17 July 2024

Weepy Wednesday

In the small garden of Paris' oldest church rain streams down the face of a bust of Dora Maar by Pablo Picasso.
"The New York Times called her 'a muse of Picasso' and the 'principal model for many of his so-called weeping women portraits in the late 30s and early 40s.'" - Dora Maar: how Picasso's weeping woman had the last laugh The Guardian 11/15/2019  

16 July 2024

Table Tuesday

Two tables invitingly set for lunch in the passageway behind historical Le Procope.


15 July 2024

Moules Monday

Monday's plat du jour:

Moules de Bouchot (mussels grown on wooden poles in the sea) fresh from Brittany in a creamy Sauce au Bleu with what else... frites.

12 July 2024

Fève Friday

It's fèves and petits-pois season til the end of July.
Above: market supplies dwindle by mid-morning 
Below: shelling peas for fresh pea soup




8 July 2024

Museum Monday


A fascinating look at the history of Paris including its origins as Lutèce during the time of the Romans and reaching all the way back to prehistory, as told by the river Seine.
Archaeological Crypt of the île de la Cité
(Parvis Notre-Dame Cathedral/Place Jean-Paul II)


5 July 2024

Green Fairy Friday

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.
Above: at the counter of Montmartre café/bar Au Rêve
Dubbed "The Green Fairy" due to its supposed hallucinogenic effects and re-legalized in 2011, absinthe is often associated with artists,writers and as a preferred apéritif of Vincent Van Gogh.

2 July 2024

Table Tuesday

 A group of pigeons descend on a café terrace in search of crumbs left behind.


1 July 2024

Divine design

Though many of Paris' churches were destroyed during the French Revolution, many have survived.

 Above: inside l'Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés w/its elaborate pulpit 


26 June 2024

Wine Wednesday


A simple steak lunch on a June afternoon.
 Tonton de la Butte
62 rue Caulaincourt 75018

Entrées (not shown):
Os à moelle
Terrine en croûte
Entrecôtes w/purée de pommes de terres; frites maison; Sauce Béarnaise

24 June 2024

Mocha Monday


 Coffee at a café-boulangerie on Place des Petits-Pères, affectionately named for the déchaussés (shoeless) priests who settled there in the 1600s.


20 June 2024

Point of view


Ground floor from above at the most visited book shop in Paris.

 Shakespeare and Company
 37 rue de la Bûcherie 75005

19 June 2024

Wine Wednesday

 Midweek apéro of charcuteries and cheeses from Spain and France separated by a vibrant red from Portugal.


18 June 2024

Terrace Tuesday

A favorite local café has been refreshed with a new look and new menu.

17 June 2024

14 June 2024

Favorite photos Friday

These chairs have become a metaphor for relaxed moments in Paris' magnificent parks and gardens.
Above: Three chairs (7/2015)
I will periodically repost selected photos that continue to receive a high # of views - BPJ

5 June 2024

Wine Wednesday

 A touch of Spain at a favorite food counter on the Left Bank.

Above: manchego cheese, jamón ibérico, a full-bodied Rioja.


La Grande Épicerie
 Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche



3 June 2024

Macaron Monday

Salted butter caramel, pistachio, rose. Still the best macarons in Paris.

29 May 2024

Wine Wednesday


A market stall stocked with Medovina, a sweet mead, Czech in origin, made from honey and apple cider.