“La Cordonnerie”

Paris, France. June 2018. (16 photos)

This is Part 5 of my France 2018 photo series, and also Part 7 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

After a few days in the Loire Valley visiting châteaux, I returned by train to Paris. I then spent another week in Paris and this time I chose to stay at a bnb in Le Marais. With only a view to the private courtyard garden, the building where I was staying was first constructed in 1609 during the reign of Henry IV as a single house. It was transformed after the Revolution into a small apartment building with walls and other parts of the original building preserved.

For this instalment of my Paris in the Spring photographic series, here are a few photos from my wanderings in, around and near Le Marais. Some familiar sights, and some not so familiar sights perhaps.

Above, La Cordonnerie, the original Boot Cafe in Paris. A shoebox-sized coffee shop inside of a former cobbler’s shop in Le Marais. They make lovely coffee. Only 3 tiny tables inside, and I was lucky to get a table the first morning I went. No such luck the other times I went. An icon of Le Marais.

“Place des Vosges”

The oldest planned Square in Paris. Originally known as the Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612.

“Sometimes it feels like somebody’s watching me”

“It’s a secret”

An incredibly popular eatery, there was always a queue in the evenings. My bnb host said the owners are relatives of French actress and recent Bond girl, Lea Seydoux.

“Archives Nationales – Hôtel de Rohan”

“Place de la République”

“Save urself”

Street art.

“Hôtel de Sully”

The Hôtel de Sully is a Louis XIII style mansion, built at the beginning of the 17th century. It is now the seat of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the French national organization responsible for national heritage sites.

“Attention to detail”

The magnificent beam ceiling inside the bookshop at Hôtel de Sully.


Interesting shop frontage.

“Tour Saint-Jacques”

Saint-Jacques Tower (Tour Saint-Jacques) is a 52-metre flamboyant Gothic tower which is all that remains of the former 16th-century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie (“Saint James of the butchers”), which was demolished in 1797, during the French Revolution. It stands in the middle of a garden and is now considered a national historic landmark. Access is by guided tour only and involves a climb of 300+ steps for views to Notre Dame, the Parthenon, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre.

“Gargoyles eye view”

“Specialites de pains fantaisie et de chaussons aux pommes fraiches”

My favourite patisserie in Paris. More correctly located in the 10th arrondissement, but only a 10 minute walk from my accomodation.

“Paris, je t’aime”

This is Part 5 of my France 2018 photo series.
This is Part 7 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Paris in the Spring (4)


71 thoughts on “Paris in the Spring (4)

  1. What a good idea to change to different Airbnb to be able to stay and get the different perspectives of totally different faces of Paris. What a crowded square of grass that is

  2. Paris is a beautiful city. I spent many days wandering the streets and alleys… years ago. Now, I dream and am whisked away when I see photos like yours. There was always something to see or find or taste. Lovely city. Thank you.

    • That’s what I did as well. I had a general idea of where I wanted to get to each day, and just wandered around without much of a schedule or plan until I got there. Then walked back a different way. Thank you very much.

  3. You have found some lovely nuggets in Paris. Almost makes me want to visit it again. those Gargoyles do have the best of views – let’s hope none of them decide to fall off!

  4. I am enjoying your Paris images – I was there last summer for a very brief visit. My favorite part of the trip was walking around Le Marais; I hope to get back there before too much longer, because it’s clear from your images that I missed a lot!

  5. A wee visit to admire another compelling set of photos from your Paris trip;loved the less travelled paths you explored where past and present intermingle!

    • Thanks. I could have chosen so many different song lyrics as titles for this series. That’s a grand song.

      I love Paris in the spring time
      I love Paris in the fall
      I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles
      I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles…

    • Thanks, Janet. Hard to get a seat, but that doesn’t stop people from just standing around outside. Fortunately I got my photos before any significant crowd built up.The view from up the top of the tower was great. The Eiffel tower, Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur all easily visible.

  6. Looks like you were eating your way through Paris. Did you get coffee at Boot Cafe? Australia always seem to pride itself as the coffee capital of the world… Lovely views all round.

    • Thanks. Food was a big part of this trip. I even took some specialist food/wine tours. 🙂
      Yes, I went to the Boot Cafe a few times. Very close to my accomodation and a good brew. There’s good and bad coffee everywhere. However, Melbourne seems to have more than its fair share of good coffee places.

  7. I love the first photo. It brought to my mind my late father, who was shoemaker, cobbler. I think that nowadays there are few people have ever seen the backroom of shoemaker. My photos come from Helsinki, Finland.

    Have a nice day!

  8. Le Marais is one part of Paris that I never got around to lingering in. I’ve heard that it’s an eclectic area, and your photos definitely confirm this. Chaussons aux pommes fraiches sound heavenly. They’re good enough the regular way, but with fresh apples, wow.

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