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Best of Eye Prefer Paris: Gardens at Musée Bourdelle

  After viewing the Back Side/ Fashion from Behind Exhibition, I took time to visit the front courtyard and back garden. Bourdelle’s mighty sculptures of warriors, Greek gods and goddesses, horses, and historical figures fill the gardens along with manicured hedges, white hydrangeas, and holy hocks. Antoine   Bourdelle was born in 1861, the son of wood craftsman and cabinet maker and left school to assist his father. At age 24 he was admitted to the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Art...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, France, Paris, John, Gardens, Parks, Rodin, Matisse, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Bourdelle, Antoine Bourdelle, Musee Bourdelle, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres


Best of Eye Prefer Paris: Giverny Again

I am taking a petit vacation this week, so here are my summer rerun blogs. Since I’ve received so many comments about the gardens in Gerberoy, I decided to post some parks, gardens, and flower posts from the past. See you the week of August 10 with all new posts.   I can’t seem to get enough photos of Giverny. I recently did a tour of Giverny with a client and captured some great landscapes and summer flowers. Since it’s the rentree for the French this week and back to school for Am...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, France, Paris, John, Gardens, Parks, Giverny, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John, Giverny Again


Readjusting Slowly

Thank you to High Anxiety’s Instagram account for the above images and quotes.   Returning to France this time has not been as smooth as the times before. After spending months self isolating with my mother barely seen anyone, rarely going out, and amongst other self isolating habits I did not even hug my family goodbye. The first shock of returning was simply getting on the plane, then a taxi, and then on to a very packed train. I wore my mask without taking it off over 24 hours straight....
Tags: Travel, France, Gabriel, French la Vie


'We've started to relax': the week Covid-19 roared back in Europe

Message echoes across continent that pleasures of communal life may soon be sacrificed againCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe advice from Spain’s health ministry this week was simple.Using the hashtag #Don’tChuckitallAway, the ministry told people not to kiss or hug friends and family, not to share plates, to keep a careful eye on who’s been drinking from which glass, to slip the mask back on straight after eating and to keep washing hands frequently. Continue readi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Spain, UK News, World news, Coronavirus outbreak


How the Covid-19 resurgence is dividing opinion across Europe

Message echoes across continent that small pleasures of communal life may soon be sacrificed againCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe advice from Spain’s health ministry this week was simple.Using the hashtag #Don’tChuckitallAway, the ministry told people not to kiss or hug friends and family, not to share plates, to keep a careful eye on who’s been drinking from which glass, to slip the mask back on straight after eating and to keep washing hands frequently. Continue...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Spain, UK News, World news, Coronavirus outbreak


Along the River

I wrote this post and two more on June 14th. A lot has happened since then including my excursion to Italy. I’m now back in Paris and thought I would post what I had saved as nothing has changed as far as walks along the Seine. Today it is going to be over 100 degrees in Paris so I for sure won’t be going out for photos. It will be cooler tomorrow, thank heavens. More things seen as we walked along the Seine: The Institut de France seen from Pont des Arts. Ile de la Cité begins t...
Tags: Travel, Photos, France, River, Paris, Italy, Seine, River Levels, Seine River, Institut de France, Pont des Arts Ile de la Cité


Global report: French and Spanish Covid-19 cases at highest level in weeks

Iceland reinstates public gathering restrictions; US Republican Herman Cain dies; Brazil’s first lady tests positive Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance’s seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases has risen above the 1,000 threshold for the first time since the first half of May, when it eased its lockdown, as Spain said its daily rise in cases was the highest since its lockdown was lifted in June.French health authorities reported 1,377 additional confirmed cases of...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, US, Spain, World news, Asia Pacific, Brazil, Iceland, Herman Cain, Coronavirus outbreak


Global report: France records highest daily rise in Covid-19 cases since May

Spain tops 1,000 cases for second day in row; US Republican Herman Cain dies of disease; Brazil’s first lady tests positive Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance has recorded its highest daily increase in new Covid-19 infections since May, prompting authorities there to consider new suppression measures, as Spain said its daily rise in cases was the highest since a nationwide lockdown was lifted in June.According to the latest figures, released late on Wednesday, the...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, US, Spain, World news, Asia Pacific, Brazil, Herman Cain, Coronavirus outbreak


Shadow Photos July 2020

There’s   hardly been any rain in Paris since June, and most days have been bright and sunny, which are perfect conditions for shadows casting their intriguing shapes on the sidewalks and streets. Here are links to my other shadow photo series.  https://www.ipreferparis.net/2020/03/black-and-white-shadow-photos-.html https://www.ipreferparis.net/2019/09/shadow-photos-2-.html https://www.ipreferparis.net/2019/07/shadow-photos-tuileries-.html ...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, France, Paris, John, Gardens, Parks, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John


Oil fired heating systems set to be phased out

NEW or replacement fioul, or oil fired, heating systems in France will be banned from the beginning of 2022. The measure had been proposed by a citizens committee looking at ways to 'green' the French way of life, and the government has backed the proposal to bring an end to...
Tags: Travel, France, Property


Window Boxes 2020- Part Two

I’ve photographed so many new window boxes since my first series in June, I’ve decided to post them today.   Do you have favorites here?   I am happy to have the prolific author John Baxter as my guest on A Bite of Paris. John has written many books about Paris including The Most Beautiful Walk in World, We’ll Always Have Paris, and books about the neighborhoods of Paris. Montmartre, Saint Germ...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, France, Paris, John, Gardens, Parks, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John


Door(s) of the Month-Gerberoy

I was overwhelmed by the beautiful doors in Gerberoy, especially the ones that had an abundance of vines and flowers in front of them. Do you have some favorites here?   I can make a photo print of any of these doors and have it mailed to you in the U.S. If you are interested please email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you prices and sizes.   Did you enjoy my posts about Gerberoy?  I a...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, John, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Gérard Mulot, Gerberoy, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John


'People don't want to fly': Covid-19 reawakens Europe's sleeper trains

Overnight services in Europe had seemingly hit the buffers but pandemic has revived demandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor all their promise of romance and adventure, Europe’s sleeper trains had appeared to have reached the end of the line.Cripplingly expensive to run and forsaken by travellers for budget airlines, a decision by the German rail operator Deutsche Bahn to terminate the service connecting Paris to Berlin six years ago ushered in the closure of routes ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Sweden, France, Berlin, World news, Austria, Paris, Rail Travel, Belgium, Rail transport, Deutsche Bahn, Rail industry, Coronavirus outbreak


Free Covid-19 testing in Dordogne and Nouvelle-Aquitaine

THE Nouvelle-Aquitaine health authorities are offering free Covid-19 testing in towns in the Dordogne, as well as the Lot-et-Garonne and other départements in south west France. The tests are being offered to try and measure any risk from the recent de-confinement measures, and will be targetting busier areas of the...
Tags: Travel, Health, France, Dordogne, Garonne, Nouvelle Aquitaine


Gerberoy and Jardins Henri le Sidaner

After our delightful visit and delicious lunch at Du Jardin des Ifs, we strolled through the rest of Gerberoy. We visited the gardens of painter Henri le Sidaner. Born in Mauritius, his family moved to France and settled in Dunkirk in 1908. He studied art at the prestigious Beaux Arts school in Paris and later lived at Les Etapes art colony for nine years, alongside artists Eugene Boudin and Frank O’Meara.   After traveling to Italy, Germany, and England, le Sidaner returned to Paris. He ...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, England, France, Paris, John, Gardens, Mauritius, Parks, Dunkirk, Rodin, Versailles, Eugène Boudin, Italy Germany, Auguste Rodin, John Baxter


Tiger mosquito warning in France

THE tiger mosquito, or moustique tigre, continues to prove a nuisance across many areas of France with people urged to help in controlling its spread. The mosquito can carry diseases such as chikungunya, dengue and Zika and was first spotted in the Dordogne in 2015. It is now a problem...
Tags: Travel, Health, France, Dordogne, Zika


AB Tasty raises $40 million to optimize e-commerce user experience

AB Tasty has raised a new $40 million funding round led by Credit Mutuel Innovation with existing investors Korelya Capital, Omnes, Partech and XAnge also participating. Overall the startup has raised $64 million. The startup is focused on improving user experience on e-commerce platforms, travel portals, fashion websites and more. It lets you customize the message and the feature set of your application depending on the person you’re interacting with. AB Tasty started the fundraising process...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, New York, France, Germany, Google Analytics, France Newsletter, Lvmh, AB Tasty, Alix de Sagazan, Spain Singapore, Credit Mutuel Innovation, Korelya Capital Omnes Partech


Plum raises $10M for its ‘smart’ money management app

Plum, the London and Athens-based fintech that offers a ‘smart’ money management app to help you improve your “financial resilience,” has raised a further $10 million in funding, as it gears up for European expansion. The new round is led by Japan’s Global Brain, and the European Bank for Research and Development, which has participated in previous Plum funding rounds. In addition, the company has received further funding from early backer VentureFriends, matched by the U.K. taxpayer via the ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Europe, Japan, London, Greece, France, Finance, Spain, Artificial Intelligence, United Kingdom, Athens, Plants, Bank, Financial Services, Up


Du Jardin des Ifs in Gerberoy, France

I received a press release about a month ago about a garden and restaurant in the French countryside and I followed up with the publicist, asking her if I could visit. She was happy to arrange the visit and said that I could get a ride with the owner’s husband, who would be driving there from Paris on Friday morning.  I had not been out of Paris, except for when I went to France Miniature in the beginning of July, since the end of February, so I was beyond excited to leave the city and hav...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, John, Rosemary, Vincent, Restaurant Reviews, Versailles, Gilles, Louis XIV, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Andre Le Notre, Restaurants/Food/Drink, Delphine, Picardie


British Embassy in Paris provides Covid-19 mask wearing update

THE British Embassy in Paris has put together an explanation of the rules introduced in France today covering the wearing of face masks in closed public areas. "From today (July 20), it is compulsory to wear masks in enclosed public spaces, with a possible 135 Euro fine payable for failure...
Tags: Travel, Health, France, Paris, British Embassy


#ProtegeTonSoignant- Protect Your Caregiver

Last Friday, I was walking on Place de la Bastille and noticed a series of black and white face photos plastered on the outside of the Bastille Opera. Upon closer inspection it looked like another installation from French street artist and photographer, JR.   When I came home, I googled Bastille Opera photo exhibit and discovered something interesting. I was partially correct in assuming it was the work of JR. The project is named #ProtegeTonSoignant- Protect Your Caregiver, and it involv...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, France, Events, Paris, John, Gardens, Parks, John Baxter, Mayotte, France Corsica, Museums/Galleries/Exhibits, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Bastille Opera, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres


Courge musquée

This variety of winter squash is called "muscade." It will look like a tan-colored pumpkin when mature, kind of the same color as a butternut squash, another related variety. Like the rouge vif d'Etampes, I've grown these before. We should have a nice pumpkin patch this fall. And a big job of processing the flesh for the freezer. This one's got a lot of growing to do! I had a good market day on Saturday, bringing home a melon, some radishes, and some tomatoes. I also stopped into a charcuterie...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Italy, Portugal, WCS, Garden Flowers Plants, Food And Cooking, Parma Spain Serrano, France Bayonne


The Sacred Forest Where I Live: Saint Baume

  The healing grace of living and walking in the countryside.     These photos are from my village which sits at the base of the Saint Baume Mountain. The ancient stone bridges are at the Source du Nans natural park about a mile from our home. Chelsea and I strolled Gabriel there to put his feet in the ice-cold natural spring which is said to be the tears of Mary Magdelena (read more below).      My form of physical exercise is walking. I started walking several years ago but when I went to C...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Sacramento, Chelsea, Marseille, Paris, Pope Francis, Jesus, Dan Brown, Christ, Sarah, Mediterranean, Provence, Peter, Lazarus


Blackberries What is it Lately

On the trail, I spotted a small blackberry patch its pink petals waved me over, the blackberries are weeks away from ripeness. As I walked on I thought, "What is it with blackberries this year?" It is as if it is my symbolic message guide or something. Thinking that struck me funny as Covid 19 has changed me... Today a large black beetle was crossing the road I assumed it would be flattened before it could cross safely. Before Covid 19 I would have been too afraid to pick it up but not today...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Chelsea, French la Vie


The Sacred Forest Where I Live: Saint Baume

  The healing grace of living and walking in the countryside.     These photos are from my village which sits at the base of the Saint Baume Mountain. The ancient stone bridges are at the Source du Nans natural park about a mile from our home. Chelsea and I strolled Gabriel there to put his feet in the ice-cold natural spring which is said to be the tears of Mary Magdelena (read more below).      My form of physical exercise is walking. I started walking several years ago but when I went to C...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Sacramento, Chelsea, Marseille, Paris, Pope Francis, Jesus, Dan Brown, Christ, Sarah, Mediterranean, Provence, Peter, Lazarus


How to Dress in the French Countryside

As I was doing my morning walk I flashed back to the rice fields that I toured for the last five months where I witnessed three seasons unfold. Though where I live in France I would never use the word pancake or the word crepe to describe the landscape around my Provencal village, though in the Sacramento Valley where my family lives the landscape is as flat as a pancake. My goal is to conquer these hills as if they were flat as pancakes. I am walking a tad slower due to the hills and stopping f...
Tags: Travel, France, Sacramento Valley, French la Vie, Grumplina


Insulting Piece of Trash

Out on my morning bike ride I peddled along contemplating early summer. Sunflowers just starting to sprout, the hay mowed and waiting to be bailed, a man quietly cultivating his truffle farm, and swallows soaring over the fields. Suddenly my revelry was jarred. There on the side of the road was a piece of trash. A piece of trash -that’s not such an uncommon occurrence, you say - it is here in France. In ten years I have never seen trash on my morning rides.   I spent the rest of...
Tags: Travel, France, Trash


Blackberries What is it Lately

On the trail, I spotted a small blackberry patch its pink petals waved me over, the blackberries are weeks away from ripeness. As I walked on I thought, "What is it with blackberries this year?" It is as if it is my symbolic message guide or something. Thinking that struck me funny as Covid 19 has changed me... Today a large black beetle was crossing the road I assumed it would be flattened before it could cross safely. Before Covid 19 I would have been too afraid to pick it up but not today...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Chelsea, French la Vie


Instagram Photos July 2020

Since the lockdown has been lifted in Paris in June, I’ve been walking a lot more and taking new photos.   If you still haven’t followed me on Instagram yet, here are my handles.  @eyepreferparis      @parisian_doors   @literal_streetart   Street arts  Paris rooftops Saint Germain Big Scissor Pont Marie Shadow sidewalk Fresh summer fruits and vegetables  Green door Seine River Le Marais Paris flower shop Hotel de Sens Ca...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, France, Paris, John, John Baxter, Île Saint Louis, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John, Seine River Le Marais Paris, Hotel de Sens Carnavalet Museum Window


The Invention of Happiness - Jacques Henri Lartigue at Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice

La Baule, 1979Photograph by Jacques Henri Lartigue © Ministère de laCulture (France), MAP-AAJHL (Venice, Italy) Jacques Henri Lartigue was seven-years-old when his father, an amateur photographer, gave him his first camera. But it wouldn't be until he was nearly seventy-years-old that an exhibition at MoMA in New York City and a portfolio in Life magazine marked the real beginning of his international fame for works he had produced more than fifty years before.Born into a wealthy f...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, France, New York City, United States, Paris, Venice, Kennedy, Moma, Monte Carlo, Henri Cartier Bresson, Palazzo Grassi, Szarkowski, Bois de Boulogne, Jacques Henri Lartigue



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