Monday, August 31, 2009

Medici Fountain

I agree with Virginia on her Paris Through my Lens blog when she says that the Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg is a "must see" in Paris. The whole garden is absolutely beautifull and this fountain is a kind of magic romantic spot in the garden.
I used to work just outside this place and come for lunch here as soon as the weather was good enough.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stormy sky

Sun and dark clouds on a very classical Paris building along the Seine.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Arc de Triomphe du Caroussel

This is the top of the Arc de Triomphe du Caroussel located in the Tuileries garden in front of the Louvre Museum. You can see it on one of my old post.
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is at the easternmost end of the so-called "Axe historique" ("grand historic axis") of Paris, a nine-kilometre-long linear route which dominates central and western Paris. Looking west, the arch is perfectly aligned with the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and (although it is not directly visible from the Place du Carrousel) the Grande Arche de la Defense.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Building hat

It's been a long time since I didn't post a picture of the Tower. This view is taken from the 16th arrondissement on the other side of the Seine river. The Tower seems to stand on top of the building like a hat.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Place Maubert

Want to have a drink on the place Maubert in the charming 5th arrondissement ? Since we still have a nice weather, the shade of the tree and the fountain are just perfect this days.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Paris' devil

Nice haircut seen on the river bank. Paris is not London but sometimes we try to compete !

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


A paintor in a street.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy cat

This is not my cat (mine is black) but I encountered this one looking quite happy in the sun as this last week-end was again fabulous as far as weather is concerned.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Boating in Paris

What about a boat ride on a lake in the Paris wood of Vincennes ?

Saturday, August 22, 2009


A great street orchestra in the 18th arrondissement.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Amélie Poulain

Inside the Café des 2 Moulins where the movie "Amélie Poulain" was shot.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hot Hot Hot

36° in Paris yestersay and still 24° this early morning ... the hot is the only subject among parisian these days. We are really not used to such warm days but as far as I am concerned I like it.
I pictured this thermometer on a building front in Le Marais and thought it would illustrate what we are living these days.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Still hot

Hot summer days are still here in Paris and enjoying the chairs on the Seine banks is so great.
What you see behind the people on the chairs is the Paris Plages swiming pool which I posted a picture of earlier this month.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

House of gardening

This is the House of Gardening located in the Parc de Bercy. You can find courses and exhibitions there in this lovely old house. More about this house on the Paris Website.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Summer or automn ?

I took this picture yesterday in the Bois de Vincennes where I had a long rest in the sun. The chestnuts tree already look like if it was automn time. It is still very hot in Paris and so what else than an afternoon in one of the 2 Paris woods, this one being only 15 minutes ride by bike from home, I often go there.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hot !

We have hot summer days in Paris with 31° yesterday and I nearly joined these kids having fun at the Parc André Citroen.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Les parisiennes

Two nice Parisiennes on the stairs in Le Forum des Halles . The place was decorated with those nice lights for the summer.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Le bar à toutou is open

"Le bar à toutou est ouvert" means " doggy's café is open" ... as you can see with the water provided under this sign seen on a street in Montmartre.
Nice idea don't you think ?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Apéritif on the river bank

Friends gatherring for an "aperitif"on summer evening ...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Chateau de Vincennes

Next to Paris and the Bois de Vincennes stands the beautifull Chateau de Vincennes. The Medieval Donjon (tower) is one of the few left in France. Really a "must see" when you're in Paris. It is very easy to get there by subway and you can then relax in the forest.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Saint Laurent

No, I did not became a Saint but today on the French calendar is the "Saint Laurent". As I am not a religious guy I did not post a very religious photo to celebrate this day but it's a church entrance though. The picture is taken at the entrance of the Saint-Martin church in the 3rd arrondissement near Beaubourg. I do not know what they wave at and why they're here but I like it. Maybe because the church is being restored ... or maybe because they wish me "bonne fête" as we say in France when it is your "saint day".

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Down into the Louvre

This is the main stair going down into the Louvre museum when you enter the main entrance in the Pyramid. A great architecture don't you think ?

Saturday, August 8, 2009


"Ménilmontant" is a neighbourhood in the 20th arrondissement located on a hill close to Belleville. This painted wall was created by artist Jerome Mesnager known for its "white men". The sentence "c'est nous les gars de Ménilmontant" is taken from an old song by Maurice Chevalier.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Paris roofs

I love looking at Paris from above. This view is from the top of Montmatre hill.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Paris Plages 4 : Swiming

Last saturday I posted a picture of the floating swiling pool on the Seine, here is another pool along the river but this one is temporary for the Paris Plages event.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Paris Plages 3 : Pétanque

Playing Pétanques on the Seine bank, that's also what Paris Plages is about !
If you want to see more pictures on Pétanques go on Virginia's Paris through my lens blog. She's got great shots.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Paris Plages 2

A little rest by the Seine ...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Paris Plages

For the 8th year, the express road along the Seine River is closed to cars during 1 month (july 20th untill august 20th) and transformed into a great pedestrian way. This is called "Paris Plages" (plages meaning beaches), and as you can see on the picture I took yesterday afternoon, it is quite popular. Not all the express way is like this with sand. You can also find "Cafés", places to play Pétanque, a swiming pool, etc... All of this beeing temporay. I will show more pictures of Paris Plages these next days.
If you want to know more and see some little movies you can go on the Paris website (in English this time !).

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Theme day : night

This morning I completely forgot about the theme day. Maybe my brain is still on vacation and the 9 hours jetlag still not recovered. Anyway it's 11pm now in Paris and I figure I can still participate so here is my night shot. Th bridge is Pont de Bercy crossing the Seine river between the 12th and 13th arrondissement. The building on the right is the house of the French Ministry fo Economy and Finances.

Swiming on the Seine

The Josephine Baker swiming pool is indeed located on the river and the water used to fill it is taken from the river and cleaned on the location. More information about this pool is available on the Paris website (in French). I've been there and it's a nice sensation to be swiming at the river level.