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

14 October 2017

Wine crawl

No shortage of cozy wine bars on the backside of the Palais-Royal in the 2nd arrondissement.

- Last week's most viewed post: "Flying pig" -

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

Basketball court

Geometric lines and bright colors of a basketball court on a Pigalle back street.

10 October 2017


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

10-12 rue des Coutures Saint-Gervais 75003

9 October 2017

Just look up

Don't miss stunning artwork decorating residential buildings.
Visitors who've stayed on this narrow street tell me they never realized this was here.

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 chic 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. Steeples, dome of L'Académie Française, Saint-Jacques Tower, Centre Georges Pompidou on distant skyline.


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


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


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