Paris in the distance

So, academic responsibilities mean that while the region of Paris is all around me, I could as well be on Mars. It is crunch time at my “Grande École” and I am buckling down for hours of writing. Blogging and spending time with this city that I love so much are going to suffer as…

Parisian Wanderings (2)

In yet another episode of wandering,  I happened to walk past an old church which once occupied a very central place in  the politics of France, whose church bell on St. Bartholomew’s Day  summoned the massacre of several innocent people – and in more recent history, was the venue for the ill-fated wedding of Eva…

Parisian Wanderings (1)

Took these pictures on one of several bouts of aimless wanderings in the 5eme. I suppose this one of the gifts of the city to   souls searching for many things – meaning, love, companionship, comfort and an endless list of deeply held desires: The gift of small streets each a treasure of its own….

Village St. Honoré

Tucked away at 91 Rue Saint Honoré, this  little ‘village’ hosts gorgeous antiques, paintings and even vintage  Coco Chanel dresses. There are also remarkable jewellery items ranging from brooches to stunning rings and necklaces. It’s a geat pace to pick up authentic vintage wares, or simply gawk.

Canopy of clouds

So, it appears as though the cold, white winter of last year is not going to repeat itself this time round.  But, the indecisive, brooding, cloudy greyness makes for a stunning canopy for  the already beautiful city of Paris. Here are some images I took the other day on a particularly grey afternoon:

Words, Words, words: My darling Dalida says it so well

It is that time of the year to meet deadlines, create pages of written work, turn in applications and proposals –   to either drown, swim or sail upon  oceans of words: words from hours of passionate lecturers.. the written word often written in convoluted jargon and many more that we have to magically create…

Paris In-Cameo

Last night, finally got round to watching Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess in “One Day” where Paris makes a dazzling cameo appearance. In this clip,  La Gare du Nord provides a backdrop for one of the interesting turns in the movie.

A case of momentary sunniness

  Talk about changing  climactic trends. Second December – yesterday –   and yet  it was a perfect day to take a pavement seat at one of the café’s.   Today looks undecided and confused: To be cold or not to be, seems to be the huge question. Now, as much as I love the…

World Aids Day; Sex in the City, Bastille

Spent part of the day with a group of ‘militant(es)s’ –  activist friends from one of the big French universities today who were running a stall to raise  AIDS awareness among students. Attitudes toward sex as topic seemed to be generally open. Free contraceptives were being scooped up at quite a fast pace – with…

From the walls of the Métro: Hugo Cabret

Noticed this advert on the walls of one of the métro stations. Hugo Cabret, a story revolving around a resident of a Paris railway station. Can’t wait to see it mid december!

Notre Dame Nativity Scene

Caught a glimpse of the Notre Dame nativity scene earlier today. And, more importantly managed to simply walk into Notre Dame without having to wait in a long queue (well, I’ve only queued once for a concert at the Cathedral). It also seems as though there are a few concerts lined up for the holiday…