In a hand-painted theatre, les marionettes perform for an audience of stuffed bears in a children's shop window near Place de Madeleine. A Puss-in-Boots puppet stands guard.
A dollhouse featuring miniature French furniture is protected by a stuffed toy antelope.
The dollhouse, the antelope and a boy mannequin wearing a dress and a bearskin cap! Only in Paris might one expect such an unusual combination. I like the reflection of the landmark building across the street.
An open employees' door shows boxes from a just-arrived shipment and another child's dress, with games and toys stacked in the background.
Ornate cherubs over a doorway on Place de Madeleine.
Gilt detail on an entryway door.
The blue ornate door on Place de Madeleine.
Tonight is the Rugby World Cup semi-final match between France and England at Stade de France, Paris. It will be tough going, watching the game with my British husband. The French want revenge for their semi-final loss to England in the last world cup in Australia. And of course, England is equally determined to win. Sorry, England fans - I admire your team - but, allez les bleus!Update: In a really scrappy game, during which both France and England failed to impress, England won 14-9. France led 9-8 until the last five minutes, when England hero Jonny Wilkinson landed a penalty and drop-goal to stun France. On Sunday, South Africa and Argentina meet in a semi-final match at Stade de France. The winner will play England next Saturday for the 2007 World Cup title.