Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Church Series - Restoration in Progress

One of Paris' oldest churches, Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, is undergoing some restoration around the altar area of the church. This is a church I have visited many times and I'm glad to see it being taken care of. This ladder leaning against the wall next to the old painted columns, that I"ve photographed many times, is a sign of progress.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Le chaise et les feuilles

We spent a lovely morning at the Marché aux Puces. The stalls were dripping with my favorite Boston ivy vines. This is a place where you can wander for hours. Lots of beautiful antiques and linens and quite a bit of memorabilia and "stuff"! I'd recommend taking a taxi or Uber here.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


This was one of the four blue sky days I had the entire two weeks in Paris. I thought the chess players and the pétanque players would be out in droves but sadly, non. These hardy souls were about it. 

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Transitions

I have a love/hate relationship with the Paris Métro. The endless stairs are very challenging for me, but on the other hand, it's an efficient and affordable means of traveling the city. The real bonus is that often various metro stations feature interesting displays, like this fabulous series of Richard Avedon's photographs in the Hôtel de Ville station. These installations create a lovely transition from a mundane place to wait, into an underground musée!

Today, I join my City Daily Photoblog friends around the world for yet another Theme Day. Click HERE to see their take on our first of the month theme.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Les Ombres

When I return to favorite spots in Paris, like the Jardin du Luxembourg, I'm always searching for new photo opportunities. This was one of only four really sunny, blue sky days I had in Paris and the shadows of my favorite green chairs made shadows that I photographed over, and over, and over!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mousse chocolat, je t'aime!!!

Well I was in Paris for two solid weeks and walked by this store, took photos through the window and I regret to tell you that Peter and I did not go in. Now I see when researching the store that what I photographed was not ice cream but their Bar à mousses aux chocolat!! I walked past a chocolate mousse BAR. I don't think I'll ever get over this and be able to move on with my life. On the other hand, had I indulged, I would have been there every single day and.....

69 rue de Bac
75006 Paris

Monday, November 28, 2016

École nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts

Peter and I ducked into the Beaux Arts and discovered that the beautiful courtyard with statuary was under some restoration. Made for an interesting angle trying not to include unsightly construction!

14 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Church Series

Just last Sunday, hard to believe it's been only a week,  I worshipped at the majestic  American Cathedral in Paris. This was my third service, and I always look forward to worshipping in this glorious cathedral. Two young members of the congregation read Scripture flawlessly, Dean Lucinda Laird gave a thought provoking message, and the choir sang a favorite of mine, "King of Love My Shepherd Is." After the service, visitors are invited the back of the sanctuary for coffee and warm greetings from staff and members. If you have not attended or visited, I urge you to do so on your next trip to Paris.

The American Cathedral in Paris
23, avenue George V
75008 Paris

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Home Again

I'm home after two beautiful weeks in Paris. The weather was....Paris. Not many sunny days, but the temps were mild and although we had rain, it was always just a light rain. When in Paris, embrace it all! I have many photos to share. I'm still downloading and editing so I'll just pick one of my most favorite places I visited this trip.... Foundation Louis Vuitton.  Frank Gehry's design and Buren's fabulous installation is a show stopper. It's been on my list for over two years, and Peter and I just enjoyed it so very much. Many more posts to come on this!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Au revoir

For the next two weeks, I'll be in the place I now consider my second home...Paris. I promise to post photos on Instagram ( @vjonesphoto) and Facebook, (Virginia Jones Photography) . I won't be blogging but promise to share many new Paris images as soon as I return. I thank you all for following this blog, my Instagram and FB pages. I love sharing my favorite memories with all of you. ..... V

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


As many of you know, street photography in Paris, I really love. I hope to visit the Palais Royal many times in the next two weeks and find more families and cute kids!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Color Coordinated

Nice when your window shades match the autumn leaves outside of your flat!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Only In Paris

I know I'm in Paris when I spot moto drivers wearing spike heels!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Lumière et ombres

Sometimes, just the light on a building is enough to stop me in my tracks for another photograph.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Soon, very soon.....

This time next week, I will be staying just a few doors from Poilâne's flagship boulangerie on rue duCherche-Midi! I could get into some serious trouble!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


It seems young Parisians love to gather in this doorway near the Colonnes de Buren at the Palais Royal.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Out of Focus

Oh i had to dig deep for this out of focus shot for our monthly theme! As a rule, the out of focus shots hit my Mac trashcan asap!

Today, I skid into the CDP Theme Day with lots of blog friends around the world. Click HERE to see the entire gallery!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fond Memories!

Remembering our time with my talented friend Carla Coulson. Mary, Peter, and I so enjoyed being with her this trip in 2013.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Church Series - Saint Denis

Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis, featuring over 70 incumbent figures and tombs of French royalty. Many immortalized with their beloved pets such as these. This is a stunning cathedral and when the afternoon sun streams through the stained glass windows, it is breathtaking.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Paris je t'aime

I am getting there as fast as I can!!!!  There has never been a time when I needed Paris more than I do right now.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nouveaux amis

Say what you will about the French, but Southern women know how to make friends, even in Paris. My friend Martha had been in Paris about 6 hours when, as I was off shooting, she marched right up to a delightful French couple here in the playground area with their grandson, and made friends! With that, Martha was off and running making amis all over Paris that week!

Paris Rouge - P.A.R.O.S.H.

 P.A.R.O.S.H at the Palais Royal, always an eclectic mix. I love Paris!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Miam Miam!!!!

Step inside and enjoy the fragrance of freshly baked bread at Arnaud Delmontel! I can hardly think of anything more wonderful.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hôtel Dieu de Paris

Founded by Saint-Landry in 651, it's the oldest hospital in Paris. Located just across the street from Notre Dame on Île de la Cité, you've probably walked right past it. Next time go in and see this beautiful courtyard.

Tombées du camion

Paris is chock full of charming and unusual shops that might take a bit of looking but are well worth the effort. Several years ago, I bought *Paris Made By Hand, a treasure of a handbook featuring Paris' most unusual shops by arrondissement. It took some searching but Peter and Mary helped me find it. Tombées du camion, which means "fell off the truck" is a tiny shop full of an electic mix of unusual finds. This is a place that although hard to explain, is a photographer's paradise.

Tombées du camion
17 rue Joseph de Maistre
75018 Paris

* Of note: I recommend doing a search online for any shops you might want to visit as I've found that since the book was written, several have closed. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Les feuilles mortes

Jardin du Luxembourg in November is a delight.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Le violoniste

 One of my favorite Métro musician groups. This ensemble consists of students and teachers and I've been so fortunate to find them playing in the Bastille Métro stop on two visits. Vivaldi in the Metro, only in Paris!

Thursday, October 20, 2016


A quiet moment in the Palais Royal. Say what you will, but the French know how to take time to just sit and enjoy their surroundings. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

After Hours

It pays to nose around with your camera after hours.