Paris as usual.

Paris’ grandeur is inspiring but what I love most about the city is its intimacy. Its quartiers (quarters) are like a patchwork of villages, and while it’s one of the world’s major metropolises – with all of the culture and facilities that go with it – there’s a real sense of community at the local shops, markets and cafes that hasn’t changed since my childhood. Yet because every little ‘village’ has its own evolving character I’m constantly discovering and rediscovering hidden corners of the city.

By Catherine Le Nevez

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Paris-as-usual-11. Paris. An early morning.

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Paris-as-usual-22. Street restaurants are already open.

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Paris-as-usual-33. A morning at the Place de l’Étoile.

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Paris-as-usual-44. Rue de Presbourg.

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Paris-as-usual-55. The Arch of Triumph.

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Paris-as-usual-66. A morning at the Champs-Élysées.

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Paris-as-usual-77. The Latin Quarter. Rue Saint-Julien le Pauvre. Shakespeare & Company bookstore is around the corner.

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Paris-as-usual-88. Shakespeare & Company bookstore. The first was opened by Sylvia Beach in 1919. During the 1920s, it was a gathering place for writers: Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce.

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Paris-as-usual-99. Place Saint-André des Arts.

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Paris-as-usual-1010. Labyrinthes of the Latin Quarter.

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Paris-as-usual-34-211. Rue de Seine.

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Paris-as-usual-1112. Labyrinthes of the Latin Quarter. Let’s go inside.

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Paris-as-usual-1213. Cafe de la Turelle.

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Paris-as-usual-3514. Rue Hautefeuille.

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Paris-as-usual-1315. The Café Procope is called the oldest restaurant of Paris in continuous operation. It was opened in 1686 by the Sicilian chef Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli.

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Paris-as-usual-1416. Relais Odeon is a classic French brasserie with Art Nouveau details. Founded in 1900.

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Paris-as-usual-1517. Rue des Prêtres Saint-Séverin.

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Paris-as-usual-1618. The Church of Saint-Séverin. It is one of the oldest churches that remains standing on the Left Bank, and it continues in use as a place of worship.

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Paris-as-usual-17-219. The Church of Saint-Séverin. Interior.

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Paris-as-usual-1820. The Church of Saint-Séverin. The organ is signed Jean Ferrand.

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Paris-as-usual-1921. The old Paris. Rue de Nevers.

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Paris-as-usual-2022. Rue de la Bûcherie.

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Paris-as-usual-2123. Rue Jean de Beauvais at Boulevard Saint-Germain.

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Paris-as-usual-2224. Rue Saint-Denis.

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Paris-as-usual-2325. The church Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles, located in the heart of Paris, dates back to the 13th Century (1230). It is one of the few religious monuments left from that period, standing along the old Roman road – Rue Saint-Denis.

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Paris-as-usual-2426. The Church of St Eustace. The present building was built between 1532 and 1632. St Eustace’s is considered a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. Molière was married here in the 17th century.

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Paris-as-usual-2527. Rue Montorgueil.

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Paris-as-usual-2628. Rue Étienne Marcel.

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Paris-as-usual-2729. Rue Tiquetonne.

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Paris-as-usual-2830. Fresh fish, …

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Paris-as-usual-2931. …fresh fruit, …

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Paris-as-usual-3032. … fresh flowers, …

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Paris-as-usual-3133. … and fresh melody, of course!

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Paris-as-usual-3234. A late afternoon is just a small pause before the most important part of day – a Paris’ night,

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Paris-as-usual-3335. … but this is a different story.

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    • andrewjameswriter
    • January 1st, 2015

    Fantastic photos!
    Am feeling a little envious of your photography skills tbh… Totally agree about the village feel to the quartiers, makes Paris really special.
    Have a great 2015

    • jessiemooy
    • January 3rd, 2015

    Stunning photos of a marvellous city!

    • pearcenjohn
    • January 6th, 2015

    Very fine photos giving a more individual view of Paris.
    Could they be available as a book?

    • Inese Poga Art Gallery
    • January 15th, 2015

    Excellent pictures!
    It’s such a privilege to live in Paris! Especially for an artist!

    • Mirta Hamilton
    • January 20th, 2015

    Beautiful photographs. They truly evoke the feel of the city. Living in White Mountains of Arizona, I am reminded of how much I miss the streets of Paris!

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