Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Evening Picnic

Parisians love to have picnics. These young people were enjoying the night off in July 2010 with gathering on the grass in front of the Louvre. No bad idea!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sweet Paris #13

I discovered this mouth-watering gateau in a boulangerie-pâtisserie on Avenue Ledru-Rollin, near "my" studio.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

"My" Neighbourhood

That´s how the neighbourhood of "my" studio looked like. There are no important buildings or sights, but I love this area and I´m very much looking forward to returning there in July.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

"My" Courtyard

In July 2010 I stayed at a very nice studio in the 12th arrondissement. The building was rather unspectacular, but the courtyard was very welcoming.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Photo Shoot on Place Vendôme

When I arrived to Place Vendôme one day in July 2010 there was a photo shoot going on. I felt very sorry for the model as she had to stand there still for quite a while and to wear a coat with a temperature of 34°C (93°F). By the way, do you notice the blue door in this photo?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rue Saint-Louis en l`Île

I love the french windows with their wrought-iron adornments! The Rue Saint-Louis en l´Île is located on the Île St. Louis, one of my favourite areas in Paris.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

La Tour Eiffel #4

A detail of the Eiffel Tower... I haven´t yet gone up to her very top, the lines at the elevator were always too long. I contented myself with climbing up to the second floor four times.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Georges

From the restaurant Georges, located on level 6 of the Centre Pompidou, you have a panoramic view of the town. In April 2007 I took a break on the terrace of the restaurant and drank the most expensive mineral water of my life...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jules Hardouin-Mansart

The French architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646-1708) was one of the most important European architects of the 17th century. His work is generally considered to be the apex of French Baroque architecture, representing the power and grandeur of Louis XIV. Among his best known works in Paris are the Pont Royal, the Église Saint-Roch, the Chapel Saint Louis des Invalides and the Place Vendôme. This monument is located in the garden in front of L´Hôtel National des Invalides.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blue Door #8

This blue door is located in Rue Vieille du Temple.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Musée Galliera #2

Since 1977 the fashion museum Musée Galliera (also known as Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris) is located within a 19th century palace formerly owned by the Duchess Galliera in the 16th arrondissement. I haven´t yet visited this museum, which is currently closed for renovation, but I have already put it on my to-do list for one of my future trips to Paris.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Confitures & Macarons

Although I have already been to Paris several times, I have never entered one of the Ladurée stores. So far I contented myself with adoring the sweet treats through the windows... This is a photo from June 2008, I like the pastel colours of the boxes.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hidden Beauty

If you find an open doorway in Paris, sneak in and be prepared for some beautiful discoveries... I found this hidden beauty in a courtyard in Rue Saint-Honoré.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Anne of Austria

This statue is located in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Anne of Austria (1601-1666), born in Valladolid, Spain, was the daughter of Philipp III of Spain and Margaret of Austria. At the age of 11, she was engaged to Louis XIII, in 1615 they were married by proxy and Anne became Queen of France at the tender age of 14. Only at the age of 37, after four miscarriages, she gave birth to Louis XIV (1638-1715), later known as the Sun King. Two years later Philippe I was born. After the death of her husband she assumed the regency, but entrusted the government to Caridinal Mazarin. When Louis XIV officially came of age, her regency ended and she retired to the Convent of Vâl-de-Grace where she died of breast cancer in 1666.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Under the arcades of the Palais Royal

When you stroll through Paris, you can see a lot of beautiful things if you look up. But sometimes it´s also worth to lower your eyes...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Paris Info

If you want to prepare your next trip to Paris, click here for the official website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau. You can find there a lot of useful informations.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Colourful Tables & Chairs

I discovered these colourful tables and chairs in front of a shop vis à vis the Centre Pompidou and fell in love with them right away. I wish my apartment had a balcony where I could make use of the green table and chairs.