Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cool store

Here is a cool store front that I found at 52 rue des Trois frères in the 18th arrondissement. I was lucky enough that there weren't any cars parked in front of it for it's a pretty narrow street full of cars. Fyi it was painted by Raphe and Caligr, two street artists that apparently are well known. Now what does this store sell? I have not idea... I'm not even sure it's still a store to be honest..

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The love lock disease is spreading!

Sorry for those of you who follow me on Facebook for I already posted a similar photo recently. The thing is that when I went to Montmartre last week I noted that the love locks craze (some call it a plague!) has started over there too. There is a grid from where you can see the Eiffel Tower - from where I took this photo - and people have started hanging locks on it. The Paris town hall is trying to do something - especially on the Pont des Arts - see this little timelapse - but I'm not sure what will finally be done...

PS : if you understand French, I also encourage you to have a look at this interesting TV report.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Seasonal post!

Yes it's La Basilique du Sacré Coeur, yes you've seen it a dozen times here and yes this photo is pretty dull... But it's a long week-end, I'm feeling lazy and since I was in Montmartre a couple of days ago and that they dressed it up especially for Easter I thought this was the perfect occasion to post this photo ;-) As you can see, the tourist season has begun! Today is a holiday in France, so I shall do... nothing! [Sorry for the late posting, my fault!]

Sunday, April 20, 2014

And the top 100 most expensive Paris streets are...

Tempted to move in Paris to start a new life or to retire? Well, you'd better play the lottery first, because a magazine just released the top 100 most expensive Paris streets list and, well, the least you can say is that some of them are out of reach of most people (especially Parisians LOL!). This year (for yes, it changes every year) the most expensive arrondissement is the 7th (near the Invalides), and especially the Quai d'Orsay where each square meter costs 17 000 € on average... If you're poor and can't afford it, you might try finding a deal in the cheapest street of this list, the rue de La Sourdière in the 1st arrondissement, where a square meter only costs 10 961 € (I told you: a real bargain!). More (in French only) on the magazine's site.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Record stores day

The French dislike big companies, big supermarkets, big online websites, big everything... They like little shops around the corner or the small artisan who inherited his handicraft from his father... We have all sorts of laws to protect them (there are only 2 supermarkets inside Paris, the price of books cannot be discounted more than by 5%, movies are prohibited on TV three nights per week to protect movie theaters, etc.), but nothing to protect disquaires, (the traditional record stores). That is why today (Friday) is... Disquaire day! With the Internet, the Fnac (a sort of French Barnes and Noble for books and music) and other large stores thy are not that easy to find any more, but I found one at avenue Trudaine in the 9th! So I went especially to take this photo ;-) Have a great Easter weekend everyone, for those who celebrate it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sewer street!

Had you walked in this street (Léopold-Bellan) about 500 years ago, you would have needed a good pair of boots or even a small boat for this was a huge sewer (it was even called sewer street - rue des Aigouts - at that time. It's only around 1815 that the sewers were covered and the street turned into a "real" street. If the people who used tho live there would come back today, they would certainly be surprised to see that it's now a pretty trendy area ;-)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Picking up confetti!

It's the Easter holidays in France at the moment (Paris is slightly emptier than usual). Before they went on vacation, some of the kids of the school near my home had a fancy dressed party and it was really cute to watch them march to the local town hall where they would probably have an Easter egg hunt or something. The funniest - and most touching - scene was this little girl trying to consciously pick up all the confetti she could from the pavement. A life allegory, no doubt! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

And my favorite florist in Paris is...

...Hervé Chatelain, a very talented artist that I always admire the work of, when I pass by his shop at 140 rue Montmartre, in the 2nd arrondissement. I did today and took this photo in his shop window, I'm sure you'll agree with me.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mythical Orient Express

If you come to Paris before the end of August and want to see what the original Orient Express train looks like, you only need to go to the IMA (Institut du monde arabe) and visit the exhibit they're having at the moment. The Orient Express is still a mythical train for us Europeans. It used to go from Paris to Istanbul (Constantinople before 1930)  in "as little as"  80 hours or so! No wonder it stopped in 1977... The SNCF (French railway company) wants to reopen the line eventually and turn it into a high-end "cruise".   

Monday, April 14, 2014

First color run in Paris

The color run seems to be a pretty well known race throughout the world, but, believe it or not, I had never heard of it. Main reason: it had never taken place in Paris before yesterday! It's a dream event to take cool photos of course... so I did not resist. In the end I selected this one that sums up the event pretty well ;-) Given the amazing number of runners with GoPro cameras, I bet today you can find a zillion video clips of this race on the Net ;-) 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Contemplating ET!

I went to the Trocadero esplanade yesterday and simply took this photo. Nothing extrordinary, but I like it because you can almost hear how these four ladies talk about the Eiffel Tower and how happy they are to have made the trip (maybe I'm totally wrong and they're saying "what?! So this is the famous Eiffel Tower everyone is talking about?! We should have stayed home!" LOL Happy Eiffel Tower Sunday everyone... 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Going up the Champs Elysées

Two days ago, I was driving on the Champs Elysées and I came across a group of people walking up the upper part of the avenue towards the Arch of Triumph, probably to revive the flame of the unknown soldier. I don't know exactly who participated in this march (there were military men first, then civilians), but I like the photo ;-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

How French are you?

It's Friday, let's have fun! I came across this little "How French Are You?" quiz on a website and it really made me smile. And since a few days earlier I took this photo on the Champs Elysées (it belongs to the window of the French car manufacturer Renault) and I thought this was the perfect match. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Optical illusion

A few days ago one of my nieces moved in a brand new apartment in Levallois (a suburban city very close to Paris) and I went there to have a little preview... Before going into the building, I had a look at one of the facades and saw that there were plants on most windows and that there was a nice balcony on the last floor. But when I looked closer, I realized that all this was... fake! Fortunately, her apartment is on the other side of the building, so she be able to grow real plants on her window ;-)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Graffiti or painting?

Here is a garage door I spotted in rue Saint-Nicolas and I thought it was truly amazing ! Not that I particularly like the actual painting, but because it's a really elaborated street work, closer to a painting than a graffito. [Sorry for the late posting, I was so tired, I screwed up with the posting time!!]

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Bagatelle park

I promised I would tell you where the Belvedere I posted 2 days ago is... Well here is the answer (even though someone already mentioned it in the comments!): it's in the gardens of Bagatelle, a free entrance park (except between June 6 and November 2, 2014 located in the Bois de Boulogne not far from Porte Maillot and where you feel like miles away from Paris. I love it. They also have a rose garden, but I didn't go this time. This is the Orangerie (orange garden)

Monday, April 07, 2014

Paris Marathon 2014

For once I went to the arrival. It looked like hell! I could not help, but play with my shutter speed though ;-)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Paris Belvedere

It may be an Italian word, but we do have a "belvedere" in Paris, that is a very high point from where you can see a 360° panorama. I went there yesterday and it was the perfect day for it, for the sun was really shining. I'm not telling you right know where it is, but I will later this week... Hint: it used to be a previous ice "factory" !

Saturday, April 05, 2014

A day at Club Med!

Well... when I say "A day at Club Med", I really mean: "a day near the offices of Club Med", for yes, yesterday morning, for my first day out after my sick days, I had a meeting at 11 rue de Cambrai, a former warehouse area (mid 1850's)  that has been turned into office space in the 1990's. Great location, that look a bit like "Venice" due to the many canals that run through it. The photo is less interesting than yesterday's one, but it's fresher! 

Friday, April 04, 2014

Paris Laundromat

Don't ask me why, but laundromats fascinate me! Not that I ever use any (like a lot of French people I have a washer in my kitchen - yes kitchen!), but probably because they look a bit depressing. When I saw this one a few weeks ago (I'm still sick so I did not go out yesterday), I immediately thought it would make a good photo (mainly because of the lonely guy in it of course, but not only). Have good Friday everyone, I'll finally go out again today so expect more fresh material soon!! 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Fontaine des Mers

I've caught a big cold on the way back from the US and I really did not feel like going out yesterday. So I took a sick day and dug out a stock photo - well, actually one I took just before my trip to San Jose. You've see it a zillion times on this blog, but I'm sure you'll be happy to see it once more; it's really beautiful, even when noone put green stuff in the water! Off to bed now!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Or rather... IN the spot(light)! For yes ladies and gentleman, this is Johnny Hallyday, a French signer who is extremely popular in France. Sometimes he also appears in movies and that is exactly the reason why I got to photograph him last evening... I went to see Salaud, on t'aime, a movie by Claude Lelouch in which a friend of mine had a small part. It was fun to see all this fuss around a movie and its actors from up close. The photo is a bit fuzzy of course, but I like it, precisely because it is... fuzzy! 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Look for the triangle...

No, it's not an April fool's day joke, it's simply a theme day! For yes, ladies and gentlemen, if you visit the city daily photo blogs today you will find triangles in each photo. Silly? Yes, but funny. BTW, did you spot the triangle in this photo?

Monday, March 31, 2014

And the new mayor of Paris is...

Anne Hidalgo! She was the deputy Mayor of Bertrand Delanoe, the previous mayor that managed Paris for 14 years. Needless to say that she probably knows the job! Her tag line is "Paris qui ose" (Paris that dares - doing things), we'll see! Welcome to the job Anne! More in English here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

When the Eiffel Tower has an earth hour moment...

Like a thousand monuments in the world, last evening the Eiffel Tower participated in the Earth Hour ("one hour for the planet" in France). Only "for security reasons" (really?!) the Eiffel Tower hour only lasted.. 5 minutes. But it made it to the news, so I suppose it was enough to raise the awareness of many people on the necessity to turn off the lights when not needed! I'll be honest, I did not take this photo while the lights were out, but a long time ago. I just thought it was perfect for the occasion...  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Leaving San Jose...

I'm sorry if all my photos tend to look the same lately, but the sun was so inspiring before I left that I kinda over used it! Anyway, when you read this I'll be on the plane, trying to get some sleep(!) on the way back to Paris. I'm happy to go back home I must say and to get to take new and different looking pictures! This is, as you all recognized, one of the 4 (or is it 3?) statues of Liberty replicas that we have in Paris.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Paris in the spring time...

I hear it's lovely in Paris at the moment, so once  again I feel like playing with the sun. Here is a nice view from the rue Saint Roch (the garden in the background is Le jardin des Tuileries). Meanwhile in California it's... raining!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

San Jose PDP Gathering

You might have seen that I'm currently on the West coast of the US at the moment and I took advantage of it to gather a few Paris lovers who follow PDP from California. I picked a restaurant in San Jose, close to my hotel and there you go! I really had a great time, being surrounded with people I mostly know virtually though the comments they make on PDP or Facebook. Some even thought of bringing some of my favorite Ceasar salad dressing, for me to take back to Paris ;-) A big thank you to (from left to right): Denis, Jeanne (aka French Twist), Eileen, Mariatta, Sara, Jim, Jocelyn, Suzy, Daniel, Beverly. More on Facebook, if you're on it! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Marriage photo shoot

The Bir-Hakeim bridge is a double bridge combining a metro railway and a road. It was built between 1902 and 1905 and it's a real masterpiece. No wonder then that a lot of photoshoots take place on it. Last Saturday it was not a fashion photo shoot that I witnessed, but a "simple" marriage one. Beautiful, isn't it?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hold up at Colette's

I only posted once about colette (not the writer!), but the "concept store" located in the very chic rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré that was created in March 1997 by Colette Rousseaux. It's a place to visit, just for fun, even if you're not the kind that is after the latest trends in the world! The reason why I took this photo (which has a lot of reflexion, I know, but is still kinda cool!) is that on March 22 colette was robbed! They stole about 600 000 euros worth of jewelry! I'm sure colette will get over it...