Waterlogue Wednesdays: Parisian Sapins de Noël

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, Pont de la Cité, Paris, Paris 4ème, Ile Saint Louis, Ile de la Cité, Julie Willard, Christmas tree, sapin de noel
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, St. Germain des Prés, Paris, Paris 6ème, Julie Willard, Christmas tree, sapin de noel

Have you all put up your Christmas trees yet? As an American, I’m ready for the Christmas season as soon as Thanksgiving is over. I just love this season, and since I’ve been in Europe I have missed the pervasive twinkle lights and all-around gezelligheid that Americans are so good at during this season. Today’s Waterlogue includes a photo from the bridge that joins Île de la Cité and Île Saint Louis, right at the heart of my favorite place in Paris. The beautiful Parisian façades are a lovely backdrop to the blue-ribbon-laden Christmas trees. The second image is a simple collection of all sizes of sapins de Noël available for sale at a florist in St. Germain des Prés.


Waterlogue Wednesdays: Bistro Au Franc Pinot

Julia Willard Falling Off Bicycles Paris photography, Waterlogue

Today for Waterlogue Wednesday, I wanted to share a façade I’ve admired for years but has just recently had new life breathed into the space behind it… This restaurant, in all its crooked glory, is located on Île Saint Louis and faces Pont Marie. When I lived around the corner in 2006, there were signs in the small sections of windows that weren’t otherwise boarded that mentioned live jazz, and yet I never saw any activity there. I kept telling myself that it must just have odd hours and that I just happened to miss it. It wasn’t until 2014, that I saw it get cleaned up beautifully inside, complete with dressed tables inside. It seems as though it is finally back to life, and I’m thrilled it kept its imperfect and typically French façade.

Happy Bastille Day!

Les Amis,

Today I wish you a wonderful Bastille Day, un Joyeux Fête Nationale du 14 Juillet!

I pay tribute often to my first adopted home, so I’ll just say one more time how much I love France, its culture, its beauty, and how welcome I have always felt there. The connection I have with it feels almost other-worldly; it’s inexplicable and delicate. I feel at home when I am there.

Vive la France!

Drapeau français sur la Seine
Drapeau français sur la Seine