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August 27, 2009



Yes, yes! More courtyards, please!

John W.

Quite delightful. More courtyards AND more doors, please!


Loved seeing what was behind those doors and gates. We just came from four days of walking Paris in July and always wondered what sights we were missing behind the gates. Thanks for showing us. More please.


This is great Richard...I think more courtyards please!! I am going to direct my friends that live in Paris, over to your blog. They love all this..getting around into the nooks off the little streets!! :-)

Linda l.

your courtyard blog was great; same thing in Moscow and St Petersburg; going into courtyards was one of my favorite things to do; albeit a bit dangerous in St Pete where crime was more prevalent - Moscow not so dangerous as everyone was busy making money!!


Richard, it is precisely because you have found hidden gems like this that your blog convinced me to ask you to lead us in December. We want to see the undiscovered by most people kinds of places.


I love, love, love the courtyards!!! Definitely need another week!!


Beautiful! Richard, you could be a Realtor in Paris!


I have ogled and awed over this “series”, as do I with your doors. For me, this is one of the greatest pleasures in Paris…seeing what is behind the big, imposing doors and stone walls. One would hardly expect to see such architectural and horticultural treats! These are the little surprises that the average tourist really does not get to know. It also allows my imagination to wander back to the time when these large doors opened for the horses and carriages that took their masters and mistresses into the courtyard and into the privacy of their home. I believe that I am correct in that many of these with the exquisite courtyards were, at one time, hôtels de ville, or private mansions which were sold and eventually divided into multiple apartments. It is a particular treat to see what is in each of the arrondisements as they each have a particular flavor of their own. These photographs and information truly whet the appetite and make me long for ma ville préféré!


Love it. Yes I want to see more.


this series is absolutely fascinating. I would think that all of the parisien lovers would adore more. The closed courtyard is the one thing that I danced around peaking at. On my walks I just press the top button all the time to see if it will open and sometime it does...... Thank you for the great peak a boo at these courtyards.....I hope that you keep doing more of them


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