26 September 2020

A breakfast reception

Into the weekend with photos from the press reception held earlier this month in the stunning Salon Pompadour at L'Hôtel Meurice on the occasion of Le Musée de Sèvres' upcoming exhibition,


  With UNESCO and its official ambassador Pierre Hermé on board, we were treated to the history of the luxury French porcelain that's been gracing the tables of monarchs since the 18th C.


  Above: a portrait of Madame de Pompadour presides; viennoiseries set out on tables

Below: before the presentation


- More as date approaches - 

Exhibition: November 18, 2020 til May 16, 2021

Le Musée de Sèvres - Cité de la Céramique
2 Place de la Manufacture 92310
Sèvres (Paris)
À lundi... BPJ


25 September 2020

23 September 2020

22 September 2020

Paris by the sea #5

The end of the île.


Above: a stone pier ends in the sea; ultra fresh moules and shrimp cocktail; table view

Below: interconnected courtyards in our hotel; last breakfast before heading home

- Addresses and travel info October newsletter -

21 September 2020

Paris by the sea #4

Since last week when I began posting photos of île de Ré there's been a surge in my visitors stats, mostly from the U.S., which tells me that perhaps travel is forefront in many minds right now. We're praying that restrictions will soon be lifted but here in France there's been another kind of surge: coronavirus cases - the dreaded deuxième vague? - meaning that for us too, travel to foreign soils or even within France may become unlikely again for who knows how long. However I thank you for your visits and will continue to post, all the while hoping to see you in Paris in the (near) future! BPJ

Above: on a small street in Ars-en-Ré; village church dating to the Middle Ages w/its landmark black and white steeple and snow white entryway

Below: spices entice from a market stall; Pineau des Charentes, the region's signature apéritif mingles w/French wines, beers and cognacs; of course, oysters for lunch

19 September 2020

Paris by the sea #3

Every evening locals gather at this popular meeting spot where apéros are brought out on wooden planks specially made to grip the sea wall.
Above: pichet of icy cold rosé w/panoramic view
Below: seafood rillettes starter at the wall; steamed shrimp w/frites maison at a terrace table; our rent-a-bikes La Flotte



Next week: more Île de Ré