28 February 2015


The bust of a young woman by Pablo Picasso represents Dora Maar, darling of the Left Bank literary and artistic set at the height of La Belle Époque.

27 February 2015

After the rain

Locals in SoPi (South Pigalle) stop to pick up last minute supplies before heading home. The Basilica of Sacré Coeur overlooks emerging street scene.

25 February 2015

High heel bar

A local cordonnerie specializes in high heel repair for shoes that have seen too many cobblestones.

24 February 2015

Über croissants

Fresh croissants glazed with different flavors at gourmet traiteur Fauchon.

23 February 2015

Exterior decoration

Oversized lampshades on Place de Furstenburg, known for upscale fabric and deco shops, during Paris Design Week.

20 February 2015

Hanging out fashion

Now that the winter soldes are well behind us shop windows are alive with exciting new spring collections.

19 February 2015

Pâtes de fruits

A trove of pâtes de fruits in dozens of flavors are a specialty at Hédiard, which began as a wheelbarrow piled high with exotic fruits on a street corner in 1854.

15 February 2015

13 February 2015

Le Saint-Valentin

As every year, Paris chocolatiers big and small proudly display their Valentine's Day creations.

12 February 2015

Romance and roses

Roses seem to be everywhere in anticipation of the Feast of Saint-Valentin.

11 February 2015

10 February 2015

Organic fresh produce

Multicolored carrots and crisp greens at an organic market will be gone by noon.
Just a stroll through any of Paris' open-air markets inspires dinner.

7 February 2015

Through fleurs

Fragrant bouquets are lined up along a street market stall, packed in thick sheets of plastic filled with water.

Ready for tea

Intimate salons de thé dot the city, where there will be specialty teas, home-made cakes, pastries and even refined lunches.

6 February 2015

Man in black

Dressed in black from head to toe he cuts a poetic silhouette on a backstreet in the Bastille district.

5 February 2015

Mao Tse Tongue

This sculpture takes up much floor space in this contemporary art gallery, one of many near the rue des Beaux Arts.

4 February 2015

Butterfly bouquets

Small bouquets of white, gold and blue butterflies seem to flutter inside the window of a Left Bank parfumerie.
Annick Goutal
12 Place Saint-Sulpice 75006

3 February 2015

Brioches in a window

Sugar-studded brioches teasingly await adoption in a window of a small cake shop on a Left Bank side street.

2 February 2015

Early a.m. café... and cigarettes

Ashtrays set out for the daily invasion of terrace smokers.
Since 2007 (law implemented in January 2008) smoking inside cafés and restaurants has been verboten in France.

1 February 2015

Les bouquinistes

Paris' reputedly testy bouquinistes get the best views across the river. A centuries-old tradition of selling used books and manuscripts along the quais continues uninterrupted.