31 October 2017

Eve of The Dead

Halloween was adopted by the French years ago and in Paris it means ghosts, goblins, witches, monsters and zombies, many winding through neighborhoods with lanterns or candles.

*** Happy Halloween 2017 ***

Some venues with links

Half-shell heaven

Right now raw oysters shipped in fresh daily from Brittany are at almost every brasserie in Paris.

30 October 2017

Feuille morte

November is photography month as exhibitions take over the city including not-to-be-missed PARIS PHOTO November 9 - 12.

Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008



 

28 October 2017

27 October 2017

Color me pink

Window shopping:
Nina Ricci's Spring 2018 Collection explodes with color.

Nina Ricci
39 avenue Montaigne 75008

26 October 2017

25 October 2017

Sad door

An old door just before residents of the building chipped in to have it repaired.

24 October 2017

Elegant Italian

An upscale Italian restaurant with an unusual decor (with help from Philippe Starck) inside one of the oldest covered passages in Europe.

Caffè Stern
47 Passage des Panoramas 75002

20 October 2017

19 October 2017

Courtyard lunch

Waiting to be seated in courtyard at Hôtel Costes' restaurant, where Yves Saint Laurent ate lunch every day.

Hôtel Costes
239-241 rue Saint Honoré 75001

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Exhibition: 
On the occasion of the opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
October 2017 

17 October 2017

16 October 2017

Harvest parade

Montmartre's mad annual vendanges parade celebrates the fall wine harvest, with regions from all over France represented.

Below: one of several drum bands winding through streets


Here they come... Best results w/earphones
 

13 October 2017

Cheese please

To every season its cheese, and right now Paris fromageries are stocking up on Vacherin-Mont d'Or, so luscious and creamy that each is sold with its own wooden spoon for scooping.

Below: two exquisite goat's milk cheeses, one honey-coated then rolled in toasted crushed pistachios, the other teamed with avocado oil, pine nuts and whole pistachios

12 October 2017

10 October 2017

Céréal-isme

A friendly "cereal bar" complete with sofa and healthy (and not-so-healthy) choices lurks on a tiny street behind the Picasso Museum.

Céréal-iste
10-12 rue des Coutures Saint-Gervais 75003

9 October 2017

Just look up

Don't miss stunning artwork decorating residential buildings.

Façade, rue Jacob

7 October 2017

Flying pig

Above: inside chef Yves Camdeborde's small exquisite French tapas and wine bar at Saint-Germain's marché couvert.


L'Avant-Comptoir du Marché
14 rue Lobineau 75006

6 October 2017

Rue Barbette

A display of off-the-radar designer bags on the corner of rue Barbette.

Jamin Puech
68 rue Vieille-du-Temple 75003 

5 October 2017

3 October 2017

Day breaks

Invigorating fall morning from a rooftop terrace.
Distant skyline: steeples, dome of L'Académie Française, Saint-Jacques Tower, Centre Georges Pompidou

Nouveautés

2 October 2017

Vaux-le-Vicomte fait son cinéma

A special exhibition goes behind the scenes to celebrate the many films made at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

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No sooner back from Italy it was off to Vaux-le-Vicomte -- the château about an hour's drive outside of Paris that made young Louis XIV so jealous that when he laid eyes on it he had its owner arrested, nabbed its architects and built Versailles -- to an invitation-only exclusive evening where lucky guests had the run of the castle into the night.

Above: thousands of candles light our approach; chamber group welcome; costumes from some of the many movies filmed here ("Man In The Iron Mask," "Marie-Antoinette," "James Bond (Moonraker)," "Versailles," "Three Musketeers"....); a room set up and ready for filming; outstanding créatrice / costume designer Madeline Fontaine; spectacular Champagne apéro-dinatoire

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Ends November 5
  

1 October 2017

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Viva Italia! #6

Today's posting is a wrap-up of our trip to this inspiring region. Many more photos as well as tips (where to stay, where to eat, getting around etc....) in upcoming October newsletter.
Ciao Italia, and until next time, BPJ

Special thanks to Nichole, Gregorio, Jennifer, Maria-Cristina, Giordano and so many others