Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ABC Wednesday: Z is for Zig-Zag Through Paris

I (Grace) flew to Paris in late April, right after the Iceland volcano ashes subsided.  I had a free Saturday, so off I went with my camera around Paris.  I started at Place des Vosges located at the Marais district between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.  It is the oldest planned square.  The sound of the cello filled the Square.

All the housefronts were built to the same design of red brick with strips of stone quoins over vaulted arcades that stand on square pillars.

Two pavilions in the north and the south, that rise higher than the unified roofline of the square center offer access to the square through triple arches.

The wall of the arch way from the square to the street is painted.  The black and white version of this photograph evokes a certain sense of nostalgia.  

Here I was, in front of the colorful art gallery with my reflection on the window.  

It is another view of the store front with the arcade.  

After I left Place des Vosges, I walked along Rue des Francs Bourgeois where I saw a pretty woman sitting by the window with sun shining onto her blond hair.  

I noticed this little girl with a red dress running along by her father's side.

Then along rue Veille du Temple, I saw two young women wearing bright colored wigs and big sunglasses, kind of retro look. 

Further along, I saw a guy with wings giving away some kind of brochures, kind of unreal?  He was right in front of a Corsican restaurant.  It was time for lunch!

The interior of the restaurant is rather rustic, and the food was very authetic.

This the other side of the wall.

After the lunch, I went across the bridge to Ile Saint-Louis in the 5th arrondissement.  It a small island next to the more famous Ile de la Cite where Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle were built on.  Many storefronts are charming!

On this tiny island lies a magnificent catholic church, St. Louis-en-l'ile.  It was built in 1622.  From the exterior, you can't tell how immense and impressive it is. 

Finally, I ended up at Place de l'Opera.  The afternoon sun was shining onto the statues on top of the Opera House which made the building even more glorious!

At last, time for dinner, I went into a highly decorative restaurant to have my favorite Parisien seafood plate.  What a nice zig-zag through Paris!

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Paula Scott said...

That's quite a zig zag! What a wonderful (and beautiful) adventure! Love the images.

Roger Owen Green said...

great set of pictures/\. that red brick has a whole bunch of zigzags on the ceiling!

Gayle said...

Your zig zag rewarded you with lots of nice photographs! What fun.

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

what a lovely tour!

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic! Terrific captures and definitely a great zig zag!! Brought back lovely memories of my time in Paris -- never forget that! Thanks for taking us along on the tour! Have a great week!


Tumblewords: said...

A superb zig-zag! Thank you for the delightful tour!

photowannabe said...

I so enjoyed the zig zag through Paris. Beautiful pictures especially with the human touch to some of them.

Serline said...

I really enjoy your zigzag tour and the colorful photos. Have a blessed week!


Mara said...

Wow, I never saw anyone like that in Paris. What did I miss?

Carolyn Ford said...

Wow, I would love to fly to Paris to zig zig around the city with my camera! What a delightful series of photos! I love the "people" shots! How enjoyable this was to read!

Joy said...

A lovely zigzag journey through Paris, a wonderful city.,

mrsnesbitt said...

Thank you so much for contributing to ABC Wednesday - I always enjoy yhe journey we take each Wednesday as it leads us so far away!
Hope to see you for Round 7?????
ABC Team

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Lovely, lovely images that you captured in your zig-zagging through Paris. Thank you for sharing them and it was wonderful reading your narration along the way.

Blessings & Aloha!
(thank you so much for stopping by! I am off now to check out the floral clock in Yangmingshan :o)

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for taking us on this wonderful zigzaging tour in Paris!

Ann said...

what a wonderful zig zag. I thought the guy with wings was going to take you to lunch.

walking zig zagging is the best place to wonder about and take photos. You have done a great job.

Next time, you two come to New Zealand, i take you zorbing. My kids say. Its fun. so it can't be difficult. But I take a rain check. LOL, I am too old.

Serline said...

Love these glimpses of the City of Lights... oops, where are the night pics?

shu said...

What a wonderful stroll through Paris!

My garden haven said...

Lovely Paris...I enjoyed the experience of the city so much when I was there last year. Thanks for sharing.


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