2 October 2023

Matcha Monday

Cookies the size of baseballs made with white chocolate, cashews and matcha green tea at a coffee shop checkout counter.

1 October 2023

Graphic treasure


Almost two hundred engravings by the great masters of printmaking including Rembrandt, Dürer, Callot, Toulouse-Lautrec and Goya are being showcased at Le Petit Palais.

Trésors en noir et blanc / Treasures in black and white

 Petit Palais Art Museum

Avenue Winston Churchill 75008

Ends January 14, 2024

29 September 2023

Fooding Friday

Food shopping near Place Saint-Georges.
Épicerie Causses
55 rue Notre Dame de Lorette 75009

28 September 2023

Timeless bookshop

Celebrated English-language librarie with coffee shop and views of Notre Dame Cathedral, by night
Shakespeare and Company 
37 Rue de la Bûcherie 75005


 Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass, that every braggart shall be found an ass/- William Shakespeare  

25 September 2023

Mocha Monday

 Today's mocha is due cappuccini with freshly squeezed orange juice and baguette tartines.


23 September 2023

Dining out

Perfect weather made this picturesque pop-up garden restaurant in the heart of the Marais district a perfect choice.
- Closed Mondays -
10 a.m. - 2 a.m. daily

 Musée Carnavalet
- Museum of the History of Paris -
23 rue de Sévigné 75003

22 September 2023

Fishy Friday


Al fresco dining in a unique and special garden. 
Can you guess?

- Tomorrow -


21 September 2023

20 September 2023

Making tracks




Quiet moment at a remnant of La Petite Ceinture (the little belt) railroad line that surrounded Paris and was abandoned when the metro system came in (1900), today a lively eating/drinking/gathering spot come weekends.
Le Hasard Ludique
 128 avenue de Saint-Ouen 75018
(entry through small station house) 

"Les mecs c'est comme les trains: si tu rates le premier, to prends le deuxième!" - old French saying

19 September 2023

18 September 2023

Mocha Monday

Fresh Cinnamon and Chocolate Babkas with coffee at a small maison du café linked to a  boulangerie.


Below: pastries laid out on center table

 P1 Bouche
151bis rue Marcadet 75018


16 September 2023

Extatiques 2023


An open-air contemporary art exhibition:

LES EXTATIQUES 2023 - L'art en plein air

Esplanade de La Defense

Ends October 1 


Below: sculptures inspired by Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo's paintings The Four Seasons, Musée du Louvre

15 September 2023

13 September 2023

12 September 2023

Travel Tuesday


A return to a place worth returning to.

3 hours (or less) from Paris

Les Îles Grecques



11 September 2023

Mocha Monday


Morning mocha in the shadow of a castle in the breathtaking Loire Valley.

3 hours (or less) from Paris


5 September 2023

Tarte Tuesday


And the tarte is a modern take on that upside-down (cinnamon-free) bistro classic, Tarte Tatin - with creme fraîche on the side. Of course.


4 September 2023

3 September 2023

Life's a beach


Paris Plages, that traffic-free summer respite that follows the river starting near Pont Marie all the way to Pont Neuf, and beyond, ends today.

(click to enlarge)


Live music, games/activities for kids and families, shaded areas to reflect and relax, potted palm trees, ice cream stands, pétanque spaces, dancing, Swedish gym, Jardin de Brume water mist along the way to cool off, food and drink, photo exhibitions

1 September 2023

Le retour

 September marks La Rentrée all over France when life returns (almost) to normal.

Above: on lively market street rue Montorgueil


Rentrée scolaire / back-to-school: September 4th


1 August 2023

Beach bum

Paris Plages
It's not a real beach, but better than nothing at all.
Ends September 3
Bonnes vacances à tous! - BPJ


28 July 2023

25 July 2023

Tower Tuesday


A suspended Eiffel Tower twinkles in a right bank bookstore.



23 July 2023

Sandwich Sunday

 Generous sandwiches and freshly-made street crêpes at a stall set up outside a boulangerie in the Marais district, but only on Sunday.



21 July 2023

Starck difference


Philippe Starck: Paris est pataphysique
Pataphysics described as "the science of imaginary solutions," is a philosophical invention of French symbolist and writer Alfred Jarry that preceded surrealism.
 Musée Carnavalet
Ends August 27, 2023


19 July 2023

Spice is nice

A shop in Fez or Jerusalem or Istanbul?
No, these exotic spices and wonderful things from all over the world are in Paris in the heart of the old Marais.
30 rue François Miron 75004