28 February 2015

Dora

This bust of a young woman by Pablo Picasso is said to represent Dora Maar, darling of the Left Bank literary and artistic set at the height of La Belle Époque.

27 February 2015

After the rain

Locals in trendy "SoPi" (South Pigalle) stop to pick up last minute supplies before heading home. Sacre Coeur Basilica overlooks the emerging street scene.

26 February 2015

25 February 2015

24 February 2015

Über croissants

Fresh croissants glazed with different flavors on a countertop at gourmet traiteur Fauchon.

23 February 2015

Exterior decoration

Place de Furstenburg, known for its upscale fabric and deco shops, decked out with oversized lampshades.

20 February 2015

Hanging out fashion

Now that the winter soldes are well behind us shop windows are alive with exciting new spring collections. Fashion house Lanvin has playfully suspended mannequins upside down.

19 February 2015

Pâtes de fruits

A trove of pâtes de fruits of dozens of flavors are a specialty at Hediard, which began as a fruit-filled wheelbarrow on a street corner.

15 February 2015

Une carafe d'eau

Natural light brings out the beauty of this cluster of green bottles ready to be turned into carafes d'eau.

13 February 2015

12 February 2015

10 February 2015

Organic fresh produce

These multicolored carrots and crisp greens at a Saturday morning organic market in the Batignolles area will be gone by noon. A stroll through any open air market will inspire dinner.

9 February 2015

Waiting for his master

Seated on a motorcycle this pup awaits the return of his master who's nipped into a shop filled with aromatic sausages and hams.

7 February 2015

Through fleurs

Fragrant bouquets are lined up along a street market stall, packed in thick sheets of plastic that are filled with water.

Ready for tea

Intimate salons de thé dot the city, where besides specialty teas there will be home-made cakes, pastries and even refined lunches. This cup is about to be filled and joined by a thick slice of house apple tart.

6 February 2015

Man in black



A man dressed in black from head to toe cuts a poetic silhouette set off by the fluffy white fur of his little dog on a backstreet near the Bastille.

5 February 2015

Mao Tse Tongue

An imposing modern sculpture takes up much of the floor space of a contemporary art gallery, one of many near the rue des Beaux Arts.

4 February 2015

Butterfly bouquets

A winter evening and shimmering bouquets of white, gold and blue butterflies seem to flutter inside the window of a parfumerie off Place Saint Sulpice.

3 February 2015

Brioches in a window

A lineup of sugar-studded brioches teasingly awaits adoption in a window of a small cake shop on a Left Bank side street. Inside, wafts of freshly baking viennoiseries envelope the senses.

2 February 2015

Early a.m. café... and cigarettes?

Ashtrays are set out for the daily onslaught of terrace smokers. Since 2007 smoking inside cafés and restaurants has been verboten in France.

1 February 2015

Les bouquinistes

Paris' reputedly surly bouquinistes get the best views across the river. A centuries-old tradition of selling used books and manuscripts along the quais continues uninterrupted.