Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Leo and Pipo Paris

Leo and Pipo are the names of two graffiti artists whose work can be found in various locations all over Paris.  They use vintage photographs so of course I love seeing what they put up.  I've only seen their work a handful of times and on this past trip, I only found one but it was on the first day, so it seemed like a good omen.

It was on the back of a metal sign, located a few blocks away from the Gare de Lyon train station, near the canal.
It was a row of old-fashioned gentlemen:
Here's a close-up:
There was other graffiti nearby of a more traditional style.
Personally, I prefer the vintage photographs to the spray painted lettering but that's just me.  You can read more about them here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Home Again

I thought the little Eiffel Tower I brought home to add to my collection of tchotchkes that I keep on my desk at work would be enough of a souvenir from my trip to Paris.
But apparently I also brought home some germs so I'm dealing with a very runny nose and sore throat as well as a little bit of jet lag. Hopefully I just need one or two more early nights until I'm feeling back to normal! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Farewell Paris!!

It has been a wonderful whirlwind two weeks but today I am headed home. I'm not looking forward to carrying my suitcases back downstairs but going down is always easier than going up - thank you, gravity!

Yes, there is an elevator in this building but you have to go up 16 steps to get to it and down eight steps when you reach your floor. 
Still, it's better than lugging a suitcase all the way up three flights. 

The elevator cab itself is only about three feet square so I can only transport one suitcase at a time. 
Yes, this is life in Europe. I shall miss it but I will also be glad to go home. Especially because there will be cats to cuddle - can't wait to see my fur babies!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Shop Named Deyrolle

Jane Davenport told me about this shop last week and luckily for me, it's only a few blocks away from the apartment I'm renting. I stopped in there today and boy, am I ever glad I did. 
The front window had some prime examples of some of the taxidermy treats inside. 
The first floor seemed more like an upscale gardening shop but up the stairs I went (desperately wanting to know what was behind the little door in the wall).
My, oh my! What wonders await on the second level! There are signs saying "no photos" and staff sitting working at desks in several of the rooms but I did sneak a couple of pictures. This is just a small sample of all the bugs and butterflies and birds and wild animals of every description - not quite as many as the Museum of Natural History but still impressive!

The price for the black bear? A mere 10,000 euros or roughly $15,000. I saw a little songbird I might have been able to afford, only 150 euros (approx $225) but I was worried my cats might decide it was a treat for them!

Well worth stopping in to see this menagerie next time you are in Paris!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ile St-Louis

Spent this afternoon in Paris wandering about the area around Notre Dame with Pam and Susan today, mostly on the little island behind it known as Ile St-Louis.
Checked out an art store (surprisingly, none of us bought anything)
And the book sellers in the classic dark green booths along the Seine, where we found a few vintage magazines to take home. 
Not everyone likes the locks on the bridges
We did a little souvenir shopping and had a delicious apple tart with Bertiilion ice cream in the late afternoon, sitting in a cafe overlooking a busy street corner. 
I'm having an early night tonight, heading out of the city on a major excursion quite early tomorrow morning. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Visit to Pere Lachaise

Headed to the cemetery around midday yesterday, in between bursts of heavy rain. It was worth the trip. I just don't get tired of seeing the beautiful tombstones and statues there.
A recent burial. I'm told you have to live or die in the 12th arrondissement in order to be buried here and there is quite a waiting list. 
Afterwards, lunch at the sidewalk cafe across the street. 
Here's Susan, hamming it up for the camera. 
A lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon in a Paris!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday in Paris

A taste of a flea market in the morning, including a fabulous bookshop, some vintage lace and paper finds. 
Getting possession of the quaint little apartment that will be my home for the rest of my stay in Paris. 
Proof that the sun does shine occasionally in Paris!
Our last dinner together with our fearless leader Jane Davenport and her ever so helpful husband Gus. 
An evening walk on top of an aqueduct, with amazing views of building rooftops.