10.21.2014

La Grande Mosquée de Paris

Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris
Grand Mosque of Paris

Tucked in a quiet section of the Latin Quarter is the beautiful Mosquée de Paris, a mudéjar style mosque built in 1922 as a token of gratitude to the North African countries who had helped France during World War I. 

On a sunny morning, I stopped by to take a peek and ended up staying for several hours. Every aspect of its architecture is captivating, and as you walk through the prayer rooms and arcades, you get a sense that in each detail - from the intricate wood carvings to the mosaic tile work, and in each shadow and slant of sunlight that streams through the Moorish style archways - there emanates a sacredness and beauty, a quiet and sublime divinity...


La Grande Mosquée de Paris
Address: 2 bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite, 75005 Paris 
Hours: Sat-Thu, 9am-12pm / 2-7pm
Admission: €3 per person (independent or guided tour). Free for children 7 and younger.


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10.12.2014

Montmartroise Light & Paris Rooftops

Paris Rooftops Paris Light
Paris Rooftops Paris Light
Paris Rooftops Paris Light
Paris Rooftops Paris Light

Undeniably, my favorite thing about Paris is her light. Soft gray, pearlescent pink, warm gold and every shade of gauzy pearly white. Light that punctuates all the other beautiful things one loves about the city - the food, the architecture, history and multitude of hidden quiet spaces...

The other morning I headed to Montmartre to run an errand near the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. After descending the bus at Pigalle and making my way up the hill, I turned and became mesmerized by the streaming sunlight luminous over the rambling rooftops of Paris. I started walking to follow it, to try and take it all in, turning only to have it sweep me from the shadows into another veil of golden light... one street after another, up and down the hills, turning onto hidden corners of dappled light and finally getting lost within the cobblestoned maze of Montmartre...

There are so many must-do's on a visitor's list, and I'd have to add (or reiterate) this one if I may - a morning in Montmartre as a light seeker. To me, this is the Paris that consumes your very core and stays with you forever and ever, pour toujours et à jamais...


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10.05.2014

A Paris Institution: Pierre Hermé...

Paris Pierre Herme macarons
Paris Pierre Herme macarons

... a little pleasure for all your senses

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9.28.2014

Along the Gilded Pont Alexandre III

Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III

If you ask Parisians about this past summer in their city, most will bark on n'a pas eu d'été (we didn't have a summer). It's true,... an erratic Spring flowed into July and August and pushed right into Fall (not a bad thing really), but when you expect a string of warm sunny days and instead they come scattered between long periods of cooler cloudy days, well in that case, Parisians had every right to complain...

But last week at the debut of Fall, Summer responded to all the bickering by showing up bringing continuous days of sunlight and warm temperatures, and it was glorious to say the least. So when Friday morning came around, it took less than a second to abandon the piles of paperwork on my desk and head to one of the prettiest and most ornate bridges in Paris, the Pont Alexandre III. The beaux arts lampposts and gilded statues were beautifully matched with the golden summer-like sunlight.

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9.21.2014

Morning Light in Paris

Paris morning
Paris morning
Paris morning

Some Paris mornings draw you into their slow sleepy entrance into the day... like a lantern's flame, the sky's shifting shades gently wakes and illuminates the city in the most subtle fiery light.

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