Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bon Anniversaire Eiffel Tower

Happy 126th Anniversary of the opening of
the Eiffel Tower today! 

Took these photos with my cell phone during our last visit.
So while not the best camera,
I love the colors. 

This is what it looked like when we emerged from
the Musee du Quai Branly 
after spending the afternoon there.

I had no idea about all the lights and colors
until we came out to this magic. 

And speaking of magic,
March is my birthday month
and a wonderful month it's been.

I got to spend a week at my writing retreat on the coast
with special favorite writing gals.

And last week, we spent a long weekend 
in Napa/Sonoma with friends 
for someone special's 80th birthday party. 

And as always happens in my birthday month,
my favorite season, Spring, arrived in full beauty and...magic. 

Happy Spring to you...
and I promise more Paris photos soon. 

Quai Branly Museum
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tues, Wed and Sunday
Thurs, Fri and Saturday

(All photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Monday, March 2, 2015

From Notre Dame to Eglise Saint Louis en l'Ile

To return to our small Paris tour from last time,
we walked from the lovely Notre Dame de Paris,
seen here in the setting sun,

across the bridge

past the brasseries

to the Eglise Saint Louis en l'Ile.

Built between 1664 and 1726,
and according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau,
built according to plans by Le Vau, the royal architect of Versaille. 

While I'm not a Catholic
I DO love those Catholic churches

for their graceful beauty, their architecture,

moving paintings
and stained glass windows
filled with stunning color and detailed story.

for their quiet places

their history


and reverence

their painted arches

and hiding shadows

their amazing shots

and because I always learn something.

What about you? 
Anything you especially love about churches?

Next time we'll do a little more walking 
along the island. 


19 bis rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile
75004 Paris

(All Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Our Favorite Corner of Paris

A trip to Paris is never complete 
without a visit to our favorite corner not far from Notre Dame. 
And our favorite little eatery. 

I've posted before about La Reserve de Quasimodo
which serves old French favorites
and does them well. 

Their bread is from one of Paris' finest boulangeries
using the old style of baking. 

And a separate entrance leads into their wine shop. 

The view looks out on
 Paris' magificent Hotel de Ville 
right across the Seine. 

And just around the corner,

sits another building claiming to be one of the oldest in Paris. 

All decked out for Noel
including Bethlehem polar bears. 

Paris is always beautiful
but even more so at Christmas! 
Next time I'll have more photos of a walk on the other side of this bridge
and the church of St. Louis. 

(Photos copyright:Kirsten Steen)

Monday, February 2, 2015

29, Avenue Rapp in Paris

One of my favorite places to stop and snap photos (every visit)
is 29, Avenue Rapp
right across the Champ de Mars from us. 

This Art Nouveau jewel was built by Jules Lavirotte (1864~1929)
who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in both Lyon and Paris. 

Even in winter, 
flowers grace the windows above the intricate entryway. 

Looking up you can see the oxen heads 
positioned just under the lower balcony
and the patina'd columns of the upper terrace. 

The stunning exterior is an example of glazed earthenware
created by ceramicist Alexandre Bigot. 

The door frame was designed by sculptor Jean-Baptiste Larrive
and sculpted by three different people. 

Notice the lizard door handle. 

I couldn't help getting a shot of this little guy
scraping the window like he wanted to come out and play. 

Passersby gawk just like I do every single time!

And the view from the building?
Must be astounding at night
with the tower lit up and shimmering every hour. 

Lavirotte built many buildings,
quite a few of them in the 7th arrondissement.
Click on his name to see a list of them.

One is actually just around the corner on Square Rapp.
This post shows a little of Square Rapp
though not much of the building. 

Might have to make it a treasure hunt 
to see each of his buildings next time. 

(Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)
(Info on Lavirotte via Wikipedia)