• 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 Parisian sunset and Pont Notre-Dame
    Let's Explore,  Seeing Paris

    Paris: 5 Bridges and the Sun Set

    One Saturday evening in Paris along the Boulevard Henri IV I made my way to Pont de Sully and the Quai des Célestins. During my stroll by Notre-Dame de Paris an exhibition is underway. This Saturday I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the city during a special time. The Conciergerie became a silhouette as the earth rotated until the horizon reached the sun, which burst into vibrant yellows and greys.

  • 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 Notre Dame after fire and child on swing
    Let's Explore,  Monuments

    One Year Ago-One Month Ago in Paris Notre-Dame’s Fire

    One year ago, April 15, the steeple of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc burned and crashed through the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris: architectural flaw? One month ago, March 15, the sun was shining; everyone ignored a lockdown, went to the "beach" and socialised. An invisible agent locked down work on Notre Dame and confined us to one meter apart. One month from now, work on the new scaffolding holding the burnt scaffolding may continue and we may be less confined. In the meantime, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and garbage trucks still pass through my Paris street on time.

  • image Notre-Dame and facades Ile-de-la-Cité
    Going Out

    Bell Rings Tonight at Notre-Dame

    At 8 pm Paris time, tonight, April 15, the south tower bell, “Emmanuel”, will ring at Notre-Dame de Paris. It is one year since the fire April 15, 2019. General Jean-Louis Georgelin, in charge of the cathedral’s restoration, decided on this time, which coincides with the evening applause for health care workers during the Covid-19.

  • 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...

  • Two images of Charlotte Perriand facing the valley and on the "Chaise basculante" Tilting Chair
    Let's Explore,  Museums

    Charlotte Perriand, Architect/Designer/Artist at FLV

    Are you interested or curious about the synthesis of architecture, art and design? Two noted artist/architects who fit that description are Charlotte Perriand and Frank Gehry.  Charlotte Perriand "imagined an 'art of living' that broke the codes of the time." The Charlotte Perriand exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton may be closing February 24, 2020 but you have time to download the audio guide! This exhibition and audio guide have a "use-by date" and will not be available once the next exhibit opens April 1. Listen to the stories of her career in interviews and exhibit descriptions. You will find them fascinating. Charlotte Perriand was a member of the Le Corbusier…