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  • 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…

  • image of the Boucherie Bruno Marché Bastille
    Billet d'Humeur/At a Glance,  Life in Paris & France

    Paris Markets Wrapped in Plastic

    Life at the Parisian market has taken on a new form. The market is wrapped in plastic wrap. I could only look on. The scene was very surrealistic. On May 13 the markets reopened with new sanitary guidelines. The last time I visited the Bastille Market at Boulevard Richard Lenoir was March 22. Plastic crates separated the shoppers to provide distance. On March 23, the Mayor's office closed all outdoor and indoor markets. The ban did not include the grocery stores. Who needs a straw shopping basket ("panier") to carry around anymore? Market shopping is now available online for home delivery. The delivery order goes through Mayor's Office website, takes…

  • Image of the Amelot entrance Repaire de Cartouche
    Billet d'Humeur/At a Glance,  Life in Paris & France

    Le Doggy Bag Concept Expands in Paris

    Paris has a new dining style in 2020: Take Away or in French "emporter" in le "doggy bag". All closed for health reasons, some cafés and restaurants are creatively staying in business. At the entry door is a table, display case of food, posted menus and sometimes flowers welcome walk-up guests to place their order. Using a paper bag to carry out your lunch or dinner in France, got its start in 2010. Le loi Grenelle 2 required restaurants to reduce their biodegradable garbage whence came le doggy bag or "sac à toutou". Home delivery from chocolate to sushi to pizza is catching on with riders on motor scooters and…

  • image of resident and mounted gendarmes
    Billet d'Humeur/At a Glance,  Life in Paris & France

    Stopped by the Gendarmes

    It is Covid-19 time and I am out for a beautiful, blue-sky morning walk with my camera. The delivery men on bicycles are collecting bags of chocolate for Easter from the chocolate shop on La rue du Pas-de-la-Mule. Walking past Places des Vosges, I passed a cinematographer and a director/producer filming for the gendarmery television network. Two mounted gendarmes were being filmed while questioning and chatting with locals about the document...

  • Image of book The Food Lover's Guide to Paris for review
    Book Reviews,  Specific Info

    The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris: Tempting!

    When is the last time you read a food guide in one sitting? The Food Lovers's Guide to Paris is the first food book I ever read cover to cover in one day. I can personally recommend it and say, "delightfully delicious".  You are introduced to the book with a casual overview of then and now and reassured that French cuisine is here to stay. The guide is simply laid out and begins with a map and arrondissement locations of places mentioned in the guide. In the "How-to-Guide" section Helen Massy-Beresford gives essential courtesy tips. She then moves shows you to your table of dining or specialty shop pleasures with…

  • Willy Ronis exhibition Photo album in English and French for sale at exhibition
    Let's Explore,  Photography-Art

    Willy Ronis-Views of Belleville Menilmontant in Paris

    Sometimes a photo can make us curious, inspire us or wish we could find something.... By the time my sister saw the photos of my vintage chinaware, it was too late. I had already donated the set to Emmaus. I needed it back for her! The trek to one of the Emmaus stores (Goodwill-style shops founded in 1954 by Abbé Pierre) took me to the north of Paris and the Porte de Menilmontant in the 20th arrondissement. "If I am going to the 20th", I pondered, "why not check out local art exhibits in the area?" That thought and a quick look at l'Official des spectacles, took me to the…

  • Annabel Simms' latest release Half an Hour From Paris
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    Secret Day Trips Half Hour from Paris

    Antiquity, countryside and history greet you in Annabel Simms' book, "Half an Hour from Paris ... 10 Secret Daytrips by Train". First you have to find your way there. Annabel Simms arranges the book like a quality French baguette au levain sandwich: yummy ingredients between the crunchy crusts. This is a book of self-guided walking tours of various lengths.

  • postcard with croissant head Bring France Home
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    Quirky Paris Souvenir Ideas

    While wandering around BHV/Marais I noticed bits and pieces of hardware, wall paper and cleaning products made in France. Across the street at City Hall's Paris Rendez-Vous boutique concept shop I found unusual souvenirs made in France. A while ago, I found Bring France Home near Place des Vosges that only sells souvenirs made in France. Are you looking for quirky Paris souvenir ideas and inexpensive?