Finishing up a painful jog one early morning I stop to catch my breath. I’m tired, achy and out of shape, and mad at myself for being all of that. I suddenly notice a tree just in front of me and feel its presence…..as if it has something to say. I stop and gaze at […]

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] November. Walking/daydreaming thru the wonderfully eclectic, exotic and teeming 5th Arrondissement –one of my fav’s–when I spied these sneakers dangling, like some special semaphore that rocked me back to my youth in the U.S. At once incongruous and yet perfectly natural I stood transfixed at the odd symmetry of the three pair, almost […]

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The Unlucky Paris Mascot: Some mascots end up at major US football franchises. Others bask in lucrative TV networks ad deals. Some, like the bizarrely still white mascot bear here, obviously overslept on ‘Prime Mascot Assignment Day’, and ended up tarring the Paris streets. I would have grabbed him as I jogged past, but think […]

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ACCORDIN’ TO HISTORY: How passionate must one have been to open an Accordion shop during WWII in Paris? One answer might be found by looking at closely looking at this photo. This shop, in the 14th, opened its doors in 1944, with Paris still under the horrid grip of Nazi occupation, and yet you assume […]

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Hidden in plain sight is this old doorway. I spoke to folks in the Quartier who say it once served as an entrance for the yard’s owners. But they say t’was “a cette epoche, la” (back in the day). Don’t you want to peek over the top? See what the rest of that tree looks […]

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Read At 50 Kilometers an hour…Don’t let the signs fool you. Driving is Paris is a snap. And a crackle and a pop. Moto (Motorbike) drivers regularly resort to sidewalks to avoid red lights, traffic jams or simply to scare the bejejus out of people. Be careful. I have seen countless Paris cars (what are […]

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Somewhere int he 6th…..Hidden behind those tall and often imposing typical Parisian wooden doors is a hidden court yard that used to have a street running through it. It is a private time capsule. Long since sealed off, it is now court yard cum Petri dish, a frozen moment of Paris from a century or […]

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