31 October 2018

Scary chocolate

Enormous and small pumpkin sculptures made of chocolate.

Patrick Roger

Meilleur Ouvrier de France


- Happy Halloween 2018 -

La Toussaint: All Saints' Day 
1st November

30 October 2018

29 October 2018

All souls

PĂšre-Lachaise Cemetery on a brisk late October afternoon.

La Toussaint: All Saints' Day
1st November

27 October 2018

Grab a stool

La Grande Épicerie with its tasting counters offers some of the best eating in the city.

Above: truffle ravioli at La Maison de la Truffe counter

Below: bellota ham-cheese planche; yuzu-raspberry-salmon-cilantro sushi at the ceviche counter; Spanish tapas; lobster rolls with truffle potato chips in the seafood section

La Grande Épicerie - Rive Gauche
38 rue de SĂšvres 75007

Also: Rive Droite

26 October 2018

25 October 2018


With Halloween days away a giant spider, made to look black with poppy seeds, takes up a bakery window.

24 October 2018

Just enough

Seafood apéritif standing at a counter inside a Marais fish shop open late.

23 October 2018

Autumn on its way

October light sifts through branches behind this métro station.

[Solférino station was opened November 5, 1910. Originally part of the Nord-Sud Company's Line A it became Line 12 on March 27, 1931]

22 October 2018

Blue to pink

Pablo Picasso's pink period was an outgrowth of his more somber blue.

 "Picasso. Bleu et Rose"
 Ends January 6, 2019

Musée d'Orsay

20 October 2018

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Berlin

A few days ago I managed to squeeze in an overnight trip to Berlin. As my visit coincided with friends visiting the city I was able to get in some sightseeing and photos.

Above: installation wall art; astonishing architecture at the Sony Center; leafy intersection; hotel hangout at breakfast

Below: night shot of Berlin's landmark Fernsehturm (TV tower); tattoo nightcap; a biergarten at dusk

Direct flights daily (1 hour 50 min) from CDG Airport

- Addresses / more photos in November newsletter -

19 October 2018

Klimt / Hundertwasser, final weeks

Good news:

L'Atelier des LumiĂšres has prolonged its Klimt-Hundertwasser total immersion experience til January 6, 2019

Viennese artists
Gustav Klimt
Friedensreich Hundertwasser


- Tomorrow: Ich war ein Berliner -
3 hours (or less) from Paris

18 October 2018

Montmartre en fĂȘte #4

Above: more from the food fair at the top of the butte

Until next year... Tchin!


Tomorrow: a bewitching exhibition extended:


17 October 2018

Montmartre en fĂȘte #3

During the wine harvest festivities a street food extravaganza went on for four days, with stalls set up on small streets at the foot of the Basilica.

16 October 2018

Montmartre en fĂȘte #2

More scenes from Montmartre's annual wine harvest parade including Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art that combines elements of fight, dance, music, and acrobatics.

Below: behind the parade a clean sweep at the end

- Tomorrow: and the party went on... -

- Festival street food, Montmartre village -