Peter's Paris

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Peter's Paris
Peter Olson is a retired Swede, living in Paris since 1974.
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  • Blue, white, red. 2 days ago Despite living for more than 40 years in Paris, I’m not officially French, but I feel more French than ever!To my regret I feel that l must revert to – see also my preceding post - the tragic November 13 events. (I already posted parts of this on Facebook.) Friday evening, November 20, one week...
  • Flowers in the bullet holes... 6 days ago Place de la République is again, like after the Charlie Hebdo attack in January, a place where people gather to express their feelings, this time after the November 13 killings. These photos were taken some four days after the event. Some flowers were already withering, most of the candle lights...
  • Nicely decorated 1 week ago This nicely decorated building is from 1858 and served as from 1861 as workshop for François Gillet, who obviously was the first to, in an industrial way, manufacture enamel paintings on lava. The workshop remained here until WWI. We are on rue Fénelon, close to the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Church....
  • Street poles 1 week ago Many streets in Paris, especially the narrower ones, are equipped with poles. This is a way to protect pedestrians and to avoid wild car parking. More and more of them are painted in a colourful way. A street artist, known as CyKlop, is especially known for this. When you see an eye on top of each...
  • Christmas show windows 2015 2 weeks ago For a couple of years now I have posted (see here) about the Christmas show windows of the department stores Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps. Time again – yes, still a few weeks to go to Christmas, but… So, this is what the windows look like this year. Starting with Au Printemps. Different... Expat Blog Awards 2012: France Honourable Mention Award!

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Website Reviews » There are 35 reviews on Peter's Paris

Paola Masi
15:31 PM November 19, 2012

Great blog! I love it! Wonderful photos, explanations, information, details. Very rich and complete. Many many interesting topics: architecture, arts, music, history, nature, society and so on. It's a daily pleasure reading it.

15:35 PM November 19, 2012

I found Peter´s blog very interesting because he shows us great pictures with good texts. Paris is very beatiful if you it see with the Peter´s eyes.

David Arntfield
15:58 PM November 19, 2012

The postings to this blog are frequent and interesting. Some postings deal with the well known while others deal with more unfamiliar aspects of Paris with which only a long time resident and lover of Paris would be acquainted. Well written and researched always.

16:09 PM November 19, 2012

I have been following this blog for ever... :-) Fun and discoveries from a to z...

Claudia Wermelinger
16:43 PM November 19, 2012

Peter's Paris blog is always interesting. Thorough research, lovely photos, great personality. My favourite Paris blog.

17:47 PM November 19, 2012

The most attractive things of Peter's blog is his great combination of text & photos. Every time I read, it seems I am also travelling with peter & enjoying those beauties of Paris with my eyes.

18:13 PM November 19, 2012

I've been reading for quite some time. It often brings tears to my eyes as I recall places I have been, or sights I want to see. Merci, Peter!

Lorraine S.
19:20 PM November 19, 2012

I've been following book blogs for the last few months and wanting to send Peter an e-mail. I couldn't find the words! It is an unbelievably beautiful and thoughtful blog. I lived in Germany (USArmy) and traveled to Paris at every opportunity. I'm an out and out Francophile and Peter's blog starts my day on a happy note.

20:54 PM November 19, 2012

Peter's blog is the best blog about Paris I've seen! His photos and commentary are unequaled!

21:35 PM November 19, 2012

Peter's Paris is exceptional. His photographs coupled with the most interesting text and history make this blog one of my favorites. My trip to Paris is always rejuvenated in my mind when I experience his creativity in bringing "The City of Light" to life.

Veronique Savoye
01:17 AM November 20, 2012

Dear Peter. Your blog is one of the best out there. Your posts are always thoroughly researched, and illustrated with beautiful photos and useful maps. You take us to areas of Paris that most visitors have never heard about. Finally, you give an unbiased view of these neighborhoods you love or discover along the way, staying away from clichés. Well done. Bonne chance! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Tom Lynch
01:38 AM November 20, 2012

Great sites, great topics, great pictures, clear and thoughtful descriptions.

08:50 AM November 20, 2012

En tant que Parisienne de naissance, de coeur et d'âme et étant une expat moi-même, , je me régale à aller sur le blog de Peter pour me remémorer mon enfance et ma jeunesse et aussi pour m'instruire et découvrir les coins de ma ville que je connais point.

Richard Ewen
15:33 PM November 20, 2012

Always interesting with a good history of the subject accompanied by many photographs giving the viewer a better understanding and knowledge of the City of Light.

18:11 PM November 20, 2012

An inspiring oasis!

04:26 AM November 21, 2012

Excellent pics always, takes me back to the beautiful sights I have seen there.

12:41 PM November 22, 2012

I enjoy exploring Paris through Peter's eyes very much, and I've used his walks and introductions to areas as useful tips during my own visits. It helps to make a big beautiful city more approachable for a visitor who doesn't want to stick to the well-trodden tourist track. His photos are lovely on their own, but he adds so much more with the maps and commentary on art, history, culture etc. Tack snälla Peter!

17:13 PM November 22, 2012

This is the next best thing to staying in Paris. I have learnt so much about the City and I thought I knew it well!!! Peter's description brings the city alive.

Nadege Schoenfeld
19:23 PM November 22, 2012

Peter's blog is a delight! I learn so much from it and the gorgeous photos are amazing. He knows Paris so well and does a lot of research trying to enlighten us on different artists, architecture, history... "Peter's Paris" has been a favorite of mine for few years now and I am never disappointed.

03:04 AM November 24, 2012

1 blog plaisant et sans polémique sur le Paris qu'on aime!

Teresa Engebretsen
22:03 PM November 24, 2012

I love Peter's blog. He so makes me wish I were in Paris. I have used his blog many times for in-depth looks around Paris. Someday I hope to make his acquaintance! And thank you for not publishing negative comments. Who has time for that??

00:56 AM November 25, 2012

Peter's blog is one of the best I've come across, for he goes to extraordinary lengths to research and communicated details of Paris, and elsewhere, that we would have a hard time finding without his excellent assistance. And if you ever have the chance to meet Peter and walk with him through the streets of Paris, don't miss it, he is a great guide, and a great guy !

11:42 AM November 28, 2012

Excellent guide with perfect comments giving you ideas for revisiting aereas in Paris you haven't visited for a certain time.

13:09 PM November 28, 2012

Want to explore Paris even more, after reading this blog. Love all the details!

15:12 PM November 28, 2012

Great and interesting blog! The only chance to vist Paris when there is no chance for travelling. It's a pleasure to follow Peter through Paris. Thanks a lot!

20:30 PM November 28, 2012

consistently informative, interesting, fun, with great historical insights and wonderful pictures keeps me in touch until our yearly sojourn the archived posts are better than any book-reference Peter's off the main track asides are among the best i thoroughly envy Peter his avocation

12:55 PM November 29, 2012

Love Peter's blog. His photos are beautiful. The maps really help you to know where things are located and the history and information is fascinating and informative!

14:48 PM November 29, 2012

Love all the information and photos on this blog. When I'm feeling down this is the blog I go to.

Annie Conley
00:16 AM November 30, 2012

A go-to blog for great descriptions of the places I hope to visit in Paris. Introduced in October, by Peter, to the Salpetriere! Excellent post.

00:42 AM November 30, 2012

Love your photos, the well developed history lessons, the charming spots you pick. thank you for the vacation i can take while just sitting with my machine and a cafe au lait. bravo. Hope your surgery goes well.

02:01 AM December 02, 2012

I always look forward to seeing Peter's blog because he has great photos and does such wonderful research for each post. He is very generous to share his wealth of knowledge about Paris with us through his blog, and I say YES his blog has what it takes to win the Expats in France Award!

Richard Tugwell
18:32 PM December 03, 2012

Even in such a familiar city, there's always something new and worth marking for your next visit. Great insights from Peter. Thanks

21:40 PM December 04, 2012

Excellent and informative with a unique point of view. BRAVO!

01:07 AM December 06, 2012

Peter has a great blog and he takes stunning pictures. I love how informative he is about Paris, it almost makes me feel as if I'm there too!

18:55 PM December 06, 2012

I love that this blog, Peter's Paris, is not gimmicky, does not try to be sarcastic, nor is it cloyingly sweet or romantic, and most importantly it does not try to be a guide book to the city. It is a perfect glimpse of Paris, giving the reader a chance to explore the city without necessarily being there, it is objective with a human touch.

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