31 March 2015

Fabric cacti


Bright fabrics are used to create a variety of decorative cactus that fill a 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" attracts the fashion minded.

24 March 2015

Antiquaires


Always something unusual at a 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 Village Saint Paul.
Antiques, bric-a-brac, hot chocolate and a charming hat shop are some of the finds that await flâneurs and flâneuses.

21 March 2015

Boxers' delight


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

19 March 2015

17 March 2015

Les éclairs


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, chocolate raspberry

16 March 2015

Un barbershop


An inflated heart, a cutout of Marilyn and a tiny gnome decorate the storefront of a barbershop.

15 March 2015

Café in winter


A heat lamp on the terrace of this nook café takes the edge off a chilly 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 a Left Bank shop.

7 March 2015

Guimauves


Many local pastry shops make their own guimauves (marshmallows) from scratch.
These giant raspberry-flavored ones will disappear fast.

6 March 2015

5 March 2015

Stairway to...?


Up on the butte stairways lead to other stairways.
In a corner, graffiti lends a splash of color.

4 March 2015

Saucissons


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