A "rouge" restaurant for my friend Virginia and for all of you. Isn't this nice place inviting ? For the French course, "Les petits plats" means " the little courses". It's used to qualify a nice and simple course that you can make at home for friends.
To end the Nouvelle Athènes area theme, here is another beautiful mansion that was the home of paintor Gustave Moreau and is now a museum dedicated to his work. It's a small museum and I must admit I'm not found of his art but it like the place and especially the spiral staircase.
We are still in the Nouvelle Athénes area today and more precisely in a place called "Square d'Orléans". This big private courtyard has a great charm and holds very pretty buildings where as you can see on the little pictures, Frédéric Chopin and Georges Sand lived for a few years. It's a place easy to miss as you must enter through a door located at number 80 of the rue Taibout and it's often closed as it is private. I was lucky to find the door open so I can share this with you.
The New Athens is an area located in the 9th arrondissement around the "Rue de la Tour des Dames" near the tiny and gorgeous Place Saint Georges. The name was given by a newspaper in 1823 because of the "greek" mania at that time but honestly there is not much Greek into this area. It has been a place where a lot of famous actresses of that period used to live in beautiful mansions like that one. I will show more of the area these next days. If you're in Paris it's a very nice walk to do in a calm and beautiful area not much known by tourists but really great to wander around.
Together with the "Termes de Cluny", the "Arènes de Lutèce" are the only remains from the Gallo Roman era in Paris which at that time was named "Lutèce". They were built in the first century AD and were used to present gladiators combats. Now you can enjoy the spring sun and watch kids play football.
Spring is back and Paris gardeners are busy like here in the Luxembourg garden. We're supposed to have a whole week of blue sky and sun to start the new season. I hope they're right. Paris in the springtime is one of my best moment of year.
Let's share with you one of many Parisians habit on Sunday : walking along the Seine river as the street are closed to cars for the day and the views ... we just can't get ride of them ! Have a nice Sunday everyone !
French are not very into musicals and so Paris does not offer many shows like in New York, London or Berlin but for the past years there seem to have been a new go for this kind of shows. Here you can see the Mogador theater in the 9th arrondissement which specialized in musicals. They showed Lion King for years and now the big hit is Mamma Mia. The theater itself is splendid and so is the neighborhood as you can see.
I always like to see cities from above and Paris especially. If you're like me I invite you to watch the beautiful "Paris vu du Ciel" video by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand on Paris.TV (click here). It's 15 minutes of fabulous views of Paris seen from above.
Yesterday I was telling you about that pathway where I found the "unusual" door. Here it is with the very nice mansion where Gites de France have their headquarters. You enter this place at the 56 rue Saint Lazare. Don't you feel like wanting to live there ? I do !
Yes, that's an unusual door sign in Paris. You would more likely see this in the countryside but not in that pathway in the 9th arrondissement where stands the nice building of the "Gites de France" organization which is a cooperative that regroups more than 50 000 accommodation in France (see website). This side door was so strange with this reversed pot that I could not resists ...
Fauchon is a French gourmet food company that was founded in 1886 by Auguste Fauchon. The main stores are located on the Place de la Madeleine where I took this picture. Very expensive but they have wonderful food and patisseries !
The Moulin Rouge is a famous Paris cabaret which opened in 1889. It's still running shows where mostly French and foreigner tourists go. They have a nice website where you can get information on the place : click here
The Eglise d'Alesia is nicely located on the Alesia Square in the 14th arrondissement, south of Paris. I've lived nearby for manay year before moving east. They've just renovated the church and as you can see the top of the "clocher" (tower for church in French) is not finished yet. It gives a nice look.
In her comment yesterday, "Thirtytwo degrees" was wondering if the clock was correct. As I happened to take a zoom picture of the tower, let's see if there is something wrong. The time was right as it was 3:50 pm when I shot and this close up is a nice opportunity to see the beauty of this tower. What may look different are the clock colors as it's not often seen on churches.
The Church of the "Sainte Trinité" is located in the 9th arrondissement on a nice square called "Place d'Estienne d'Orves" (a name impossible to pronounce if you're not French !). Sorry for the "tourist" picture with the mMétro sign but I kind of liked it !
I was riding back home and when I crossed the river on the Pont de Sully I couldn't help but stopping to take a picture. I've seen that view hundreds of time but I am still in love with it ... and even it's freezing cold in Paris , the sun is shining and the sky is great. What more ?
For the past 2 or 3 years, a lot of Paris bars and "brasseries" have renovated their place and now offer many interesting and nice places to have a drink or eat. These rattan chairs are very typical and can be found in many bars in Paris.
It is difficult to choose a part of Paris that would be my "favourite". It all depends of what month, day of the week, hour of the day, mood ... Anyway if I have to pick up one it is the Ponts de Arts, a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Seine river between the Louvre museum and the "Institut de France". I love standing on this bridge offering incredible views everywhere you look. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants