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You cannot take a bad picture in Paris (Part 1)

It took less than an hour in the beautiful City of Light for Claire — our official family photographer — to observe that “you cannot take a bad picture in Paris.” Two days in, I fully agree.

Here are a range of photos, with little or no description and in no particular order, from our first few days in the city where the family has gathered to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. As I’m fond of saying, more to come.

An iconic Paris shot (CHB)
A Paris Cafe (CHB)
Saint Severin Church interior (DJB)
The first of what promises to be several fromage plates (CHB)
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (ABB)
Two days into a visit to Paris and our memories - in our hearts and on our cameras - are overflowing.
The well-loved tomb of French singer-songwriter Alain Baschung (DJB)
Andrew and Claire share a first Parisian lunch at Le Christine (DJB)
One of our luncheon courses at Le Christine (DJB)
Waiting in line to enter Shakespeare and Company…I always find the independent bookstores (DJB)
Rue St. Andre-of-the-Arts…our home away from home during this time in Paris (DJB)
Chandelier in the apartment of Napoleon III in the Louvre (DJB)
A city where you turn a corner…and there’s Notre Dame (DJB)…
…or you turn a corner and there’s Andrew in the neighborhood arcade — Passage cour du Commerce Saint-Andre (CHB)
A tired but happy group celebrating Candice’s birthday (Credit: Our wonderful French waitress at KGB)

There will definitely be…more to come…


Image of the exterior of the Louvre by DJB

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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Jane Feddersen says

    Great pictures! Thank you for Alain Baschung. We’re listening to him while on a mooring on our boat in St. John. Cheers!

    Sent from my iPhone


    • DJB says

      Jane, what serendipity! The love shown on Baschung’s tombstone was wonderful…much more so than Jim Morrison’s (which they have to fence to keep people from damaging it). So glad you enjoyed the pictures! DJB

    • DJB says

      Thanks, Tom! We have Giverny on the itinerary for Friday (today is Versailles and Thursday is the opera). Everyone got to plan one day! I made the mistake of opening up the sports pages this morning to catch the latest disaster from the Nats. Won’t make that mistake again during this trip! Take care. DJB

  2. Great to see these pics! If you’re still there & you have time for one more indie bookstore go to The Red Wheelbarrow, on the rue de Medicis just across from the Luxembourg Gardens. Best beloved bookstore of Anglophone writers in Paris, managed by bookseller par excellence, Penelope Fletcher. A great selection of contemporary fiction and a great kids book section. (One of my favorites is Kyle the Crocodile in Paris by a lovely and very talented Australian/Swedish couple, Oliver & Lina Gee. Enjoy the rest of your stay in France, so glad to see you made it!

    • DJB says

      Thanks, Janet. Sorry we didn’t have a chance to connect before leaving, but we’re having a great time. And I love the suggestion of The Red Wheelbarrow. We’ll be visiting the Luxembourg Gardens tomorrow, so your note is very timely! Take care. Oh, and I’ve been working hard to say “Bonjour!” to begin every conversation. That, followed by an apology that I don’t speak French (sometimes added with “My loss” seems to bring out the nice side of our hosts in my interactions! DJB

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