Paris in October – part 17 – My neighborhood in Paris

Some street scenes from my neighborhood. In reflection, I wish I had taken an afternoon and just photographed up and down the street. There were so many charming little restaurants and shops along the Rue St. Louis en L’Ile, you could easily make a photo study of just that one street.

Sorza Restaurant, Ile St. Louis
Sorza Restaurant, Ile St. Louis

The Cure Gourmande candy shop was ALWAYS busy. Probably as much to do with the bright, cheery interior as it does with the candies and biscuits they sell. Who wouldn’t want to go in and browse, and maybe try a sample or two?

Cure Gorumande sweet shop, Rue St. Louis en L'Ile
Cure Gorumande sweet shop, Rue St. Louis en L’Ile

Please give me your feedback on these two – which do you like better? I’m on the fence as to which one works best.

Patrick Allain Florist, Rue St. Louis en L'Ile
Patrick Allain Florist, Rue St. Louis en L’Ile

Patrick Allain Florist
Patrick Allain Florist

This was one of the few opportunities I had to break out my Rolleinar close-up filter sets and take a picture of something small. Given the size and weight of them, even though I only used them maybe twice on the whole trip, I don’t regret bringing them, especially when you compare them to a dedicated macro lens for an SLR system. I was drawn to the different textures and colors of the wood of the door, the rusty iron of the lion head, and the painted metal of the snake. And believe it or not, this was hand-held!

Door Knocker, Ile St. Louis
Door Knocker, Ile St. Louis

In closing, here’s another restaurant/wine bar in the neighborhood, this one on the Quai de Bourbon, facing the Pont Marie. It really shows the age of the building, as nothing on it is really square or level.

Bistro Au Franc Pinot
Bistro Au Franc Pinot

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