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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Mornings in Paris are often the most magical, otherworldly, times to be out…the air, scents and sounds are enhanced and different as the city wakes and wipes the night’s sealant from its eyes. Here, veggies await the start of the day at resto on ‘theatre row’, la rue de la Gaîté.. la rue de la […]

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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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Into the seemingly endless vault of lividity which sadly passes for Paris skies these dark, dreary days, comes the chance encounter with a throbbing, pulsating burst of brightness!  It is the Sun!  And despite being horrifically late for a  meeting, I decided to stop and grab a few frames (proof, in case my fellow reprobates […]

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It’s not as if I had nothing to do, but I’ve passed tour Montparnasse (tallest building) for years and never deigned to go atop for the views. “Too touristy”! Weeell, I sit corrected. On a whim I forked out my 14 Euros and took the 38 sec ride – fastest elevator in Paris, as in […]

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One of a bazillion mini parks in Paris….and a refuge in the Marais, Square George-Cain is a balm for soul, mind & heart. It mixes history, art and urban beauty…but one of many pauses in the ongoing beat of perpetual Paris. It borders Le musée Carnavalet, faces the Swedish Institute, is steps from the Picasso […]

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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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Paris’ last VESPASIENNE (rhymes with Parisian) or ‘outside urinal’ on boul. Arago. This lonely green, slightly rusting hulk is perhaps the last of its breed. Named after the Emperor Vespasian, and dubbed ‘pissotieres’, they were once part of Paris’ response to a city on the go, or rather a city that just had to ‘go’! […]

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Was out shopping and decided to dart across the so called ‘Love-lock’ bridge, (long standing tradition of lovers attaching locks to the bridge, then kissing and tossing the key into the Seine). I espied this couple in the process of attaching yet one more lock, and decided (as that’s my nature) to investigate.  Was in […]

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