Saturday, November 07, 2009


The leaves have fallen, the skies have darkened and by the time you see this we will be soaking up the Florida sunshine in preparation for a trip to New York.  But Paris always beckons, so we'll be back in the spring to enjoy the city and to celebrate the wedding of young friends.....

Please let me know if you want to continue to be updated on future posts and thanks for following along on our long summer journey.  

Best to all, 

A note from photographer Peter Turnley...

"On Nov. 9th, twenty years will have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dropping of the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe in 1989. It was a year in modern world history like few others. I had the extraordinary good fortune to witness firsthand all of the revolutions in Eastern Europe that year and this period not only affected the geopolitical life of the world in a decisive way, but impacted the personal life history of anyone present, including my own.

I wanted to let you know that on Sunday morning, Nov.8th, between 9am-10:30am Eastern time, the CBS News Sunday Morning show will air a piece using my images and voice as a look back at this very important moment in modern history."

See Peter"s work and teaching schedule by clicking on his name above.

I've put this on my calendar and hope you will too.... PSC

Friday, November 06, 2009


What a privilege it has been to watch my former exchange student, Olivier, grow from impetuous teen to loving husband and adoring father....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween
These friendly fellows by Olaf Breuning & Bernhard Willham are part of  an exhibit  at the Conciergerie focused on art from 1959 -2009, but they just seem appropriate for today...!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Well fueled on "chocolat" (see previous post below) I headed to Salon de la Photo running concurrently with Salon du Chocolate at Port de Versailles, Paris' big trade show venue, but couldn't pull myself away to yet a third show on home furnishings and gadgets!

Opportunities galore...
For checking out all the latest photo gear - some not even released yet!

Or to have your digital sensor professionally cleaned...

Or to take pictures with that new camera your thinking about buying...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Salon du Chocolat

Whether you want to taste it, bake it, drink it, wear it, buy it, or just admire it, this is the place!

Monday, October 19, 2009


After a hard rain had been swept away by chilling winds, I loaded up my tripod and other gear for what promised to be a colorful and dramatic sunset shoot from Pont des Arts over the Seine.  Just as I locked my Velib and started setting up, dark clouds rolled in to obscure the beautiful light I was chasing...

 But, as usual, Paris had something else to offer.  As we approached the St. Paul Metro we heard the distinctive, lively sounds of a brass band playing....

Don't be fooled by the "TEXAS" sign, these kids were pure French!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sparks Are Flying

Not 100 paces around the corner from the pampered pooches we encountered workmen repairing pipes.  Sparks were flying as we strolled by.  Seeing what I was doing,  the workmen offered to fire up their laser welding device just so I could get additional pics.  Who says the French aren't friendly!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


For years now John has urged me to photograph the varied, ubiquitous dogs of Paris.  So today as we were walking back from lunch he was delighted to spot a pack of canines.  These were certainly not wild dogs, au contraire, these pampered pooches were well trained movie actors being filmed in front of Cathédrale de Notre-Dame des Victoires along with actresses in a variety of fur coats.  

I am always amazed by the casual attitude here... When I asked if I could photograph the hounds, their handler not only agreed, but instructed them to LOOK at me...

The cast and crew seemed to welcome the gawkers strolling through the set as they made their calculations and wardrobe changes....

Paris - always a surprise around the corner....

Friday, October 09, 2009

These large mysterious eyes started to appear along the quai of Ile St. Louis at the end of September 

and continued across several bridges

These, along with other images were installed for Nuit Blanche, an annual all night festival with venues spread around the city.  

Be sure to note the people on the quai and the bridge to get a sense of the enormity of these images.  Up close, the image itself disappears as the texture of the subject and the stone walls takes over.

This is all part of a much larger project called Women Are Heroes - check it out and watch the videos, particularly the extract for the upcoming movie and the one posted Oct. 8th which shows the mural being applied... It's worth a few minutes!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


An easy day trip from Paris

Not to be - missed a lecture (1 1/4 hour) by  Malcom Miller,  a charming, humorous scholar!

And a walk through the town with its half timbered houses...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


The classical sculptures of the Tuileries garden often shares space with temporary installations of more contemporary works.  This happy fellow, the work of sculptor Ugo Rondinone, is part of his Cycle of the Seasons


Perhaps he's just enjoying a sunny day and these sailboats with their new sails...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Paris to London 2 !/2 hours by EuroStar through the “Chunnel” – great way to go!!!!

The London skyline has certainly changed in the nearly ten years since our last visit. In our previous trips here we have generally avoided the City, London’s financial district, but this time we stayed just a few yards from St. Paul’s Cathedral, Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, and hardly left the district.

Discovering that it was the weekend of The Mayor’s Thames Festival, we scuttled our schedule and fell in with the locals attending myriad events along the riverbank...

The Feast on the Bridge with it’s food booths, portable gardens, music and events including Grape Stomping, Pumpkin Carving, Hay Toss, Sacred Mayonnaise Ritual, Fire Garden and more...

Followed by the  Night Carnival and Fireworks

The iconic phone booths, double-decker buses and Big Ben still exist…

Alongside the London Eye which provides great views even on a grey day...


On a walk through the “new” Trafalger Square, we encountered…. a wedding?

The groom is on the phone and the bride is relaying the vows from the top of a very high plinth… note the safety net!

Mom is offering a toast

While friends and family celebrate

Too bad the groom is in Malaysia… he missed a great party!!!