19 September 2017

Magic meringues

Multi-flavored meringues in a Left Bank pâtisserie said to reverse negative wishes, curses, hexes, you name it, back onto the sender.

18 September 2017

Hermès, Paris

Horse and rider atop the Hermès building, a reminder of the brand's equestrian beginnings.

Hermès (main shop)
24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008

16 September 2017

Interior refresh

Creative furnishings fill the upstairs loft at this Marais concept store.

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003

15 September 2017

14 September 2017


"Twizy" Renault's all-electric two-seater zips around Paris' narrow streets.

12 September 2017

8 September 2017

A simple lunch

3-course formule in old Les Halles district.
Today: tomato-guac mille-feuilles, chiffonade of roast beef with caper-dill mayo and crunchy garlic potatoes, strawberry tiramisu

Comptoir de la Gastronomie
(restaurant/boutique - reservations recommended) 
34 rue Montmartre 75001

7 September 2017

5 September 2017

Rocher de Cancale

Now a regular café-restaurant this was writer Balzac's go-to place for fresh oysters from Brittany.

Au Rocher de Cancale
78 rue Montorgueil 75002

Dead fish

Scrawled onto peeling wallpaper, "Only the dead fish follow the current."

4 September 2017

Paris when it drizzles

A comfortable spot under an arcade waiting for the rain to stop.

Next stop: Pigalle
Don’t let Pigalle’s naughty reputation stop you from visiting this up/coming quartier’s cocktail bar sensations like Lulu White....

2 September 2017

Dior #3

A ball gown to beat all ball gowns.

"Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve"

Musée des Arts Décoratifs
 107 rue de Rivoli 75001

Until January 7, 2018

1 September 2017

31 August 2017

Candle in the wind

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death in Paris.

While debating whether some kind of candle or flame should be erected as a memorial it turned out that an enormous flame - the flame of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States - was already over the  tunnel at the exact spot of the car crash at Pont de l'Alma, "Bridge of the Soul."

30 August 2017

Dior #1

Seventy years of fashion at the sensational mixed-media Dior retrospective.

"Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve"

Musée des Arts Décoratifs
 107 rue de Rivoli 75001

Until January 7, 2018

29 August 2017

Lamp locks

Despite glass panels to keep "love locks" off the Pont des Arts love persists, as evidenced by these locks clinging to a lamp post. 

28 August 2017

Hoisted in a halter

Sculpture in gallery window of a suspended rhino. In the background, a painting of a matador.

Place des Vosges Galleries

26 August 2017

25 August 2017


A poster on the wall of a shop that sells coffees and teas.

“Art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.”
Saul Bellow

23 August 2017

Time pileup

Close-up of Armand Fernandez' clocks sculpture installation at Gare Saint-Lazare.

22 August 2017

21 August 2017

Un jour parfait

Hockney at the Pompidou, sunset drinks on the Seine, late dinner cassoulet, France's most-loved stew.

David Hockney Retrospective
Centre Georges Pompidou

Until October 23, 2017

19 August 2017

Bien-être on the block

First a "health bistro" for lunch, then café glacé at a trendy coffee shop a few doors away.

Abbatoir Végétal
61 rue Ramey 75018

Café Pimpin
64 rue Ramey 75018
(also has light healthy lunch choices)


17 August 2017

Cool spot

Shaded and quiet, Marcel's terrace is a warm-weather favorite to meet up with friends and linger.

1 Villa Léandre 75018

16 August 2017

Truly Paris

Mornings at Le Vrai Paris ("the true Paris") feel like you truly are in Paris.

Le Vrai Paris
33 rue des Abbesses 75018

15 August 2017

Homage to Steinlen

Sculpture of Swiss-born artist Théophile Steinlen and his wife atop a fountain in a small square.
Steinlen's well-known poster Le Chat Noir is often misattributed to Toulouse Lautrec.