cover of Rosemary Flannery's Angels of Paris Architectural Tour through the history of Paris
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Rosemary Flannery’s Angels of Paris

cover of Rosemary Flannery's Angels of Paris Architectural Tour through the history of ParisHow do you view Paris? With an angel on her shoulder, Rosemary Flannery views Paris through angel eyes. Rosemary is the author of the book, “Angels of Paris, an Architectural Tour through the History of Paris”. Rosemary wrote the text and took the photos, even if it included carrying a ladder around to get the best angle of an angel. I only recently discovered this book, a little slow on my part, but that shows the timelessness of a subject that dates back to the high days of Greece and shows up in religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Angel in church of Saint Louis en l'Isle fourth arrondissement, Paris from 1675
Angel in Baroque church of Saint Louis en l’Isle fourth arrondissement, Paris from 1675-Not in Rosemary’s book – too many angels in Paris!

I love this book! Each entry is an angel sculpture location in Paris. Each entry comes with a photo, the address and metro, architectural description of the building and timeline history. “Angels of Paris” is a compact, easy to carry reference and guide

Rosemary and her ladder during investigative photography at Notre-Dame de Paris
Rosemary and her ladder during investigative photography at Notre-Dame de Paris

book. Next to my bed, I can read a different angel story each night. At a book signing for the release of the new French edition clothed in red, I picked up an English version as a gift to take to the States. My resistance and absorption was complete. With an email to Rosemary, I was meeting her for a signed copy of my own at her favorite café, Illy on rue Auber.

In an interview with Judy MacMahon of My French Life™, Rosemary said her interest in angels was piqued by a huge angel atop a tall column in the Parc Montsouris, near where she used to live. She then began to notice many different types of angels illustrated in architecture all over Paris. Her favorite angels are the four musicians that flank the entrance of the of what was a medieval auberge (small hotel and restaurant) in the Marais.

For architectural angel tours and other Passport to Paris tours with Rosemary you can find her on Passport to Paris TripAdvisor. Contact Rosemary Flannery if you would like a signed copy of “Angels of Paris”.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!