The Streets of Paris (Part 2) – Photo Essay

Cafes along rue Mouffetardcafes along rue Mouffetard, Latin Quarter 

By Judy Berman

The city’s energy and soul: its people, its art. After viewing Claude Monet’s massive murals of water lillies in Musee de L’Orangerie, we stopped at Jardin des Tuileries. There, we relaxed on deck chairs by a fountain, and drank in our surroundings: the statues, children playing, and plump pigeons pecking the crumbs left by visitors’ lunches.

Jardin des Tuileries – a pleasant respite in the middle of the city.There is beauty in everyday sightings in Paris as well.

“I loved the city. We were anonymous, and even then I had the sense that cities were yielding; that they moved over and made room.” (Sheridan Hay, The Secret of Lost Things)

Rue du Chat-qui-Peche - The "Street of the Cat Who Fishes" is said to be the narrowest street in Paris.
Rue du Chat-qui-Peche – The “Street of the Cat Who Fishes” is said to be the narrowest street in Paris.
Feeding pigeons, next to the Cathedrale de Notre-Dame
Feeding pigeons, next to the Cathedrale de Notre-Dame
Firefighters (sapeurs pompiers) at their fire station in the Latin Quarter.
Firefighters (sapeurs pompiers) at their fire station in the Latin Quarter.
We were both sad when I told him my family was returning to America.
We were both sad when I told him my family was returning to America.

“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. “ (Irish proverb)

Men at work in park next to Cathedrale de Notre-Dame
Men at work in park next to Cathedrale de Notre-Dame
An artist drawing a caricature along the Seine River
An artist drawing a caricature along the Seine River
Not just a gelati, but a work of art.
Not just a gelati, but a work of art.
Street musicians in the Ile de la Cite
Street musicians in the Ile de la Cite

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Video: Movie clip from “A Man and a Woman” (un homme et une femme). This is music I often hum when I think of France.  

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19 thoughts on “The Streets of Paris (Part 2) – Photo Essay

    1. Thank you, Marilyn. I do love the quote from “The Secret of Lost Things.” I haven’t read the book yet. Have you? The second quote is another favorite. It sums up the dignity everyone deserves. Glad you loved the photos.

    1. Thanks, Sue. I know you lived in Paris for a while. As far as work space, I’d love to do my job where the artist does with a view of the Seine River and all of the people passing by.

    1. Glad you liked it, Kate. Frommer’s Paris 2013 guidebook says this tiny alleyway dates back to the Middle Ages. I enjoyed the story behind the name: At one time when the Seine flooded cellars, “legend has it that an enterprising cat took advantage of its good fortune and went fishing in the confines of the cellars – hence the street’s name, which means “Street of the Cat Who Fishes.”

  1. Can’t wait to see Paris soon. My wife’s dream is to visit Europe and see her relatives as well and looks like our wishes got heard. I will sure check this place you mentioned in this post. Thanks.

    1. I’m so excited for you. Have a wonderful time. Our family really enjoyed our visit to Paris. There’s so many great places to choose from that you can’t go wrong. (Well, you can. The first place – which I did not name – that I had a croque monsieur was overpriced and not that tasty. The bakery/pastry/baguette shop was a far superior place to pick up breakfast and lunch.)

  2. I’ve never been to Paris, I’m not much of a traveller – don’t like the hassle of the actual travel very much! 😦 I’d love to go one day, looks so interesting, and that ice cream is definitely a good reason to go! I went to Spain (once!) and one lunch time my friend and I decided the ice cream parlours were so irresistible that we each had one giant glass of ice cream for lunch – nothing else! We didn’t feel too full afterwards, and we didn’t need to eat for hours either. Probably the best way to enjoy ice cream, on top of a meal isn’t nice, too full too quick! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jane. I am glad you enjoyed my photos. Our visit in June now seems a lifetime away and the photos are happy reminders of our visit. I plan to share some other photos from our trip as well.

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