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Parisian Pictures Take Two!

This week’s Saturday Snapshots don’t need many words, because they’re a collection of some of my favourite views of Paris, taken over the last two or three years. My parents were very fond of the city, and planned to celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary there, but sadly Dad died a few months before their special holiday. Since then Mum and I go to Paris for a few days each May.  We have a wonderful time wandering around, and eating French bread and cheese, with huge bags of fresh fruit (the cherries are delicious), and I’ve taken lots of photographs, which I’ve been looking at because the weather is so awful, and they cheered me up. So here is a selection of some snaps, as a kind of postscript to the pictures of the Luxemburg Gardens which I posted on my return from our holiday. For more Saturday Snapshots see  Alice’s blog http://athomewithbooks.net/

If no-one minds, I’m also posting this for the Paris in July challenge hosted by Karen from BookBath and Tamara from Thyme For Tea
The Eiffel Tower, designed and built by engineer Gustave Eiffel to provide the main entrance for the World’s Fair in 1889, dominates the city and is incredibly beautiful.
Flowers on a market stall, stacked sideways on to make a wall of blooms.
Bread on another market stall. I love French bread, and the bakers and supermarkets bake twice a day, and you see men cycling home from work, clutching their fresh baguettes as they pedal furiously along the streets.
A boat on the Seine – I couldn’t resist taking a picture, because the name is my surname!
YellowIrises in the Jardin Plantes. I love the colours.
More food – French food always looks so mouth-wateringly good.
My mother and I sat in this beautiful courtyard at the Mosque de Paris and drank sweet tea, in the shade of a fig tree, while the birds sang, and we watched men smoking with hookahs, like the Caterpillar in Alice, but I didn’t like to take their photo, so I waited until they had gone!
The Flower Market, in the shadow of Notre Dame, on the Ile de la Cite, is one of the most wonderful spots in Paris – you can smell the flowers before you see them. It’s a riot of colour and perfume, with all kinds of garden ornaments hanging from the roof and walls.
Notre Dame, perched on the edge of the Ile de la Cite, looks like a ship sailing along the river when photographed from the smaller, quieter Ile de St Louis.
Houseboats moored up on the River Seine.
The French enjoy exercising alongside the Seine on Sunday mornings, when the road is closed to traffic and everyone, from tiny tots to elderly pensioners, turns out to keep fit. Some do exercises holding on to the railings or trees, but mostly they run, jog, walk (often with their dogs), cycle or roller-skate. I think this is such a good idea and it looks such fun, and is very sociable because whole families and groups of friends trot along together, then they all go off for their lunch. It’s such a fantastic idea to encourage people to exercise – I wish British towns would do the same. 
Shakespeare and Company, the iconic book shop, is not to be missed. You can browse inside for hours, even if you don’t buy anything, and soak up the atmosphere.
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47 thoughts on “Parisian Pictures Take Two!

  1. Thanks for sharing such lovely photos! It was after reading your earlier post on your recent trip to Paris with the photos on the Jardin du Luxembourg that has made it on my must-do list when I am there in September. Now, I'll have to add the Flower Market to the list too. 🙂

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  2. Oh Michelle, that is so nice of you to say that. I'm not sure if the flower market is there every day – there is a bird market next to it, on Sundays, with birds, fish, rabbits, and all sorts of small furry creatures. I hope you enjoy Paris when you go.

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  3. That's always my problem Laurel-Rain – each thing I see, I think this is the best… but I love sitting at a table outside a cafe, with a tea or coffee, and just watching the world go by…

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  4. I love all of the market photos, and imagine that that would be one of my favorite parts if I visited. The exercising all together does sound very appealing.

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  5. The first year we went together we stayed in a hotel where the market was in the street, right beneath our window – loads of stalls, all stacked with all kinds of food, and all of the most superb quality.

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  6. I've never been to Paris and so your pictures are like a little travelogue for me. Excellent and most interesting pictures. Love the view of the church that looks like an island.

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  7. That's how I feel about photos of places in America and Canada, because I've not been to either country, and I'm never likely to. But I feel as if I'm there when I see other people's pictures – and I have to keep looking places up, to find out about them.

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  8. You should see the mistakes I make – I bash away on the keyboard as if I was still using an old manual typewriter, and the laptop does not like it one little bit… plus, for some reason the one I am using (mine broke and this is my younger daughter's old one) seems to have some kind of predictive text on, which I can't turn off, and what it predicts is not what I want to say!

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  9. How lovely! I've never been to Paris, but these photos make me want to go. 😀 I feel the same about the month I spent in Prague — colors were brighter, food was fresher and better, and—praise God—reliable public transportation!

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  10. There's a website http://shakespeareandcompany.com/ It's on the Left Bank, Rue de la Bucherie, right opposite Notre Dame (I think the nearest bridge across to the Ile de la Cite is the Petit Pont, but there are masses of bridges. Well worth a visit, even if you don't buy anything. We went to Cite metro station & walked round the flower market, then crossed to the Left Bank. You can get over to the Ile St Louis which is like stepping back in time.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your Paris photos. I envy that you live so close to France that you can make a trip there almost any time. I would have make a monthly visit or even weekend excusions. 😉

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  12. Such a wonderful post. It is just so unimaginable to me to just 'go over' to Paris. Oh, London. Or Amsterdam.
    I last went in 1971, and may post some pics of my photos from then. It was a lifetime ago, that's for sure.

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  13. Such a lovely post. I love the markets of Paris too. I just read about having lunch at the Mosque, I'm even more keen to visit now that I've seen your picture.

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  14. Nan, do post some of your pictures, it would be so interesting to look at them and see if things have changed – I went in the mid-70s, then didn't go again for around 30 years, and it was all exactly as I remembered

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  15. Thank you Louise. The food at the inside restaurant in the Mosque is supposed to be really good, but we just sat and relaxed with our mint tea (served hot, and very sweet, in little glasses) in the court-yard.

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