's when all the "Paris litteraire" like Zola, Maupassant, Musset and Hugo used to come there to eat. Diner for one person is around 110 euros.
Thanks to all for you sweet comments on my blog's anniversary yesterday !
Last year the Eiffel Tower celebrated her 120th anniversary but today it is my blog 1st anniversary. As I started one year ago with her I could not help but celebrating this first anniversary with her again. She is a Paris symbol for many foreigner but you know lots of Parisian like me really love it too.
I thank all of my readers for stopping by this blog and sharing your feelings with your comments. Who knows, maybe we're good for another year together ! Merci !
The food court located in the Carroussel du Louvre (Louvre museum shopping center) has been completely renewed and is now totally reopened with new restaurants and a new design for tables, chairs and lights. I might admit that it is really better now. They made the place really look better and the best improvement is the noise of all those people that they really achieved to turn down using new roof technics that seem to absorb the sound. It'a good place to rest during a museum visit when it's too cold to enjoy a lunch in the Tuileries garden.
I like the Cathedral, I like the Seine, I like the night lights and I love walking around in this part of my city. This is a photo I posted on may 24th and certainly one of my favorite for the past year.
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I agree with Eric that the post Chritsmas period is a little sad when they start to take off all the lights so here is a last one from Les Halles, a shopping center in the center of Paris where they put that very nice tree this year.
Tomorrow is Blog Day on CDP for "Best photo of the year 2009". I still wonder which one I will choose.
Two of the 4 towers of the National Library in the 13th arrondissement along the Seine river. As you can see we still have snow and it fall a lot again during the night so this morning everything is white again. I envy people like Virginia and her friend who will wander in the city today while I will be struggling on the road to work ...
In the courtyard of the Palais Royal these black and white columns are a scultpure by an artist called "Buren" created in 1986. They have been restored and reopenned to public last month. I like them with the snow.
As I was walking by the Louvre I could not resist taking a picture of the splendid sunset we had at that moment certainly due to the very cold weather. I did not have my camera with me but only my phone and I thought it would not be good quality but in fact I like it a lot so here it is to share this moment with you.
This morning it is snowing again on Paris so I am preparing myselft to fight the weather conditions and have some "Paris under the snow" pictures taken !
Actually it did not snow long yesterday and roads were ok but the temperatures keep going down and we even have a -18°c in the Paris suburb. The sky is blue though whivh gives nice colors like these on the Canal near Bastille which is starting to freeze. Have a nice week end!
I just took this picture a few minutes ago outside my building. Yes, snow is back in Paris this morning and since we have had freezing conditions for the pas days I guess it's going to stay a little. I love it but not when I have to drive to work which is what I a going to do now ...
The museum of Fairground Arts is located in Bercy in the former wine cellars that have been rebuilt in 2000. This place is never openned to individual visitor but only to group and to special events (you can book it for a Company event for example). But this winter is was open to public during the Christmas holidays and I had the chance to visit it last sunday on the last day. The place is magic ! It has outdoors and indoors spaces and provides all sorts of old fairground attractions like the merry go round below which is moved by the people cylcling on the bikes. There were also little shows of acrobats and singers that you can see on a video I put on you tube , it's a poor quality but it may give you an idea of the great atmosphere we found there.
The place has a nice website available in French and English : Les Pavillons de Bercy which you can have a look at if you want to know more about it.
This is the entrance of the "Bakery and Pastry school" located in Bercy, eastside of Paris. Anyone volunteers ? I do not know much about this school that I discovered yesterday on my way to the Musée des Arts Forains that was opened to public for the first time during this holidays and which I will soon post pictures of.
La fée électricité by Raoul Dufy is a huge painting (624 square meter) that you can see at the Paris Museum of Modern Art in the Palais de Tokyo (free entrance). The paintor made this incredible painting for the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937 representing Electricity through the centuries. If you enlarge the picture (click on it) you can see a person behind the sign "Marcel" that gives an idea of the size of the painting.
It has been a long time since I haven't visited this museum since I am not found of the Palais de Tokyo which is still in a poor condition but I had friends from Orleans at home and it is still worth seen it when you visit Paris. If you come by métro you should stop at Iena station and walk down to the museum. That is where you've got this great view on the Eiffel Tower that Virginiaand I both posted.
First I would like to thank you for you comments and wishes on yesterday's post. Getting comments from people of so many different parts of the world really made my day !
Now that the holiday season is ending and that back to work is scheduled for next monday, let's enjoy more Paris lights before it's over. Here is the Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement starting on the Champs Elysées where you find luxury stores mostly Haute Couture. The red trees decoration are very nice.
First I wish you all a " Bonne Année " ("Happy New Year") full of love , happiness and most of all great health.
Here is my view of today's theme day. It is what the Eiffel Tower looked like 4 times a night during the end of year 2009. There was a light show every night to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Lady just after the traditionnal 5 minutes sparkling show. Theses changing looks of the Tower were spectacular. I also tried to capture the show on a litlle movie that I put on You Tube if you want to have a look at it live.
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