Paris: 5 Iconic Backdrops for Photo-ops

Les Quatre Saisons by Louis Convers at the Petit Palais Photos by Theadora Brack

Repetto Ballet Shop on rue de Paix (Where's Gene Kelly when you need him?)

Repetto Ballet Shop on rue de Paix is stepping it up with a face lift (Don’t let the angels steal your pink shoes!)

By Theadora Brack

Buds are bursting on the trees in Paris, making it the perfect time to update my list of iconic French backdrops for photo-ops, perfect for your social media portraits and status updates, too. There’s no sin in boasting. Besides, this outdoor repertoire is free.

Celebrating favorite photographers—Robert Capa, Man Ray, Robert Doisneau, Erwin Blumenfeld, Georges Dambier, William Klein, and Willy Maywald, (who often showcased France’s beloved national monuments in their haute couture spreads)—I’ve meshed the new with the old, fully appreciating the dynamic, overlapping, ever-changing juxtapositions.

So with Rolleiflex firmly in hand, it’s now time to snap, crackle and pop! Shall we? For the profound love of Bruno Ganz and Wim Wenders’ canted angles and slow, graceful arcs, here’s my “Wings of Desire” edition.

Flying to Paris?

If so, kick-off your jaunt at the Musée Galliera’s “Mannequin, Le Corps de la Mode” exhibition at the Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design. Curated by Sylvie Lécallier, the exhibition smartly covers the history of modeling with photographs, sketches, magazines, videos, dress forms, and fine vintage garb, of course. My heart raced at the sight of a 1966 white dress by Balenciaga, side-by-side a film loop showing the Master Couturier creating the very same dress.

View of the Opéra from the rooftop at Printemps

View of the Opéra from the rooftop at Printemps

 

1. Printemps


Color scheme: Gold, blue, beige and black brought to you by Haussmann
Attire recommendations: Mercantile green or pale baby blue

When it comes to classic French backdrops, it’s all about the view and location. The rooftop paradise at Printemps possesses both. Here you’ll find one of my all-time favorite views of Paris. A triple-threat photo-op, so strike a pose like there’s nothing to it with the Eiffel Tower, the Opéra Garnier, and Sacré Coeur. Heads-up: the safety barrier is crystal clear, so if you possess a fear of heights (like I do), tiptoe slowly!

Splendor in the Grass

Tip: Galeries Lafayette’s rooftop is just hop, skip and a jump away, and it also has some sublime catbird seating, along with faux green grass and funky red plastic chairs and sofas. Here is where I often kick back with a soda pop and rest my feet after window-shopping along Boulevard Haussmann. It’s another prime people-watching hot spot in the city.

After recharging your spirit and soles, check out the grand magasin’s estained glass coupole. Heaven on earth, this Belle Epoch stunner with a Byzantine twist was installed in 1912. Try gazing up without getting all weepy. Borrow my hanky. I won’t tell.

Natural light floods the Grand Hall at the Opéra Garnier

Natural light floods the Grand Hall at the Opéra Garnier

2. Opéra Garnier

Color scheme: Gold, beige, black and copper green
Attire recommendations: Gold, purple and ruby red, too

After touring the grand magasins on Boulevard Haussmann, jeté across the street to the Opéra. I usually photograph outside the Métro Opéra main entrance. Shining like a superstar, blue skies are this edifice’s friend, though it’s also ideal to arrive just before an evening performance in order to see the red carpet-worthy glittering garb dart across the busy rues.

Pointer:  Tours of the building are offered. Prefer to dance solo? It’s not a problem here. For just a few euros, I was able to explore practically the entire building on my own, from the lobby to the reception halls, salons, and foyers, decked out in mosaics, mirrors and sculpture. I even spotted a few ghosts. Heavens, I was in heaven.

And yes, I did re-enact Audrey Hepburn’s dramatic entrance in the “Funny Face” movie without slipping down the slick marble steps on my back. I was also able to take a brief peek at Chagall’s famous ceiling mural and a live rehearsal.

With glee, I then toured the costume exhibitions and gift shop with a view, stocked with books, dvds, and cds, along with ballet slippers, tutus, tiaras, opera glasses, and evening gloves. With Debussy softly playing, I could have danced and shopped all day, and well, yes, I did.

Reflecting on Place Vendôme at Schiaparelli

REFLECTING ON PLACE VENDÔME (VIEW FROM THE “SCHIAP SHOP”)

3. Place Vendôme

Color scheme: Beige, black and pale green
Attire recommendations: Gold, royal blue and shocking pink

After snapping a few pix at the Opéra, take Rue de la Paix to Place Vendôme. Look for Napoléon’s column. In 1935 designer Elsa Schiaparelli opened one of the first prêt-à-porter boutiques under its shadow at 21 Place Vendôme. A tale I enjoy telling often, “Schiap” would unveil her collections with squads of circus performances in the middle of the square, complete with elephants and tightrope walkers!

As I reported earlier this year, Diego Della Valle (of Tods) recently bought the “Schiaparelli” name and now plans to revive the Place Vendôme salon. They’re still shopping around for a designer. I’ll keep you in the loop.

More inspiration? Here’s where Robert Capa photographed the iconic images of poodle-toting models for Dior in 1948! Calling all cinematic fans, Billy Wilder’s “Love in the Afternoon” with Audrey Hepburn and Maurice Chevalier was shot here at the Hôtel Ritz.

By the way, like the nearby Repetto ballet shop, the Ritz is also getting a supreme makeover. Currently a gigantic mural, scaffolding, and temporary little apartment-like buildings cover the entire front facade. I’m already looking forward to the dramatic unveiling. It’ll be a knock-out, I’m certain.

Model Dorian Leigh Photo by Georges Dambier, Place de la Concorde, Ensemble by Christian Dior, Elle Magazine, 1957 (T.Brack’s archives)

4. Arc-de-Triomphe du Carrousel

Color scheme: Black, beige, gold, and pink marble
Attire recommendations: Black, red and at least one piece of bling or medal

After your Place Vendôme photo session directly below “le petit caporal’s” watch, strut on over to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, located by the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries. The petite size of this “Mini-Me” of the big Arc de Triomphe at the far end of the Champs Elysées makes for an easy, breezy shoot. Also, this is where the infectious balloon scene in “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire was filmed.

5. Petit Palais

Color scheme: Black, beige and specks of gold
Attire recommendations:
Black with a splash of red and cobalt blue

Gather ’round, my fellow art-loving flâneurs, I’ve got a new favorite museum in Paris up my sleeve. Designed by Charles Girault for the Universal Exhibition in 1900, I plan to pen a full-bodied post on the Petit Palais and its world-class permanent collection, so I will not spill the entire plot today.

But suffice it to say, I fell madly for the space, art works, and library, along with its affordable café with outdoor seating in the (soon to be lush) courtyard garden. Plus, the admission is free. I left feeling inspired and invigorated, walking on sunshine and air, I tell you. Do stay tuned!

Clipping from Colette, “Live in the moment! Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.”

All that glitters on top of the Arc-de-Triomphe du Carrousel

Wings of Desire, Petit Palais, 1900

View from the courtyard garden and café at the Petite Palais

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View of the Opéra from Printemps

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View of the Église de la Sainte-Trinité de Parisand Sacré Coeur from Printemps

View of The Église Saint-Augustin de Paris (Church of St. Augustine) from Printemps

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View of the Grand Palais, Petit Palais and Eiffel Tower from Printemps

Model at the Petit Palais,

Model Dorian Leigh at the Petit Palais
Photograph by Henry Clarke, 1955
Robe de Jacques Heim printemps-été
Image Credit: Musée Galliera’s “Mannequin, Le Corps de la Mode”
(Painting: Le Sommeil, The Sleepers by Gustave Courbet, 1866, Petit Palais)

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Model Dorian Leigh at the Petit Palais
Photograph by Henry Clarke, 1955
Robe de Herb de Givenchy
(Painting: Study for Les Demoiselles des bords de la Seine, Été, 1867, Petit Palais) T. Brack’s archives

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192 thoughts on “Paris: 5 Iconic Backdrops for Photo-ops

  1. You have such a great eye and the tips you offer up are ones even us die hard Paris expats can learn from! Thanks again for such a great post, Theadora!

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    • Merci, Paul! By the way, I feel the same way about your wonderful photographs on your AB-FAB “Paris By Cell Phone” site. Thanks to you, I’m now obsessed with the faux facades in the city!! T.

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    • Thanks, Janet!! The Opéra Garnier is a magical place. A few years ago, I got to see Vaslav Nijinsky’s fantastical L’après-midi d’un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun). I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I still have the crushed velvet black dress and cloak from the evening! Each time I wear it, I think of that night. T. (It would have been amazing to see Nijinksy dance. Sigh!!)

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  2. you show Paris in such a good light – it is a city I have never really been drawn towards until I started to wander through the city with you. I have my 50th birthday coming up perhaps I may visit – we shall see

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    • Thanks for your kind words, Scott! YES. I’m in love with Paris. Heck, I’m obsessed with the city. By the way, I loved your photograph of the interior of Sistine Chapel. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. T. (And Happy Birthday, Bon Anniversaire—in advance!!)

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  3. This is an amazing post just full of interesting photos and description. Are you telling us you used a Rollieflex?? I used to use one in France back in the 60’s. Very fun and well done blog. I look forward to every one if them.

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    • Well, gosh, thank you for your sweet words!! Say, do you still have your “France” photographs from the 1960s? Have you scanned them? Have you posted them? My fingers are crossed! T.

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    • MERCI. And YES. The rooftop at Galeries Lafayette has always been one of my “Happy” places. Whenever I feel stressed, I head for the rooftop. It’s especially nice to visit as the sun is setting in the late afternoon. I sit and stare and think or try not to think. The city’s attention to harmonious detail both soothes and re-energizes my spirits every time. Works like a charm! Plus, inexpensive soda pops are sold nearby!! T. 🙂

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  4. Un tour fantastique, Mlle B.!

    Loved this post, and your ‘Rolli’ shots are simply gorgeous…no other word will do! Oh, to have the Dior ensemble from 1957! Tres chic!

    Such a perfect piece to read before I reheat leftover penne w/mushrooms and Alfredo, and make a small salad to go with!

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    • Ah, Merci!! I also loved the Dior ensemble from 1957! It is gorgeous. And so was Dorian Leigh! Photographer Georges Dambier had an interesting eye. I dig the cobblestone in the shot. I’m now trying to track down more of his work.

      And speaking of gorgeous, your sunrise photo series is breathtaking!! Beautiful. I loved the colors. Again, the colors reminded me of Good Humor Popsicle.

      Now I’m hungry for Popsicles and Penne Pasta with mushrooms and Alfredo! Oh, la la.
      B.

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  5. Magical and magificant………my fav is the view of Église de la Sainte-Trinité de Paris and Sacré Coeur from Printemps! I have such marvelous memories of Sacre Coeur and especially the first time I saw her from a distance. Of course the view of the Grand Palais, Petit Palais and Eiffel Tower from Printemps fills the Tin Man’s heart with longing for those damn ruby slippers so that I might click myself to Paris this instant!………..and should that I could I would transform into Dorian Leigh wearing her ensemble from Christian Dior as photographed for Elle Magazine in 1957…………for the love!!! What a delightful outfit! Theadora…….this has been a marvelous post! So very enjoyed this trip!!!

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    • I’m with you, Monsieur Tin Man. I always enjoy spotting Sacré Coeur from a distance! She looks like a stack of white macarons.

      She even helped kick-off Cubism! Both Picasso (1 Boulevard de Clichy) and Georges Braque (48 rue d’Orsel and 101 rue Caulaincourt) had views of Sacré Coeur, and were driven to paint the then new, Neo-Byzantine looker in all her fragmented beauty. At the time, Picasso was living with redheaded model Fernande Olivier and a monkey called Mamina!

      And oh, YES. You’d look fabulous in the Christian Dior garb, of course. I’d fight you for the fetching hat!

      T.

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  6. I’m swooning – the clothes, oh the wonderful fashions – oh my stars – the ballet slippers. And the views – one could simply live in Printemps and just look, and look and never leave. Oh Theadora how I adore you – and Paris. V.

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    • So here’s the plan, Virginia! You’ll move to Printemps, and I’ll move to Galeries Lafayette! YES. There’s really no reason to ever leave Boulevard Haussmann. G.L. even has a grocery store! By the way, I thought I spotted Oswald, Gentleman Rabbit, on the 5th floor, hobnobbing with the toy animals. It was quite a sight!! T.

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  7. You make my head swim with this post. Oh wasn’t Dorian Leigh beautiful and perfect in Dior. Her sister Suzy Parker was more the Chanel type. But Dorian…J’dore in Dior. I counted myself very lucky to see the Grand Hall at the Opera Garnier, because when I got to Versailles the hall of mirrors was being restored. And while in the Opera house I peeked though the round window of a box and saw a ballerina in pink dancing across the stage! Was it magic or my imagination? What ever it was it was wonderful.

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    • YES. Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker was very beautiful. She had the perfect zigzag eyebrows, eh? I was very happy to spot the Henry Clarke photograph in the Musée Galliera’s “Mannequin, Le Corps de la Mode” exhibition. I’ve always loved Dorian’s “Revlon Fire and Ice” shot by Richard Avedon. I plan to track down more magazine editorial work by Henry Clarke and Georges Dambier. I think Georges also shot sister Suzy?! T. (I also loved PEEKing through the little round windows at the Opéra! Like you, I spotted more than a few spirits. It was dark. It was raining. It was a perfect afternoon.)

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  8. Another great post. It reminds me why one of my treasured possessions is an original Doisneau signed Kiss photo… while staged its a great blend of Parisian iconic architecture and the romance of the city.

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    • Well, now I am green with envy. I’ve always adored Robert Doisneau’s “Le Baiser de l’hôtel de ville.” It’s so charming! T. (Whenever I’m at Hotel de Ville, I always spot couples re-enacting the big “lip lock” between Françoise Delbart and Jacques Carteaud. It’s very sweet.)

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  9. What a wonderful tour, Theadora! I have accompanied you, entranced throughout. You bring back some very happy memories for me, as well as presenting me with some great ideas for my fifth trip to this magical city of light. Bless you, dear friend.

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    • Thank you, Lizzie Joy! An upcoming fifth trip? That’s very exciting! Have you started a wish list of places to visit? Again, I highly recommend exploring the Opéra Garnier, along with the Petit Palais AND the Cirque d’hiver Bouglione. Stay tuned for full posts. I tumbled flat!! T. (Enjoy the week!)

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    • YES. Start planning another visit. You’d love the new funky Les Docks: Cité de la Mode et du Design, located near the Gare d’Austerlitz. Designed by architects Dominique Jakob and Brenda MacFarlane, the former 1907 warehouse now resembles a bright green snake! In addition to spaces for art exhibitions (like the Museé Galleria’s “Mannequins-Corps de la Mode” show), you’ll find shops and eating joints. Plus, it’s on the water with a view. It’s worth the trek! T.

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    • Ah, thank you! T. (By the way, I loved your recent shot of the High Line. What a fabulous promenade. I always enjoy eavesdropping—especially during the crowded weekend afternoons! And the furniture is also wonderful.)

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    • Yes, Patricia! The safety wall at the rooftop of Printemps is crystal clear. While taking the photographs, I held onto the wall with all my might. The weather vanes are just inches away, really. It was both spectacular and scary! T.

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    • Start packing, Jennifer! The Museé Galleria’s “Mannequins-Corps de la Mode” will run through the 19th of May 2013. La haute couture à l’honneur à l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris will close on the 6th of July 2013. Both shows are fascinating! T.

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  10. Theodora- you have such a way w words! This post was beautifully written and w such great detail! Ironically , you were on my list to inquire about roof top views that many tourists may not know about! Your post confirmed that I definitely need to visit Pritemps and G.L.! Any other gems of wine bars or cafes in unusual places that may have a view also!? Can’t wait to enjoy Paris w all your tips!

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    • Well, thank you! YES. Add both Printemps and Galeries Lafayette to your Paris “roof top” wish list. Bon Marché has an affordable indoor café with a view of city. It’s the perfect place to go for a coffee or a soda after seeing an exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville. I’ve seen pretty sunsets! I’ll create a short list other favorite joints with roof top views for you! T.

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  11. Wonderful post, T! Your photographs make me want to fly to Paris right away, and I really dig the 50s fashion shots – elegance and practicality go hand in hand. The post also reminded me of the time N and I headed off to Paris so I could have my photo taken outside the Beat Hotel. Sadly to make sure my face was properly in frame, she cut off the Beat. Anyway, looking forward to your tour of the Petit Palais!

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    • Richard, your street portraits have that same elegant feel and look about them! They’re always timeless beauties. I also dig 1950s fashion shots. I’d like to find more editorial spreads by Georges Dambier and Henry Clarke. Another quest!

      Also! Laure Ablin Guillot’s photography (1879-1962) is up at the Jea de Paume Museum at Place de la Concorde. Another interesting show with beautiful portraits: Jean Cocteau, Lucienne Boyer, and Colette-just to name a few. Guillot’s advertising work is also pretty darn terrific. I plan to pen a post, of course. More people should know about her work! You’d love the photographs.
      T.
      (I loved your Beat Hotel story! For the love of Mana, did you go inside? Touch a door knob?!)

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      • Laure sounds very interesting – please do a post! And thanks so much for the compliment! I think I did touch the doorknob or the bell or something and remember grinning inanely at the woman on reception (it’s not really the same hotel nowadays). The photograph is now a bookmark in a so-so biography of William Burroughs (I did it for the irony).

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    • Thanks, Kim! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit at the Opéra Garnier. It was a perfect afternoon. Do you have a favorite old Opéra House of Dance Hall outside of France in Paris? The Avignon Opera house is another beauty. T.

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    • It was a cloudy day and natural light was still filling the hall. I got weepy. Add it to your list if you haven’t been there. And of course, it’s worth every penny to see a show there. So much history! T.

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    • Well, gosh, Thom, thank you!! As you know, I feel the same way about your New York City work. I’m always happy to see your name pop up in my inbox! T. (As a former Staten Islander, I miss it! Have you written any historical posts about Staten Island?)

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    • I agree with you. It’s a such clever construction wall. It certainly caught my eye as I made my way up and down the bustling rue de la Paix. It looks like a few shoes are missing. Dancing shoe bandits?! T.

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    • I always enjoy the unpredictable weather in Paris—winter, spring, summer and fall! I always, always carry an umbrella. I never leave the flat without it! T. (And thanks!)

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  12. Oh, my gosh, I see I am “only” the 122nd person to like this post! 🙂 That tells you everything you need to know. It is lovely. Thanks also for your visits Theodora (with your unusual, intriguing & beautiful name) to my little blog. Your visits are very much appreciated. Warm regards, from a cold but sunny Dublin- Arran.

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    • Arran! Thank you for the sweet words! It’s always a pleasure to visit your site. I loved your recent celebration of architectural details. Lovely! Lovely! Ah, you’d love exploring Garnier’s Opéra house. You’d appreciate every nook and cranny, I’m certain. Perhaps you’ve been there?! Enjoy the weekend! T.

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  13. That is beautifully written. The flat crayonish light blue and gold. Can’t wait to see them for real! Lovely post.

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    • Dear Paro! YES. You can’t go wrong with blue and gold. For photo-ops, I recommend donning red garb in cherry or fire engine. It really pops! Theadora (Thanks for your kind words! Are you planning a trip to Paris?)

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      • Yes I am. May I ask, what to you is the best season to go to Paris? 🙂

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      • Hi Paro! Each season has pros and cons. I often recommend visiting during the late winter/early spring (February-March) or the late fall/early winter (October-November). The hotel rates usually dip during the low season in Paris. Are you a shopper? The two big annual sales take place in February and July. Keep me posted! T.

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      • I am a shopper! Feb to march sounds good.. Thank you so much! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Pete! I also love the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. In fact, Abbesses is my favorite neighborhood in Paris. Rue des Abbesses and rue Lepic feel very much like a village. Do you have a favorite restaurant café or pâtisserie in Montmartre?! Theadora

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    • Next spring? Very exciting! Will this be your first visit to Paris? Enjoy the planning phase of the trip. And feel free to ask questions! Theadora (Add the Petit Palais and the Opéra to your list!)

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      • Yes, it will be my first trip to Paris! I can’t wait to start planning the trip – I will definitely add your recommendations to my list of must-see places and contact you with questions as I start moving along 🙂

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    • Thank you! It was a complete pleasure to create the post. Plus,there’s so much to see and photograph in Paris. I never, ever leave the flat without the camera! Plus, I carry a spare battery at all times! Oh, la, la. Theadora (Enjoy the weekend!)

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      • Wow , it seems that you are so dedicated…it must be your passion …by the way , do you have some greek connection, by your name I guess?

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      • Empress Theodora! Her father was a bear trainer and her mother was a dancer and actor. Fascinating! T. (Again, thanks for your kind words. I love your “Ottoman Dandy” site. YES. I am looking forward to the “Gatsby” film!)

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  14. What wonderful pictures of a truly magical place. I haven’t been to Paris since I was in my early 20’s and your photographs took me straight back to that exciting time. Thank you!

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    • Thank YOU. What swell words! Where did you stay? Arrondissement? Did you have a favorite café or shop? Very little changes in Paris. So perhaps it’s still around waiting for you to return, making it easy, breezy to time travel! Theadora

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  15. Ah Paris…so beautiful…and your photos showcase that so well. I look forward to getting lots of tips for my next trip 🙂

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    • WOW. Breathtaking, gorgeous words! Thank you! Paris IS a magical place. Have you been there? Have you seen Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” film? He was able to capture the city’s haunting beauty! How many times have I seen the flick? Too many to count!! Theadora (Enjoy the weekend!)

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      • I havent been to Paris ever but yes the city is stunning – your photographs and woody allen’s midnight in paris – have showcased its modest appeal.
        hope your weekend’s going well too Theodora,
        keep clicking,
        moodnmoments

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    • Thank you! If you visit Paris, don’t miss the rooftops at Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. Both views are stunners. Plus, they’re free!! Prime people-watching spots, too. Heaven!! Theadora

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  16. This is amazing, a little slice of Paris on the Internet. Definitely one of the places on my bucket list to visit and live in when I am in my early twenties. Thanks!

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    • YES. Add Paris to your bucket list!! Keep us posted on your future trips to Paris. Make it happen. And YES. Enjoy the research (dreaming!) portion of the trip phase! YES. Theadora

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    • Merci! Do you have a favorite history museum in Paris? My picks? Musée Carnavalet, Musée Montmartre, and Musée Montparnasse are favorites—just to name a few. Do you have any favorite Paris reads? Theadora

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      • I only had two days in Paris I’m afraid I didn’t visit any of the museums except La Louve. I most wandered around the city ducking into Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower. I’m one of thos epeople who just enjoy walking the streets of a city and soaking in the atmosphere. I haven’t any favourite Paris reads either I’m afraid. My knowledge of French literature is poor at best.

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      • I’m with you! I’m also a wanderer. It’s great to have plan but it’s also okay to deviate—if time permits. That’s when the magic starts! T.

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    • Ah, thanks for your thoughtful words! So you were in Paris three years ago? Were you there in the springtime? Do you have a favorite arrondissement? Café? Or Shop? And YES. Start planning another trip! Keep me posted! Theadora

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  18. Merci bcp pour les belles photos! I lived there briefly many years ago and your pictures are making me awfully nostalgic!

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    • Best comment!! Thank YOU. Have you returned since you lived in Paris? I bet it was difficult to leave! I’m sure you bonded with your neighborhood. Oh, you’ll have to return again! Theadora

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    • Ah, thank you! It was great fun and interesting, too, to shoot the Haussmann streets and boulevards, but scary at times. The rooftop safety barrier at Printemps is crystal clear. Yikes. I held on the railing while shooting. Trust me. I did not let go! T.

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    • Merci! So you just returned from Paris? Lucky you! I’ll check out your reports. Any recent posts?! Theadora (Did you see any exhibitions or eye-popping vitrines?)

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      • Hi. Yes, a couple of posts. One has just been Freshly Pressed which is great! I went to the musee rodin and the orangerie but unfortunately had to head home before the haute couture exhibition. I will definitely be back…again!

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      • Morgan! Congratulations on getting Freshly Pressed! Your black and white Paris photographs are gorgeous. Gorgeous. Bravo!! T.

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    • Thank you! Keep me posted on your future Paris trips. I’d love to see your photos! Are you taking a photography class? Enjoy experimenting with your camera. Keep on snapping!! Theadora

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  19. Wow what a great read. Your photos are fantastic! My wife didn’t think we “needed” to go back to Paris on our next trip but I think this has persuaded her to re-think!

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      • Hi, we are going to go for a day as we will be staying in London. My fav spot is Montparnasse which i think is the artistic area right?

        Have you seen Midnight in Paris?

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  20. I love the old Dior photographs juxtaposed to your work to remind us of the fashion legacy of Paris. Im so jealous of anyone that has had the opportunity to go there. THanks for sharing your great photos. I would prefer to have 15 minutes in Paris over my supposed 15 minutes of fame before I die.

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    • Your words made me smile!! Oh, you’ll have to visit Paris sometime. You’d love the current fashion exhibition at the Hôtel d’Ville! My little eye spotted Dior, Poiret, Paquin, Vionnet, and the Callot Soeurs, along with Grès, Schiaparelli, and Balenciaga. It was another perfect day!!

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    • Oui—Oui, Fluffy Tales! I’m with you. Paris is a beautiful city! Do you have a favorite iconic backdrop for a photo-op?! Sacré Coeur is another favorite spot for portrait taking and people-watching! Theadora (Enjoy the week!)

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  21. What a wonderful idea for a blog post! Adding you to my feeds as I’m intrigued to see more 🙂 great job!

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    • Music to my ears!! Thanks for the sweet words! Theadora (I’m currently working on a post on my favorite French King: the dashing and passionate Henri IV! Stay tuned!)

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  22. I love Paris most of the time, though once I was there on an endless stream of grey days and felt utterly depressed. The best thing about it is that most of the centre ville is old, unlike London which was torn up in the wars. Thanks for the photos, they make great reminiscing!

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    • YES. It does rain quite a bit in Paris. I always carry an umbrella! On the sunny side, the weather changes frequently! The ever-changing lighting drove artist Edward Hopper crazy. I’m now used to it. On most days!! Theadora (Thanks for your thoughtful words!)

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    • Apologies, Janaline! I flip-flopped my notes to you. Again, thanks for your kind words. I feel the same way about your travel photography. I especially loved your shots of the York Minster Cathedral! The sky was blue. Exquisite! T.

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  23. Hi Thea! So nice to see you again. Your backdrop choices for Paris are so well chosen. And I love how you photographed them. Dorian Leigh! How divinely stylish! Love the post! As always. When I don’t have time to go there, all I have to do is visit your blog and go through the various categories. And I’m there again! Merci beaucoup, beacoup, mon ami!

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    • Oh, dear. You made my week. My month! Your words always, always make me smile. Thanks for that. I also adore Dorian Leigh! The black suit and hat are divine. I’m now on the hunt for more fashion photographs by Georges Damier and Henry Clarke. They had quite the eye! T. (Enjoy the week!)

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  24. Your photos and personal commentary are enchanting. I hadn’t noticed the colors of the Arc-de-Triomphe du Carrousel before. We’re too hot and tired to walk out there after spending the day at the Louvre. Man Ray is one of your favorite photographers; San Francisco had a eye-opening exhibit of his works and Lee Miller’s last year.

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  25. What a wonderful post, Theadora. Your reflection photo of the Place Vendome is sublime. I’ve noted these places for future reference. I’ll be the one with a Leica rather than a Rolleiflex, though.

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