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 w/gourmet nibbles in front of the fire. At table: foie gras fresh figs and sweet Sauternes wine starter; roasted confit de canard and wild mushrooms; mixed salad with toasted pumpkin seeds and orange; farm cheeses. Green apple sorbet verrines with vodka and fresh mint made a light prelude to the traditional yule log cake. And to finish up properly, espresso and tea followed by an assortment of digestifs. - BPJ

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

26 December 2016

24 December 2016

Plaza aglow

Luxury Hotel Plaza Athénée all dressed up and ready for the holidays.

- Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah -
Peace On Earth
 Merci Serendipity

23 December 2016

22 December 2016

Pre-trip pause

Inside Le Train Bleu leather armchairs line a long hallway that leads to the ornate dining room.

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..."

 Article winter issue, "10 Brilliant Book Nooks":

18 December 2016

17 December 2016

Bag and glove

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

24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008

16 December 2016

15 December 2016

Liberty as art

Yet another of Frédéric Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty, this one inside the Orsay Museum.

13 December 2016

Nativity scenes

This life-sized crèche from Eastern Europe is one of many set up in churches across the city.

12 December 2016

Night steps

One of Montmartre's longest and steepest stairways is next to the funiculaire.

9 December 2016

Cracking good

Croquante and enormous, these shiny meringues are just waiting to be taken home.

8 December 2016

Window masks

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

7 December 2016

Sacré carousel

Postcard view of the Basilica of Sacré Coeur with carousel in the foreground.

5 December 2016

Bernard Palissy

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

3 December 2016

2 December 2016

Rain and shine

Daniel Buren's columns at the Palais-Royal shine no matter what the weather.

Merci M. Durst

1 December 2016

Parked car

This photo taken on Place des Vosges reminds me of something you'd see in Havana.
Merci M.Durst