26 September 2020

A breakfast reception

Into the weekend with photos from the press reception held earlier this month in the stunning Salon Pompadour at L'Hôtel Meurice on the occasion of Le Musée de Sèvres' upcoming exhibition,


  With UNESCO and its official ambassador Pierre Hermé on board, we were treated to the history of the luxury French porcelain that's been gracing the tables of monarchs since the 18th C.


  Above: a portrait of Madame de Pompadour presides; viennoiseries set out on tables

Below: before the presentation


- More as date approaches - 

Exhibition: November 18, 2020 til May 16, 2021

Le Musée de Sèvres - Cité de la Céramique
2 Place de la Manufacture 92310
Sèvres (Paris)
À lundi... BPJ


25 September 2020

23 September 2020

22 September 2020

Paris by the sea #5

The end of the île.


Above: a stone pier ends in the sea; ultra fresh moules and shrimp cocktail; table view

Below: interconnected courtyards in our hotel; last breakfast before heading home

- Addresses and travel info October newsletter -

21 September 2020

Paris by the sea #4

Since last week when I began posting photos of île de Ré there's been a surge in my visitors stats, mostly from the U.S., which tells me that perhaps travel is forefront in many minds right now. We're praying that restrictions will soon be lifted but here in France there's been another kind of surge: coronavirus cases - the dreaded deuxième vague? - meaning that for us too, travel to foreign soils or even within France may become unlikely again for who knows how long. However I thank you for your visits and will continue to post, all the while hoping to see you in Paris in the (near) future! BPJ

Above: on a small street in Ars-en-Ré; village church dating to the Middle Ages w/its landmark black and white steeple and snow white entryway

Below: spices entice from a market stall; Pineau des Charentes, the region's signature apéritif mingles w/French wines, beers and cognacs; of course, oysters for lunch

19 September 2020

Paris by the sea #3

Every evening locals gather at this popular meeting spot where apéros are brought out on wooden planks specially made to grip the sea wall.
Above: pichet of icy cold rosé w/panoramic view
Below: seafood rillettes starter at the wall; steamed shrimp w/frites maison at a terrace table; our rent-a-bikes La Flotte



Next week: more Île de Ré

18 September 2020

Paris by the sea #2


 Above: seagull en contre-jour; salt flats just before sunset

Below: local fleur de sel for sale at a village market stall; butter sans sel, demi-sel and w/salt crystals from the island


17 September 2020

Paris by the sea #1

La Flotte, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, Ars-en-Ré, Les Ports-en-Ré, Loix... Just some of the villages that dot this island.

 Above: a harbor just after daybreak; seaside coffees w/pastries on a brisk morning
Below: mix of photos; bicycles, best way to get around

16 September 2020

Paris by the sea

Sunset from friends' balcony on Châtelaillon-Plage looking towards Île de Ré, and beyond.
(click to enlarge)


Just a few hours drive from Paris awaits another world, one I've posted about before, Île de Ré, an island south of Brittany off the French Atlantic coast in the Poitou-Charente region. Sometimes called Paris' 21st arrondissement (many Parisians keep résidences secondaires here), it's a mecca of unspoiled white fishing villages that embrace tiny ports, and where we recently spent five days to take advantage of this perfect September weather.

 Starting tomorrow I will be posting more photos from our trip and hope, for those who cannot travel to France right now, that they will inspire travel plans for the future. BPJ 

14 September 2020

À table!

Mark your calendars:

The meal as art.

This fall Le Musée de Sèvres will feature a one-of-a-kind exhibition, À TABLE! LE REPAS, TOUT UN ART, an ode to the very French arts de table - as well as to the artists and craftsmen who've been creating the porcelain of kings for centuries.
November 18, 2020 til May 16, 2021
As the date gets closer I will be posting more information

Le Musée de Sèvres  - Cité de la Céramique
2 Place de la Manufacture 92310
Sèvres (Paris)

12 September 2020

Eiffel vista

The Eiffel Tower through columns at Le Palais de Tokyo.


Monday: Le repas, tout un art...
A must-see exhibition on L'Art de Table à la française coming to the Musée de Sèvres

11 September 2020

Pierre Hermé: Noël en Fête


Readers of this blog know by now that I am a great fan of star chef pâtissier-chocolatier Pierre Hermé from Alsace, sometimes called "The Picasso of Pastry." His eye-popping pastries, cakes, chocolates, ice creams, sorbets and macarons are works of art for both eye and palate, and this year, for the holidays, and once again, he's managed to re-invent classics and create even more extraordinary surprises.

The first time I sampled his most-buzzed-about macaron, the caramel au beurre salé (caramel with salted butter a.k.a. CBS), I became an instant devotee. Despite much competition it was wickedly delicious, and I walked away with a bulging coffret, Since then I've added many more flavors from his macaron repertoire, and this season's holiday collection won't disappoint. BPJ

Above: magical tasting reception; pink champagne and macarons (exciting new flavors - see website); rich chocolate yule logs (bûches de Noël)

(press preview)

* Upcoming Collection Noël 2020 *
Merci M. Hermé

10 September 2020

9 September 2020

A spot of cheese

And the spot is the laid-back terrace at L'Avant Comptoir du Marché.


Sadly, many small wonderful places we'd frequent did not survive the lockdown. We are thankful that this one did.

Merci Yves Camdeborde

7 September 2020

Sans culottes

Montmartre's sans-culottes march to their own beat at a joyful celebration on the butte.


  Be in-the-know for upcoming don't-miss events in Paris' hilltop village this fall

September newsletter

5 September 2020

View from a cup

Paris' cafés continue to be part of daily life, and everyone has their favorites.

Above: for those who can't be here an up-close-and-personal view from a café crème

4 September 2020


With Notre Dame Cathedral under repair, the Basilica of Sacre Coeur has become the most visited monument in Paris after the Eiffel Tower.

3 September 2020

Apéro evenings

 Private get togethers have become the default setting for many a Paris apéritif.

Above: a simple apéro set out on an upstairs deck; downstairs, living room opens onto a spacious garden