30 November 2015

Autumn in Montmartre #5

  This stairway leads to the street where Vincent Van Gogh lived with his brother Theo.

27 November 2015

Autumn in Montmartre #3

Scattered leaves and a parked bicycle.
Above: it's early and below, in the distance, a boulangerie and a café open 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
- More photos in upcoming December newsletter -

Thanksgiving at:

- a farmhouse in Normandy
- Châteauneuf-en-Auxois in Burgundy, "one of France's most beautiful villages"
- a Paris rooftop apartment
- Bar 228 in the Hôtel Meurice (an elegant pre-Thanksgiving apéritif)
- more....

25 November 2015

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.

20 November 2015

18 November 2015

View from a square

place looks onto the street where artist Toulouse Lautrec lived in Montmartre.

17 November 2015


In Montmartre, the usually animated Place des Abbesses with its carousel and cafés, almost deserted.

16 November 2015

13 November 2015

Cobbled streets

An entry into a world of snaking streets and secret passageways....

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 inside 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

9 November 2015

7 November 2015

Row houses #1

A lineup of apartment buildings on the Île Saint-Louis as seen from the Seine.

6 November 2015

5 November 2015

Vélo patrol

It's not unusual to see Paris police patrolling city streets on bicycles.

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.