28 June 2018

Behind the scenes: Opéra Garnier #2

 Marc Chagall's rotund ceiling in the theater teems with musical allegory.

Palais Garnier / L'Opéra de Paris
8 rue Scribe 75009

- More photos in upcoming July newsletter -

27 June 2018

Behind the scenes: Opéra Garnier #1

Recently I was invited to a behind-the-scenes look at Charles Garnier's Second Empire masterpiece and setting for the 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera.

Below: section of the infamous see-and-be-seen grand staircase's grandeur

Palais Garnier / L'Opéra de Paris
8 rue Scribe 75009

26 June 2018

Café on a square

A café seems to glimmer on a beautiful day in the 19th arrondissement.

25 June 2018

Subodh Gupta

Extraordinary works using ordinary materials.
(click to enlarge)

Artist: Subodh Gupta / India 

Monnaie de Paris
11 quai de Conti 75006

Ends August 26, 2018

23 June 2018

Father's night

A Father's Day dinner; a night to remember.

Fête des Pères 2018

15 quai de la Tournelle 75005

[My father's favorite restaurant in Paris]


Merci Philippe Labbé

22 June 2018

A musical feast

From private jazz soirées to neighborhood street singers, classical chamber groups and blues bands, yesterday's annual Fête de la Musique took over the city.

21 June 2018

Stark realism

An exhibition of life-sized nudes is getting its share of double takes from passersby.

Galerie Vallois
36 rue de Seine 75006

Artist: John DeAndrea / U.S.A. / painted bronze

Ends July 22, 2018

20 June 2018

En croûte!

Quiches, tourtes and pastry-encased terrines in a Paris charcuterie shop window.
Add cornichons, pickled onions and a nice wine for an hors d'oeuvre fit for royalty.

18 June 2018

16 June 2018

14 June 2018


The horseshoe-shaped bar gives this café, one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite Paris stops, its name.

Au Petit Fer à Cheval
30 rue Vieille du Temple 75004

12 June 2018

Befitting a relic

Just two stained glass panels from inside La Sainte-Chapelle, constructed as a giant reliquary for The Crown of Thorns.

11 June 2018

Dîner en Blanc 2018, in pictures

On June 3rd the world’s largest organized pop-up picnic, the exclusive Dîner en Blanc – Dinner in White - toasted its 30th anniversary, in Paris.

9 June 2018

First stop

It's early and a little boy waits outside a coffee roaster shop for his father.

8 June 2018


Lunch entre copines: truffles, truffles and well, more truffles.

Above: fresh pasta topped with chunks of lobster and truffle shavings; a parmentier of duck and truffles; assorted truffle-laced desserts including crème brûlée flambée; (truffle-less) espresso

In June newsletter

Below: truffled burrata starters; ravioli with truffles and cream

A space of her own

Profile of a young woman.

7 June 2018

Diving in

Divers in business suits cavort barefoot above a pub on a Left Bank side street.

June newsletter

5 June 2018

Gastro gala

June has hardly begun and Paris' food and soirée scene is off to a great start.

Above: at American Ambassador's residence for a bien-être gastronomy gala w/starred chefs showcasing synergies of flavors and textures using beautiful healthful ingredients, all U.S. sourced

Special thanks to Jamie McCourt, U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco
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