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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Being young in Europe has its perks. Amongst them: Free visits to national monuments. I took advantage and climbed the Arc de Triomphe on a sunny fall day for some skyline photos. One of my favorites is actually of La Défense — the “Wall Street” of Paris and often forgotten. There’s not much to do […]

A truck whizzed by me, the air pushing me ever so slightly closer to the edge of the already quite narrow shoulder. Frantically, I looked behind me, thankful that it now seemed the wave of vehicles had abated. Peddling slightly more desperately than before, I decided that this was the last time I would ever […]

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I decided to go to Saint-Germain-en-Laye, except that there was a castle (and not a very pretty one). However, immediately after stepping off the escalator of the metro, I probably said WOW at least five times. We walked right into the Domaine National de Saint-Germain-en-Laye and there […]

The train rolled into the station and I reached into my pocket, searching for my phone. I was already running late and it was a little drizzly, so I was trying to figure out what exit to take for Belleville. To my dismay, which turned to anxiety, I realised that in my rush to get […]

OH LA VACHE. Aka, holy cow!!!!!! There will never be enough exclamation points to convey my wonder. A weekend trip to Étretat was MORE than I dreamt it would be. Usually I go places hyped up on photographs, and am usually disappointed or not overly impressed. Let me tell you…Étretat exceed anything I could have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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