Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Strolling…

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It was not hard for us to fit into the French way of strolling neighborhoods, pausing for a bite, and sitting in small parks with great views. (Proud to say the outrageous eating I did for two weeks had no negative effects due to the walk, walk, walking also involved.) The first full day we needed to be over in the 5th Arrondissement for our Untours orientation. We started early so we could walk the area and see some sights.
I kept my eyes upward and kept snapping pictures because I was awed by the architecture

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We came to Place St. Michel (if there is going to be a student demonstration this is where it will start and locals rose up against Nazis here, commemorated under the dragons) where there is this magnificent fontaine

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We did like that they were blowing bubble in our honor (rather than throwing cobblestones)

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We walked on toward the Il de la Cite trying to remember to check the red man and green man signs and the zebra stripe crossings (must have been successful because we made it back home)

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Discovering bridges and The Seine

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(have decided for the next trip a goal will be to walk over every bridge)
We wanted lunch in the Place Dauphine behind the Palais de Justice and here I take a small diversion. We arrived in Paris the day after their Presidential election and in a few weeks they would have more elections so there were some interesting things revolving around the election to see. Lots of activity with press and police at the back side of the Palais

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And one of the first chocolate shop windows I looked in (sorry about the glare from the glass) had this wonderful piece in chocolate…a large square, maybe 18 x 18, that looked like a die on top and on its sides had chocolate portraits of Hollande

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And Sarkozy

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Hollande won and we found our Place Dauphin

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A lovely square

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We ate right there…

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White asparagus and beef salad for him and avocado and shrimp salad for me…

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And we looked at this (a ProHDR app shot)

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And realized we wouldn’t mind living up at the top in one of these buildings (if there was an elevator)
Enjoyed the blooms on these trees

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We walked out the end of the square and saw Henry IV

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Down the other side of the island we passed by the Conciergerie Prison where you waited for the guillotine

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We passed a demonstration with white flags and whistles blowing

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After visiting the big sight of the day, we rested in yet another park with this view (another ProHDR app shot)

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I will show you pictures of that big sight in the next post.

Author: loisreynoldsmead

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2 thoughts on “Strolling…

  1. I love your photos! They capture all the things I love about Paris too! I also take photos of French doors……

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