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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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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A quick fun piece on how to recharge a brainless Smartphone in Paris! Get thee to Dupont Café, in the 1st, & charge yr APPLE I-Phone or Android/anything in 30m while you quaff that St. Emillion. The new and nifty ChargingPlace terminal is like SAMU for Smartphones (that’s ‘911’ across the pond) just slip in […]

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Paris’ ‘NOTRE DAME DE TRAVAIL’ …a few minutes from Gare Montparnasse is in the 14th. It is, in short, a place of worship built (1902) for the working class. The idea was to have a church which reflected the congregation and where worshipers felt comfortable praying together.   Here’s the cool part: The entire inside is […]

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PARIS: The exquisite Sq.Montsouris. An old, roughly-hewn, undulating uneven milti-coloured pavée road, more amusement park ride than road.   If you do ONE thing here, let this be it. One of the quintessential tiles in the magical mosaic that is Paris! ** (Look for Video & Photo-Essay on Feb 25th) If you know others in […]

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  Is it unforgivable to suggest Paris is little more than an assemblage of gardens? A unique, creatively wrought and highly imaginative sprawling collection to be sure and, one which includes as representative examples, the over-sized, the small, the ornate corporate and pedestrian, the well-trodden but also –and here’s where you need hyper-vigilance, the private, […]

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NEW FEATURE#2: THE LIVES OF PARIS CARS: A CAR FOR ALL NATIONS—CHANTAL Q&A New Feature BG: Of the innumerable and truly amazing treats available to anyone sauntering along Paris streets, avenues and boulevards is the chance to come upon and appreciate the riveting and often enchanting array of cars and vehicles spanning any number of […]

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Rue Cremieux is a gem **almost** hidden in the 12th. It is a street to saunter along as you gaze at the pastel painted wonders aligning each side and/or marvel at the highly imaginative and charming individualized touches. A cat leaping here, a bird soaring or, a trompe-l’œil tree, a Chat Noir acting as silent […]

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How one cool Parisian (cat) stands out from his neighbors. A two-meter tall cat statue sits atop a grave. No dull, drab grays and blacks thanks…a very cool kitty as a way to remember what one persons’ life was all about. Cemetery in the 14th arrondissement has other famous (Simone de Beauvoir, Beckett,André Citroën, Julio […]

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