31 July 2015

30 July 2015

In her thoughts

The reflection of a man on a gallery window superimposed on a portrait of twin sisters makes it appear as if one of them is thinking about him. From his posture, he may be thinking of her too.

29 July 2015

Un-loved locks

Gone are the Love Locks from the Pont des Arts that became too weighty for safety and had to be removed. A tourist tradition, couples attach a padlock to a railing then throw the key into the river to "seal" their romance.

28 July 2015

Vins et terroirs

In France, to every wine (and to every dish) its region, or terroir. This rustic restaurant on an ancient street shares an address with equally rustic Hotel St André des Arts next door.

25 July 2015

Matcha man

 
Boris Lumé, artisan boulanger-pâtissier at Julia Child's favorite stop in "Julie & Julia," adds his voice to Paris' specialty éclair trend. 

Above center: a low-in-sugar high-in-antioxydants matcha green tea delicacy.  

24 July 2015

Colombages

All of Paris was once a labyrinth of narrow lanes winding between half-timbered buildings like these.

23 July 2015

Pretty in pink

A pink bicycle is propped up outside a café on a sun-dappled dirt mound on this July afternoon.

22 July 2015

21 July 2015

Curse of the Templars

A small plaque beneath the Pont Neuf marks the spot where Jacques de Molay, Grand Master and last of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake in 1314. As he went up in flames, he cursed the then Pope and King of France and all his descendants.

20 July 2015

A casual lunch

Café Les Deux Magots, still one of the best spots in Paris for an informal lunch. Inside, photos of Hemingway, Picasso, Simone de Beauvoir and other luminaries are above tables where they regularly connived.

19 July 2015

Moonlight plumber

A chipped painting of a woman taking a bath decorates the window of a small plumbing repair shop. The plumber, who moonlights as an artist, burns the midnight oil.

15 July 2015

Summer in the city

 
No matter how high temperatures climb in the city center it's cooler up in Montmartre. Here, a pause on a shady terrace for ice-cold citronnade made with fresh lemon, ginger, and honey.

14 July 2015

Sparkling waters

Evian, Vichy, Perrier... Just three French water brands recognized the world over, but in The Land of Bottled Waters there are so many more to choose from. And, like fine wine, each has its own character.

13 July 2015

Pont Neuf on a cloudy day

The Pont Neuf, Paris' oldest bridge - whose name ironically means "new bridge" - quietly holds its own on this overcast Monday afternoon.

11 July 2015

Inside the Plaza #2


The Plaza Athénée was abuzz all during Paris fashion week, which ended yesterday.
A breakfast of coffees, fresh juices and gourmet "cupcakes" was rounded off by a platter loaded with buttery viennoiseries, and in case that wasn't enough butter, more was placed on the table.
With many thanks to the amazing D & B....

10 July 2015

"I think, therefore I am"

René Descartes (1596-1650), considered The Father of Modern Philosophy, is entombed in a wall here. As part of an abbey founded in the 6th century A.D. that doesn't exist anymore, L'église Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in Paris.

9 July 2015

Three chairs

These green chairs, abandoned after a downpour, have become a metaphor for relaxed moments in Paris' magnificent parks and gardens.

8 July 2015

Guarding le shop

It used to be almost impossible to enter a Tabac or café without having to sidestep a large German Shepherd, then canine of choice, blocking the entrance. Now, small dogs like this one peer from many a shop doorway.

6 July 2015

Get your goat

In France, cheeses have their own season and right now, a beautiful selection of aged raw milk farm fromages de chèvre or goat's milk cheeses are in cheese shops and markets in every neighborhood.

4 July 2015

Inside the Plaza #1

Recently my day began with friends staying at the Plaza Athénée, hotel of choice of many a celebrity, European royal, and for fashion week. Though I'd been here for press events and afternoon tea I'd forgotten how exquisite it is.
A table set for breakfast for two.
A cozy alcove ready for our party of four overlooks the courtyard. Below, partial view of the spacious interior garden courtyard. [Thanks to staff for permission to photograph]
 

3 July 2015

Dress-ing up: Ze cocktail hour

Feminine cuts, shimmering satins, golds, touches of jewelry. In Paris, dressing up never went out of style.

2 July 2015

Dress-ing up: July sales

Summer soirées are here and so are the July soldes, with bargains to be found until August 4. For something a little bit different I head for small stylistes' boutiques in the Haut Marais.

1 July 2015

What heat?

As Paris temperatures soar icy cocktails are de rigueur come cooler evenings. Here's one of my favorites, a dark rum Daiquirí, named after a beach in Santiago de Cuba.