24 May 2022

23 May 2022

Farewell to frescoes

Iconic Montmartre street artist Radhia Novat better known as Miss.Tic has passed on.
May 22, 2022
Above: De mes fraques je fais des fresques - I make frescoes of my pranks.

21 May 2022

14 May 2022

A sculptor's sculptor

Beijing-born Wang Keping is the first artist ever to be welcomed by the Rodin Museum to use its grounds as his personal open-air atelier. Visitors are invited to observe him at work in a magnificent setting from now until June 5, 2022.
(from press preview)

12 May 2022

Beret spotting

It's springtime in Paris and Montmartre is rife with Emily In Paris-inspired red berets.



6 May 2022


A planche mixte (cheeses hidden by toasts) and cocktails on a café terrace.

Below: "Pornstar" martini w/its traditional shot of prosecco; Moscow Mule


29 April 2022

Lamps on

That moment of magic at dusk when suddenly all lamps go on at the same time.

26 April 2022

Quiche crave

A spinach ricotta quiche makes a light lunch on a sunny Montmartre patio.

Above: a surprise visitor to the table

Below: fresh from the oven; bubbly prosecco to accompany

25 April 2022

17 April 2022

Easter egg

A giant chocolate Easter egg signed Arnaud Larher, Left Bank.


 Joyeuses Pâques / Happy Easter 2022

15 April 2022

Fish Friday

 Sea bream and chorizo float atop layers of two velvety sauces, sweet potatoes, and beneath, sweet green peas.


 May newsletter:
 The French excel in sauces

14 April 2022

9 April 2022

Fashion art

YSL / Yves Saint Laurent now on exhibit at selected Paris Museums.
(click to enlarge)
Ends May 15, 2022
  Centre Georges Pompidou
Musée du Louvre
Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris 
Musée d'Orsay
 Musée Picasso
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris 

6 April 2022

Wednesday whimsy


Love this small shop on a Montmartre side street.

Creative design, custom interior paints, papier peints, more. By Penelope.

Farrow & Ball
7 rue Francoeur 75018


4 April 2022

Farewell to an oyster


Another Covid casualty, much frequented Saint-Kerber Comptoir de l'Huître, Marché Saint-Germain.

1 April 2022

Corner view

 View of French romantic composer conductor Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869) as he'd walk out of his building on rue Saint Vincent.


 How many of us who studied piano as children can forget the endless études and exercises for beginners we were made to practice (and practice) by Hector Berlioz - a strange name on dog-eared sheet music folders. Born in southeastern France, Berlioz is said to have drawn many of his influences from Beethoven, von Gluck, Goethe's Faust and, though he did not speak English, Shakespeare's plays. At the insistence of his father he went to Paris to study medicine, hated it, and became a composer instead. Only when he became successful did his parents forgive him. He was to stay in Paris the rest of his life. - BPJ

31 March 2022

Throwback Thursday


So what are you going to do to me? 
- The Slanderer
Above: trapped in an iron neck brace unable to speak or eat

Photo from 2019 exhibition:
HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture - Act IV
See post "Face off"



Group exhibition

 Ends December 31, 2022

 Halle Saint Pierre
bookstore / coffee shop / museum / gallery 
2 rue Ronsard 75018

30 March 2022

Passage du Grand Cerf


  From one of Paris' most beautiful surviving covered passages whose name means "large deer," or stag.


29 March 2022

Terrace Tuesday

Terraces have been packed as Parisians soak in the nice weather.

Above: Place des Abbesses

Below: marionette shows in tents set up nearby keep little ones entertained