Monday, May 30, 2011

Delightful Doors of Paris

This month I've been posting some of my more mysterious photos from a trip I took to Paris in May of 2010, when our trip home was delayed due to an Icelandic ash cloud that is again disrupting European air travel. These are my last Parisian photos for now, moving on to something new in June.

Below are some stone, wood, and wrought iron carvings on and surrounding unique doors in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. I love the bright red front door of my house outside San Francisco, but I've gotta say it would be mighty cool to have a lion carving greet me when I walk through the door...


Monday, May 23, 2011

Details of Paris

 No gargoyles today, but some other images of Paris that caught my eye last May.

The wrought iron sign for a hotel on a side street

Bicycles for rent along the side of the road

Riding the metro (wish all public transportation signs were as beautiful!)


Monday, May 16, 2011

Different Views from Notre Dame

The Thinker gargoyle's view

  Climbing the steps to the bell tower

 Applying a little art to the gargoyles


Monday, May 9, 2011

Less Famous Gargoyles of Notre Dame

Continuing with mysterious views of Paris, here are some of the lesser known gargoyles of Notre Dame. (You can see some of the more famous carvings here and here.)

The gargoyles below can all be seen from the same bell tower level as the famous ones, nearly 400 steps up a worn stone spiral staircase.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Paris, City of Light

A year ago at this time, we were in Paris. It would be over a week before the Icelandic Ash Cloud would delay our journey home on a series of marathon plane flights, so we were still enjoying the city. I've already posted many of my photos of the gargoyles of Notre Dame Cathedral. I thought this month I'd post some of my other more mysterious photos from Paris (including some of Notre Dame's less famous gargoyles).

I'll start today with a literal interpretation of the City of Light: the gorgeous old lamp posts that line the city's streets.