31 August 2016

Paris' 21st arrondissement #1

Île de Ré in the Poitou-Charentes region is sometimes called "the 21st arrondissement of Paris" as many Parisians own second homes here.

Above: map showing the island's villages; old Port of La Rochelle; obligatory seaside moules-frites topped off by a glorious sunset

30 August 2016

Market daze

Flowers, sausages, fresh produce, goose eggs, champagne... End of summer sees market streets back in full swing.

29 August 2016

27 August 2016

Quiet cool

Inner courtyards of former hôtel particuliers in the Marais district provide cool respite.

26 August 2016

The original beignet

In France, beignets are small and round and not buried under a mound of powdered sugar like their fat US cousins.

24 August 2016

Retro vintage

View onto Place du Marché-Sainte-Catherine from inside Ninon Retro, a petite shop selling vintage clothing, accessories and objets.

23 August 2016

22 August 2016

Weekend brunch

 Terrace brunch pour deux near the Eiffel Tower.

  4 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre 75016

20 August 2016

Fashion forward

Spanning three centuries the Musée des Arts Décoratifs recently celebrated the 13th anniversary of its staggering fashion collection.

18 August 2016

Provence in Paris

A touch of Provence in Paris:
Exclusively during summer and for just four more days escape the canicule in the private garden courtyard of a 16th century former abbey.
Open bar - live music

Palais Abbatial
Place de Furstenburg
5 rue de l'Abbaye 75005

17 August 2016

Mellow yellow

On this unseasonably chilly morning a café-restaurant eases into the day.

16 August 2016

Afternoon views

A waiter cuts a dashing silhouette; long-stemmed roses and drinks on the terrace

Restaurant Georges
Place Georges Pompidou 75004

15 August 2016

Just like home

A métro station ad for a food delivery service that says, "The cooking of a restaurant, the comfort of home."

13 August 2016

Turquoise door

Paris is filled with beautiful old doors and this one has become my favorite.

12 August 2016

11 August 2016

Standing room only

So many books have been squeezed into this cozy librairie that there's hardly room to walk around.

10 August 2016

Big Mac

Sandwiched between two apartment buildings a multi-storied Flemish-style structure is occupied top to bottom by a McDonald's.


- Thank you McDonald's Corporation for request for rights to use this photo! - BPJ

8 August 2016

6 August 2016

5 August 2016

Pink brioches

An eyeful of enticing brioches aux pralines roses.

35 rue Rambuteau 75004

4 August 2016

3 August 2016

Candlelit concerts

An ancient church near Notre Dame Cathedral holds concerts almost every evening year round.

L'église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre
79 rue Galande 75005 

2 August 2016

Shellfish orgy

Beautiful shellfish tower with rich sauces, seaweed butter. Blackboard special of fresh grilled lobster.
Not shown: bottle of a crisp white wine on ice

L'Ecailler Du Bistrot
22 rue Paul Bert 75011

- Closed in August -

1 August 2016