31 August 2016

Day trip: Paris' 21st arrondissement #1


Île de Ré in the Poitou-Charentes / Brittany region is often called "the 21st arrondissement" as many Parisians own second homes there. 

Above, map showing the island's villages, old Port of La Rochelle, obligatory seaside moules-frites topped off by a glorious sunset.


30 August 2016

Market daze

Flowers, sausages, fresh produce, goose eggs, champagne... End of summer sees market streets back in full swing.

27 August 2016

Quiet cool

Inner courtyards of former hôtel particuliers in the Marais district provide cool respite. This one at Musée Cognacq-Jay.

26 August 2016

The original beignet

 
In France, beignets are small, round and not buried under mounds of powdered sugar as their U.S. cousins.
 

24 August 2016

22 August 2016

Weekend brunch

A leisurely terrace brunch pour deux near the Eiffel Tower.

Carette
  4 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre 75016

20 August 2016

Fashion forward

Spanning three centuries the Musée des Arts Décoratifs recently celebrated the 13th anniversary of its staggering fashion collection.

18 August 2016

Provence in Paris

Exclusively for summer and for just four more days the private garden courtyard of this 16th century former abbey is open all day. Open bar, live music.

Palais Abbatial
Place de Furstenburg
5 rue de l'Abbaye 75005

16 August 2016

Afternoon views

Long-stemmed roses and drinks on the terrace at Georges.
Below, a waiter cuts a dashing silhouette.
 

Restaurant Georges
Place Georges Pompidou 75004

15 August 2016

Just like home

A métro station ad for a food delivery service says, "The cooking of a restaurant, the comfort of home."

11 August 2016

10 August 2016

Big Mac

Sandwiched between two apartment buildings a multi-storied Flemish-style structure is occupied top to bottom by a McDonald's.

- Thank you McDonald's Corporation for request for rights to use this photo! BPJ -

5 August 2016

3 August 2016

Candlelit concerts

An ancient church near Notre Dame Cathedral holds concerts almost every evening year round.

L'église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre
79 Rue Galande 75005 

2 August 2016

Shellfish orgy

Forget all those other shellfish towers: with rich sauces, seaweed butter, blackboard special of fresh grilled lobster and a bottle of crisp dry white on ice this one stole the show. 

L'Ecailler Du Bistrot
22 rue Paul Bert 75011
- Closed in August -