Thursday, June 16, 2016

Day two~Ile St-Louis,Ile de la Cité~Forty Shades Of Grey~




You can spot her so many places..even with her head in the clouds


I liked this bike parked in front of a poster depicting an older era..as this was the feeling of the day~




On the second day..
Slept in which we never do!

We ate croissants that Jacques bought fresh that morning..just below..great baguette..comme Montréal..we do have delicious bread here also..many French chefs..

Bonne Maman Cassis Jam..and a juice that is so rich and thick..the name escapes me I wish we had it here..actually felt like real juice.

On our way to get a metro ticket each for the day..and a pass for the week.
Remember we are French..we get to the ticket master..who says..Photo?
We had just been told you didn't need a photo for the week:)
So of course we say no..and I ask if we must go to a pharmacy to get the photo..as that is where my daughter went 10 years ago..he said..no the booth over there..get your picture you can't have a pass w/out it.
I looked like a fool in the booth..the machine did not seem to be working well and I could tell Jacques was finding my uncertainty at what steps to follow quite baffling..until he went in:)
And sure enough the machine was tired..because even the next person had problems..
Fiou..not just us.
So..long story short you get several  very ugly photos and you need one.Well not everyone gets ugly photos..you know what I mean..passport type photos..no smiling etc..all my passport..driver's licences..assurance-maladie cards..look like..well..less than flattering.
I remember..Ellen having a show 100 yrs ago and she even mentioned this:)

We go back and..and he says :"Carte Bleue"..
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We honestly had no idea what that meant ..here we say carte de crédit..anyway we asked if that's what he meant and he said yes..

so 4 individual tickets and 2 ,7 day passes..totally ap.50 euros..on our Carte Bleue...aka a Visa.  US.

and off we go..
Jacques had picked Ile St-Louis and Ile de la Cité..
Very pretty areas..
The Seine is still sad and le temps is still grey..
We went to Notre Dame,Marché des Fleurs et des Oiseaux..Square Jean XXIII and roamed the streets..



Imagine..  all the years and work..and craftmanship..  that went into Notre Dame De Paris..Un chef d'oeuvre extraodinaire..comme maints chef-d'oeuvres de Paris.



I still remember at least 2 versions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame..  and here..Jacques saw the Anthony Quinn version at the cinema in '56..I was 2..he was 15:).. and the musical Notre Dame De Paris w/ Garou..and here..  so many links!












Charlemagne


At Notre Dame.. a wedding was happening....and the pigeons were part of the decor..
Visited Berthillon..Pylones..Cure Gourmande..and had a French Onion Soup at Les 2 Palais..because it was cold out..and a glass of white wine..
The color of Paris ..is old stone today..the sky..the seine..the buildings..
the little shops add color..dotting the streets.
I loved the area..


That's the line for Berthillon:) 


So many lovely shops..


This one had beautiful cookies..candies..and the tins..oh my the tins!


Let's not forget bouquinistes..

Even in the gloomiest of weather..this area had so much to see..you had to look up ..down..all around to make sure you could take in as much as you could..~





Could not help but think of the Alphabet Boys~ 

A familiar sight to and fro La Tour Eiffel..








not my bike;)



with another baguette and Marie- Anne Cantin cheese and  some charcuterie..oh yes and a bottle of wine;)









To be continued..

I promise..eventually the landscape becomes brighter~

62 comments:

  1. Imagine we had to meet in Costco...still surprises are always nice...we are never lost for words...I forgot to tell you about the locks on the rod iron gate...you still make everything look beautiful!💟 Di

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  2. It was nice!
    I spotted you right away:)
    There were locks on many gates here and there in Paris..I thought most had been removed..
    I'm sure you have a million photos I would love..
    I know of ONE for sure:)

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    1. Which one I am a little slow tonight?

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  3. I feel like we are all taking a stroll down the streets of Paris with you and Jacques. The photos are wonderful. Why does everyone not allow people to smile for their photos? Back in 1998 I don't think you needed a photo to ride the trains in Paris. I remember renewing my passport a few years ago and I had to take my neck scarf off. Not fair!

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    1. I love neck scarves:)
      I have no clue why smiling is forbidden..I don't care anymore..but I find we all look so stern.

      I am still working on my posts..I have two more left and the 7 days are done.
      I'd like to get a small photobook done for a keepskae.
      I have a free coupon..it was supposed to expire yesterday..and out of the blue I got an email saying it was extended one week..I can meet that deadline..

      Hellebore babies got watered..they will never be able to say..neglected:) It will be fun to show you the pics next yr..hope they go forth and prosper.

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    2. A book is a great idea. I'm sure it will be treasured for many years.

      You have a great green thum, I'm sure your hellebores will do well. It is amazing to see those tiny seeds grow into such robust plants. Wait till they flower.

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  4. Such beautiful architecture there. It is rumored that I am a descendant of Charlemagne. I don't know if it's true or not, but it will be fun researching that piece of information.

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  5. Je continue la promenade avec vous ... et c'est bien agréable ! Tu vois, même sous la pluie ou le brouillard, ça a un charme fou, Paris ... Bisous et à très vite, j'espère ...

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    1. Oui un charme fou..et j'avais lu un dicton qui parle justement de la pluie..et je ne le retrouve plus:(
      Hélène ta ville est magnifique..tu vis le meilleur des deux mondes..le sud ..et Paris:)

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  6. Grey and dismal or not, I am enjoying seeing Paris through your eyes. Love, love all that you share. One day I will get there again now that I am old enough to enjoy it! I love the street cafe culture of France! We have a bit of it here, but it isn't the same. (They do try however) There is nothing on earth more delicious than a French croissant or baguette! Looking forward to the next installment! xoxo

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    1. We have that street café culture in Montreal..everywhere..but I live in the country..must say the few cafés we have are popular..but it's rural rural rural..no city beat..a new café here seems to be doing super well..it's a "cool" place:)

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  7. Paris is one of the only places that is just as beautiful--maybe even more so--in the rain. It is made for black-and-white photos. Every one of your shots could be a poster or card. Gorgeous!

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    1. I think you might be right..about Paris and the rain..:)

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  8. I want to paint that 2nd misty photo at Concorde!!
    Hmmm...that's odd because now they finally have a 1-week metro card for visiters that requires NO photo. I have one here. They are transferable too.
    You didn't show my house? :))
    I have to say...you didnt ask...but I Prefer your colored pics rain or shine.
    C'est comme ça.

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    1. Weird is right..we mentioned that to him..he said I cannot ssue you a pass w/out it..well you know how that day turned out..

      I have to say I prefer color too..there's something less real about the others.

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  9. I think the swollen Seine, the shops, cafes, bike and Notre Dame are my favorite shots. Amazing you were able to get such a gorgeous photo of the door without people in your way with the crowds outside. And the mossy green above the windows - beautiful. Oh that cheese shot must have been wonderful. I hope you were able to get a photo of the biscuit tins or, better yet, bring one home. But, I know how that went with the mustard :( I love day two, even in the fog and mist. The photo booth - LOL. My last drivers license photo - OY. The one before was not half bad. I think the purposely but the camera at an unflattering angle ;) Looking forward to day trois! I'll bet you were exhausted on day two after a long travel day.

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    1. It's funny..the jet lag is far worse coming home.. there... 1 night and we were fine..we're still not normal..well we never have been but you know what I mean..the door isn't the church door:) it was swarming w/ people..hard to get shots w/ no one in front of anything..tourists abound..no matter the weather..The Marché Des Fleurs..they have a bird allée.. people were packed there:)
      I can't take a good photo in the best of circumstances..so passporst and metros..are even worse;)

      I think we should have appreciated being 30 way more than we did;)

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    2. For me too..jetlag going west was hell. Good enough reason to move to Paris!! Jetlag-avoidance.

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    3. :) At least now I know it's not just us;)

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  10. Such an amazing city. The Seine is very full and it looks a little mad :) This was a lovely tour - keep them coming!

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    1. I think I will have 7..the 7 days:)
      Thanks Tricia!Oh she was engorged..it was clearing when we left and Jacques and I had a chance to walk a part of it before coming home..

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  11. Takes me back to my last trip to Paris. It is a moveable feast. I took pictures of door knobs too and window decorations. I too my baguette from breakfast with me each morning to feed the birds. I have lots of bird pictures.

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    1. We all gravitate towards different things..the quiet little pak like settings Jacques and I saw..one in particular..Montmartre..was almost like an aviary..the birds just loved it..at the Abbesses station.

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  12. Except for the rain, your trip is bringing back wonderful memories for me when I went there in 2010.

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    1. I don't think we ever forget trisp..I have not forgotten Provence and Italy..

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  13. Lovely! I thought that most of the locks had been taken down...great photo! I am feeling hungry now too... Did you make it to E.Dehillerin? :) xo

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    1. I did..w/ Nancy and Jacques..I only bought a pastry scraper..it was towards the end of our day..could have stayed 2 hours..staff so nice..store so wonderful..one needs time to see it..I was out of tme..I am wondering if that is where Jonathan bought my mold? That I still cherish?
      On a blog I read someone had mentioned..bring back a pastry scraper..when I saw there was no time for everything..I got that..

      Not impulse shopping..urgency shopping..

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    2. Yay! And yes, that is where the mold is from...lovely store. I have a rolling pin from there! :)

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  14. The French do seem to have an attitude with the public in official situations, for instance like getting your pass for the metro. but for some one who stands there all day issuing passes must get very bored so they make their job seem very important, I hear that it's even more so in Paris. However I'm glad you didn't let it spoil your day, just another French way of life. Grey day or not you did get some lovely shots . which sounds like a good idea to make a memory photo book of all the best ones.

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    1. Hope I can look at them and organize some..

      there's more to my metro story..


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  15. Your photos are wonderful, Monique. B&W and sepia tones bring out the details of French architecture. You visited several of my favorite spots - Pylones where I bought several wild wallets, and that heavenly cheese shop on rue Cler. We bought butter there that was the best I had ever tasted. What wonderful memories your photos bring back. I'm full of adrenaline when we land in the city and completely collapse when we get home. It takes at least a week to get back to Pacific NW time. I was way too timid to ride a bike as well. Too scary. What did you think of the way the French park their cars? Love your posts.

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    1. I have a picture or two of parked cars..LOL..

      and they bump out of their spots..
      I would never park my Fiat there:)

      Geesh you ride a motorcycle..and you were iffy? I don't feel so bad now:)

      I think you nailed it Cathy..you're still so pumped when you return..on top of the time difference..makes for sketchy sleep..like almost falling asleep at 8.30 watching Bloodline and then wide awake at 2..last night it was 4...Oh lala..
      Pulones..I saw the ladybug scale Carol had posted once..I was tempted..but..well..I have a scale.. and I had already given 1 away..I'm 62..what are my kids going to do w/ more?

      Too much stuff..LeeT knows:)She's been here..Unknown too:)

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  16. I loooove France ....beautiful pictures love from me Ria x

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    1. Thank you:) It really is a wonder of the world..city w/ all it's architectural treasures..and art..and country for it's stunning natural beauty.

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  17. Beautiful photos, without the sun a different mood, I agree... revealing the old soul of the city. Look at that high water at the water taxi! I love the view down from your apartment window. Must have been wonderful being a Parisian in your own apartment. Thank you for sharing this... looking forward to more!

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    1. I prefer our own place to a hotel..always have:)
      All kinds of experiences and memories!

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  18. I love Paris even in the rain! Not too much though. I am wishing to be on a small balcony enjoying croissants and a latte.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. So nice a small balcony and a croissant and a latte..anywhere we love.

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  19. Gorgeous photos. Memories to appreciate at anytime. I love seeing the shops! The cheese are out of this world. Fresh baked breads and veggies. The open air markets are lovely. I remember our wonderful trip years ago.

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  20. Even in shades of gray, Paris is magical for me. Your photos touch my heart, Monique. Makes me long for a trip to Paris. You have an eye for capturing the mood. Your photo booth story brought back memories of one of my own. I still have the remaining photos tucked into my passport cover. Yes, the machines are tired or difficult at best. It turned into a funny episode for us.
    Thank you for sharing your day. '-)

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    1. :)

      It started raining when we left..so we were happy to have gotten sunshine:)

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  21. I'm taking notes Monique for when we retire :-)
    I will eat my way through Paris....there must be a book with that title? LOL
    Keep the photos coming. I am taking notes!

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  22. I will take Paris, rain, sun or snow. It does look gloomy and to think I was there just a few weeks earlier-the people look much more bundled up-we were in a sweater. You are right though there is something to see on every corner if you look. My Dad was saying how he has all these memories that pop up in his head. He went wandering around Ottawa trying to capture a little Paris. C'est impossible. Hilarious with the pass-I knew you needed the photo so I just said they were in the luggage when we bought the pass. One day the metro police were checking -I thought for sure we were doomed but they were only scanning the tickets and gave us a wave when I waved the pass at them. Bon journeé. It does the make the trip easier when you speak French. My Maltese is horrible-I never speak it and it is self taught. One day I asked for a cup of hot water and dropped the q in the word hot-my dad said I asked for "poopy water" he was laughing so hard.

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    1. LOL..

      One thing that surprised us were all the jmpers at the metro..they don't pay they jump over the entance..no one says anything..

      Your dad might find snippets more in Montreal than Ottawa;)

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  23. I'm enjoying following your adventures in Paris, Monique. Lovely images. Have a wonderful time, rain, strikes, and all.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. My little one week stay will continue:)
      It is neat seeing people's travels..I love when you go away:)

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  24. Such beautiful images...you have captured the essence of Paris!
    Looking forward to the next chapter..
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  25. Bonjour, my sister, daughter, and I got to Paris on May 20 and came home May 26. We had iffy weather with 2 days of sun. Just made it in time as far as heavy rains. I have used an apartment rental that I have been satisfied with, but could you tell me which agency you used. I would like to have another agency that someone else has used. We did have lunch with CarolG. She was on the go. Enjoying your posts.

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    1. We used Paris for Rent.And we used their driver service..Caryliss..there is a link in the previous post to Chris experience with them and her apartment which was not available at our time of booking.It looks lovely with the courtyard and gates..
      You must have enjoyed having lunch with Carol.

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    2. Thank you for sharing this info. We had an apartment that was a perfect location, but I being older than my family had a problem with bath. Have friends that want to go next year with me planning. I feel tentative about this. Carol looks great. She certainly has followed her dream. Did you use her maps? I used the one for Rue de Montorguiel and had wanted to get to Rue de Cler, did not make it. I too think she should try to get a book published. She has some connections. She told me her maps are not perfect for placement on the streets. I do not think that matters. Her maps are full with whimsy and you at least know what to look for. Thanks again. Looking forward to more pics and info. Les 2 Palais is one of my favorite cafes especially since it is close to the flower market. Take care

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    1. Well you are always kindx...bet you have Somme great pics of all your travels

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  27. I cannot tell you how much I loved reading about your trip. There are always the tough spots and then the blissful times...but so much to see there was for you! I don't know if I'll ever get back to Paris, so it did my heart good to hear and see some of your experience. I never could have dreamed that Notre Dame was so spectacular until I saw it in person...I too am especially fond of the color photos...so vibrant, those colors that you saw in Paris!

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    1. Hi Rita..I took a photo for you..will find it and send to you..just something that made me think of you..I will post part 3 of 7 this week..
      It may get tedious..So spectacular..and Le Palais Garnier..loved it so much..

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  28. Thank you for letting me revisit my time in Paris through your eyes. The photos are lovely. Oh, the bouquinistes! I love them! And Ile de la Citie is one of my favorites. I'm so very happy I have discovered your blog at this time in its postings!

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  29. Love, love, love the photos! They brought back so many wonderful memories for me. I think Paris is such a romantic place to see. The buildings are just spectacular and the bread, wine and ...I have enjoyed reading about your trip, thank you for sharing ♥
    Hugs, Jody

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    1. The buildings are spectacular..and yes the wine also:) Very good and so reasonably priced..the owners of our apt. left us a bottle and I liked it so much we searched for it to no avail..we did find others:)
      And that cheese shop aws just very special.

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