30 September 2016

29 September 2016

27 September 2016


Place Saint-Georges, gateway to "So-Pi" the up/coming South Pigalle district bathed in morning light.

25 September 2016

Holy smoke

In Memoriam: The tradition of offering Masses for the dead originated in the very early Church. Beautiful service today at Notre-Dame Cathedral, setting of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," Ralph's favorite novel and a fitting end to his story.

Above: the priests' arrival is heralded by incense; a soloist and backup choir sang the liturgy; a dignified departure

Farewell and Godspeed

- My deepest gratitude for everyone's support and to those who attended -

FAQ answers:
- To get on "The List" an appointment is required and a Mass is scheduled by date availability.

- Incense ritual: just before the Mass starts a small metal container of burning incense is swung on a chain to lead the way, followed by the priest+entourage. With each swing of the chain puffs of smoke rise higher.
- Victor Hugo's original title was not "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," a spoiler title. It was "Notre Dame de Paris."
- The Cathedral was built in the medieval ages, in 1163.

24 September 2016

23 September 2016

21 September 2016

Lunch meet

A bistro on a quiet square behind the Palais-Royal Gardens, ideal for a Girls' Lunch.

Bistrot Valois
1 Place de Valois 75001

20 September 2016

Book space

One of my favorite librairies beneath Sacre Coeur is also a café-gallery.

Halle Saint-Pierre
2 Rue Ronsard 75018

19 September 2016

17 September 2016

16 September 2016

15 September 2016

12 September 2016

10 September 2016

9 September 2016

Lunch launch

Le Train Bleu inside the Gare de Lyon is still "the" must-lunch stop for travelers off to the French Riviera. Wall and ceiling frescoes depict alluring destinations on the Côte d'Azur.

6 September 2016

Crouching angel

A secret courtyard reveals a sculpture of an angel.

 In Loving Tribute
 - Brother In Arms -

 An angel found you and scooped you into his arms.
Father, husband, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, friend, gifted musician, woodworker, world traveler, raconteur.... You were amazing, and now even more so. My heart will hold all of those memories always, of good times growing up, and later in Europe. We will forever celebrate your Life (with that glass of Cointreau...?), your unique sense of humor and countless wise "Ralph-isms" as we try and live up to your mantra, "Don't let the party die!" Until we meet again my cherished beautiful Big Bro.


Thank you one/all for comments, condolences, flowers, cards. I will be getting back to everyone early next week. Yes Ralph was truly one of a kind. In gratitude, BPJ

photo: 12/2015

"Handsome. Kind eyes." Mandy L.
"Incredible guy." John B.
"Mean bass player!" Bob M.
"Won't forget him." Sean and Mary H.
"Generous. Great sense of irony, humor." Sebastian C.
"Deserves all happiness." Jesus G.
"A force of nature few understood." Katherine T.
"Wish I'd met him." Arnaud D.
"The Dude." Anonymous
"An amazing and interesting person whose time on earth was way too short." Lauren S./Tom P. 
"Wish we could've got to know each other better. RIP Cuz." Mike N.
"Sleep in Peace noble Prince." Taylor Family


Some of Ralph's favorite links:
Night Tripper ZuZu Mamou / Dr. John
Thirty Days In The Hole / Steve Marriott
Papa Don't Take No Mess / James Brown
Lady Blue / Leon Russell (R.I.P. 11/9/2016)

To Ralph:
"We dressed up and fought, then thought, make amends.
We were never holding back, worried that time would come to an end...
 But I thought in spite of dreams
You'd be sitting somewhere here with me."

Being Boring / Pet Shop Boys

Update 9/21
A candle placed before "Ralph's Angel" today.


 A Mass was said for Ralph at Notre Dame Cathedral. Thank you thank you to all who came or were there in spirit.

Update 10/20
 As some of you know Ralph entrusted to me and others close to him certain photos/docs to post online. Please check your email for details. If anyone has anything to supplement what we have please forward it to the address on the mailing list. If you're not on the list, you can contact me via WPA (Subject: R.I.P. Ralph). Thanks!

Update 10/31

- Just in time for Halloween - 

To the person who sent the photo from Ralph's FB,

*** THANK YOU ***

Update 12/28
By request I am creating a "Ralph page" of photos, updates, docs, etc. password accessible only. Please watch your inboxes for link starting in January and share with all your followers/connections!

Update 2017
Below: monitoring this blog since day one she was on Ralph's street so often she was caught on google "street view" photos 

Click on photo to enlarge

4 September 2016

Galerie des enfants

Installation of miniature skyscrapers for kids by JR, artist known for his gargantuan photographs.
Ends September 19

Centre Georges Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou 75004 

3 September 2016

Tied down

Yet another bicycle tied to a fence. Behind, church of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre.

Square René-Viviani
79 rue Galande 75005

2 September 2016

Street chic

Casual city bag and shoes just in time for fall.

Ralph Lauren
173 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75006

[at same address: RALPH's restaurant] 

1 September 2016

Day trip: Paris' 21st arrondissement #2

Provençal-style markets, small fishing villages, local fleur de sel goat cheeses. A man makes his way down mainstreet of nearby tiny island of Aix where cars are not allowed and access is solely by ferry.

[Thank you for so many views / behind-scenes comments on yesterday's post.
Watch for more day trips / short trips from Paris photos in the future. "Getting there" info for each destination can be easily found online.]