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. Last photo, a dignified departure.

Farewell My Beloved Big Brothers and Godspeed
- Born, and died, within one year of each other -

[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


More street art in the form of a bicycle attached to a wall in the Marais district.

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.

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.]