24 December 2017

Joyeux

One of my favorite Paris hangouts, spruced up for the holidays.

Café de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint Germain 75006



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To my devoted visitors, blog stalkers and drop-ins:
I will be returning to FocusOnParis.com after the holidays.
Here's wishing every one of you a very Merry and Happy everything, and an effervescent New Year.
See you in January! BPJ

23 December 2017

Back in time

Early morning and Place du Tertre is eerily transformed into the village square it once was before artists' easels, tourists and souvenir shops took over.

Above: twinkling Christmas lights are left on all night
main street just off the square minus crowds and postcard stands

22 December 2017

21 December 2017

Nativity ball

Nativity scene inside a giant inflated ball in front of l'Église Saint-Pierre in Montmartre.

19 December 2017

Not just men

At a busy café on rue de Rennes a waitress sports the white tablier and black vest traditionally worn by Parisian waiters.

18 December 2017

Behind doors

Double doors of what appears to be an ordinary apartment building conceal a long passageway.

15 December 2017

Blur of lights

Frenzy of traffic and shoppers on the grands boulevards as stores stay open later for the holidays.

Boulevard Haussmann

- Printemps -
- Galeries Lafayette -

14 December 2017

Froth art

A café crème gets la touche finale by a talented barista.

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Café Craft
Holybelly
Le Peloton Café
Fragments
Café Cuillier
Matamata....

 In January newsletter: My pick of Paris' best coffee shops.
Plus: tucked away on Plaza de los Mártires in Malaga, Spain, Mia Coffee Shop packs a punch
[3 hours (or less) from Paris: Pueblos Blancos, Andalucia]

11 December 2017

All thumb

An enormous bronze thumb by French artist César Baldaccini on square in front of the Centre Pompidou.

The mandrill indicates with thumb
Auroraborealic bum.

Michael Alexander
British author, explorer, poet, one of the infamous "Prominente" Colditz Castle WWII

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"César: La Rétrospective"
Until March 26, 2018

9 December 2017

8 December 2017

Bear windows

This year's Ralph Lauren holiday window display.

Ralph Lauren
173 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75006

6 December 2017

5 December 2017

Girl time

It's late, and time to sip into something comfortable.

Bistrot Vivienne
4 rue des Petits Champs 75002

4 December 2017

Her too

Bronze bust of French pop icon singer entertainer Dalida on the Montmartre square named after her.

2 December 2017

1 December 2017

Deck the halls

Christmas trees sparkle as an almost-full moon peeks over clouds at the town hall of the 18th arrondissement.

30 November 2017

Warming up

It's said that Montmartre is becoming too charming for its own good, and with the holidays closing in chocolat chaud, hot spiced wine and tea stalls are popping up on squares such as this one at l'Église Saint-Pierre. 

29 November 2017

Metropolitan man

"Jules" was missed when this ad at a metro station entrance was finally removed.

28 November 2017

Gyoza gyoza

Gyoza addicts head here to inhale a dozen at a time.

Gyoza Bar
56 Passage des Panoramas 75002

27 November 2017

Inside art

Boutique shopping in Paris as an art experience.

Boutique Isabel Marant
1 rue Jacob 75006

Also at:
469 Broome Street Soho 
New York 10013

25 November 2017

Coffee and caramel

Craft coffee houses like this Left Bank brûlerie often excel in unique pastries.

Above: raspberries and cream, caramel-filled pastry cups topped with toasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate tartelettes

Malongo Café
50 rue Saint-André des Arts 75006

22 November 2017

21 November 2017

Elephant and dancer

Sculpture of an elephant and an image from upcoming Tribute to Edgar Degas outside the Musée d'Orsay.

November 28, 2017 - February 25, 2018

Orsay Museum
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur 75007

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- Danseuse Assise by Edgar Degas -

18 November 2017

Fall silence

Autumn colors behind Notre Dame Cathedral.

Below: a gazebo, alive with music and laughter in summer, sits silent except for the sound of falling leaves.

17 November 2017

Matzele'h

These large crackly Israeli flatbreads (red onion flakes, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, kosher salt toppings) perfect for hummus and dips are quite different from their Eastern European cousins.

Florence Kahn
24 rue des Écouffes 75004

15 November 2017

Lobster tales

Long conversations over a long lunch at this fashionista magnet where lobster is a specialty.

L'Avenue
41 avenue Montaigne 75008

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Our shared starters:
- grilled eggplant with burrata and fresh herbs
- ginger citrus tuna tartare
- fresh green beans with raspberries and mint dressing