Seeing Paris

Paris arrondissements, neighborhoods, day trips, museums, monuments, greenery, tours, guides, walks and wheels, cultural places open, closed and renovating

  • Rosemary beginning the Angels of Paris #1 tour, along the edges of the sixth, first and fourth arrondisements
    Guided Walks,  Seeing Paris

    Angels of Paris Walking Tour No. 1

    During a two-hour walking tour with Rosemary, author of Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour through the History of Paris, we touched only the top of the angel cake. Full of architectural and Parisian history, each sculpture on the tour has a fascinating tale of double meanings to tell. We could not physically cover all of the stories from her book in one tour. The tour begins at the Saint-Michel fountain and ends at Notre-Dame de Paris, following a course along the edges of the sixth, first and fourth arrondissements. Rosemary told us the tales you find in her book. What better way to hear the tales but from the…

  • cover of Rosemary Flannery's Angels of Paris Architectural Tour through the history of Paris
    Book Reviews,  History,  Seeing Paris,  Videos

    Rosemary Flannery’s Angels of Paris

    How do you view Paris? With an angel on her shoulder, Rosemary Flannery views Paris through angel eyes. Rosemary is the author of the book, "Angels of Paris, an Architectural Tour through the History of Paris". Rosemary wrote the text and took the photos, even if it included carrying a ladder around to get the best angle of an angel. I only recently discovered this book, a little slow on my part, but that shows the timelessness of a subject that dates back....

  • Photo of lecturer Edith during Coco Chanel lecture
    History,  Seeing Paris

    Roaring Twenties Paris with Edith

    Often it is the Expats who write Paris blogs. Now you can get the true French stories directly from a Parisienne's pen. Her pen name "Edith" comes from Edith Piaf. Both women were born on the same rue de Belleville street, although as Edith says on her Edith's Paris blog, they are not of the same vintage....

  • People sitting along the Seine on the Ile-Saint Louis, Quai d'Orléans
    Children and Teens,  Life in Paris & France,  Seeing Paris

    Iconic Paris Walk Along the Seine

    Sometimes views only change with the seasons. I had to wonder how many times these same scenes have been photographed over the years. The scenes are iconic and never seem to be boring. We went for a walk along the Seine yesterday between Gare d'Austerlitz and Cathrédale Notre-Dame de Paris. We enjoyed a salad for dinner on the Ile-Saint-Louis with the sun setting. People were lined up at the Batobus* stop for Notre-Dame. Were they all in line for the sunset cruise? Not all could be accommodated, and they waited for the next one.

  • Colleen earning an extra 50 points imitating the sculpture, although backwards
    Children and Teens,  Museums,  Seeing Paris

    Treasure Hunt at Musée d’Orsay

    We sat under the lion statue at the Musée d'Orsay counting up our scores: four teams. The four teams: a mother and daughter (12); three teenagers; the aunt and uncle; and two retired flight attendants. The post-hunt questions: "Did you ever find that chair?", "Where did you find Sarah Bernhadt?", "Did you see "The Voyager" statue?, "Wasn't it a fun way to see a museum?" Daisy de Plume scores a winner again with another hour and a half treasure hunt adventure. THATd'Or (Treasure hunt at the d'Orsay) is the newest addition

  • Girl wearing hat with her skateboard on Trocadero walkway toward Eiffel Tower
    Children and Teens,  Seeing Paris,  Shopping,  Sports

    Teenagers Visiting Paris

    A Canadian journalist asked me how to visit Paris with teenagers. So I found out. Find some steps, a curb or grass to sit on in the afternoon. Bring a skateboard ( or longboard) to Paris and map out a city journey or practice session. Plan a picnic on a quai along the Seine or go on a bike tour. Run around the Louvre on a treasure hunt. Buy manga books or Goth and Lolita-style clothing in the Bastille area. Go shopping at any of the Paris malls or second-hand stores or go to a can-can show or how about that scary mansion in the tenth arrondissement on rue de…

  • Des Mots et Des Arts manages ticket sales base of tower Tour Saint Jacques Châtelet Paris
    Monuments,  Seeing Paris

    How to Visit the Tour Saint-Jacques – Châtelet

    If you want to begin your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, begin at the Tour Saint-Jacques in Paris/Châtelet. Or skip the pilgrimage and reserve on line for the panoramic view from the top of the tower. Reservations open on line every Monday morning for one of seventeen available spots.

  • Yves Saint Laurent Sketch of theatre costumes for Genevieve Page in the show "L'Aigle à deux têtes" from 1978
    History,  Seeing Paris

    Yves Saint Laurent Archives On The Internet

    You might think that ball gowns are a thing of the past. In the second half of the 20th century, Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent traveled with the "jet-set", artists, fashionistas and aristocracy in a world alive now in memories and imaginations. In the 1950s and 1960s, this crowd wore the designs of Yves Saint Laurent to château balls. Today, the memories and imaginations are kept digitally alive.