Posts Tagged ‘Sights’

Motorcycle Santas?

December 23rd, 2013

Hundreds of motorcycle-riding Santas? What???  Yes, leaving the theater the other night, approaching the Pont d’Alma, I had to wait for hundreds of motorcycles driven by santas to pass .  The picture s a bit fuzzy – they weren’t paying attention to the traffic lights! – but I love it anyway with the Eiffel Tower in the background!  One of those unexpected and startling treats in the City of Light! And here’s a YouTube video of what I assume to be the same group but


New Bells for Notre-Dame

February 23rd, 2013

For Notre-Dame’s 850th anniversary  9 new bells will be installed. Last chance to see them on display  today til 11:30 pm.  So if you’re in Paris and don’t mind crowds see them for yourself.  If not, content yourself with a few photos and a bit of info. Each bell is named after a saint (Jean-Marie, Maurice, Benoit-Joseph, Steven, Marcel, Dennis, Anne-Genevieve, Gabriel, and Mary) and eight of them weigh in at 23 tons.  The largest, named the Great Bell, weighs just under 7 tons!  Impressive! They


Holiday lights part 2 – Le grand roux (The Big Wheel)

January 5th, 2013

One of the most impressive ways to see Paris from above, day or night, is from the ferris wheel that’s installed on the Place de la Concorde.  And at the holidays, when the Champs-Elysées is all decked out it’s even more impressive.  Acrophobe that I am, I’m still tempted to take this ride, so wonderful is the view (and it helps that the cabins are enclosed now!).  And now that vacation is over here and lots of folks have gone back to work, wait times


Catherine Deneuve is everywhere!

October 20th, 2012

Catherine Deneuve, iconic figure of French film for decades, can be seen on billboards all over Paris this fall.  Featured in an ad campaign for the Bon Marché department store – one of the Parisian ‘grands magasins’ – with posters drawn by graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis, a wonderful black and white graphic novel (as well as a film by the same title) about her life in Iran/Austria and France.  Deneuve, with hundreds of films to her credit, has been acting continuously since


Sound and Light Show at the Invalides

April 18th, 2012

La Nuit aux Invalides – a great sound and light show at the Invalides.  Built by Louis the 16th as a home for disabled soldiers it’s now the home to several museums and Napoleon’s tomb.  The 45-minute show in the central courtyard recounts a brief political/military history of France, accompanied by a fabulous light show on the walls, highlighting the architecture and history with an effective sound track.  The text is in French but, even if you don’t speak French, the show was pretty easy


Organ Grinders Still Exist in Paris!

March 4th, 2012

No monkeys though! I haven’t seen any roving ice cream trucks but organ grinders show up in the parks from time to time on the weekends or on Wednesday afternoons (when elementary school kids are out of school) or at the outdoor markets.  The one in the photo ‘works’ my street some Wednesdays on his way to the nearby park.  He waves to people watching from their windows and, from time to time, someone comes down from their apartment to give some money…