8th Arrondissement: Foyer de la Madeleine (8 euro lunches)

After having checked the Wikipedia entry for the 8th Arrondissement, I was most interested in the Madeleine church,

  • first, because it looks nothing like the other cathedrals,
  • second, because it was the site of Chopin’s funeral service which was delayed by a political dispute involving whether women could sing in the choir (Mozart’s Requiem), and
  • third, because one of the most affordable lunches in Paris is served here during weekday lunch hours.  https://www.timeout.com/paris/en/restaurants/foyer-de-la-madeleine

And, yes, there are other things to do in the 8th, the busiest place in Paris, with 5-star hotels and business interests, plus the iconic Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe and four or five small museums.




Eating Cheap in Paris

Love the variety at this TripAdvisor forum:


And then a price for cheap:

La Pointe du Grouin. At this restaurant situated next to Chez Casimir, one can get a full lunch with exemplary ingredients for under 10 Euros. It is loud and they love their 90’s grunge rock, but as long as that doesn’t bother you, then look no further for a great deal.

8 Rue de Belzunce, 75010; No telephone



Free! concert in a beautiful building.

book cover Wondered whether I was pleased with this purchase (I was really looking for the writer notebook with the Paris maps), but when I opened it and started reading, I really liked the snappy writing style and some details that go missing with the more sanitized guidebooks. One new detail for me (and going back over the 1st and 2nd arrondissements) is the opportunity for another free outing, this one at St-Eustache, with its 8,000-pipe organ and free recitals Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

So, thanks Vesna Neskow for your great writing. An odd thing while learning the arrondissements is to open this book which divides Paris into seven tourist areas, with no overt attention to the arrondissements. The addresses to the suggested tourist spots mention it in passing: St-Eustache (rue du Jour, 1st,, http://www.st-eustache.org


Day 1, C25K without electronics

w1d155minLove the C25K running program. It gets one 5K ready in about six weeks. I have done it three or four times and then relapsed with life. This time, I will try to only run on asphalt (no concrete) and leave out the electronics, except for keeping time. Today, I moved over the concrete portions, walking briskly for five minutes and then more briskly for a minute.

Repeat until 30 minutes, unless you change your mind mid-stream which I did. Once I hit the asphalt, I went with the jog for one minute; rest for a minute and a half. Repeat until 30 minutes or the end of the trail.

Great cardio exercise.

I’d like to keep my knees and my hips and my feet intact for as long as they are needed. As well, I don’t need to be jogging Paris, but I do plan to walk it and need to build up to 10 miles a day.

Several flights of stairs need to be built into this routine. The thought of seeing Paris from a vista view after walking up to it is daunting: the Notre Dame towers are 400 steps and the Sacred Coeur (in the 18th) is 300 steps. Another blogger (on TripAdvisor) mentioned a workaround for Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the famous cemetery in the 20th where Jim Morrison and other famous ex-pats and other household names are buried, that allows for a downhill instead of an uphill walk.

I know this writer is correct, because in that firs trip so many  years ago, we did the stop that’s named after the cemetery and we were exhausted!

The workaround?

If you get off at the “Gambetta” stop you will be at the back entrance to the cemetery. The difference is that your tour will be a relaxing downhill walk instead of a strenuous UPhill walk.



7th Arrondissement: Napolean’s tomb, Musee Rodin, American University, American Library, Eiffel Tower. Boom.

7th Arrondissement: Napoléon’s tomb, Musée Rodin, American University, American Library, Eiffel Tower.  Boom.

7th arrondissement

Trip planning is really fun with the Google map feature. Here’s the short URL for this solo day trip, probably on a Monday. Walking from the hotel in the 15 to Napoléon’s tomb and then to the Musée Rodin, stopping at the American University bookstore (as able), Eiffel Tower (via American Library in Paris) and ending at Le Cordon Bleu (Julia child’s alma mater).  Less than 10 miles walking tour.



6th Arrondissement: the Steins, Saint-Sulpice Cathedral, Luxembourg Gardens

This is the mysterious place where Gertrude Stein  held her salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus and where her brother and sister-in-law held theirs a couple of blocks away, at 58 Rue Madame. Nearby is the Jardine de Luxembourg and the Saint Sulpice Cathedral. This might be a solo day, with starting off and stopping off points at Shakespeare and Company.


I saved this map in a rose tint, because of the 36 Rue Saint-Sulpice address, something that  is sort of underground Paris.


5th Arrondissement: a Medieval hike

That seventh grade history teacher left an impression, when he brought clay and paper and paints to his classroom, told his students about the Middle Ages, and then instructed them to research a medieval city and build a model.  This former seventh grader was, thus, delighted to learn that Paris has some streets in the 5th Arrondissement that survive that period. So, we might skip the museums in the 5th and  just work the streets.

Looking for Rue Mouffetard seems to turn up the history.

Medieval walk through arr 5 and Latin Quarter

Looking forward to coloring in my path on the map that appears at the bottom of this wiki page:  http://wikitravel.org/en/Paris/5th_arrondissement

Sources for this hike include:




The tour ends at Montparnasse where a modern tower and observation deck is available for tall building views of Paris. One of the reviews suggested that the greatest value of this tower view is that the tower itself is nowhere to be seen. We might have a greater interest in the Montparnasse Cemetery which will be a free admission and where we can see some famous French names laid to rest, including Emil Durkheim and Simone de Beauvoir.

The tour could well start at Shakespeare and Company, a place that’s on my Paris bucket list because of James Joyce and other stories.   https://shakespeareandcompany.com/  It really vies for attention as the English language book source and stopping off or starting off point (over the American Library of Paris) because of its close proximity to the first five arrondissements.  But there are 15 more to go.

~BobKat on

About Photography and Copyright

resized fire skyBlogger/photographers are especially confident when the lighting is good, the scenery is amazing, and the camera adequately reflects those variables. Yet, the world of commerce jealously protects creative works, including architectural and design works, really including anything that marks a commercial enterprise. Many bloggers have one eye toward personal expression and another  eye toward monetizing that expression at some future point.

And trip planners like myself only have maps and other people’s pictures to go by, until the trip is underway.  Two challenges exist for photographers: 1) liking and wanting  to use other people’s pictures and 2)  planning to take original pictures once the trip is underway.

As for the first point, it is prudent to scour every page looking for a copyright signal from the author. Open source photography is the general rule for sources of shareable images; additionally a derivative photo-sharer must pay particular attention to whatever disclaimers appear on the Wikipedia images (where one should tread lightly because anyone can claim they own something on the page) or other open source page.

As for the second point, well, it might not be sufficient to take the tourist picture using ones own camera, either!

Search terms:  tourist pictures of pictures and copyright

Top result: http://blog.kenkaminesky.com/photography-copyright-and-the-law/

Second top result says:

Most photographers (and licensees) think property releases are required for publishing photos of buildings because of a slight misunderstanding of a key aspect of copyright and trademark law: the mistaken assumption that what applies to photos of people, applies to copyrighted or trademarked works, like buildings.

The source of this misunderstanding is the copyright: buildings are made from architectural designs, and such designs are copyrighted by definition, exactly the same way photos are. Also like photos, architectural drawings don’t have to necessarily be registered to be protected. So, technically, items such as buildings are protected by copyright protection, as any other item would be. The part that’s misunderstood, is that “any” use of a photo of a copyrighted item does not itself constitute a violation of that copyright.

The protections that copyrights provide usually come down to some economic measurement: is the display of a photo somehow having an economic effect on the copyright owner’s ability to sell his product? Does it diminish its value? Similarly, is the use of the photo somehow enabling the user to benefit economically? That is, just as the “good will” of a well-recognized logo may help with the perceived value of a product that bears it, a “good design” (regardless of whether it’s recognized) can have a positive economic effect on the user’s ability to sell his wares. The question of whether any given use violates a copyright is judged on how closely one can attribute the use of the photo of the item in question with any of the hypothetical effects listed above.