31 December 2016

Into a New Year

A spiral staircase in an old building on the Left Bank winds its way up to a ceiling that opens to the sky.

- Bonne Année / Happy New Year 2017 -

30 December 2016

Café on the Champs

Wedged among chain stores on the Champs-Élysées the Nespresso Boutique surprises with excellent coffee in an upscale setting.

119 Avenue des Champs-Élysées 75008
 

29 December 2016

Red teddies

A tree decorated using small plush red bears of varying sizes as ornaments, with larger bears at its base for effect.

28 December 2016

Black storefront

Bare trees lining the quai are reflected in windows of an antique shop facing the Louis-Philippe bridge.

27 December 2016

En famille

A Christmas Day lunch
All over France, Christmas Day lunch is a quiet family affair. I love it all, from helping create the menu and set the table to the long conversations that extend into the evening.

On the menu: apéritifs / gourmet nibbles in front of the fire; at table: foie gras w/fresh figs starter, roasted confit de canard and wild mushroom sauté, mixed salad w/toasted pumpkin seeds and orange, farm cheeses, home-made green apple sorbet w/vodka and fresh mint verrines, a light prelude to the traditional yule log cake. And to finish up properly, espresso / tea followed by bracing digestifs.

Above: a different wine for each course; a brother-in-law takes over in the kitchen; table set for 10

24 December 2016

Plaza aglow

Luxury Hotel Plaza Athénée all dressed up and ready for the holidays.
(w/thanks to Serendipity)

- Merry Christmas Peace On Earth - 

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21 December 2016

Bûches de Noël

Traditional Yule Log cakes along with candied chestnuts are starting to fill bakers' shelves.

20 December 2016

Book nooks

"Happily, one-of-a-kind bookshops are alive, well, and thriving in Paris..."
Now in winter issue, "10 Brilliant Book Nooks" The Good Life France

17 December 2016

Bag and gloves

Hermès' signature orange is incorporated into this winter bag and matching gloves.

24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008

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8 December 2016

Window masks

A small designer boutique creatively uses cutout masks, pom poms, scarves and hats as faces for its displays. 

6 December 2016

Flacons

A shop near Sacre Coeur sells many kinds of perfume flasks.
(w/thanks to Y. Foulon)

5 December 2016

Bernard Palissy

Statue of the famous Huguenot on Place Félix Desruelles next to church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

2 December 2016

1 December 2016

Parked car

This photo taken on Place des Vosges reminds me of something you'd see in Havana.
(w/thanks to M.Durst)