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  • View from Louis XIII statue Place des Vosges on Vik Muniz's Pictures of Garbage
    Photography-Art,  Seeing Paris

    Paris Design Week is Too Short!

    While taking a shortcut through Place des Vosges, my eyes saw photographs. They really saw pictures of garbage. Place des Vosges is on annual exhibition circuit for Paris Design Week. Paris Design Week is too short! Over 350 exhibitors and I only saw three in two days! "Pictures of Garbage", new types of flooring in a bench display, and artsy designs in the Orangerie. You can't just pass on by, you have to stay and study and enjoy!

  • A Snow day in Paris Snowman at the Louvre Carrousel
    Photography-Art,  Specific Info

    A Day in Paris When It Snowed

    One day last week the blackbirds (merles in French) were chirping away in a choral cacophony of song at at 5:30 am. I wondered if springtime was around the corner -- in mid-January! That springtime moment was short-lived. Thirty-two departments, including Paris and Ile-de-France, were placed under snow warnings. Saturday was going to be a snow day in Paris. Météo-France and our Echo-dot, Alexa, confirmed that the snow would begin by 11 am Saturday.

  • poster for December 31 Jean-Michel Jarre virtual reality at Notre-Dame de paris
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    Notre-Dame de Paris and Jean-Michel Jarre

    A virtual, free concert at Notre-Dame de Paris is taking place on December 31. The electronic music artist, Jean-Michel Jarre, has prepared an out-of-the ordinary concert. The 45-minute concert is direct from his Paris studio while at the same time an avatar plays from the interior of the virtually reconstituted cathedral. The concert takes place December 31 between 11:25 pm and 12:15 a.m. (CET/Paris time). You can listen online, television, or radio. How to listen to the concert Anyone equipped with a Virtual Reality (VR) helmet or in 2D on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Connect with Réalité Virtuelle on its VR social platform VRchat. Direct online at Paris.fr and…

  • Poster for the exhibition Man Ray et la Mode Musée du Luxembourg
    Let's Explore,  Photography-Art

    Man Ray: Fashion Photographer

    Before there was Helmut Newton or Richard Avedon, there was Man Ray. From a fashion perspective and as fashion photographer, Musée du Luxembourg explores the body of Man Ray's fashion work. In the display cases, this exhibit follows his Parisian fashion trail with gowns featured in the Harper’s Bazaar magazine. I highly recommend downloading the Musée du Luxembourg audio guide to explore the exhibit virtually. Even after the exhibit closes, the audioguide remains active. Some images from my visit are below the videos. You begin with his early surrealist works and move quickly into his work with, photographer, Lee Miller...keep reading

  • Image of brasserie Le Renard and tabac neons
    Photography-Art,  Seeing Paris

    Bright Colors: Paris Evening Lights

    A week after seeing a part of Paris in black and white, it was time to focus on bright colors. Along the way, I recalled other ways to view the evening light in reflections and patterns. I was one of seven photographers who followed a spontaneous route from the Metro Temple along Rue de Turbigo, off and on Rue du Temple, toward Arts et Métiers (museum), rue du Renard (fox) down to l'Hotel de Ville and the Pont d'Arcole. On the bridge....

  • Cat in construction area at night
    Let's Explore,  Photography-Art

    Paris Evening, Walking in Black and White

    Paris has an aura when the lights dim on a moist evening. With a group of photographers on an evening shoot, the black and white theme had four criteria: reflection, near and far, silhouette and/or en marche (walking, movement). An image could have any or all of these criteria. We began at Place Igor-Stravinsky and walked through the first, second and third districts/arrondissements... click on the title to read more and see the images

  • Sunbather looking into Seine Paris Plages 2020
    Life in Paris & France,  Specific Info

    Paris Plages 2020 Includes Covid Testing

    Paris Plages is carrying on its tradition in 2020 with sun and fun in this "Eté particulier". Circumstances make this a special summer with daily activities under sanitary conditions. Even Covid testing is included in the activities until August 30. Weekends at the Paris Plages (beach) are very busy. However, visit on a Wednesday and the atmosphere is much calmer. You can even find open deckchairs and parasols! The only line is at for Covid testing between 2 and 6 pm. the average wait time is 30 minutes to 2 hours for two different tests: do you have the antibodies and have you had Covid. Paris Plages is open daily…

  • image of 2 restaurateurs at Chez Piippo
    Billet d'Humeur/At a Glance,  Life in Paris & France

    New Real Estate for Paris Sidewalk Cafés

    It is June 2. Parisians are in front of a café drinking their coffee, chatting with a table mate under a red awning and a bright blue sky. This sounds so normal. But it is another memorable day in history. The restaurants have gone from strictly take away to serving sit-down customers. Location, location. If the restaurant is lucky enough to front a wide space or a wide sidewalk, tables may legally extend way beyond their normal space for now. Outside dining is de rigueur until Prime Minister Eduoard Philippe's next status announcement  or until it rains.... (Click on the title to read more.)

  • Couple with photographer wearing masks
    Billet d'Humeur/At a Glance,  Life in Paris & France

    Fashionable Paris Masks

    I am no longer desperate to find just any kind of face mask. Finding a mask has transitioned into its fashionable period in Paris. Face masks are no longer hard to find. They come in various shapes, prices and patterns. One day I saw a mask that coordinated with the skirt a girl was wearing. What would you think of fashionable Italian designed masks? The Italian-designed face masks are sold at the Casino grocery store on Rue Chemin du Vert. Piled together in a cardboard box without any fanfare, they sell for 3,50 Euros. They are comfortable, lightweight, washable, perfect for summer. The Italian-designed and imported to France masks include…