30 December 2015

29 December 2015

Marché Raspail




Open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays when it's a marché biologique (organic), this Left Bank market goes on for blocks.

28 December 2015

Sign of the times

This year's holiday window display theme at Galeries Lafayette department store is all about the new Star Wars movie.

27 December 2015

26 December 2015

Yule log

No Christmas table was complete without its Bûche de Noël, the traditional Yule Log dessert, and every bakery and pâtisserie was well stocked.

25 December 2015

Deck the windows

All over the city toy stores, like this one, stayed open late Christmas Eve anticipating last minute Père Noëls.

24 December 2015

Bagel on the block


New York style bagel shops have sprung up around Paris. Today's bagel at this one in Montmartre, "Christmas spices."

23 December 2015

Three kings

Life-sized figurines made of silk, satin and brocade decorate the courtyard of a luxury hotel.

22 December 2015

Christmas lights

As soon as it gets dark festive lights appear in corners, lining entire streets overhead.

21 December 2015

Aftermath

It's a strange sensation to walk down familiar streets and see photos of the dead; neighbors, familiar faces posted in doorways where they lived.

19 December 2015

18 December 2015

17 December 2015

Gentleman barber

coiffeur-barbier poses in front of his newly-opened shop showing off his own newly-cropped facial hair.

16 December 2015

Candy man

This corner sweets stall is a permanent fixture year round, rain or shine, on Boulevard Saint Germain near Odéon.

15 December 2015

Doorway

Many details, including a tiny oval window to one side, make this door particularly appealing.

14 December 2015

Clopes

Big Tobacco is thriving as evidenced by the many brands on offer at any corner tabac, the most popular by far being Marlboro.

12 December 2015

Choux in

 
At La Maison du Chou flavored cream fillings are pumped into airy choux before your eyes using a pastry syringe.

10 December 2015

9 December 2015

Enfants Rouges

Quite an entrance: the Marché des Enfants Rouges covered market dates to the 1600's and is named for orphans dressed in red.

8 December 2015

Smarter

The latest "smart car" is an efficient way to buzz through narrow city streets.

7 December 2015

Place de Furstenburg

The tranquil beauty of this Left Bank square never fails to stop passersby in their tracks.

5 December 2015

4 December 2015

Un café noisette

This is the French version of Spain's café cortado, an espresso to which a drop of milk the size of a hazelnut (noisette) has been added.

3 December 2015

2 December 2015

Autumn in Montmartre #7

Montmartre often surprises with quiet passageways and byways lined by single family homes and artists' studios.

30 November 2015

28 November 2015

Autumn in Montmartre #4

Walkway to a hidden hotel, once a private home. New York chef Anthony Bourdain stayed here while filming in Paris.

27 November 2015

Autumn in Montmartre #3

Scattered leaves and a parked bicycle. It's early and below, in the distance, a boulangerie and café opens for business.

24 November 2015

Autumn in Montmartre #1

Fall colors seem to be more intense in Montmartre, the hilltop village of tree-lined streets that abruptly rises out of the city.

23 November 2015

And the band plays on

A street corner band at a market in the Latin Quarter district performs every weekend, brightening up winter days.

22 November 2015

Chocolate stop

Patrick Roger's chocolates are my favorite chocolates anywhere. And I don't even have a sweet tooth.

21 November 2015

Empty and waiting

Usually this café, heat lamps on, gets so busy at lunchtime that it has to turn customers away.

18 November 2015

17 November 2015

Deserted

In Montmartre, the usually animated Place des Abbesses with its carousel and cafés, almost deserted.

15 November 2015

13 November 2015