22 October 2020

Say goodbye to Sam


Samuel Paty


 Yesterday France said goodbye at a ceremony held at L'Université Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Aujourd’hui, avec vous, nous sommes tous profs” 
- Today, with you, we are all teachers -
Emmanuel Macron, Président de la République

21 October 2020

Flower power

In France, flowers are an integral part of life and in Paris, florists are as numerous as boulangeries. They lift spirits, add color and cheer wherever they appear, and symbolize romance, nature, optimism and the persistence of beauty. BPJ

19 October 2020

Dinner at 7

With the couvre-feu - curfew in English - in place since Saturday, restaurants have to close by 9 p.m. for the next weeks. But Paris has quickly adjusted with the return of the traditional three-course hot lunch formule, while apéro planches (above), small plates and lighter fare are becoming the new dinner, taken earlier than France's usual dinner time, typically between 8 and 9 p.m. BPJ

17 October 2020

A Thursday bike

This turquoise bicycle is parked in front of this shuttered window only on Thursdays.


 As we head into the weekend you might have noticed that I've tweaked up the blog slightly, making some of the photos larger and changing / enlarging text for easier reading - a work in progress as there are almost 2000 posts. The "About" page has been edited, and I’ve stopped posting synopses of monthly newsletters in “Nouveautés” - now a space for selected announcements. While the original concept of a photo blog will remain intact (photos plus brief captions), I hope to include more written content - Paris-related commentary, book reviews, restaurant recommendations, interviews of local personnages - as I've done writing for magazines and newspapers.

Wishing all a splendid weekend as we prepare for a four-week (maybe longer, depending how it goes) couvre-feu that begins tonight in Paris, and other cities, between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. (specifics in French here), something that France has not seen since World War II, in an attempt to get this virus under control.

Stay well. Stay safe. Get a dog (dog walking allowed). BPJ