Gentle sounds of Bandura in shadow of Paris’ Note Dame Cathedral….(AUDIO IMPROVES AFTER 20 SECS – apologies!) a slice of life from the streets of Paris. I usually avoid the touristy areas on weekends in the summer but was walking home and noticed a crowd agape at this guy playing…ALSO SEE MY FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM […]

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A insider video tour of one of Paris’ off the beaten path, semi-hidden urban gems. Square des Peupliers is a fascinating locale basically in the heart of the city, the 13th arrondissement!

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BETWEEN HEAVEN & HELL: ….(This is an update to earlier essay. I recently passed the Passage D’Enfer and couldn’t resist taking a pleasing detour thru its charmed atmosphere, a virtual step back in time. One of the most amazing, and forgiving aspects of Parisian is how many interesting, entertaining and pleasing world-class activities one can […]

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Square Nicolay (17th) …is not only something to behold, but a curiosity in its own right. Firstly, it has the distinction of a Russian pedigree yet, is attached to what my decidedly untrained eye says is an English type garden. Hmmm… 2ndly, it’s not exactly on any well-trod, publicly accessed walkway

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  GOLD RUSH! Missed out on the ‘big one’ back in the Yukon days of yore!? Not to worry, you can enjoy and exult in your very own Gold Rush just by staring at this…the Dome of the Church at Les Invalides….  Yes indeed, G-O-L-D! In 1989, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French […]

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AUDIO PROBLEMS — HAVE A BUG!  PLEASE TRY AGAIN LATER! A DREAM STREET IN PARIS! Here’s a partial glimpse of Paris that’ll make you pack up, buy a ticket & hop the next jet here. (And…don’t forget kitty!) ….And…WHY NOT! Rue des Cite des Fleurs, in the the 17th…is a street ripe with ample charms: […]

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Keys** IF, and I stress ‘IF’!, …there is anything more magical than a key, it is only an old, old, key! A key represents ‘entry’, a silent access to unknown places and hidden, secreted areas and things. It’s a modern day symbol of what we seem to have less and less of…magical, barred, locked mystery. […]

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Paris Weekend Weather Forecast WE SHALL RISE AGAIN It’s Friday ..& after yet another week of incessant withering inane assaults we have survived! …like our #sunset lit friend in the Parisian frieze … The Pheonix –we will regroup and bathe in the restorative #fall #sunlight …a little redwine wouldn’t hurt, either! If you’ve a query […]

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Flying Low: Life on the ‘Double-D’ About 300 years ago I lived in the wilds of rural Saskatchewan, on a ranch 35 kilometers S.E. of nowhere. I was working part-time as a ranch hand/cowboy on a hardscrabble patch of land so economically desperate even the rabbits had part time jobs. The ranch, the Double-D (‘DD’), […]

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Walking thru a friends garden…past the cabin round back…done it  hundreds of times but, today…I see it. First the colours hit you: those amazing tender, soft, nurturing greens. Only Nature concocts those shades. Then the ‘wonders’ start to form and sprint across your mind:…”how long has it hung there, alone, abandoned…forgotten.. (Years? Decades?) quietly awaiting […]

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THE CAR THAT IS FRANCE! Seeking French Insight? Ya better know the Iconic 2CV! Abt half the price of a VW beetle when 1st fully available, the skeletal 2 Citroën 2CV only came in grey & was first sold to farmers & doctors. 1st seen in ’38) as the Très Petite Voiture (very small car) […]

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(Re-post!) EAU to be in Paris! Is Paris Burning? Chill Out! Smoldering temps or no you can freely partake in the utterly, ineffably rejuvenating joys of quaffing chilled, fresh, CLEAN water during France’s “jours de canicule” as the Capitol –more accurately the clever folks at Eau de Paris have thoughtfully put some 6* sparking & […]

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