28 September 2019

Front row




Once again it's Paris Fashion Week, as both off-the-radar designers and big names strut their stuff.

Below: young designers set up a showroom in the Marais district

27 September 2019

Sharing


Canapé seating (inside and on the terrace), it's in Montmartre, it has a fun street view, and all of the wines are from Burgundy.

Where is it?

Above: two planches mixtes were plenty for four


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Fromages en fleur


Flip your cheese board (and host/hostess status) into another realm with AOC goat's milk cheeses smothered in petals.

18 September 2019

À partager


A simple charcuterie-cheese board (planche mixte) is enough for a light sharing meal and can be found on most café menus.

Above: at La Tartine - 24 rue de Rivoli 75004

17 September 2019

Market mix


There's something for everyone on Paris' market streets.

Above: by noon the square in front of l'Église Saint Médard resembles a village scene in Provence

Below: fall vegetables make a comeback; fresh oysters and wine at a fish stall; singing to the tune of roasting chickens; dancing on an open square





Mouffetard Street Market

Start at chocolaterie Mococha #89 rue Mouffetard and meander down

Best day: Sunday

16 September 2019

Calm before the market


Ernest Hemingway described Rue Mouffetard as, "that wonderful crowded market street which led into Place Contrescarpe."

Shouting vendors, fresh produce, cafés, excellent small shops and stalls selling cheeses, wines, fish, breads, pastries, more, and on Sundays live music and dancing in a main square make "La Mouffe" an outing.

14 September 2019

Cocktail maison


My version of a "Corsican cocktail" made with dark rum, Lillet Blanc, limoncello, soda water, fresh raspberries and a twist of lemon peel.

13 September 2019

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Prague #5





Goodbye for now to the sublime beauty that is Prague. 

Above: in-spiring sunsets

Below: Jewish cemetery; John Lennon Wall; a "Botero" chair




PARIS - PRAGUE
Direct flights daily (1 hour 40 minutes) 

12 September 2019

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Prague #4





Prague (Praha in Czech) is called "The City of a Hundred Spires" for good reason.

Above: interiors of just a few of Prague's many churches; elaborate coffin of Svatý Jan Nepomucký, John of Nepomuk, Prague's patron saint, inside Saint Vitus Cathedral  

Below: miracles have been attributed to The Infant Of Prague




10 September 2019

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Prague #2



Casual cafés and restaurants line the banks of the Vltava.

Below: perusing a menu with views of Charles Bridge; chef-helmed restaurants with open kitchens rival Paris' best; dry ice used to dramatic effect; chocolate as art






9 September 2019

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Prague #1




Prague's medieval Astronomical Clock pulls in crowds every hour to watch The Twelve Apostles put in an appearance when the chimes start.

Below: entertainment on Old Town Square and Charles Bridge