Friday, May 30, 2014

May 2014 Scavenger Hunt: Paris, France

Bonjour de Paris!

Terry and I at the Top of the Arc de Triomphe
with Our Niece Sara

The end of May finds me in Paris for the very first time!  
Almost 42 years ago, I made it to within 35 kilometers,
and I swore one day I'd return and make it to 0 klicks.   

May's List

1.  L is for Le Tour Eiffel
Top:  Tower
Lower Left:  Looking up at the Very Top
Lower Right:  Terry Climbing down the Stairs

What a thrill it was to see the Eiffel Tower the first time!

2.   7 p.m.

Omelets at
Café de la Mairie

8 place Saint Sulpice
75006 Paris, France
Saint-Germain-Des Prés, 6ème


This little cafe across the street from Saint Sulpice Church 
served delicious omelets to two weary and footsore travelers! 

3. Left ~ Bank of the Seine
Rooftops ~ Saint-Germain-Des Prés 

The part of Paris that became our temporary home 
was Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, 
consecrated by the Bishop of Paris in 558. 
It is found on the left bank of the Seine 
in the 6th arrondissement of the city.
The existentialist movement, associated with Jean-Paul Sartre 
and Simon de Beauvoir,  was centered in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Click here for maps of France, Paris, and its arrondissements. 
Source:  Wikipedia

Watching Boats Along From the Left Bank of the Seine

Deer in Paris!
Jardin du Luxembourg
(Much Easier to Catch Than in Colorado!)

4.   Gadget

These bright yellow and red
hydraulic pistons
power the elevators in 
the Eiffel Tower.

5. Puzzle
Replica of The Shroud of Turin
Saint Sulpice Church
6th arrondissement, Paris 

I was fascinated to see a replica of The Shroud of Turin 
in the huge and beautiful church of San Sulpice.  
This controversial religious artifact is a true puzzle.  
Is this length of linen with its haunting image Christ's burial cloth,
or is it an elaborate hoax dating from Middle Ages?

Saint Sulpice, Paris
Left:  from the side
Right:  from the Eiffel Tower

6.   Letter
Poignant Letters ~ Notre Dame Cathedral

Part of a Remembrance Display
for the British Empire Dead of the First World War

Nothing in Paris moved me more 
than this memorial 
for the British Empire Dead
in World War 1.

To see the Coats of Arms 
for Canada and Newfoundland
displayed and to remember Canada's
John McCrae and his poem
In Flanders Fields
was a powerful and emotional
experience for me.

I never expected to see this
in Notre Dame Cathedral.

7.   Reflection
Miniature Canadian Sail Boat
and Its Reflection
Pond Boating, Grand Basin
Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

Sailing Miniature Sail Boats on the Grand Basin
Has Been a Tradition for Generations

8.   Fresh

Terry strolls by
fresh flowers for sale
along a narrow street
in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés.

 Fresh Flowers for Sale

9.   Tiny
Tiny Lovers' Lock at the Top of the Eiffel Tower

Tiny Roses Outside the École Militaire, Paris

École Militaire, Paris
Source:  wikipedia

Tiny Arc de Triomphe
from the Top of the Eiffel Tower

Tiny Pigeons Huddle Against Warm Stone
on the West Facade of Saint Sulpice Church, Paris

10.   Hidden
Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt,
Eiffel Tower, Paris

Technically this portrait of the French stage and film actress
Sarah Bernhardt was not hidden, but it would be easy to overlook
with all there is to see inside and outside the Eiffel Tower.

11.   Demolition
Demolition of a Paris Sidewalk Near Notre Dame Cathedral

12.  Antique

What do you choose for antique in Paris?

I finally settled on this beautiful sculpture of the Virgin and Child

by Jean-Baptist Pigalle. 

It is found in the apse of the 

Lady Chapel 
in Saint Sulpice Church.

Pigalle sculpted this during the restoration of the chapel around 1761.
Source:  eymardianplaces

The Lady Chapel, Saint Sulpice Church

Virgin and Child by Jean-Baptist Pigalle

June's List
B is for ?,   10 a.m.,   Spoon,   Puppet,   You again,   Water,  
Habitat,   Soccer,   Calm,   Man made,   Open,   Steam

Thanks to Jill (Greenthumb) 
and her Made with Love blog 
for setting up the scavenger hunt.

Parting Photos

Since every report my third graders did on a European country 
had to include the country's flag,
I couldn't end without 
the flag of France!

The Arc de Triomphe
and the French Flag

Au revoir et à la prochaine fois!


  1. What a lovely post
    This post has made me look at France anew!
    The omelettes look delicious

    1. The omelettes were delicious! Everything was delicious! LOL! Take care!

  2. Awesome indeed, you are sure taking in the sites. I had to do a double take at the deer as it looked like it was humping the other one there for a second lol

    1. Tee Hee! After reading your comment, I had to go back and take a closer look! I can see what you mean! Have a good one, Pat!

  3. J'aime bien vos photos francaise, but didn't Sarah Bernhardt have terrible hair?

    1. You're so right! I "saw" her hair, but it didn't register how bad it was! I guess her beautiful face cancelled it right out! Take care!

  4. Oh my goodness! How very cool! The trip of a lifetime.

    1. Hi Terry! Yes it is an amazing trip! But what made it extra special was to share Paris with our niece Sara for a few wonderful hours! I hope all is well with you!

  5. Thanks for taking part in this months scavenger hunt, I love seeing your photos from different parts of the world. So many great photos fresh, letter, gadget are great. Greenthumb

    1. Thanks, Jill! I managed to stay up late several evenings and get a post for the SH done after all. I did not want to miss a month! Thanks for the kind words.

  6. What a wonderful post. I have never been to Paris so I thank you for taking me today.
    I think I must have studied French paintings for years and not realized how much since that photo of the sailing boats in the Grand Basin looks very familiar to me!

    1. Thanks Kay! I think you would love Paris. In the same Jardin de Luxembourge I saw a scene of people sitting on a lawn between two tall lines of trees, a spot I recognized from a painting. It was electrifying! Have a good one!

  7. Great post, and beautiful photos!

    1. Thank you, Linda! I hope all is well with you!

  8. I enjoyed this visit to Paris very much, Louise. I have been many many years ago and you have evoked great memories in me. My favourite photo has to be the photo with the lovers lock. x

    1. The lovers locks are showing up everywhere! I'm glad that you enjoyed the post, Christina! Have a good one!

  9. Wow this looks like the trip of a lifetime!! You are making so many memories over there. Thank you for sharing these amazing photos :)

    1. Thank you, Keith! I'm sure that once you relocate to Germany, you'll be making many memorable trips about Europe! Have a good one!

  10. The shroud of turin carbon-dates back to the medieval ages

    1. Hi Adam! I know that science comes down on your side, but scientists still haven't figured out how the image got on the cloth. I hope all is well with you and Daisy!

  11. How wonderful to be in Paris, you lucky duck! All your photos are magnificent, both in this post and the last one!

  12. Thanks Debra! I am loving my first trip to France and England in over 40 years! I saw the great torc from Snettisham today and immediately thought of you! It was magnificent! Take care!

  13. Your photographs of Paris are wonderful. I love the first one of the Eiffel Tower.

    1. Thank you, Eileen! I'm glad that you enjoyed the photos! Take care!

  14. Louise, thanks so much for this tour of Paris. It felt like I was there.
    I love your cleverness used on this scavenger hunt.....nothing gets past you my dear!
    What a nice surprise for you at Notre Dame Cathedral......very moving indeed.
    A good weekend to you guys!

    1. Thanks, Jim! We are having a blast! Happy weekend to the Trinity too!

  15. Amazing photos and how wonderful to finally get to Paris and to share the visit with your husband and niece. I was amazed to see the views from atop the Eiffel Tower ~ I don't think I'd have the nerve to go that high! Loved all the photos, sharing your sights and hearing your enthusiasm and excitement bubbling through!

    1. Hi Glo! Thank you for the lovely comment! The height at the top of the Eiffel Tower only bothered me when I looked up ~ then I was all wobbly! Paris is wonderful. And today Sara's sister Natalie joined her sister in France! I'm sure those two are having a grand time tonight! Meanwhile Terry and I have been down at a pub on Portobello Road having fish and chips (me) and macaroni and cheese (Terry) ~ solid English fare!

    2. Thanks for the lovely comment, Glo! The top of the Eiffel Tower only bothered me when I was looking up. Then I got woozy! Have a great weekend!

    3. LOL! I thought I'd lost my first comment, and then I wrote a shorter one! My computer and I have such a relationship!

  16. I haven't been to Paris since I was a teenager - what a beautiful set of photographs to remind me. My favourite is 'Tiny' - love the angle looking down at the city :)

    1. Thank you, Petra! The views from the top of the Eiffel Tower were something else! I'm glad that you enjoyed them! Take care!

  17. How lucky to be able to take your Scavenger Hunt photos in Paris! It must have been so hard to decide on some of them. I was surprised by the size of the omelettes - huge - and the huge gadget. Looks like it was a wonderful trip - a shame you have to come home and back to reality!

  18. Thanks, Val! It was fun to do the hunt in Paris. I had started working on L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, but my computer ran out of memory. So I had to archive my photos collection until I get home, and I started again with Paris. I'm already telling my husband that I have to come back to Paris, and London, where we are now! Have a great weekend!

  19. Brilliant collection, I seem to be travelling the world through your scavenger hunts!

    1. Thanks, Louise! I love to travel, and it's fun to challenge myself by doing a hunt within a trip or theme! Have a great weekend!

  20. I took my inspiration from you with this month's hunt. I love how you structure yours around your trips so I did the same. This is another great one. I've been to Paris several times but never been to the top of the Eiffel tower. Thank you for sharing the war memorial - it was lovely but moving to see. x

  21. I love what you did with your post this month, Julie! It was really fun to see Italy through your eyes! Thank you for the kind comment! Have a good one!

  22. I love this selection and the little tour of Paris, but omg! my stomach has done somersaults having looked at Tiny.....I'm not good with heights! x

    1. Hi RVC! I'm glad that you enjoyed the photos. I used to be terrified of heights, but I'm slowly improving. Climbing a few of Colorado's Fourteeners has helped! Have a great week! X

  23. Wow, remarkable! What a great place to be fulfilling a scavenger hunt. Such a fantastic trip, you lucky gal!

    1. Thanks, Martha! I am aware every minute how lucky I am. Have a happy week!

  24. What a fantastic post, not only have you managed to get some terrific shots for the scavenger hunt- but I feel I've been on a virtual tour of Paris. Thanks for taking me there!

    1. Thank you, Amanda! I'm glad that you enjoyed my photos! I tired to give a balanced overview, as much as I could. Take care!

  25. I always enjoy your Scavenger Hunt posts! Alain & I went to Paris for our 10-year wedding anniversary ~ we took the train from Switzerland. There are many things I love about Paris but I'm telling you that the train ride was probably the highlight. No kids, sitting in one place, listening to music, reading, doing puzzles. Aahhhh, I wish I was there right now. Our hotel was right next to the Arc de Triomphe so your pictures really took me back.... So glad you are having a wonderful time! I look forward to your next post! XOXOXO

    1. Hi Audrey! I can appreciate your comment. I was surrounded by kiddos for over twenty-five years ~ but I could send them home at night! Parents, and you, are amazing with all you do. I'm glad that you have such happy, restful memories! We are having a ball. Terry checked my fitbit account, and he calculates that I walked 50 miles in the past week ~ unfortunately that doesn't counteract the wine, cheese, and baguettes! Have a happy week!

  26. Hello Louise!!!! Your scavenger hunts are always so much more!!! I love coming to see yours most!!! I really liked your perception of Tiny in all its different forms and the boat was beautiful. I found it touching what you said about the memorial too. Hope you get over the jet lag too x

    1. You comment made my day, Kezzie! I was thinking of you as my husband and I roamed up and down the market on Portobello Road on Friday. The people were wearing so many cool and varied fashions ~ and the clothing for sale, especially the vintage things! And the accessories! I kept thinking that you would happily search through things for the best deal and coolest look! And then model your finds on-line. I am fashion-challenged, but I appreciate your enthusiasm and talent for fashion! Have a great week!

  27. Wonderful photos and you did better than me I couldn't make it to the top of the Eiffel tower.

  28. Hi Gill! I used to be scared to death of heights, so I totally get how you feel! I didn't care if I crawled around the top of the Eiffel Tower on my belly if it was too scary! I was bound and determined to make it to the top! I was fine with Terry nearby, Looking up made me really woozy though! Take care!x

  29. Replies
    1. Thank you, LBM! I was thrilled to find a boat with a Canadian flag on the Grand Basin! I'm so Canadian it's disgusting! Have a happy week!

  30. What a wonderful trip! I remember arriving in France in the mid-eighties in the middle of the night. So there I was, trying to find the Eiffel Tower. They said it was huge so it would be easy to spot it. I looked left and right and left again.... "Where is that thing?" I just couldn't find it.

    And then I looked up.....

    There is was.....

    The reason I hadn't seen it was they had for some reason switched off the lights. Can you imagine... I felt like such an idiot!

    1. It's easy to feel like an idiot in a foreign country, BG! But I'm glad you found it! Thanks for the kind words and funny story! Take care!

  31. So many beautiful interpretations for the hunt. I can't pick a favourite I love all of them.

  32. Wow! I am so impressed. These are gorgeous photos. What a fabulous post. We went to Paris many, many years ago and didn't take very many photos. I really loved looking at yours. Thank you so much.

    1. Thanks, Kay! Paris is wonderful, isn't it? I can't wait to return. Sorry I'm late replying. We've just returned from Europe. Your kind words lifted my spirit higher!


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