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Editors: For photo assignments / article queries / press trips and events, editorial, or for all enquiries regarding purchase of photos, photography rights for use on websites or any / all commercial purposes, please contact me at WorldPhotoAdventure.com. Barbara Pasquet James


July 22, 2017
Tour de France - More than 2,000 miles and three weeks of pedaling end tomorrow Sunday July 23rd as the final leg of the world's most famous bicycle race takes place on the Champs-Élysées, with Le Big Finish at Place de la Concorde. Find a spot along the way!


July 20, 2017
Rob: All love, condolences and strength to you sweet friend, and to your family and fellow band-mates. R.I.P. Chester Bennington.
   Barbara and Frédéric

Photo: with Rob Bourdon, Linkin Park, in Paris









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November 2017
Autumn in Paris; fall Fashion Week in retrospect; Halloween French style; toujours chic: the Café de Flore; my top 10 most viewed photographs.

Special for Photography Month: A magical photo trip thru Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon and Colorado National Monument (scenic Rim Rock Drive, more), with travel tips.



On photography: Years ago one of my brothers and his family came to stay with me in Cadaqués, Spain, where I was living, for the holidays. Driving from the Figueres train station where I'd picked them up he insisted we stop the car halfway over the mountain so he could take what must have been dozens of photos, incredulous at the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean, a color he'd seen only in post cards. That's how I felt in Monument Valley (iphone photo taken from our hotel room balcony - click to enlarge): true colors; no touch-ups necessary. 
Special thanks to sponsor WPA. BPJ


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October 2017
Stupéfiant: More photos from my press trip to Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s boot just a 2-1/2-hour flight from Paris, with tips on when to go, where to stay and eat, getting around, more. Also... Star-studded Special Awards & Thanks “Mothers and DaughtersDinner (French chef; private home Beverly Hills). Plus: “I love Paris in the Fall” fashion update.  BPJ

Update 10/11/2017: New York Times Travel - Matera










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September 2017
Next stop Pigalle: Don’t let Pigalle’s naughty reputation stop you from visiting this up/coming quartier’s cocktail bar sensations like Lulu White. Also… Retrospectives and introspection: if you missed Olga Picasso, there's still Hockney, Derain, Balthus, Giacometti, Christian Dior, Anselm Kiefer, more.... It's la rentrée and Paris is pulsing with art. Plus: Deadline Hollywood: British director Paul Duddridge and principal producer Danielle James (yes that Danielle James, my Spain/London/Paris-raised offspring...) release their first trailer of "Together" starring two of the U.K.'s best-loved actors, Peter Bowles and Silvia Syms. Filmed in London. BPJ 


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August 2017
3 Hours (or Less) From Paris: London  
Doctor Faustus was a good man,
He whipped his scholars now and then;
When he whipped them he made them dance
Out of England into France
.... English nursery rhyme 

Gare du Nord central Paris into St. Pancras station central London is just 2 1/2 hours by Eurostar. Paris in London; an afternoon tea; style on the High Street; drinks at 7?.... Plus: Paris in August. BPJ








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July 2017 
Look at me....
Pamper yourself at a trendy Montmarte gourmet teas and coffees shop. Uplift the senses at a luxury rooftop spa. Plus: Post-Mother's Day 2017... Exciting "Mothers and Daughters" film news! BPJ




 








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June 2017 
Don't forget to download June newsletter (mailed out 6/15) loaded with even more photos of our latest jaunt to Greece. Plus: From Aunt Maria's Kitchen... Timeless recipes as taught to me by my Italian aunt when Frédéric and I stayed with her in Rome, now re-created (and filmed!) in a French chef friend's beautiful Paris atelier. BPJ

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May 2017 
My month ahead: Press trips and book launchings.... BPJ


Publisher: Flammarion
2017
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd.
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June 20, 2017 
Recipe: Aperol Spritz
The Italian apéritif that's making terrace tables sparkle all over Paris has taken over France. Low in alcohol content, it's a great hot weather pause and easy to make:
 
Fill a bowl-style wine glass with ice then add:
3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol (in Venice they use Select)
a splash of soda (I use Perrier and top it off with a little extra)
a slice of orange
Stir and... Santé!

 
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June 11, 2017 
3 Hours (or Less) From Paris: Les Îles Grecques
 by Barbara Pasquet James

With Athens only a 2-1/2 / 3-hour flight from Paris, the Greek Islands are just a hop via frequent ferries - and the perfect excuse to pack those off-the-shoulder white see-thrus and designer leather flip flops. 

To a background of Greek music and cries of seagulls as the warm Aegean laps your toes, sip rakomelos and bask in majestic sunsets watching sailboats drift by, and faster than you can say "Yassas!" (probably the only Greek word you'll need) it’s time for dinner....

Some recommended islands:
- Hydra (near Athens - Leonard Cohen; celebrity, artist hideaway) 
- Skopelos (think Mamma Mia!; baritone Ivan Rebroff)
If you're a #whitefishingvillagesaddict like I am, pick any of these from the Cycladic group:
- Amorgos 
- Astypalea
- Mykonos
- Naxos
 
- Paros
- Santorini (stay in Oia)
- Sifnos

When to go: May, June, September

Book with: expedia.fr, kayak.com, opodo.com.... Compare travel sites and start two months in advance, or check for last-minute deals. If you hit it right a round-trip plane fare can cost less than a one-way high-speed train ticket to the South of France. 

Getting there from Paris: Fly into Athens or Santorini but check boat schedules online before booking. High-speed boats and ferries leave from ports of Pireus (Athens), islands of Naxos. Mykonos and Paros daily, connecting the islands. 

Where to stay: First night Athens - Hotel Grande Bretagne in the heart of the city for its elegance, buffet breakfasts and unbeatable night views of the Acropolis from its rooftop restaurant (desserts by Montmartre's own Arnaud Larher!). On the islands - Balconied studio apartments, hotels dripping with bougainvillea. Try for a sea view or sliver of one. Slumming it? Locals holding up signs offering rooms in their homes will be waiting at ports for boat arrivals. Negotiate.

What to do: Swim, eat, drink, meander, hike, eat, reflect, rent a motor scooter (just 10 euros a day, insurance included). Get hold of a map of the island you’re on and explore villages, farms, archeological and historical sites. Bring along a good read or two and your laptop: wi-fi is almost everywhere including in cafés. Join in village festivals. Take lots of photos. Get a massage.

What to eat: Even small village tavernas are dishing out traditional Greek ingredients with modern twists. For breakfast try thick local yoghurt made from sheep’s milk with honey, walnuts and fresh fruit and feel like a god/goddess for the rest of the day. Look for spit-roasting lamb or goat, crispy green falafels (using fresh herbs), icy house lemonade with mint leaves. Ask to try local cheeses. Order a Greek coffee anytime; if you nibble a sticky Greek pastry with it you won't need to add sugar.

Photo: slightly spicy hot dipping starter of melted feta with garlic, onions, strong local olive oil and grilled red peppers  




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June 7, 2017 
California Dreamin’: A Paris Restaurant Marathon 
 by Barbara Pasquet James 


[Published June 2017 / summer issue The Good Life France Magazine] 

Paris is indisputably one of the best food cities in the world.
 
Innumerable markets and shops tout eye-popping drool-inducing produce, pastries, chocolates and more, fodder for thousands of food blogs, and there are enough neo-bistros and restaurants to keep food reviewers busy for a lifetime just revisiting old chomping grounds.

So imagine being contacted by insatiable foodie friends from California, with whom you’ve shared many a stellar meal, announcing that they are returning to Paris not for the shopping, not museums or monuments, but for five days of “extreme fooding” - a marathon of restaurants they’d been dreaming about for the better part of a year - and they’d love it if you (and in my case, French hubby as well) would join them? That’s exactly what happened not long ago and my mission, which I cheerily chose to accept, was to snag reservations at some of the hardest-to-get tables in town on relatively short notice.

There would be nine fantastic restaurants in five days, seven of them with us, lunches and dinners. They would squeeze in Daniel Rose’s Spring and Hélène Darroze on their own but for all the others, we would eat and drink our way through the city together.

Juggling bookings at sought-after Paris watering holes can be a challenge: most are open on certain days only. Others just for dinner and incredibly, starred players are closed on weekends. But I was both pistonnée (food writer / guest eater at chefs’ tables) and persistent. Our only restriction: no fish or shellfish for one in our party. We were afraid this would prove to be an obstacle at places with fixed tasting menus but happily, it wasn’t.

Wednesday Lunch
 
DAVID TOUTAIN
Alain Passard alum David Toutain reboots a conceptual menu daily. Labor intensive and well-thought out, Toutain’s inventive menus induce reverie in his faithful, many of whom migrated with him from Agapé Substance in Saint-Germain. Give him a root vegetable and he’s a magician: sweet potato gnocchi, celeriac tagliatelle with white alba truffle. Toutain’s signature smoked eel with black sesame and green apple left us speechless. Throughout, the term “neo-Nordic” kept springing to mind as many of the courses would have been just as much at home in a forest as on our plates. Dessert of cauliflower coconut vanilla cream with a chef’s surprise of quince chips and white chocolate ice cream by Jacques Genin was followed by fire-roasted figs with mascarpone and root vegetables “churros” with chocolate and smoked salt. A stunning start.

David Toutain (multi-course tasting menu)
29 rue Surcouf 75007 Paris
Tel: 01 45 50 11 10

 


Wednesday Dinner
FRENCHIE
Scoring a table at Frenchie on short notice imparts an enormous sense of accomplishment. Yet its laid-back location on a narrow backstreet in the Sentier garment district makes one wonder what all the international fuss is about. It’s about the food, the wine, the terrific service. Nantes native Gregory Marchand hit it right by offering gorgeous seasonal farm-to-table fare paired with just as gorgeous wines. An unpretentious cave à vins and Frenchie’s To Go followed, along with gourmet food shops, and now, just a visit to Frenchie, especially if combined with nearby market street rue Montorgueil, is a gourmet experience. Our multi-faceted meal included perfect duck breast, pumpkin ravioli packages bursting with texture and crunchy Brussels sprouts topped with crumbled feta. Frenchie’s signature maple-glazed scones with bacon from the chalkboard next door put in an appearance and amused our geueles. Warning: Frenchie is the sort of place where diners at cramped tables to the left and right might want to know what it is you’re having, and try to cop tastes. Fabuleux.

Frenchie (multi-course tasting menu)
5 rue du Nil 75002 Paris
Tel: 01 40 39 96 19
Book well in advance

Thursday Lunch

CHAMPEAUX
Under the Les Halles canopy a modern Michelin-starred French bistro-brasserie signed Alain Ducasse is open every day of the week. A view of the ancient Church of Saint-Eustache and modern graffiti-covered walls are a backdrop to traditional French classics such as boudins, oysters, foie gras, beef tartare, duck and snails that share a simple carte alongside ricotta-spinach ravioli, smoked salmon, salads and oven-fresh soufflés, a specialty. Kicking off with a coupe de champagne we tried the two raw fish starters: sea bream in citrus fruit shavings, black pepper and basil, and sea bass with carrot, fresh lime and ginger. Spectacular. This was followed by the copious house salad (romaine, shaved radish, fennel, carrot, beets, cucumber dressed in a tart yogurt mint vinaigrette), all forerunners of two sky-high soufflés - one cheese, the other in-season asparagus - both exploding with flavor and obscenely generous. Wines were expertly paired with each course and by the time dessert arrived - pistachio-laced salted butter caramel soufflé - we almost stood up and applauded. But we were too full! (Note: Champeaux does a great "Happy Hour" with imaginative planches and much more, but only in winter).

Champeaux Brasserie Bar & Lounge
Forum des Halles La Canopée 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 53 45 84 50

Friday Lunch
SEPTIME
Since the opening of this superstar starred neo-bistro on a street behind Bastille, chef Bertrand Grébaut has never looked back. A relaxed decor belies top talent in the kitchen. Grébaut’s menu of pure seasonal ingredients complements a wine list of carefully selected small producers who avoid additives. I’d been sure to let them know in advance about our friend’s fish-shellfish allergy, and they rose to the task. All of the dishes were beautifully presented. Synergies of flavors and textures prevailed: white asparagus with an oyster sauce gribiche; pork tenderloin with slivered radishes; steamed cod with pickled turnips and yuzu sauce. Dessert, every French schoolchild’s fave, riz au lait vanille, creamy rice pudding tanged up with a passion fruit coulis, arrived with another old favorite, a deconstructed Mont Blanc with its familiar chestnut cream “spaghetti,” making this meal a knockout, just as we’d hoped it would be. Next. 

Septime (multi-course tasting menu)
80 rue de Charonne 75011 Paris
Tel: 012 43 67 38 29
Book well in advance
 

Friday Dinner
VERJUS

Verjus is the happy outgrowth of The Hidden Kitchen, where exquisite dinner parties hosted by Laura Adrian and Braden Perkins were held in a private Paris apartment.The view is of a theater reminiscent of New Orleans’ old French Quarter and below, in a small intimate room, is their wine bar with its ever-changing chalkboard. I’d not dined at Verjus before because we’d fill up on the apéro plates downstairs - pork belly with sesame seeds, indescribable Parmesan “churros,” duck terrine maison with pistachios - and felt no need to go upstairs for their nine-course extravaganza. However on this night, oysters from Utah Beach with rhubarb, gougères dusted with seaweed and asiago, perfectly roasted pork, foie gras with walnuts and a jaw-dropping beet tarte tatin, more, kept us happy all the way to dessert: caramelized Jerusalem artichoke ice cream with apple and cinnamon. I vowed to return.

Verjus (multi-course tasting menu)
52 rue de Richelieu 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 42 97 54 4
Book well in advance 

 






Saturday Lunch
LiLi

Being escorted through the opulent Hotel Peninsula then seated in LiLi’s spacious dining room felt like we’d arrived on a Hollywood film set. This gastro Chinese temple was our choice for Saturday lunch, not so much for a change from French cuisine, but to sample their reputed authentic gourmet Cantonese dim sum. Excited, we went for what else, the Menu Dim Sum: steamed lobster dumplings with asparagus, Shanghai-style steamed pork raviolis, chicken and eggplant dumplings with XO sauce, pan-fried minced pork dumplings with bok choy, each deliciously succulent and elegantly presented. But, as the saying goes, “Chinese food goes right through you,” we decided to loosen our belts and go for some mains. To wash it all down, martinis with lemon twists which, I discovered, beautifully cleanse the palate between courses. Dessert? Not this time. Dinner would be in a few hours. 

LiLi at the Hotel Peninsula
19 avenue Kléber 75016 Paris
Tel: 01 58 12 67 50





 











Saturday Dinner
L’AVANT COMPTOIR

Our last stop after such a raffinée experience at lunch, standing-only (and standing-room-only) French tapas-wine-bar L’Avant Comptoir seemed a natural choice for dinner. And, as we’d all be off to a concert later, we could Uber away within minutes’ notice. Loyal fans of chef Yves Camdeborde since his La Régélade days in the far-flung 14th way back when, we’d followed him to Saint-Germain-des-Prés. First-timers here are astounded when they look up: a forest of small banners with photos of dozens of small-plate choices hangs from the ceiling. An impressive selection of wines, sausages, and a gigantic hunk of salt-studded butter dominate the zinc counter with still-warm country loaves cut into chunks, mustard, cornichons, and fleur de sel for the taking. We joined the throng and ordered away: crunchy calamari and crunchier fried chicken with house frites and sauce gribiche; waffles topped with artichoke cream and Bayonne ham; foie gras with piquillo kebabs; caramelized pork belly; sautéed cèpe mushrooms with garlic. We did it. Bordeaux and dry rosé by the glass and endless toasts with total strangers, and it was over.

L’Avant Comptoir
3 Carrefour de l'Odéon 75006 Paris
Tel: 01 42 38 47 55

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Barbara Pasquet James (left) at fashionable Via Veneto in Santa Monica, California with fellow foodies, bon vivants, world adventurers and dear friends Tom and Lauren, who came to Paris. 
- A Very Special Thanks -

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My interview as World Photo Adventure's Photographer of the Month can be seen here

Many thanks again to Wilf, WPA team, and everyone who wrote in. 
BPJ






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