30 April 2015

Art café


Morning coffee and art happily co-mingle in a spacious community café-gallery at the foot of Sacre Coeur.
Exhibited artists have included New York enfant terrible and Warhol protégé Jean-Michel Basquiat.

29 April 2015

End of an era?


Schnabel-esque, used ashtrays vie for space on a blanket at a neighborhood vide grenier sidewalk sale.

28 April 2015

Window dressing


A giant cat's head balanced atop a dress adds a fun touch to a window display of a backstreet teen shop.

26 April 2015

Klimt


The chairs in the upper photo seem to have been placed there deliberately to match a poster advertising an exhibition of works by Gustav Klimt.

24 April 2015

Bronzed defiance


Sculpture of a young girl defiantly faces L'Académie française, the all-male bastion of power created in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu to protect the French language.
Not until 1980 was a woman elected as a member for the first time.

23 April 2015

Caramel, chocolate, pistachio


A line-up of just three éclair flavors at mega traiteur Fauchon on Place de la Madeleine.

Above: salted butter caramel, black chocolate, pistachio

20 April 2015

Let all who enter


A stone mascaron, a decorative touch that's long disappeared from modern architecture, keeps watch over an open doorway.

19 April 2015

To market to market


Sunday morning finds locals heading for bustling street markets like this one, leaving it to the season's offerings to do the meal planning.

18 April 2015

17 April 2015

Un coin des arts


A graffiti-covered wall is an unexpected treat as I turn onto a narrow street in the heart of a funky gallery district on the Left Bank.

16 April 2015

Wine down


Table wines and champagnes, most from small regional producers, many not exported, are displayed on a bed of corks.

15 April 2015

Gluten rules


No shortage of gluten in Paris, where there seems to be a boulangerie on almost every block.

Above: freshly baked plump brioches are the day's special offer

14 April 2015

Walk, don't fly


A lone pigeon carefully made its way to the top of this steep staircase, step by step, then flew away.

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9 April 2015

A Fornasetti fix



The Face equated with Piero Fornasetti that launched 16,000 designs is in excellent company with many more of his mind-boggling pieces. Musée des Arts Décoratifs til June 14.

8 April 2015

6 April 2015

The Love Wall


The shadow of a tree makes a dramatic splash on The Love Wall, a romantic meeting spot on a leafy square where "I love you" is written in over 300 different languages.

5 April 2015

Easter Sunday


An early morning walk on Easter Sunday revealed this beautiful bed of flowers in full bloom behind the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

4 April 2015

Holiday kougelhopfs


It's Pâques weekend and boulanger-pâtissier Gontran Cherrier displays a lineup of show-stopping kougelhopfs, each cradling its own pot of chocolate-caramel cream.

3 April 2015

Eggs, bells, and fish


For Easter, Meilleur Ouvrier de France and chocolate sculptor Patrick Roger weighs in with his unique oeuvres.

2 April 2015

Extra large eggs


Every Easter Paris chocolatiers unveil their chocolate egg creations.
These one are enormous and destined to be cracked into pieces at Easter lunch and distributed along with their contents.

1 April 2015

Smart


A tiny "smart car" sits in front of the Pompidou Center on an early morning.
Within hours this area will spring to life with street performers, sidewalk artists and vendors, and no cars will be permitted.