30 October 2019

Among les vignes

Rare view from inside Montmartre's gated vineyard after its grape harvest with former artists' cabaret Lapin Agile in background.

Below: soaring views among the vines; leafy maintenance hut also used for wine tastings


- Special thanks to our friends in La Commanderie du Clos Montmartre -

28 October 2019

Love in the afternoon

What was meant to be a simple late afternoon apéro turned into a meal.

Above: jambon persillé de bourgogne with crusty corn pain maison

Below: the création of the day was impossible to pass up - extra thin slices of ventrèche concealing cèpes and seared foie gras; our pistachio-coated fromage de chèvre paired with an excellent wine

- Chef de cuisine Yves Camdeborde -
[cheese: Laurent Dubois]

L'Avant Comptoir du Marché
14 rue Lobineau 75006

24 October 2019

23 October 2019

A nook in time

French singer Jacques Brel loved this small crêperie atop the butte Montmartre where today the walls and ceiling are plastered with notes, well wishes, and business cards.

Above: Brel's portrait hangs near the piano

22 October 2019

More mushrooms

Mushrooms rule market stalls right now, even at grandes surfaces such as Monoprix.

Below: home-made velouté de cèpes topped with loads of crispy lardons

19 October 2019


The tomb of revered French philosopher, scientist and mathematician René Descartes (1596-1650) is in l'Église de Saint Germain des Prés, once part of an abbey and Paris' oldest church.

16 October 2019


Halloween-themed chocolate sculptures in a Saint Germain shop window.

Patrick Roger
108 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75006

12 October 2019

High on a kiss

Newlyweds take in the views from the top of Montmartre.


- Mix and mingle at this year's Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre festivities -

All weekend

10 October 2019

Waffles and chai

small coffeehouse on the edge of the Marais district serves up wonderful things.

Le Peloton Café
17 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe 75004

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9 October 2019

7 October 2019

Passage of time

Under renovation for what seemed like ages, historic Passage Vivienne is back in form.

Below: wine shop with its bar à vin and elevated tables; our simple planche of exquisite cured ham

Caves Legrand
Galerie Vivienne
1 rue de la Banque 75002

5 October 2019

In from the cold

Romance and retro at a favorite Montmartre fixture.

Below: house standard apéro plate with kir cocktail; cheese and beef fondues with accompanying sauces; wine served in baby bottles
(click to enlarge)

Le Refuge des Fondus
17 rue des Trois Frères 75018

3 October 2019

2 October 2019

Ergo sum

A sign in a wine shop says, "I drink therefore, I am."

October 9 - 13

Tastings - dancing - parade - ateliers - performances - exhibits...

1 October 2019