• Bee on the butterfly bush at Jardin des Planets
    Let's Explore

    Enjoy a Stroll Through Jardin des Planets

    Jardin des Plantes is just across the river from the Bastille. One day in March, I took a short stroll across the Seine. Instead of covering all the garden, I strolled along a path through the gardens that passes from the gate at Place Valhubert to the gate at Rue Linné and Rue Cuvier. On this Spring morning, certain buds and flowers attracted my attention. Enjoy this virtual view with me through my eyes.

  • 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.)