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Maison de Victor Hugo | Paris

7.18.2016
Maison Victor Hugo by Catherine Goron
Maison Victor Hugo by Catherine Goron
Maison Victor Hugo by Catherine Goron
Paris Place des Vosges by Catherine Goron
Maison Victor Hugo by Catherine Goron
Maison Victor Hugo by Catherine Goron
Paris Place des Vosges by Catherine Goron

To visit the former living space of one of France's most celebrated literary figures and walk where he walked... 

Within the splendid 17th century buildings of Place des Vosges is Victor Hugo's apartment turned museum, where he lived for 16 years and where he wrote a great part of Les Miserables. The interior showcases his living space and an extensive display of personal works, including drawings and elaborate furnishings, much of which he designed himself (uncommon pursuits and a fascinating discovery about this great writer, prolific poet and statesman!).

The visit is a wonderful tribute to a man who spent much of his life in contemplation and wonder regarding humanity, in search for understanding, social justice and truth...


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Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight,
 feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings - Victor Hugo

Café Life | Eternal Paris

7.08.2016
Paris Cafe Life by Catherine Goron
Paris Cafe Life by Catherine Goron

The next best thing to sitting in a café is observing one...


Marché aux Fleurs | Paris

6.21.2016
Paris Marche aux Fleurs Paris Flower Market by Catherine Goron
Paris Marche aux Fleurs Paris Flower Market by Catherine Goron
Paris Marche aux Fleurs Paris Flower Market by Catherine Goron
Paris Marche aux Fleurs Paris Flower Market by Catherine Goron
Paris Marche aux Fleurs Paris Flower Market by Catherine Goron
Paris Marche aux Fleurs Paris Flower Market by Catherine Goron

In Paris, I've found you have to be laser focused on your destination because of the infinite amount of stops along the way that entice you to entertain a detour... which is what happened the other day when I hopped off my bus stop at Cité, which is right around the corner from the Marché aux Fleurs. One glance of the petals being swept up turned into one photograph and then another, and there among the peonies, I almost forgot where I was headed to in the first place.

The distinctive glass pavilions of this beautiful flower market have been around since the 1900s, and because the Marche aux Fleurs is open everyday and sits in the middle of Paris on the l'île de la Cité, you're likely to pass by or around it at some point, so be warned in advance... it's hard to turn away from the vast array of colorful flowers and fragrant blooms. And on Sundays there's a Bird Market (Marché aux Oiseaux) that showcases a wonderfully rare variety of little birds!

 

For the Love of Lines: Palais Royal

6.14.2016
Paris Palais Royal Street Photography by Catherine Goron
Paris Palais Royal Street Photography by Catherine Goron

Mid-morning. June, 2016.

Just Before the Swollen Seine...

6.07.2016
Paris Notre Dame by Catherine Goron
Paris Notre Dame by Catherine Goron

The morning before the continuous days of rain that caused Paris’ Seine River to swell, I went out to shoot on the banks of Ile Saint-Louis. It was a mild sunny morning sandwiched between the drizzly greys we’d been having, and to many Parisians, it was the perfect harbinger of summer. But little did we know...

The rain would return the following day and continue ceaselessly, causing flooding and considerable damage to homes and businesses and disruption to public transportation and the flow of normal commutes. Even the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay completely closed in order to move artwork to higher ground.

The images of the inundated French towns and the swollen Seine are startling, especially the before and after shots. My family went to visit the tip of Ile de la Cité yesterday where many go to picnic on the tip of Square du Vert-Galant only to find the entire island completely buried under water, as are all the banks! Rain is common in the city, but when it comes, it normally doesn’t last for days and days and cause such havoc. The 6.10 meter rise (about 20 feet) of the Seine River has been really something to behold and will take about a week or so for the levels to come down to normal, and though there is more rain in the forecast, we're crossing our fingers for the return of prolonged sunshine… there’s a lot of cleaning up to do!

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