31 October 2016

Cemetery path

Soon this small cemetery will be filled with relatives of the deceased bearing flowers in observance of All Souls Day.

29 October 2016

Le Gabin

Multi-colored tables and chairs brighten up the sidewalk terrace of a Montmartre bistrot named for iconic French cinéma star Jean Gabin.

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28 October 2016

Au bout de soufflé

Few pleasures compare to tucking into a soaring soufflé, fresh from the oven.

Above: savory classic cheese; basil, almonds, jambon de bayonne

Le Récamier
4 rue Récamier 75007

27 October 2016

Café du Temple

A corner café-restaurant touts some of its offerings on an opaque black mirror.
Chef susceptible printed on the right warns that the cook is particularly sensitive.

26 October 2016


A winding staircase dominates the resplendent bar area.

Above: a cocktail maison topped with shaved chocolate that tastes as good as it looks; the bar viewed from above

Hotel Saint James
 43 Avenue Bugeaud 75016

24 October 2016


A harpist beneath arches of the Place des Vosges cheers up a rainy Sunday afternoon.

22 October 2016

Lunch at the Ritz

Ladies' lunch under the atrium at newly re-opened Hôtel Ritz on Place Vendôme.
Unparalleled desserts, foie gras de canard with figs, beautiful salads, everything superbe. Piano lounge.

- with a very special thanks to Angie -
(who spotted John Galliano at the table behind us)

21 October 2016

Touch of fall

Branches of autumn leaves decorate a window on a street behind Le Bon Marché.

20 October 2016

19 October 2016

Day trip: Drinking stars

Monastery at Hautvillers where Cellar Master Dom Pérignon discovered the bubbly.

Above: church w/his tomb; grounds overlooking vineyards and Épernay; a cellar; the monk himself brandishing a bottle

Be sure and factor in enough time for the best part... a tasting.

[Day trips from Paris: "Getting there" info for each destination can be easily found online.]

- With a very special thanks to Angie -


15 October 2016

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11 October 2016

Yes we Can-Can

This year's Montmartre Wine Harvest Festival Parade kicked off with French Can-Can dancing on the street where Toulouse Lautrec lived and painted.

Top photo conjures Lautrec posters of Le Moulin Rouge.

8 October 2016

Lone locks

A few Love Locks cling to the only available bridge railing near Notre Dame Cathedral.

7 October 2016

6 October 2016

Farewell dinner

Fashion Week ended on a high note last night with LVMH / Louis Vuitton hosting a candlelit multi-course celebrity sit-down dinner beginning with champagne and hors d'oeuvres at Michelin-starred Hexagone.
Talented chef-de-cuisine Mathieu Pacaud formerly of L'Ambroisie was on hand to greet guests upon arrival.

- With a very special thanks to Angie ♥️  - 

5 October 2016

Louvre façade

Section of a wall with arched passageway inside the Cour Napoléon at the Louvre.

3 October 2016

What to wear?

Once more it's Paris Fashion Week and putting together outfits for each event is both fun and challenging.

- With a very special thanks to beautiful Angie -