Sunday, May 18, 2014

Paris !!

What can possibly be said about this city that hasn't already been written for hundreds of years? Well, I won't try to compete, I'll just post my photos and write about my own experience and observations.

Pedro and I arrived at CDG and found our way to the Air France bus (confusingly called "Les Cars de Air France"), and headed to Paris and the Montparnasse train station. We were on a tight schedule, and of course there was Wednesday morning traffic; we arrived with about fifteen minutes to departure time (we were heading to Lourdes.)

We learned about the punctuality of French trains that morning. Yes, as we stood with our luggage in front of the open door of our train, attempting to get up the steps, a train official on the platform yelling "go-go-go!", an expressionless official on the train at the top of the steps doing and saying nothing, the bell sounded and the door closed, leaving us behind. It could have been much worse. If I had made it up those steps I'm certain the door would have closed leaving my partner on the platform. That would have been a disaster.

So, we got re-ticketed  for a train several hours later, relaxed (somewhat) at a café in the station, and arrived in Lourdes that evening. We stayed in an apartment-like residence, and in spite of the frequent rain, spent an enjoyable several days there. I guess the train issue and the rain were appropriate hurdles for such a pilgrimage. If you are not familiar with the story of (Saint) Bernadette Soubirous, watch "The Song of Bernadette", a lovely 1943 movie based on the book by Franz Werfel (the story of his life is quite amazing, too.)

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Lourdes France Grotto Saint Bernadette
Grotto of Saint Bernadette

Lourdes France Grotto Statue Virgin Mary
Statue of Virgin Mary

Lourdes France Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

Lourdes France village
village of Lourdes, France

Lourdes France village street
street in village of Lourdes, France

Lourdes France village street
street in Lourdes, France

Lourdes France city hall
city hall, Lourdes

Lourdes France train station
train station at Lourdes, France

Friday, May 16, 2014

Paris starts here . . .

Paris France church St. Sulpice
Église St.-Sulpice

Paris France Pedro and camera with tripod

Paris France Wallace drinking fountain
Wallace drinking fountain

Paris France church St. Sulpice
Église St.-Sulpice

Paris France street in St. Germain
oldest church on the right, famous cafés ahead at the crossroads (Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore)

Paris France oldest church St. Germain des Pres
Église St.-Germain-des-Prés (oldest church in Paris)

Kat in front of fountain at church, Paris
Kat (photo by Pedro)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

to the Seine - and other classic spots

Paris France colorful graffiti on wall
colorful graffiti

Paris France Laduree pastry shop
Ladurée pastry shop

Paris France Seine River with bridge
bridge over the Seine (with "locks of love" attached to the railings)

Paris France Notre Dame garden with Pedro
Pedro in the garden behind Notre-Dame

Paris France Ile St Louis street
Île St.-Louis

Paris France garden Place des Vosges in the Marais area
Place des Vosges, in the Marais area

Paris France in the Marais area
near Place des Vosges

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In the 6th arrondissement

Paris France metro station St Placide
one of our neighborhood metro stations, St.-Placide

Paris France metro station Rennes
metro station Rennes

Paris France glass building reflecting old building
reflective glass buildings, old reflected in new

Paris France glass building reflecting old building
more glass reflections

Paris France architecture glass street scene
gray sky and glass

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Latin Quarter and St.-Germain

Paris France restaurant in the Latin Quarter
Breakfast in America, restaurant in the Latin Quarter (5th arr.)

Paris France Latin Quarter street scene
street in Latin Quarter

Paris France cobblestone street scene
classic cobblestone street

Paris France outdoor sculpture Rue du Four
crazy horse/man sculpture (Rue du Four, in the 6th arr.)

Paris France view from window rooftops clouds
view from our hotel window (in the 6th arr.)

Monday, May 12, 2014

evening stroll on Rue du Cherche Midi

Paris France restaurant red awning twilight blue sky
brasserie on Boulevard Raspail

Paris France large carved wood door
beautiful carved wood door with stone arch

Paris France restaurant and chef
chef in doorway, Rue du Cherche Midi

Paris France colorful restaurant twilight blue sky
red and blue in the night

Paris France strolling with dog
evening stroll with chien

Paris France small car for rent
French "Zip car"

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Bikers, and Twilight Stroll around the 6th arrondissement

Paris France stylish woman bike rider
biking with style

Paris France man on bike on quiet street
he has style, too

Paris France row of bikes
plenty of bikes available

Paris France restaurant with lights
lovely lights

Paris France asian restaurant red awning
Asian style

Paris France corner store at night
our neighborhood, Rue du Cherche Midi

Paris France corner restaurant red awning blue night sky
red awning, twilight blue sky

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Paris stores

Paris France store name Cote a Cote
(for you, Jo)

Paris France store adult costumes
adult costume store featuring native American outfits

Paris France children's party store
children's party store - with cowboy & Indian costumes

Paris France cake store fancy designs
too pretty to eat

Paris France jewelry store on Rue du Cherche Midi
one of many lovely shops on Rue du Cherche Midi

Paris France home product store on Rue du Cherche Midi
interesting home design store on our favorite Rue