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 above the piano

22 October 2019

More mushrooms

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

Below: homemade 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: standard apéro plate with kir cocktail; cheese and beef fondues with accompanying sauces; wine served in baby bottles
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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