Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pont d'Iéna

Completed in 1814, Pont d'Iéna spans the Seine linking the Eiffel Tower on the Left Bank to the Trocadéro on the Right Bank. Imperidal eagles decorate the side of the bridge.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Le Square Jean XXIII

The Square Jean XXIII is situated on the southern and eastern sides of the Cathedral Notre Dame, on the river side of Cathedral as well as behind it. The Square is named in honor of Pope John XXIII, who was pope from 1958 to 1963. The main part of the Square, which is behind the Cathedral, is shaded by many lime trees and elms as well as cherry trees from Japan. There are many benches here in the shade and it is a lovely place to enjoy the views of the Cathedral, the Seine, its bridges and check your email - free wifi.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pont Neuf - The Oldest Bridge in Paris

King Henry III decided in 1578 to construct a new bridge to cross the Seine River. It wasn't until 1607 before the bridge was officially opened by King Henry IV, who named the bridge "Pont Neuf", the 'new bridge'. After his death, an equestrian bronze statue of the King was erected. The statue was knocked down and melted during the French Revolution, but was replace by an excact replica in 1818.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Le Grand Palais

The first major Monet exhibition in 30 years was held at the Grand Palais. More than 200 paintings were on display from French and foreign museums. It was a once in a lifetime experience and worth the three hour wait in frigid temperatures.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Antoine et Lili

Antoine et Lili is a chain of boutiques located throughout France. This one is located in Paris at 95 Quai de Valmy across from Canal St. Martin in the 10th arrondissement. The boutique sells women's and children's clothing and home decor items. In keeping with the B&W theme of this blog, this photo is desaturated, except for those things red in color, the facades of the boutique however, are painted pink, green and yellow.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Venus de Milo

Aphrodite, also known as Venus de Milo, is the goddess of love and beauty. This late 2nd century BC statue lives in the Louvre and is among the 'must sees' of the Museum.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011


The Place de la République is one of the more famous squares in Paris. At the center of the Place is a 10m (32.8') high statue called République set on top of a monument to the history of the formation of the Republic. The statue was dedicated on 14 July 1883.

Place de la République is a favorite site for street demonstrations such as the one shown in this photo. I believe this was a pro-life demonstration.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Solférino - Ligne 12

Solférino is one of the last stations in which the original Nord-Sud Company style of decor has been maintained with its characteristic large ceramic tablets indicating the name of the station. Opened on November 5, 1910, the station is named after rue de Solférino, which is named for the Battle of Solférino. The Battle of Solférino (1859) in which Napoleon III and his alllllies from Piedmont defeated the Austrians in Lombardy. It was the bloody character of the whole campaign that led to the founding of the Red Cross in Geneva in 1863. Source: Paris by Metro by Arnold Delaney

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

La Bohème

There's nothing more French than a sidewalk café. This one is located at Place du Tertre in Montmartre

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bistrot Marguerite

Located at 1 Place de l'Hotel de Ville on the corner of Quai de Gesvres in the 4th Arrondissement.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Established in 1888, the Olympia is a music hall located at No. 28, boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement. I was  thrilled to see Augusta native Jessye Norman here.

Friday, February 4, 2011


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