Friday, July 31, 2009


You will find this monument to Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne in the l'Eglise du Dome. It is one of several such monuments.

Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, often called simply Turenne (11 September 1611 – 27 July 1675) was the most illustrious member of the La Tour d'Auvergne family. He achieved military fame and became a Marshal of France. He was one of six marshals who have been made Marshal General of France.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Paris landmark

This ubiquitous landmark is said to be seen from every part of Paris. Here it towers over nearby apartment buildings.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Notre Dame in all its glory

Notre Dame on a perfectly glorious warm, sunny afternoon.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Versailles, the town

Driving through the town of Versailles on the way to the palace a couple of years ago, we noted this rather unusual building and had to take a photo of it.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A view of Paris from Notre Dame

On our way to the Batobus, Lois Anne fell and sprained her ankle. She said she was fine. We went to Notre Dame. Then she decided she wanted to climb to the top. I said I would wait. I waited on a corner. She climbed to the top with a sprained ankle. But she got this shot!

When she came down, she could barely walk and her ankle looked like a balloon. But there were other sights to see, so we went walking. And walking. And walking. Wasn't too good for the ankle. Yet with ice and rest she was ready to go the next day.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Versailles garden

Another beautiful garden at Versailles. This photo has been "painted."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Dogs with their kill

Out and about in the Versailles gardens behind the main portion of the Castle is a small pond guarded by these two rather fierce looking dogs, who are also laying claim to their kill - which appear to be deer.

This photo was given the cracked wall effect, which I rather like on occasion.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fountain at the Versailles Palace

There are a number of beautiful fountains at Versailles...this is one of my favorites although I don't know the name of it.

The photo has been posterized.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

View from the Eiffel Tower

This view of La Trocadero and beyond was taken from the first level of the Eiffel Tower by Lois Anne with a little Canon point-and-shoot. The photo has been posterized.

Napoleon's tomb

Napoleon's tomb is located in the lower rotunda of l'Eglise du Dome, which, as we mentioned, is no longer used as a church, but a museum.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Houseboats on the Seine

This photo has been polarized.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Taking time for each other

It was a lazy and warm afternoon. People basked in the sun on the steps. One couple were spending some quality time together.

Oh, yes, there's always someone with a camera in Paris. Comme d'habitude.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Oo la la!

A strange thing happened in Paris...I noticed that it was only tourists that paid any attention to this rather attractive advertisement hanging high on the Galeries LaFayette building. Parisians didn't even bother to look. Talk about blase!

A lively discussion

Three girls on a corner were engaged in a lively and animated discussion. They did not see me take their photo. I thought it deserved a comic book effect.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

l'Eglise du dome in vintage form

A straight-on shot of this marvelous church/museum given the vintage treatment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Castel Cafe

The Castel Cafe, done in a pastel pencil sketch ... located near the Eiffel Tower.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

l'Eglise du Dome

This photo of the Eglise du Dome was taken from the Rodin Musee jardin. Part of the complex of Les Invalides, the Eglise du Dome was commissioned by Louis XIV. Today it is a museum, and no longer used as a church. It houses Napoleon's tomb among other things.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Le Pensevr by Rodin

Rodin was a genius!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Street scene, looking toward Place Vendome

"Place Vendome was originally laid out by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1702 and centered on a statue of the Sun King on horseback. After this statue was destroyed in 1782 it was replaced by the Colonne de la Grande Armee by Napoleon, a column fashioned from 1,250 cannon captured from the Austrians and Russians at Austerlitz. After this too was pulled down in a Communard uprising of 1871, it was replaced with a replica."

(from Timeless Paris by Madelaine Mautord, Chartwell Books, Inc., Edison, New Jersey, 2007).

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Hilton Paris which is no more

The large building in the center of the photograph, located at 18, Avenue de Suffren, was called the Hilton Paris (not, you will note, the Paris Hilton!) when we stayed there a couple of years ago. It has since changed hands and is now part of the Pullman hotel chain.

On the right, is a well-known Japanese museum.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

La Tour Eiffel at night

Another ET photo. And there will be many more!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Souvenier shopping on the Champs-Elysees

Not only shopping, but people-watching, smoking, taking photographs! Lois Anne's in the picture, too. A little hidden, though. She's wearing blue pants.