15.10.18

Balconies...



Another little walk in my immediate surroundings. With the amount of (more or less) Haussmannian buildings...

... it’s easy to find different balcony fences, wrought iron in many forms. Here are some, only a few, examples.






In some pictures, the autumn colours were reflecting…

… so, I thought I had to show also some examples of the autumn colours.


11.10.18

Tower reflections... and more



A bit short of time again to make a « real » post… Late one evening last week I took a 30 minutes’ walk in my neighbourhood and came back with this.

Some lights reflecting at the Seine surface.  The reflections are different from one bridge to another. (Maybe I should make a quiz?) In the top picture are the reflections of the famous Tower.

Here are some other river pictures - the Alexandre III Bridge and a passing river boat.

Some colours… first “gold”…

… then blue, white, red…

Metro, bus, taxi…?

Some doors…

Some street-lamps…

Some looks through windows…

… and …


8.10.18

Gastronomy...



There is a newly opened space for especially culinary pleasures in Paris. Everything is not quite “ready” yet, but most of the installations are there. We are in a backyard which has been transformed into some kind of pedestrian “street”, especially devoted to gastronomy. You can find places where some well-known names offer things to eat and drink. Names like Pierre Hermé, Thierry Marx, Olivier Bellin, Yannick Alléno, Alexandre Polmard… may make you wish to make a little visit. With some friends, we had a very nice, surprising, little lunch at the little bistro “Daily Pic”, just opened by Anne-Sophie Pic, more famous for a 3-star restaurant in Valence in the south of France.

Some artists have nicely decorated the space, including the entrances – Eva Jospin, Fabrice Hyber, Romain Bernini, Marc Vellay, Stefan Rinck…  

There are different entrances, but the main one may be the one at 53-57, rue de Grenelle.




4.10.18

Entrance doors



The entrance doors to some older buildings in Paris are often nicely decorated – I have already made a few posts, e.g. here. I found some quite spectacular examples the other day on rue de Grenelle, nos 67 and 69, two rather typical Haussmannian buildings. Both entrances, identical, seem to be newly repainted, no. 67 in a black glossy paint, no. 69 in a grey matt paint. Well, it may be a question of taste… I prefer the grey one.

This decoration has been delivered by the famous foundries, “Val d’Osne”, created in 1835, situated in a Paris suburb and in operation, with some changed names, until the 1980’s. At the bottom of this post I show some other examples of their production, very much linked to the Paris image.

So, here some illustrations of the grey no. 69 doors – see also top picture…



… and here some illustrations of the black glossy version at no. 67.

… and finally some illustrations of metro entrances (one model actually named “Val d’Osne”), the Wallace fountains, the decoration of the Alexandre III bridge… all produced by “Val d’Osne”.


1.10.18

Blue sky...



Last week was quite busy with (very nice) visitors, some meetings… when do I « work » for my blog? Well, maybe a bit too easy as a solution, but, with my friends, I took a walk through the “Jardin des Plantes” – on which I already posted quite often – and I just took a few flower-photos, partly from the very rectangular French type of garden, but also from the wilder, so called, “Alpine Garden”.

So, some examples… and there are a lot of happy, almost spoiled, city-bees.