Changed Relationship Status: A Parisian New Year’s Eve

A fourth New Years’ Eve in Paris was a landmark for this blogger: I realized that the city had grown on me. The marvel of first being in Paris has faded, the honeymoon is over. We’re officially committed to each other now. Rather than an artifact to dissect, and sing praises, the city has become…

‘t was a green, sustainable Christmas at La Madeleine

One of the highlights of the past Christmas was the nativity scene at La Madeleine, put together from recycled goods – ranging from buttons to shower heads. It was both interesting to see and peculiar. One would also guess that there was also a much deeper message and meaning to the methodology of the artist…

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…

Ralph Lauren, Boulevard Saint Germain

The pictures I took are not very helpful (testament to my very limited photography skills). ‘ll have a second try when I pass by the window when it is darker – that is, when I pass by the beautiful holiday display at the Ralph Lauren boutique on Boulevard Saint Germain. After weeks of being ‘encours’,…

The Season’s Favourite Things

Four weeks to Christmas, and we are welcoming in the season with friends old and new! It was interesting taking a mental trip back to Christmas 2010 through photographs taken then – last year’s ‘Christmas in Paris’. One thing that stands out is the difference in weather – at least thus far. Yes, temperatures have…

Cinema on the Radar for the Weekend

On the “Art et Essai” Circuit – some ‘left bank’ artsy film: And more ‘Right Bank’ friendly, mainstream cinema: Hugo Trailer from Will houstoun on Vimeo.

Time to Welcome in the Winter?

Walking home after a lecture noticed several abandoned chairs outside cafes, umbrellas over head, naked branches that were once clothed with golden, red and yellow leaves – i t appears as though winter is finally making a gentle entrance.

Christmas Market, Place d’Italie

During an early evening spell of aimless wandering with my partner, we bumped into the small Christmas Market at Place d’Italie. The stands are modest but the market is packed with authentic goods ranging from Palestinian tapestries, cutlery, leather and woodwork from no other place than Bethlehem itself, Sicilian sweets, Parma cheese and sausage, spiced…

Midnight mass, a walk down Champs Elysees

0215 am: Christmas morning, just returned from attending a midnight mass at an Anglican parish close to the Champs Elysees. Surreally beautiful – a perfect mix of lovely setting, a great hymn selection, time tested tradition and a tinge of relevant, modern commentary – couldn’t have imagined a better way to get into the spirit…

Christmas in Paris Collage Part One

Christmas in Paris offers opportunities to enjoy Paris’ sacred and secular sites at a very unique, festive time of the year. This collage puts together new and old images of the city taken over the past month. More to follow!

Franco-American Winter Prescription

The response was surprising and filled with disgust after she heard that we were at Starbucks – or in her words “the American place?!” A few French folk that I have come across speak with utter disdain at the idea of setting one’s feet in Starbucks, which has not managed to establish much of a…