Monthly Archives: September 2013

SLWS Special Edition – Paris Sights

Sunday Evening on the banks on the Seine.

5a Sunday Evening on the Banks of the Seine

The open-air market near our apartment.

Open air market near our apartment

Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques.

Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, Rue de Rivoli

An eggplant-colored side door of Notre Dame.

5d Notre Dame Side Door One of the many beautiful ornaments on the Louvre.

6a Louvre Detail 2

The Cluny Museum has a collection of stained glass from Sainte-Chapelle. It’s displayed in a darkened room with a light behind each pane. This piece is “The Blinding of Samson” and dates from the thirteenth century.

13t C Stained Glass from Saint-Chappelle "The Blinding of Samson"

The Cluny also has an interesting collection of ornate locks and keys.

Mideval Lock at the Cluny Museum Mideval Key at the Cluny Museum

The Hotel de Ville – Liberté Égalité Fraternité.

7a Liberte Egalite Fraternite

It was interesting to see vintage European cars.

7b Vintage Car - Grey

An ornate overdoor.

9 Over Door Next time we hope to take a dinner cruise on the Seine.

Le Calife Dinner Cruise

A bit of the Parisian skyline – the Seine, the Orsay Museum and the Eiffel Tower to the right.

10b Orsay with Eiffel Tower

A colorful sidewalk café in Montmartre.

Chez Marie, 27 Rue Gabrielle, Montmartre

Friday afternoon on Rue Des Martyrs in Montmartre.

Rue Des Martyrs

The scholarly society Institut de France.

10e Institut de France

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate his Austrian victories in 1805. Jim took this great sunset photo.

Sunset at the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

One of my favorite spots, the Fontaine Saint-Michel (Saint Michael’s Fountain), is flanked with these statues of dragons.

Fontaine Saint-MichelFontaine Saint-Michel

I loved the ancient wisteria climbing up the wall of this sidewalk café.

A Colorful Sidewalk Cafe In Paris

The owner of this little Fiat came up with an inventive solution to the crowded parking situation in Paris.

11d Vintage Car - Fiat This vintage Mini has a few more miles on it than mine!

Mini Cooper

Notre Dame at night was beautiful.

11f Notre Dame at Night


SLWS Special Edition – Paris Architecture

We could have spent our whole trip just looking at architecture in Paris. Here’s a sampling of the beautiful buildings we found.

A belfry with a gold zig-zag design and a floral ornament on top.

Architecture - Belfry Zig Zag

I think there must be some very chic penthouse apartments in these corner tower rooms.

Architecture - Corner 1 Architecture - Corner 2 Architecture - Corner 3

I’m sure there’s an official architect’s term for this but I’m calling it a modified mansard roof.

Architecture - Modified Mansard

 The Grand Palais had some lovely buildings. Next time we’ll explore the interiors.

Architecture - Grand Palais Complex

I loved this dome of the Huissiers-Audienciers du Tribunal de Commerce de la Seine (Ushers of the Commercial Court of the Seine).

Architecture - Tower Dome

I believe these two statues were atop Notre Dame.

Architecture - Tower Notre Dame

This tower,

Architecture - Tower Viking Ship

 Had a cool Viking ship weathervane.

Architecture - Tower Viking Ship DetailThe Cour de Cassation, the French Supreme Court, is on Quai de l’Horloge and faces the Seine.

Architecture - Tower Rooms Along The Seine

I tried to find a specific term for the towers but could only find “Cone-shaped Roof – A roof shaped like a cone” so I’m going with that.

Architecture - Tower Rooms Along The Seine Detail

We found this cupola topped with a weathervane on the roof of the Louvre.

Architecture - Tower Weathervane The Paris Opera must be beautiful all lit up at night.

Opera Garnier

I’ll have a couple more posts on Paris then it’s off to London!