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Bonjour! I am not The Armchair Parisian – you are! Armchair Travel: Participating vicariously, or being transported to a destination without actually leaving your seat. Do you love Paris? Are you dreaming of stepping foot in the City of Lights for the first time? Or have you, like me, visited several times and can’t stop dreaming about the next time?  Well, while we’re waiting for our next flight, let’s pull up a chair and dream about it together… Here you’ll find photos, artwork and stories that will have...

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Palais du Trocadéro

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Palais du Trocadéro

Palais du Trocadéro – Circa 1878 Located in the 16th Arrondissement, this palace was named  in honor of the 1823 Battle of Trocadéro during which French forces intervened in Spain in order to restore King Ferdinand VII to the throne of Spain. The Trocadéro was a concert hall and a meeting place for international organizations during the 1878 World’s Fair.  Located adjacent to the Eiffel Tower, the building was unpopular and was eventually demolished in 1937 and replaced the more modern Palais de Chaillot which still stands. The...

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Round & Round We Go….

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Round & Round We Go….

Did you know that there are about 20 permanent carrousels scattered throughout Paris? This one is in front of the Hotel du Ville…. Carrousels first appeared in Paris in the second half of the 19th century.  Today’s carrousels retain the vintage beauty of the originals. Private concessions are granted to owners by the City of Paris.  Some temporary carrousels are installed during the summer or for special events. You can find a list of permanent Parisian carrousel locations here.  Or, watch a video of this lovely carrousel above in...

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Vins at Vanves

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Vins at Vanves

It’s no secret I love a good flea market and Puces de Vanves (14th arrondissement) on Saturday and Sundays in Paris is one of my favorites.  OK, maybe it is my favorite.  I mean where else can you find boxes of vintage wine at the flea market…? Want to go to the Vanves flea market in Paris? Find more info here ~ Cheers!  ...

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Lapin Agile

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Lapin Agile

Opening sometime in the mid 1800s, Lapin Agile, a long-famous cabaret located in Montmarte was originally called Cabaret des Assassins.  More than 20 years later artist Andre Gill painted the sign – a rabbit jumping out of a saucepan – that eventually led to the place being called Cabaret Au Lapin Agile, or Nimble Rabbit Cabaret. Lapin Agile became a favorite hangout for artists such as Picasso, Modigliani and Utrillo as well as a mix of questionable characters and the well-heeled bourgeoisie slumming it. This 1905 painting by...

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Public Pottys

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Public Pottys

All I can say is I am glad some of these pissoirs no longer exist!  I would imagine these areas didn’t smell so nice… Following are a variety of public potty stops in old Paris…. Jennings urinal system. Plateau de l’Ambigu. Paris 10e. Circa 1875 The first public urinals, which were believed to reduce the likelihood of urination onto buildings, sidewalks and streets, were installed on the major boulevards of Paris in 1830. Urinal stalls. Plateau French Theatre. Paris 1e. Circa 1875   Urinal wrapped to 6 stalls....

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A peek in the Opera Garnier…

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A peek in the Opera Garnier…

Peeking in a window of one of the beautiful box seats at the Opera...

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I wish you could smell this…

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I wish you could smell this…

Found in BHV department store, these spices smelled heavenly.  I am again left wondering why I didn’t buy any…. 25 grams (just under one ounce for 5 Euro).  Oh, maybe that was why...

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Belleville Funicular Tramway

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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Belleville Funicular Tramway

These images show the Belleville funicular tramway which ran from 1891 to 1924.  This first images, circa 1902, ran along Faubourg du Temple. This one also ran along the Faubourg du Temple, circa 1904. This one, circa 1910, ran along the Rue de Belleville as did the next image, circa...

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Baccarat at the Petit Palais

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Baccarat at the Petit Palais

It was hard to get a shot that actually did justice to this marvelous monstrous Baccarat chandelier on exhibit in the Petit Palais. This beauty displayed 250 lights in celebration of Baccarat’s 250th...

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The Bird Man of Notre Dame?

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The Bird Man of Notre Dame?

I watched this man stand still as a statue while little birds came and landed on his outstretched hand. I wonder how many patient Sundays outside Notre Dame it took to achieve this? He didn’t appear to be feeding them (or perhaps there was a little seed in his hand?), or “charging” tourists to take photos with them. Just him with the birds in the middle of the crowds. And bonus (?) …a rare photo of myself in front of one of my favorite Paris places, Notre Dame. I recall being a little disappointed that day. The line to...

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