Category Archives: Paris

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise Entrance gate collageon our first Sunday in Paris we headed across town to visit Père Lachaise Cemetery…Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Pere LaChaiseestablished in 1804 it has the distinction of being the first garden cemetery which is a style of burial ground that uses landscaping in a park-like setting

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise collage 3it was a gorgeous sunny blue sky day and we wandered for hours…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jim Morrison's Graveand managed to find Jim Morrison‘s grave site with its make shift barricades that people still seem compelled to go beyond (our photos are full of shadows)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise Cemetery 2formerly called Cemetery of the East it is the largest park and cemetery in the city of Paris on 110 acres with about 5,000 trees…

Magpie's Nest Edith Piaf's gravethere were views of the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower with the help of our telephoto lens (we also found France’s beloved Edith Piaf’s grave)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise mosaic“The cemetery’s hilly terrain and tree-lined avenues are at once overcrowded, peaceful, and seductive. Sculptures abound, and the tombs run the gamut from simple, flat, horizontal headstones to elaborate mini-chapels open to the public. Some of the tombs are immaculately cared for, others dilapidated and abandoned.” –Encyclopedia Britannica

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Cemetery reflectionour visit inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal (the photo above is not altered it was a reflection looking thru a tiny monument window)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz cemetery suppliesusing some of our photos and a couple of pressed daisies we picked in another park in Paris…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere Lachaise Cemetery journal pagesI am joining in with the Art Journal Journal IN MY GARDEN THERE IS… and the Moo Mania & More PARIS challenges…

♥ Paris je t’aime/Paris I Love You ♥

happy to be back on line after an involuntary absence because of Mr M trying to upgrade our computer…

Patty Szymkowicz Thyme Lady and Mr Cardinalthe word “nightmare” sums up that experience pretty well as the new set up was impossible to deal with and very frustrating…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Garden blueswe are now back where we started with a slow computer that can at least be used…

Magpie's Nest Stokesia Aster Bouquetjoining the group over at T Stands for Tuesday  after a pause on our back porch…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris cup I am also sharing two new art journal pages for the Moo Mania and More  PARIS theme…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Je t'aimeI had fun filling the cup with some favorite Paris images decorating with part of a coffee stained paper doily and fabric flowers on a peeled flower napkin over old French text background (Notre Dame was from a French chocolate wrapper, the lady is from The Graphics Fairy, the image on the left is one of Da Vinci’s hand drawings)

last time I saw Paris…

the first cut into my large sheet of Paris Cavallini & Co. paper was the hardest so I decided to use two nice sized pieces for the first pages in my French Travel JournalMagpie's Nest places in Parisalmost too nice to cover up adding a couple of images from a French book and the baguettes from a bread bag……

Magpie's Nest linen pouchadding a stitched linen pouch on the left hand page filled with ticket stubs and such (Chris’ lovely tag is in there too)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Map of Parisjoining in again for Art Journal Journey’s MAPS challenge

Magpie's Nest Patty & Jim Szymkowicz“The last time I saw Paris,

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris sightsher heart was warm and gay,

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris ImpressionsI heard the laughter of her heart in every street café.” -Oscar Hammerstein II

La Tour Eiffel …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Springtime in Paristhe Eiffel Tower was never meant to be a permanent structure when it was built for the 1889 World’s Fair…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz The Iron Ladyit’s use as an important radio tower helped save it from being torn down in the early 1900’s after some Parisians thought it an eyesore and possibly unsafe…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz La Tour Eiffelthe “Iron Lady” is an iconic symbol of France attracting more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world (approximately 7 million people per year) …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz from arc de triompheevery seven years 60 tons of Eiffel Tower Brown paint freshen up all 986 feet of her…

collageit was only a 20 minute walk from our Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel to the tower…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling T Cup at La Tour Eiffelthat filled us with excitement each and every time we saw her…Slice of Galeries Lafayette Paris Map a wonderful Jean-Paule Goude image that I enlarged from a Galeries Lafayette map inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal (turning her in the opposite direction I added one of our photos of the Eiffel Tower for her body along with more French ribbon trim)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Postcard from the pastthe postcard on the left hand page was sent to my parents by me from the tippy top of the tower years ago (at that time they added a special embossed emblem and stamp when you mailed your card from the tower)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz postcard upjoining again with Art Journal Journey’s MAPS challenge and Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz April in Paris Tour Eiffellastly here is a 17 second video I took of the wonderful light show that happens each night for five minutes on the hour…

ooh la laa how we enjoyed that twinkle stepping out of our hotel just a little ways…

 

 

 

 

Paris is always a good idea…

we treasured the extra days we got to spend in the city of lights both before and after our Best of France tour…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris lightsLa Flamme de la Liberté above is a replica of the new flame at the upper end of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty in New York … it became an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales, after her death in 1997 in the nearby tunnel beneath the Pont de l’Alma…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jeanne d'Arc Parisit would not be hard to fill a journal with just Paris…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz around townin going through a couple of goodie drawers here at home I found some great French bits and bobs which led to a few more art journal pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz City of LightsI made a tiny postcard to slide into a French velum envelope addressed to all of you lovely blog friends out there…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jeanne d'Arcusing some original French ledger and book pages felt good… (the first rip is always the hardest)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz L'Ile de la CiteI have confessed in the past that I sometimes use copies of vintage ephemera but I am doing much better at using the real thing…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz PARIS City of Lightseven though Erika’s JOURNEYS challenge is winding down for the month over at Art Journal Journey I have a second set of pages to share today…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Chris and Sabinegetting to meet Chris and Tony from the UK and Sabine from Germany  helped make some extra special Paris memories for us…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Chris and Sabine and Patty MeetChris enjoys coffee so she has a bit of used coffee filter by her and Sabine likes tea so I used the muslin tea bag from the tea we shared in a Paris cafe near Notre Dame (yup dried them out and took them home) … I enjoy both tea and coffee which is represented on the left hand page (after carefully opening the tea bags and putting the tea leaves in a special dish garden I noticed shimmery flakes on the inside of the tea bag fabric which for me symbolized just how magical our time in Paris was… thanks to The Graphics Fairy for the lovely ladies and cherubs … the Eiffel Tower is from a peeled tissue)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris ici la revolution Notre Dame(snapped a photo of the interesting ironwork by Notre Dame and noticed what was written on the marble on the left hand side when I got home: ICI LA REVOLUTION)

“Paris is always a good idea.” -Audrey Hepburn from the movie Sabrina

like a dream…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz DREAM art journalstill inspired by Erika’s JOURNEYS theme at Art Journal Journey I created a spread in a “dream” art journal that I started in January 2015…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Dream suppliesa trip to my favorite papercraft store in nearby Clifton got me playing with a new butterfly stamp and some silver gilding flakes (Elizabeth that is the La Blanche stamp I mentioned to you)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Nuvo Gilding flakeshard to capture the beautiful shimmer of the silver on camera (it does show up a bit better if you click on the photo)…

Magpie's nest Patty Szymkowicz Like A Dream journal pagesbecause I was using what I had handy this spread could have easily gone into my French Travel Journal but my Dream journal was feeling neglected so there it is…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Paul de Vence FranceI may go back and change the words I added on the top of the left page to “HER journey was like a dream” ♥

save the bees…

Magpie's Nest Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotelwe had occasion to speak to French bee keepers in the lobby of our hotel in Paris…Magpie's Nest Attention Abeilles Paris

their education booth was a nice surprise and we learned that city bees are doing better than country bees these days…

Magpie's Nest Queen Beefor over 15 years Paris has officially been a pesticide-free zone which aids breeding in addition to the warmth of the city environment…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Up on Arc de Triomphewe enjoyed the views of Paris after walking up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe (you can see the people along the top…we could feel the wind vibration in some of those security spikes)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Green Paris Rooftops(some lovely Paris rooftop gardens with a new one going in on the bottom left)

I am joining Erika’s JOURNEYS challenge over at Art Journal Journey with this spread in my French Travel Journal…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French Bee Journal Pages“Stop using chemicals in your garden.  In the US more chemical tonnage is used on lawns and golf courses than on crops.  Even people with apartments routinely use pesticides on their window boxes, killing every butterfly that visits.”  –Mark Daniels, Director The Strange Disappearance Of The Bees


Opéra National de Paris – Palais Garnier

Erika’s great theme of “Journeys” for Art Journal Journey this month is the perfect kick in the pants to do what I always “think” about doing after a trip…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Opera House Belle Epoque stylejournaling on vacation doesn’t seem to work for me because I am always so excited to be traveling and busy taking photos and having a good time…

Magpie's Nest Opera Garnier 1875the Palais Garnier was one of our favorite places in Paris dazzling both inside and out…

Magpie's Nest Opera Garnier insideever since seeing some of blog friend Jeanie’s photos from the Marc Chagall ceiling several years ago I have dreamed of visiting and feasting my eyes on it…

Magpie's Nest Paris Opera Garnier seats 2000his gift to the French people as thanks for the many creative years he had in his adopted country truly is glorious and not easy to capture on camera…

Magpie's Nest Opera Chagall's ceilingif/when we return to Paris someday we would take the guided tour rather than just float through enjoying things on our own…

Magpie's Nest Patty Jim Opera Mirror Selfiestill in the pinch me I’m in Paris mode after meeting with Chris and Tony a bit earlier in the day we were enjoying each moment…

Magpie's Nest French Ephemerainspired by the Opera I got busy on my first pages in a moleskin journal I’ve had for many years using bits I brought home and assorted things I already had on hand…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 1968 Paris Opera envelopeI used part of this envelope piece that I had in my stash to make a lift up flap on the left hand page…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Opera pages (2)each page is perforated so I will be gluing something in the center to help keep the pages from pulling out…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Opera pages (1)the pages are quite thin so I’ll be adding layers to give them strength…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Opera pages“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.” -Marc Chagall

 

Meeting in Paris…

our last full day in Paris had been planned and anticipated for many months as a special blog friend from Germany took the train to Paris the day before to meet us and spend the day with us…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Notre Damewe were all atwitter with excitement…

Magpie's Nest Arc de Triomphe 1836I knew from corresponding with Sabine that her English was excellent and it turns out her French is great too…

Sabine Jim and Patty on the BigBus Paris Tourwe three got along like peas in a pod playing tourist hopping on and off the BigBus pinching ourselves that there we were in Paris together meeting for the first time…

IMG_5090 Sabine and Jim map readersSabine and Jim were busy reading maps on one of the 37 bridges that cross over the Seine River…

IMG_5149 Sabine t cupMr Magpie snapped a photo of Sabine and I warming up with a nice cup of Earl Grey tea (the friendly waiter was curious about the traveling teacup so we explained how it gets around)…

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Patty Sabinefrom beginning to end it was such a delightful day…

Magpie's Nest last night in Paris April 2016as we stepped out of the cafe where we had enjoyed a memorable dinner near our hotels La Tour Eiffel was doing her hourly five minute sparkle dance which never gets old…

Gifts from Sabinethanks so very much to dear Sabine for making the trip all by herself and she came bearing gifts too sharing some delicious treats from the town where she lives YUM YUM

~♥Vielen Dank, mein liebe Freund ♥~

Magpie's Nest golden moments in Parishere’s wishing everyone a Happy T Day over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover oxo

“…God knows, when spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise….it is the intimacy with which his eye rests upon the scene. … A man does not need to be rich, nor even a citizen, to feel this way about Paris…” –Henry Miller

 

April in Paris…

our tour of France was oh so delightful from beginning to end…

Magpie's Nest Paris lifeParis was every bit as magical as I remembered…

Magpie's Nest La Tour Eiffel it was exciting to have the chance to make new memories…

Magpie's Nest April in Pariswe began our trip with a special meetup with Chris and her husband across town at the Montparnasse Tower

Magpie's Nest Montparnasse street signit was so nice of them to take time out from their visit to Paris from the UK to treat us to coffee and treats at the Le Ciel de Paris restaurant (The Sky of Paris) on the 56th floor (Chris ordered in French!)…

Magpie's Nest Chris Patty The Sky of Parisooh la laa it was a perfectly wonderful spot and Chris and Tony were great at pointing out the sights and getting us oriented…

Magpie's Nest The Traveling Tea Cup and La Tour Eiffelour husband’s were very good sports letting us chatter away…

Magpie's Nest views from Montparnasse TowerI was so excited I didn’t take any photos…

Magpie's Nest Panoramathe views of Paris were spectacular…

Magpie's Nest Montparnasse Tower viewit was definitely a “pinch me” moment to be in Paris AND to meet a blog friend that felt like an old friend as we have so much in common…

Chris B Momento holder front and backChris surprised me with a lovely momento holder that she made (front and back above)…

Chris B Momento holder insideit was the perfect size for carrying along and keeping all of those tickets and special bits I wanted to save…

Chris B Momento holder at workthank you so much Chris for making our meeting happen and for your kind and generous ways along with your sweet anniversary wishes…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz flagswishing everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover a Happy T Day as I unpack and go through photos settling  back into “real” life here in Virginia…