31 May 2015

Fête des Mères

Just some of the chocolate sculptures created for Mothers' Day, this year celebrated today in France. Here, at Maison Georges Larnicol, a macaron "tree," a red high heel and a potted flower.

28 May 2015

Doggie deco

These frisky pooches running loose are a perfect match in tone and color to the Daniel Buren black and white art installation.

27 May 2015

A pair of choux

Choux pastry, the base for éclairs, gougères, and profiteroles has been quietly taking over Paris. This shop has suspended bite-sized choux in their window with wires.

25 May 2015

Pentecôte

It's a holiday, and for those who prefer to stay in the partially deserted city the 3-day weekend means leisurely afternoons, sometimes in market squares like this one.

21 May 2015

Palais-Royal #4

The gardens are an excellent choice to lunch al fresco under the arches, or just meet a friend and catch up.

19 May 2015

Palais-Royal #2

The bi-polar temperatures, the on/off rains during April and May... It was worth it.

18 May 2015

Palais-Royal #1

These next days I will be posting photos of the Palais-Royal gardens.
In the background, a huge fountain, barely visible, framed by spires.

16 May 2015

Back to the dress

Everywhere I go in Paris flirty summer dresses are back in style, some with a swing, others like this one have pencil skirts and off-the-shoulder sleeves.

15 May 2015

Almond meringues

Huge snow white meringues topped with almonds are ready to be hacked into pieces and passed around to eager children or, for the grown ups, as an accompaniment to after-dinner espressos.

13 May 2015

Montmartre village

Just being in Montmartre can feel like you’re in a vintage postcard. It's easy to see why "the most Parisian neighborhood of Paris" is still attracting artist and writer residents... though not the penniless kind anymore.

12 May 2015

Handcrafted toys within

Like sentries keeping guard, wooden bears stand outside the entrance to a charming shop that specializes in handcrafted artisanale toys.

11 May 2015

A strawberry like no other

Now that strawberries (in France that means the much awaited gariguette) and raspberries are in season, expect expert pastry makers like Carl Marletti to come up with delicious ways to make good use of them.

9 May 2015

"Plus de fleurs..."

Yesterday's images were viewed so many times that I decided to post a few more - and just in time for Mother's Day. In France, La Fête des Mères falls on May 31st this year. [French saying: Plus de fleurs, plus de bonheur - The more flowers, the more happiness.]

8 May 2015

May flowers

The scent of fresh flowers wafting from this shop adds an uplifting accent to the morning. The sheer number of florists in Paris attests to the importance of flowers.

7 May 2015

Vintage Chanel

Trending in Paris right now is vintage Chanel, and the few shops lucky enough to carry bags, clothing and jewelry get cleaned out before they can restock. This petit sac with necklace combo went quickly.

4 May 2015

Wall art


A painting under an archway off the Places des Vosges adds a touch of brightness to this crumbling wall.

Reflections

These large steel orbs, a modern installation at the Palais-Royal, are in stark contrast to the reflections of the older architecture of the surrounding buildings.

3 May 2015

Sunday lunch

I get many emails asking where I love to eat. One of my favorites for Sunday lunch or brunch à la carte is RALPH'S, an 18th century converted town-house with its splendid courtyard.

1 May 2015

French vanilla

It's tea time in Paris, and for milles feuilles and more, master pâtissier-chocolatier Jacques Genin has few rivals. In France, if it says vanilla, tiny black dots mean that genuine vanilla beans were used.