31 October 2017

Eve of The Dead

Years ago the French adopted Halloween, and in Paris you may spot grown-up ghosts, goblins, witches, monsters and zombies with lanterns or candles making their way to parties.


- Happy Halloween 2017 -

La Toussaint: All Saints' Day 
1st November

Some venues with links

Half-shell heaven

Right now raw oysters shipped in fresh daily from Brittany are at almost every brasserie in Paris.

30 October 2017

Feuille morte

November is photography month as exhibitions take over the city including not-to-be-missed PARIS PHOTO November 9 - 12.

Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008

28 October 2017

More windows

In the windows of LVMH giant sculptures mimic balloon animals.

Louis Vuitton
22 avenue Montaigne 75008

27 October 2017

Color me pink

Window shopping:
Nina Ricci's Spring 2018 Collection explodes with color.

Nina Ricci
39 avenue Montaigne 75008

26 October 2017

Wet Wednesday

All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain....
Rutger Hauer Blade Runner (1982)

- To R & F -

25 October 2017

Sad door

An old door just before residents of the building chipped in to have it repaired.

24 October 2017

Elegant Italian

Upscale Italian and elegant decor (with help from Philippe Starck) graces one of the oldest covered passages in Europe.

CaffĂš Stern
47 Passage des Panoramas
11 Boulevard Montmartre 75002 

23 October 2017

20 October 2017

Man in café

A lone coffee drinker savors a read at a corner café in the Marais district.

19 October 2017

Courtyard lunch

Waiting to be seated in courtyard at HĂŽtel Costes' restaurant, where Yves Saint Laurent ate lunch every day.

HĂŽtel Costes
239-241 rue Saint Honoré 75001


On the occasion of the opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
October 2017 

18 October 2017

17 October 2017


A church, buildings en face and paris métro sign glow amber in the early evening.

16 October 2017

Harvest parade

Montmartre's mad annual vendanges parade celebrates the fall wine harvest, with regions from all over France represented.

Below: one of several drum bands winding through streets

And here they come... Best results w/earphones

14 October 2017

13 October 2017

Cheese please

To every season its cheese, and right now Paris fromageries are stocking up on Vacherin-Mont d'Or, so luscious and creamy that each is sold with its own wooden spoon for scooping.

Below: two exquisite goat's milk cheeses, one honey-coated then rolled in toasted crushed pistachios, the other teamed with avocado oil, pine nuts and whole pistachios

12 October 2017

Basketball court

Geometric lines and bright colors evoke Mondrian on a Pigalle backstreet.

11 October 2017

10 October 2017


A delightful "cereal bar" complete with sofas and healthy (and not-so-healthy) choices on the tiny street where we used to live behind the Picasso Museum.

10-12 rue des Coutures Saint-Gervais 75003

9 October 2017

Just look up

Don't miss stunning artwork decorating residential buildings.

Façade, rue Jacob

7 October 2017

Flying pig

Inside chef Yves Camdeborde's exquisite French tapas and wine bar at Saint-Germain's marché couvert.
Below: pigs under a wine glass on front door

- Camdeborde is famously credited with launching foodie trend "bistronomy" (la bistronomie) by combining the culture of bistros with gastronomy in the early 90's -

L'Avant-Comptoir du Marché
14 rue Lobineau 75006


6 October 2017

Rue Barbette

A display of off-the-radar designer bags on the corner of rue Barbette.

Jamin Puech
68 rue Vieille-du-Temple 75003 

5 October 2017

Street scene

Book stalls, bicycles, and much activity as I exit a Left Bank librairie.

4 October 2017

3 October 2017

Day breaks

Invigorating fall morning from a rooftop terrace.

Distant skyline: steeples, dome of L'Académie Française, Saint-Jacques Tower, Centre Georges Pompidou


2 October 2017

Vaux-le-Vicomte fait son cinéma

A special exhibition goes behind the scenes to celebrate the many films made at ChĂąteau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
(click on photos to enlarge)


No sooner back from Italy it was off to Vaux-le-Vicomte -- the chĂąteau about an hour's drive outside of Paris that inspired Versailles -- to an invitation-only exclusive evening where lucky guests had the run of the castle into the night.

Above: thousands of candles light our approach; chamber group welcome; costumes from some of the many movies filmed here (Man In The Iron Mask, Marie-Antoinette, James Bond Moonraker, Versailles, Three Musketeers....); a room set up and ready for filming; outstanding créatrice-costume designer Madeline Fontaine; champagne apéro-dinatoire


Ends November 5

1 October 2017

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Viva Italia! #6

Today's posting is a wrap-up of our trip to this inspiring region. Many more photos as well as tips (where to stay, where to eat, getting around etc....) in upcoming October newsletter.
Ciao, Italia! - BPJ

Special thanks to Nichole, Gregorio, Jennifer, Maria-Cristina, Giordano and so many others