Sunday, February 8, 2015

Musee D'Orsay

Viewed from a really interesting bridge across the Seine!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Paris, again ....

This time, in June 2014, with my son - to share with him my love of all things French while he is still a boy.

There is nothing more thrilling than wandering the streets of Paris, camera in tow, and discovering beauty around every corner! Here we are, not too long after checking into our tiny, terraced apartment in the 3rd arr., wandering the streets at sunset.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Monet - detail of painting

The thick gobs of pale yellow sunlight on these turkeys are just delicious!

Pierre Bonnard - detail of painting

Love this cat!

Copyist in Musee D'Orsay

Notre Dame from the rear

Check out those flying buttresses and the lush vegetation adorning this grande dame.

Lots and lots of yummy, chewy carbs!

The French know how to live, that's for sure. Everywhere, you see people walking around with their daily bread poking out of a satchel - usually a long baguette like these fine examples.

Le Deux Magots and Cafe Flore

Two famous spots to sip an expensive drink and watch the world go by.

Breathtaking colors and textures!

Stripes are de rigueur . . .

A trio of men in red and blue horizontal stripes and a motorcycle - a common sight only in Paris!

Place du Tertre

This famous square is packed with artists selling their mostly kitschy wares. There are also a number of sketch artists, of varying skill levels, who hustle to draw your portrait. I had a hat on, which I would advise against wearing if you are not interested in being drawn since it drew a disproportionate amount of interest!

La Bonne Franquette

This Montmartre restaurant was a hangout for the Impressionist era painters and is still in operation today!

Artist's Studios in Montmartre - Impressionist Era

Note the high north windows - not much floor space though!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Early Plein Air Sketch Easel at Petit Palais

Entrance to Sargent/Sorolla Exhibit at Petit Palais

Sadly, no photographs were allowed inside the exhibit. The silver lining was that I spent quite a bit of time in front of my favorite paintings, sketching and taking notes. It was a unforgettable experience and pictures do not do justice to the paintings, especially "Mending the Sail" by Sorolla.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Gorgeous Window Displays

Lunch at a Brasserie

My First Stop in Paris - Paul Bakery!

Breakfast after my overnight flight - Chocolat Chaud and an Apricot Danish.  What a gorgeous cafe, just look at the chandeliers!