View One (thirty-five to go) [a Paris Illustré blog post]

Here’s the latest post to my new blog Paris Illustré, featuring my illustrations of Paris (and some other spots).  I hope you’ll go have a look and enjoy!

The way the Eiffel Tower pops up in views from all over the city has been a reliable source of amusement for me through the years: “Oh, there it is again!” (I know, it doesn’t take much.)  While you expect to see la Tour in panoramic vistas, sometimes you’ll catch a glimpse peeking out over some rooftops, between a narrow gap in buildings, or through some trees. Henri Riviere’s Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower captures this phenomenon–and the Paris of his day–beautifully.

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Icing on the Cake [a Paris Illustré blog post]

Here’s the latest post to my new blog Paris Illustré, featuring my illustrations of Paris (and some other spots).  I hope you’ll go have a look and enjoy!

On top of Paris’s already incredible beauty, florists add their vibrant displays to catch the passing eye.  Who could resist.  On May 1, lilies of the valley appear everywhere, like pumpkins to our Halloween.  I find their tiny bell-shaped blossoms enchanting and will invariably indulge.  Once I pressed and dried a few sprigs in an attempt to preserve the magic but it turns out they are more alluring pre-pressed.

Quintessential Paris

Here’s the latest post to my new blog Paris Illustré, featuring my illustrations of Paris (and some other spots).  I hope you’ll go have a look and enjoy!

Adorned with statues, expanses of lawn, and a profusion of flowers, the Luxembourg gardens are elegantly inviting.  While joggers circle the perimeter, earning calorie credits, I’m likely to be enjoying a baguette sandwich under some tree-dappled sunlight.  Since my last visit I’ve learned there is a fruit orchard on the southern of the garden, which I’d like to see blooming in the spring.  No matter how much time I spend in Paris, new delights await.

Refuge Cafe, Refuge City

Here’s the first post to my new blog Paris Illustré, featuring illustrations of Paris (and some other spots).  I hope you’ll join me over there!

This cafe certainly looks like a cozy refuge, its entry tucked inside that verdant archway.  For me, Paris itself is a refuge.  I end up immersed in beautiful parks, gardens and interiors, fascinating streets, art-stuffed museums, and book after gorgeous book in any number of shops.  Although Paris is crowded with people and noisy traffic (love is deaf as well as blind?), corners of solitude and quiet are remarkably abundant — you just may need to endure some jostling on your way there.