31 March 2015

Fabric cacti

Bright fabrics are used to create a variety of decorative cactus plants that fill this boutique window.

29 March 2015

Bells of Saint Sulpice

When the drums of the French Revolution began to roll the bells of Saint Sulpice fell silent, as did work on the south tower which was abandoned and never completed.

28 March 2015

Spring showers

Late March showers catch some off guard in the early evening as they head for home.

26 March 2015

Haute texture

Small boutiques, off-the-radar designers, beautiful fabrics. In a hidden passageway "haute texture" draws in the fashion minded.

24 March 2015

Antiquaires

Always something unusual at this small antique shop near the Delacroix Museum, from vintage toys to chandeliers, furniture, and heads once used to display fashionable hats.

22 March 2015

A pretty square

One of several inside the Village Saint Paul. Antiques and bric-a-brac, hot chocolate and a charming hat shop are some of the finds that await the flâneur or flâneuse.

21 March 2015

Boxers' delight

This intimate leather goods shop in the Marais district is decorated with old-fashioned boxing paraphernalia.

19 March 2015

Drawings

A banner outside a gallery in the Latin Quarter announces works within by figurative American artist H. Craig Hanna.

17 March 2015

Les éclairs

These classic eclairs from La Maison du Chocolat led Paris' éclair trend well before other specialty shops jumped on board.

Above: chocolate, coffee, caramel with salted butter
Below: chocolate raspberry

16 March 2015

Un barbershop

An inflated heart, a cutout of Marilyn and a tiny gnome greet onlookers in the storefront of this men’s barbershop.

15 March 2015

Café in winter

A heat lamp on the terrace of this nook café will take the edge off the chilly weekend morning.

12 March 2015

Book benches

An enclave behind the Institut de France heralds entry into Literary Paris, where many writers, composers, artists, intellectuals and bons vivants flocked to in the early 20th century in search of the like-minded.

10 March 2015

Manuscripts for sale

Authenticated original manuscripts and scraps of writings by the likes of Sartre, Kafka, Freud, Proust, Man Ray, Voltaire, Rimbaud and other luminaries are for sale in this Left Bank shop.

7 March 2015

Guimauves

Many local pastry shops make their own guimauves, or marshmallows, from scratch. These giant squares are raspberry flavored and will go fast.

6 March 2015

Night browser

A lone figure browses through used books in bins outside a papeterie that stays open later than shops usually do in Paris.

5 March 2015

Stairway to...?

On the butte Montmartre stairways often lead to other stairways. Graffiti in a corner lends a splash of color.

4 March 2015

Saucissons

A tempting array of ready-to-eat sausages hangs in a window against a background reflection of a kiosk, pharmacy, Haussmannian buildings and trees.