30 November 2015

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.

26 November 2015

Thanksgivings past


To past Thanksgivings and Thanksgivings yet to come, a very happy one, wherever you may be.

Above: the table is set as fireplaces and candles are lit in anticipation of dinner;
finishing touches are put on an appetizer, Russian "coulibiac" pies made with fresh salmon, dill, spinach leaves - as guests don aprons to cook, nibble, tipple, and chat
 
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More photos in upcoming December newsletter:

- a farmhouse in Normandy
- Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, Burgundy, "one of France's most beautiful villages"
- a Paris rooftop apartment
- pre-Thanksgiving toasts and elegant apéritifs at Bar 228 in the Hôtel Meurice


24 November 2015

Autumn in Montmartre


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.

13 November 2015

12 November 2015

Floral explosion

 
fleuriste with chandeliers inside and tantalizing arrangements set up outside. Today, a voluminous bouquet of white hydrangeas.

11 November 2015

Of hearth and home


Animal portraits and giant golden apples are just some of the unusual decorative touches in a small hotel near the Odéon theater.

10 November 2015

Shoe repère


 
 An ancienne cordonnerie-now-coffeehouse has become a popular point de repère.

Boot Café
19 rue du Pont aux Choux 75003

7 November 2015

5 November 2015

4 November 2015

Oyster of the month


In France, even months without an "R" don't keep oysters at bay.

Above: ready-to-slurp Bélons at an along-the-Seine autumn food fest

3 November 2015

Art nouveau marvel


Some interior shots of Saint-Jean de Montmartre, one of a handful of art nouveau churches in the world.

2 November 2015

Napoleon's hat

 
It is said that The Little Corporal couldn't pay his tab at this restaurant so he left this hat, now preserved for posterity.