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Paris 2014

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It’s been a month since Rica and I returned from Paris, and time to unleash some photos. I’ve been putting it off because I have too many I sort of like, and not that many I love.

Also, I have mixed feelings about my Paris experience this time around. It remains a terrific city to visit, but I found myself more critical this year about traffic congestion and noise, and the much larger number of Parisians who smoke, compared to what I’ve become accustomed to here in California. Having a beautiful Paris moment at an outdoor cafe has now become a gamble if you’re not keen on experiencing clouds of cigarette smoke with your coffee.

As if these gripes weren’t enough to put a crimp on my enjoyment of the trip, without explanation United Air Lines switched our assigned seats at the last minute, separating us. Rica had booked our flight months in advance, and there was no reasonable explanation for assigning new seats rows apart.

It was only through Rica’s persistence as we were about to board the plane that seats allowing us to sit together were found.

Those you who know me might have noticed that I’ve grown crabbier this past year. I’ll be eighty in February, and somehow I think this entitles me to a free grumpy pass.

So here are some of the Paris photos, in no particular order.

 

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It seems like we saw a million selfies in the making at Notre Dame.

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I can’t complain about the availability of treats.

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Clean wasn’t a problem.

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But smoking everywhere.

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Paris dogs do have fun.

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Paris has some incredibly beautiful museums. 

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This is a rare photo of a sidewalk cafe. No one appears to be smoking. 

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A beautiful evening on the Seine. One of the simple pleasures I enjoyed. 

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I wish I could say I had a Kosher Pizza in Paris. The shop was closed for the day.

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Magical moments across from Notre Dame.

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A smile for the camera.

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The crowds were at times overwhelming. 

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 Here’s Rica on a walk in the rain around the block from our apartment on the Ile Saint-Louis.

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 Rica enjoying the gatherings of young and old on the Seine.

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 Even live music.

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Ron must have his low fat milk.

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 Where every dreamer wants to study.

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 He’s not convinced. 

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 My kind of concert. 

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 Our Swiss friends, Corinne and Laurie, at our Paris apartment.

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 Peter Turnley is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist. We met him twice because we knew his haunts.

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If you’ve gotten this far, thank you.

 

 

 

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Written by Ron Greene

July 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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  1. I like your pictures!

    Love, Wiebke

    Wiebke Meineke

    July 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

  2. Nice work Ron!
    Makes me want to go.

    Anonymous

    July 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  3. Andi and I must have visited the right bistros because I don’t remember smokers ever being a problem last year. Thank you for the photos. I enjoyed looking through them.

    Steve

  4. Hi, Ron! As always, enjoyed your wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them.
    Best regards to you and Rica!
    Julia

    Anonymous

    July 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

  5. I like them all. But I was intrigued by No.17, Rich enjoying watching the old etc. Why of at whom is the young woman in the middle scowling? And a young man on the far right seems intently and expertly rolling a cigarette or a joint.

    Jane Beecher

    July 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm

  6. Ron

    You are entitled to be anyway you want for hitting almost eighty and even willing to go to Paris.  I enjoyed the pictures, you are a tremendous photographer. Must admit my favorite was of Rica walking in the rain. Reminded me of Woody Allen movie, Midnight in Paris. She is a trophy lady. You sure know how to pick them. 

    Thank you for sharing  . Elaine

    Elaine Huddon-Cossar

    July 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    • Thank you. Maybe the two of you can go next year. I’m done with flying.

      Ron Greene

      July 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

  7. great shots and story

    Suzy Romanowicz

    July 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

  8. Ron, my friend, grumpy or not… these are lovely photographs. I totally get you on the smoking issue there. I immediately realized last year that if I wanted to sit outside in any cafe, I would have to ignore lots of smoke surrounding me. I must say I was shocked to hear that you are approaching 80! That sweetheart, Rica, must be keeping you young. You are both such good and sweet people.

  9. I love many of these. When I see you tomorrow, I want to point out my favorites.

    Anonymous

    July 1, 2014 at 10:37 pm

  10. Great pictures! Next time I will go with Rica to Paris. Love, Lee Ann

    Music22

    July 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    • I think it would be great if you went with Rica. I’m done with flying.

      Ron Greene

      July 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  11. Thank you Ron for more delightful pictures. They are, as expected, in the A category. Keep your followers posted. Helga K

    Helga Kennedy

    July 3, 2014 at 4:32 pm

  12. Oh wow! Thanks!

    Judith Pruess-mellow

    July 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    • I’m trying to recruit people to travel with Rica next year. Paris for you?

      Ron Greene

      July 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm


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