31 January 2016

Inside out: La Chapelle

This station, La Chapelle, was inaugurated over a hundred years ago today, on January 31, 1903.

30 January 2016

29 January 2016

28 January 2016

Inside out

My next few posts will be from a series of photos taken from platforms of métro stops along Line 2 that run above ground, constructed at the turn of the 20th century.


A year ago today this almost-a-photo-a-day photo blog of Paris (using an iphone) was launched, and I thank everyone for your great behind-the-scenes comments, compliments, and enthusiasm! - BPJ

27 January 2016

26 January 2016

Dali rhino

Posters of old photographs line métro walls inside Hôtel de Ville station on Line 1.

25 January 2016

23 January 2016

Hound dog

This Basset Hound was like this for the entire duration of our meal.

22 January 2016

Goût de brioche

These flaky brioches oozing with pink pralines are the answered prayers of fans of Guy Savoy whose three-star restaurant is around the corner from his tiny shop on rue Mazarine.

21 January 2016

Horse meet

Another red and green café, this one on market street rue Cler, was once a chevaline: a butcher shop specializing in horsemeat.

20 January 2016

Halfway there

To decorate this already Christmas-y red and green café all that was added was a small tree, a few penguins, and voilà.

19 January 2016

Eiffel's tower

L'Assemblée Nationale through branches from across the river and in the distance, the Eiffel Tower.

18 January 2016

Flower power

The creative force behind the constantly changing floral arrangements at luxury hotel George V is Texan Jeff Leatham.

17 January 2016

First café

 On my first move to Paris the Café La Palette was just three doors away and to this day I still consider it *my* café, especially on weekends. Today, as other habitués we know from the quartier join us, by 11 a.m. our table for two will become two or three tables pushed together. - BPJ

Above: photograph of Francis Ford Coppola who has an apartment nearby and is a "regular" when he's in Paris, hangs above a mirror in the front room

16 January 2016

Holding out

These decorations in front of l'Hôtel de Ville will stay up until the last day of January, when the holidays in France are officially over. Below, lit up at night.

15 January 2016

14 January 2016


Carousels can be found all over Paris. 
Above: this one has an upper deck

13 January 2016

Before the rush

Heat lamps, fresh coffee and croissants:
Café Les Deux Magots in a rare moment before its terrace fills up.

12 January 2016

Hot wine

Over the holidays many Christmas market stalls sold vin chaud, holiday spice cakes and some, like this one, steamy soups.

9 January 2016

What's in a name?

Rue de Turenne is named for:
Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne Vicomte de Turenne Prince de Sedan Duc de Bouillon.

8 January 2016

Stale rolls

With the Feast of the Three Kings over this tree with its petits pains at a local bakery will finally be taken down.

6 January 2016

Galettes des rois

Today is The Feast of the Epiphany, and the best galettes disappear fast from pastry shop shelves.

5 January 2016

Chez l'évêque

This restaurant, close to Notre Dame Cathedral and across from the church of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, is called Lévêque, the chef/owner's family name which happens to mean, "the bishop."

4 January 2016

Once upon a time

This English language bookstore welcomes visitors to pause and have a read.
Shakespeare and Company
37 rue de la Bûcherie 75005

3 January 2016

On the fence

Posters at l'Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés advertise an art bookstore and gallery nearby.

2 January 2016

A flash of genius

The double entendre of the name of this shop, L' Éclair de Génie, won't be lost on the soon-to-be devotees waiting in line to taste what all the fuss is about.