This gentleman has become very popular with the bird population of the Ile de la Cite. Through regular visits to the Place du Parvis in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, a great deal of patience and a substantial investment in bird seed, he has trained the sparrows and pigeons to eat from his outstretched hand.
The clifftop Chateau de Beynac is surrounded by the medieval village of Beynac-et-Cazenac. It is a steep climb through the narrow streets, but certainly worth it. The first mention of Beynac is found in 1115 when Maynard de Beynac made a gift to the sisters at Fontevrault Abbey. Janvier 2014
The Seine is a very busy waterway and in fact has been for centuries. These days the bateaux mouches ferry tourists up and down the river with guides pointing out historic sites on the banks. The Batobus water taxi offers a service to commuters looking for something different and less crowded than the Metro. Large barges carry the garbage of Paris upstream to recycling and processing depots and smaller boats transport building material probably far quicker than heavy duty trucks fighting their way through congested streets.
Sunday morning in the Rue Mouffetard - busy shoppers everywhere and a jazz quartet thumping out a variety of American classics. Their audience, ranging in age from 3 to 83, enthusiastically showing their foot-stomping appreciation!
Petanque is believed to be the favourite sport of Parisians. Any piece of open ground is converted into a playing field by enthusiasts of a range of ages and levels of competence. The competitors display varying degrees of skill, but always go about their games with focused concentration despite the playing fields being far from level! OJ