Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Cow

I discovered this Christmas cow in front of a café on Rue Saint-Antoine.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bûches de Noël

"Bûche de Noël", a type of sweet roulade, is a traditional Christmas dessert in France. During Christmas time you can see them in different sizes and sometimes even with the most fancy decorations in every boulangerie/pâtisserie.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Trees

During my recent trip to Paris I´ve seen a lot of Christmas trees on squares and in front of "important" buildings, but the trees in front of the "mairie" of the 3rd arrondissement were the most beautiful.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chanel Be@rbrick

Be@rbrick is a collectible toy designed and produced by a Japanese toy company. The name is derived from the fact that the figure is a cartoon-style representation of a bear. The first figure was released in 2001 as a free gift to visitors of the World Character Convention 12 in Tokyo. Since then Bearbricks have been released in several different sizes using a variety of materials. Many contemporary artists and designers have designed figures. Last November I discovered this Chanel figure in a shop window.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Café Jacquemart-André

I think the Café at the Musée Jacquemart-André is the most beautiful tea room in Paris. The café is housed in the mansion’s former dining room and accessible independently of the museum.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Les citrouilles

Pumpkins for today´s Halloween, seen at the Marché Bastille two years ago.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

View from the Centre Pompidou

The view from the Centre Pompidou of Place Georges Pompidou and the surrounding buildings.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Blue Door #14

A beautiful blue door in Rue Madame in the 6th arrondissement.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Au Nom de la Rose

The flower shops "Au nom de la rose" are specialized in everything roses. Not only do they have a spectacular selection of roses, they also offer a product line of other rose products, including jam, lollipops, chocolates with crystalized roses, perfume, candles, room spray, and rose flavored syrup.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Chez Janou

I passed by "Chez Janou" many times and always thought that it looked nice but never ate there. I would love to sit under the green/white canopy and next to the olive tree.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Compagnie des chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon

The Compagnie des chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée (PLM) was a French railway company. Created between 1858 and 1862 the PLM operated chiefly in the south-east of France, with a main line which connected Paris to the Côte d'Azur by way of Dijon, Lyon, and Marseille. The company was also the operator of railways in Algeria. Several of their draughtsman went on to notable careers, including Alfred Grévin. Absorbed in 1938 into the majority state-owned Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, the PLM's network became the south-eastern region of SNCF. The PLM domicile in Paris is loctated in Rue Saint-Lazare.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Rue de Vienne

As I´m native of Vienna, I just had to take a photograph of this street sign. The Rue de Vienne starts at the Place Bergson and ends at the Place de l'Europe. It was created in 1826, but construction acitivity started only in 1832.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Le Bristol

The 5 star luxury hotel Le Bristol opened in April 1925 when Paris attracted all the big names from the worlds of culture and fashion: Marcel Rochas, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Salvador Dali... From 1940 to 1945 Le Bristol became residence to the American embassy and American nationals.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pastel Colours at Ladurée

The Ladurée windows are always a delight for the eyes. I immediately fell in love with these pastel coloured boxes.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quiet Courtyard

A quiet courtyard somewhere in the 2nd arrondissement.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bright Coloured Tables & Chairs

Bright coloured tables and chairs always catch my eyes. I discovered these in the 2nd arrondissement in front of the bistro "Dalva".

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dalida

Dalida (1933 - 1987), born with the Italian name Lolanda Cristina Gigliotti, was a famous singer and actress born in Egypt to Italian parents but naturalised French with the name Yolanda Gigliotti. Dalida performed and recorded in more than 10 languages including: French, Arabic, Italian, Greek, German, English, Japanese, Hebrew, Dutch and Spanish. A 30-year career (she debuted in 1956 and recorded her last album in 1986, a few months before her death) and her death led to an iconic image as a tragic diva and renowned singer. In 1997 Paris the Place Dalida was inaugurated in the Butte Montmartre, and this bust in her memory was erected.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Les Touristes

I discovered this cute shop in Rue des Blancs-Manteaux during my last stay in Paris. The store offers home furnishings that make you feel like you are on holidays! Check out the website.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Female Torso

A beautiful female torso (Aphrodite of Knidos, antique replica of an original by Praxiteles) at the Louvre.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

White Drama

When I was in Paris in July there was a second exhibition at Les Docks: "Comme des Garçons. White Drama" comprises the spring/summer 2012 collection of Comme des Garçons which evokes the ceremonial passage through life - birth, marriage, death, transcendence. The exibition is on show until October 7.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Inside The Green Tube

The staircase of Les Docks is located inside the green tube, the most eye-catching part of the structure.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cristóbal Balenciaga Exhibition #1

I love fashion exhibitions and Paris is the perfect place for this affection. Until October 7 runs an exhibition of Cristóbal Baliencaga (1895-1972) at the Cité de la Mode et du Design. Organized by the Musée Galliera (Musée de la mode et du costume) with the support of the House of Balenciaga, the show features more than 70 costumes and ephemera of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries (Balenciaga was an avid collector of period pieces that gave him inspiration), juxtaposed with 40 Balenciaga garments. Click here for a short video.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Modern Paris

The terrace of "Les Docks" offers a view of the modern office buildings of the 12th arrondissement.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Les Docks

The industrial buildings, the Magasins Généraux, located on the Left Bank between the Gare d'Austerlitz and the Bibliothèque François Mitterand, have undergone an audacious architectural renovation. This new site is now home to the Institut Français de la Mode, a space for events dedicated to fashion and design as well as stores.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Le Touriste et le Plan de Ville

When I took a break next to the Arc de Triompe du Carrousel, I watched all the tourists admiring the sights, posing for photos, reading their travel guides or the city map - I wasn´t bored at all ;-)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Le Port de Plaisance #2

It must be nice to look out of the window and see all those boats at the Bassin de l´Arsenal.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Yellow And Blue Shutters

I discovered this building with yellow and blue window shutters in the 19th arrondissement.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Le Chapeau de Paille

I discovered this straw-hatted vintage model in July 2011 at the bric-a-brac flea market "section" of the Marché d´Aligre.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Blue Door #12

Through this blue door you enter the Swedish Institute (Institut Suédois), a public agency that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

La Ruche

This beehive decorates a building on the corner Rue Pierre Lescot/Rue Rambuteau. The beehive is a commonly used symbol dating at least to Roman times. In medieval heraldry it was considered a symbol of industry. In modern times, it is used in Freemasonry. In masonic lectures is explained as symbol of industry and co-operation, and as cautioning against intellectual laziness.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Used Book Café

The "Used Book Café" is part of the concept store "Merci" on Boulevard Beaumarchais. The special thing of this store is that all profits are donated to charities. Click here for another photo of this café.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cour Damoye #1

The Cour Damoye in the 11th district is a beautiful and calm private pedestrian passage with a lot of photo opportunities.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Les Danseurs

In July and August the "Paris Plages" event transforms the roadways on the banks of the Seine and the docks of the Bassin de la Villette into sandy beaches and offers varied activities for children and adults. I couldn´t get enough of watching the salsa and mambo dancers at the Bassin de la Villette.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

La Maison Jaune

This yellow house is located in Rue Crémieux in the 12th arrondissement. And there´s also a blue door!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

L´escalier mécanique

I love to take the escalators of the Centre Pompidou and enjoy the view of the city - or watch the people in front of me...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Reading in The Park #3

This girl has found a very special place in the Parc Monceau to read her book.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sinéma

This neon sign on the façade of the cinema MK2 on Quai de Loire was designed by the French artist Martial Raysse.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Table for Two

A table for two in a quiet passage in the 11th arrondissement.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

La Rentrée scolaire

Holidays are over, today starts the new school year in Paris. I hope it will be happy one and the children will still find the time to play ball.

Monday, September 3, 2012

La Pyramide du Louvre #2

The Louvre´s glass pyramid, designed by the Chinese American architect I.M. Pei, at sunset.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Riding The Ferris Wheel

From the Ferris Wheel you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

La Grande Roue de Paris #3

The ferris wheel is a major attraction of the "fête foraine des Tuileries" during the sommer months.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Old & New

The clock tower of the Gare de Lyon peeping out between modern office buildings on the banks of the Seine.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Messieurs au parc

You can spend your time in the Jardin du Luxembourg in many different ways. These two men opted for people-watching and reading...