A morning walk Paris

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Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. This pretty little church sits at the side of the Louvre. Though the oldest standing part dates back to the 12th century, there was a church there as early as the 6th century. It is often closed, for lack of personnel but well worth visiting. No queues.

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Adam and Eve at Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. Most churches in France are full of such treasures. This painting is early Renaissance, 1510-1530.

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The bridge at Giverny by Monet. (Orsay) Early 20th century. Monet painted some 250 variations of the nympheas and the bridge in the last years of his life. An expo at l’Orangerie a few years back showed how Monet was gradually going blind. At the end the paintings were but mere blotches of colour.

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The same bridge at Giverny, 2016.


Childebert 1st, 496-558 at Saint-Denis Basilica. King of Paris, Childebert was one of Clovis’ sons. Clovis established the kingdom of the Franks in 481. This would make France the second oldest state/nation in history after China. (To the best of my knowledge England was established later, 10th century I believe). Childebert’s is the oldest tomb in Saint-Denis where all Kings of France are buried.


Scotty’s week-end car. A bit rough in time-warp, but good speed in hyperspace. Flea market, Saint-Ouen. 2018.


My car. (I wish!) Flea market, Saint-Ouen. 2018. The flea market at Saint-Ouen was featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and well worth a stroll.


Joséphine de Beauharnais, Impératrice des Français, Early 1800’s at the Château de  la Malmaison. (A great visit. Hardly any queue…)


Bonaparte, First Consul, crossing the Alps at Saint-Bernard. One of several copies by Jacques-Louis David, one of the most notorious painters of the Revolution and the Empire. c.1801. Château de  la Malmaison.


Snoopy and Woodstock. Metro Nationale. 2018.


Don Quixote and Felicity the flamingo. Metro Nationale. (The name Felicity the flamingo (c) Tiffany Choong)


“Two fantastic characters” by Miró, 1976, La Défense. La Défense in the past 30 years has become Paris’ business centre.


A fantastic character, La Défense, 2018. Brand unknown. 🙂


Cheetah, La butte-aux-cailles, 2018. La butte-aux-cailles where the first human flight ended in 1783, has become a street art paradise.


Rockin’ an’ rollin’. By Willy Ronis, 1949, in the cave of the Vieux-Colombier, in the Latin quarter. 22 years later, with a few friends, we organized a school party in another cave close-by. Complete with Jazz band.


Kees Van Dongen, left, and his wife Guus in his workshop in Montmartre, c. 1908.

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“The eyes”, Van Dongen, 1911. Van Dongen (1877-1968) was born in Holland then did most of his career in France. I placed him more as a painter of celebs (e.g Brigitte Bardot) in the 50’s and 60’s, but this expo in Montmartre in 2018 taught me that he was indeed a major actor in the Montmartre scene of the early 20th century.


Picasso as seen by comic artists Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie.


Picasso in 1904, in a signed photograph to his friend Suzanne Valadon, one of the few female painters of that time.


Buffalo. An original by Ardif, Montmartre, 2018. Ardif tends to paint then scan and print, and post his work on paper posters on the street. This was an original painting on the wall of a shop in Montmartre. (I could have cut out  that piece of wall!)

Thank you for flying Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Have a great week.




66 thoughts on “A morning walk Paris

    • A Van Dongen fan. 🙂 After that expo, I think he was greatly overlooked as an artist. Though he did make a comfortable living of his painting. Not easy to do.
      And yes, Picasso’s eyes are fascinating. He never lost that look, thinking of much later photos.
      Dankje wel for the visit and comment. Tot ziens.

    • Pas de quoi Gilles. Oui je crois que la voiture est très récente. Probablement faite main. Et probablement très inconfortable au point de vue sièges. Mais… Elle est pas mal!
      Bonne soirée.

  1. Saint-Germain was next to our metro station and I visited several times. I don’t know if it’s been refurbished since. What I most liked was its aging sculptures and paintings. It transported me to the middle ages.

    • It’s a lovely church. I haven’t seen it refurbished much except maybe for the façade. France has so many churches centuries old and there is no money to maintain them. See what happened to Notre-Dame. But this one is all right. Glad it brought back memories Janet. Hope all is well?

    • PS. I remember your Mexican adventures, but I did not remember a Paris stay. When were you there? And the metro station, if I recall is Louvre-Rivoli. Fancy neighbourhood. 🙂

  2. mmmmm
    thanks for this rich post –
    coming back to explore a little more later – in the meantime – enjoyed seeing the real-life bridge and Giverny and hope to someday check out the flea market at Saint-Ouen

    • Glad you liked it. Giverny is very pleasant. To me it was quite a surprise when I got there. We had a summer house 20 kms away. I hadn’t realized. So everything, the architecture, the houses, the stones, the gardens were known territory. 🙂
      And do check St-Ouen on your next trip to Paris.

      • I have been close to that flea market (in the 80s – whew time flees – I mean flies)
        And I think I saw people on the bridge – I love when people make it into certain shots because the photos Become one of a kind

      • I lived in Paris in the 80’s. Had no idea of St-Ouen. A shame. I knew the flea market, porte de Vanves because my brother had a stand there he is a brocanteur. 🙂 So we may have crosse path in the 80’s. Le monde est petit.

      • I hadn’t thought about that. The people on the bridge. I am a bit torn about strangers in my pics. Sometimes they fit in sometimes they don’t. Actually people photography is something i am working on. Thanks for the comment. Food for thought

      • I am always pondering this topic too. And fully agree that sometimes they work in a photo and sometimes not –
        And I have a folder with a bunch of street shots that I need to post.
        My 22 year old son got into my case one year regarding the ethics of taking photos of people – in a nice way – he is a socially psych savvy kinda dude. Well his feedback was good because it helped me be more mindful of vulnerable moments. For example – in the John Hopkins post a few weeks ago – I shared a few people shots – but the photos I did “not” take while at the hospital are in my mind. Folks sleeping in the waiting area – or some of the staff- like in the elevator I was sandwiched by a surg tech in green scrubs and doctor with white coat and 15 letters have his name. Wish I grabbed a pic of that – but will write about it later – maybe
        Anyhow – I try to have a mindfulness – and then second – I am sho led at how many people give me permission to tKe their photo – sometimes I get mini interviews and I record those too.
        Ok – so best wishes with your people shots – but do try and grab some because I think the world needs to see these – it is a social sharing that impacts viewers in different ways – but I feel it honors humanity by capturing people in these simple and fleeting moments (sorry to ramble – waiting for a class to start)
        Good day to you my friend

      • Look forward to the street shots.
        If you’re not socially savvy at 22, you will never be. 🙂
        It’s my main limitation about people pix. Sometimes I feel I’m trespassing. Invading privacy. What I do now, following the advice of a good friend, I ask. I’ve had good results so far. 🙂
        People pix are moving because they prove that at one brief moment photons were stopped for the camera by a person. I have a photo of my great-grandmother as a child of ten, around 1860. The very beginning of photography. But the photo is still here. he body stopped the light and impressed a glass plate… She WAS there.
        No worry about the ramble. What class? Are you taking it or giving it.
        Take care too.

      • I was taking a cardio workout class – all done
        – and great point about the photo and wow – you have an old gem of a photo to cherish
        I will make sure to drop you a line when I get my street shots photos into a post –
        Enjoyed comment chatting and wishing you a nice rest of your week

      • Cardio workout class? Well done. I need to get a few things first before going into that. 🙂
        Look forward to your street shots.
        Likewise. Enjoyed it. Have a great week-end.

    • It is quite a portrait. Anecdote: taking photos was forbidden in the expo. I checked on my phone. That very portrait was/is on Internet. So I sneaked back in that room and took the shot. 🙂

  3. The De Young is having an exhibit currently on “late monet” painting. Very apropos timing. I will keep you posted. I also have a photo of the “space ship” from the flea market. I wasn’t expecting to see that there.

  4. That hyperspace vehicle is way too cool. Perfect for exploring hyperspace and beyond. Can I be a stewardess on it? 😎 The Miro figures are so vibrant. I’m not sure I’ve ever ventured into La Défense on my trips to Paris. I’m sure I would have remembered those statues. When are you going to France this year?

    • You’re hired.
      We lived near near La Défense, early 80’s. I go there once in a while. One of my BFF is a consultant and has many clients there. So we sometimes have lunch there between two meetings of his.
      Going in July-August. 6 weeks. All booked. 🙂

  5. Always a pleasure, these travels in and out of space and time. That cheetah has to be my favourite, I’d love for my home to be adorned by such a masterpiece!

  6. I enjoyed your walk around Paris and it’s abundance of fabulous art. I was particularly impressed with the young Picasso; not how imagined him at all. A thoroughly enjoyable tour. Thank you.

    • Glad you liked it. The church is one of my favorites in Paris. Check the opening hours on line first, I often find it closed. And Joséphine’s chateau is superb. Not too easy to get in public transportation, my compatriots do not exactly organize transportation for tourism. If I recall, there is a RER and a bus line. If you’re not afraid of walking from the station it’s a nice walk too. Check it out.

  7. There is so much to adore in Paris and even a lifetime isn’t enough to truly explore it as it deserves. Alas, my heart is here and there will be another day in Paris… Lovely post.

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