I wanted to show a courtyard in another part of the city besides the Marais. I ventured to the Ile St. Louis, pressing buzzer upon buzzer to gain entry to a courtyard but none of the doors opened. I ended up in the 5th arr. where I found two delightful courtyards to end my series.
The first was in a Haussmann Belle Epoque building constructed in the 1890s. I love the black iron entrance door with the curlicues (I almost saved it as a Door of the Month) and the limestone Corinthian columns in the lobby.I then walked through another even more fabulous ornate black iron and glass door to the courtyard where the centerpiece is a towering tree surrounded by a bed of red, white, and lavender impatiens and another bed of lovely impatiens in full bloom in each corner. The buildings around the courtyard are a soothing pink and beige stone and each have a handsome iron and glass portico canopy above the wood frame doors.
The next courtyard was a around the corner and was once housing for students from the College du Cardinal Lemoine from the 16th century to the 18th century. Romantic is the first adjective I thought of with its rough cobblestone walls,rusted old lanterns and abundant greenery.The surprise of the ceramic urns angling out of the walls was so clever.
I hope you enjoyed courtyard week and I had a ball finding and photographing them.I would love your feedback to see if you would like me to do Courtyard Week 2.
49 rue Jussieu, 5th arr.
28 bis rue Cardinal Lemoine, 5th arr.
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook. First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte’s professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 3 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com