Monday, January 9, 2012

from kings to occupiers

More facets of Paris from the photo file:

la galette du Rois - the Epiphany cake eaten last week chez nous and sold in boulangeries all during January. The ancient feast celebrating the three Kings who found a baby in Bethlehem still observed today. There's a feve, a porcelain charm, buried inside and whoever gets that slice is king or queen and wears the crown.

The eye in the courtyard of the Marais - this caught me in my tracks on the street one day. I looked inside and the eye stared back from the courtyard. An exhibition? Never found out.

Passage Verdeau, a 19th century glass covered passage in the 2nd arrondissement, one of many built to protect shoppers from the muddy unpaved streets, the weather and horse droppings. There were once over 100 passages couverts throughout the city, now only about 20 still exist. Some still protect passages with very high-end stores, others with just regular shops. Passage Brady in the 9th arrondissement is filled with Indian restos and Tamil voices.

FFI French Forces map of German Occupying Forces and emplacements furnished by Resistance members before the battle for Liberation from the Police Museum.
Cara - Tuesday


  1. You always come up with photos that spark my imagination and threaten to burn through my frequent flier miles. Thanks.

  2. Awww, Cara -- You got the most beautiful of all great cities. And posts like this really drive that home.

  3. I always like your photos. I just finished "Murder in Montmartre," and I loved all the references to wrote, and painted where. I am enjoying your books in order, so on to the next.

  4. Thank you Jeffrey such wonderful words coming from you.
    No argument Tim, Paris is the most beautiful and to me she's female, la belle Paris, eccentric, ambiguous, fearless, at times frustrating and always mysterious.
    How kind of you, glad you're enjoying them!

  5. Your photographs are stunning. I want to visit Paris now! Thanks for sharing.