Paris Journal

Salut! Welcome to the Paris Journal, with stories from La Ville Lumière and elsewhere. This is a collection of adventures: the ladies I photograph; the croissants I've eaten; tidbits from my life; special projects; and a Paris guide. Whew! I hope you'll come along; it's going to be a lovely time!

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Some special portraits of one of the kindest people I know, taken at my favorite café in Paris. Yulia is the leader of the welcome team at our church, and she has exemplified that sometimes, “hello” is simple comme bonjour. Always smiling with a hello at the ready to greet you and make you feel like […]

Opulence and grandeur at this hôtel particulier on Boulevard Haussmann. The Musée Jacquement-André is a private art collection with everything that you might expect. Rich, deep red velvet walls; fine Italian Renaissance and Byzantine art; a Fragonard (currently, unfortunately, on loan to an exhibition); an unexpected, but very delightful, run in with Élisabeth Vigée Le […]

My first encounter with Honoré de Balzac, the man (I was obliged to read his literature in school), was at the Musée Rodin, and I will say that the sculptor must not have liked him much, because the rendition is anything but flattering. However, I had also been seeing many posters for the re-opening of […]

This was a lesson in spontaneity. One bitter cold winter afternoon, not long after I’d arrived, I discovered a (new to me) bookshop across from Jardin du Luxembourg called The Red Wheelbarrow that had such a jolly red awning I had to stop in. I ended up picking up a copy of The New Paris, which […]

Wowowowowow this was a dreamy morning in many ways. A perfect Paris portrait session, in my opinion. Rachael and Eric were a delight. The Louvre was stunning. We twirled and waltzed (practically) through my Paris — a mix of iconic sites and hidden corners — for a delicious morning together. Rachael and I are in […]

pain au chocolat on paper on our knees shattered shards strewn every which way the morning light cut through the window of the quiet train bathing half your face in golden light hopeful for adventure as our neighbours quietly slept We took an “early” (8h20) train to Rouen because I’ve had the desire to see […]

I was not the biggest fan of Montmartre. It is rather far from where I currently live; there are too many hills and not enough escalators; it’s a little gritty; and on the other hand also very touristy. I find myself always on extra alert for pickpockets, especially near the basilica. However, I recently re-explored […]

I met Hope on a bitter cold day in February (I’m pretty sure it was February) in a basement that, despite having just one window, was filled with light. The basement was church, and me being new, I was introduced to anyone who might have something in common with me. Hope, too, is from California. One […]

There’s a delightful surprise in the Latin Quarter, something wildly unexpected and out of the blue — or, rather, the appropriate expression is “out of the Haussmann architecture.” It’s la Grande Mosquée de Paris. There is a small admission fee, but if you love architecture, this is such a treat. It was built between 1922 and […]

We marched along, gravel crunching under our shoes, flip-flops; ballet flats; hiking sandals; les baskets rounding out the mix. The lilliputian chateau diminished into the trees as we found a quiet spot for our pique-nique in view of a fountain. Wildflowers swayed violently in the breeze, a seeming haphazard arrangement of nature, but, in fact, very well thought […]

Paris strolls; looking for the best croissant; plenty of flowers; stories; and other adventures. I hope you'll come along and see my Paris!

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