16 April 2021



During this confinement businesses deemed essentiels include chocolate shops, cordonneries, bookstores, hairdressers, tabacs and absolutely, florists.

15 April 2021

The way she was


On the face of this ancient queen of our cathedrals, beside each wrinkle one invariably finds a scar. - Victor Hugo from, Nôtre Dame de Paris a.k.a. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

 Above: photograph of the cathedral taken from Square René Viviani before the fire of April 15, 2019, two years ago today

8 April 2021

7 April 2021

Un bol de café

Traditional French breakfast coffee bols bide their time on shelves waiting for the day this café-boulangerie will re-open.
24 rue des Abbesses 75018

6 April 2021

A touch of nature

Conceived by Stéphane Cachelin chapotelets are placed on already existing posts adding a touch of nature and art to Paris streets.


"Un nouveau rôle aux potelets qui jalonnent nos rues" ("A new role for the posts that line our streets")

5 April 2021

Easter lamb


This gigot d'agneau, roasted to juicy perfection and served with its traditional flageolets, elicited oohs / ahs as it was placed on the table.

Below: starter of foie gras de canard w/chutney de figues maison

 "Faire cuire pendant 1h à 1h30 selon la taille de la bête" ("Let cook for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes depending on the size of the beast")
Merci Christophe

4 April 2021

Easter eggs

Fresh eggs are displayed in nests made of straw at the Bastille market.
 Joyeuses Pâques / Happy Easter 2021


2 April 2021

Your eggs await

Today's post is a flashback to the days when cafés were ready for customers on almost every block.

Above: extra large eggs, croissants, coffee and fresh orange juice set out at a café near the Bastille

1 April 2021

Once upon a vine


With over a hundred fifty years of life left in it, a landmark wisteria vine in a hidden corner that shaded over a century of terrace diners was tragically damaged during renovations, and removed.

Below: in its former glory

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31 March 2021

Wishful Wednesday

 With travel restrictions still in place last night's apéro was an attempt to re-create the gezelligheid (coziness) of an Amsterdam "brown bar."

 Above: a batch of beef Bitterballen, the fabled Dutch tapas w/two kinds of mustards, washed down w/icy brut cider

26 March 2021

Doggie style

A small dog sports the stripey shirt of Brittany with matching jeans.

 Below: a closer look

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25 March 2021

New rule

 A new "no more than six together outside" rule goes into effect today and includes coffee gatherings, only this time around subject to fines.

22 March 2021


An easy-to-miss boutique on a Montmartre side street caters to the curious.
 Above: anatomical charts; specialty candles; skull of a spiral-horned antelope
Below: skeleton w/sign, "I am fragile. Thank you for not touching me"; portraits, butterflies, bats, bugs, brains

Cabinet des Curiosités 
7 rue Ravignan 75018

16 March 2021


 A Haussmannian building with a domed roof commands a corner of a Montmartre street.

13 March 2021

Café Paris

The talk in Paris is that cafés will re-open in mid April.
 And maybe restaurants.

 Above: fresh croissants and hot coffee en terrasse

12 March 2021

Dry run

Soon after the rain stopped these pompiers left the caserne to get in some exercise.

10 March 2021

A weekend planche

A simple yet bountiful Franco-Italian-themed planche mixte to ease le confinement.

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Merci nos chers amis

8 March 2021

A thousand oaks


One thousand hundred-year-old oaks will be felled by the end of this month to rebuild the spire of Notre-Dame de Paris.

Above: the spire through trees before the fire

4 March 2021

2 March 2021

Saint Aubin


Yesterday marked The Feast of Saint Aubin (Albinus d'Angers) who, along with Saint Honoré (Honoratus d'Amiens), is the go-to patron saint should you be a boulanger or pâtissier.