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August in Paris

August means stretches of long, hot days with bright skies, followed by days of heavy air and storms. We're finally at the end of a week-long heatwave and the last two evenings have given us spectacular sound and light shows over the city.  Tuesday afternoon a photographer captured some incredible photos of lightning striking the Eiffel Tower. I wish I had witnessed that! Our neighborhood, le 15ème, is mainly residential and always very quiet this time of year, as most of our neighbors...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Saint Germain, Jennifer, Rodin Museum, Picasso Museum Other


More at the Louvre

More photos from my trip to the Louvre: I walked through the former residence of Napoleon III. Very opulent. That chandelier was huge. Lots of gold. Quite a dining room. They had a great view. A nice way to display sculptures in this covered courtyard. These statues were once around a fountain.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Statues, Louvre, Louvre Museum, Chandelier, Napoleon III, OPULENCE


Vacation In Provence: Villages of Roussillon, Lourmarin, and Cucuron

As I mentioned on Monday’s blog, we would take morning trips to various villages near the house in Puyvert, Rossignol   Rossignol is about 30 minutes by car from Puyvert, and is another village perched on a high hill. It’s known for rock formations of ochre, that produce the rich, warm color used for paint pigment, We caught a glimpse of the ochre deposits in the center of the village. There’s a designated ochre trail you can follow but we opted not to do it because of the impending he...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, John, Provence, Rossignol, John Baxter, Luberon, Perrier, Richard Nahem, Lourmarin, Gérard Mulot, Cucuron, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John, Puyvert


Vacation In Provence: Villages of Roussillon, Loumarin, and Cucuron

As I mentioned on Monday’s blog, we would take morning trips to various villages near the house in Puyvert, Rossignol   Rossignol is about 30 minutes by car from Puyvert, and is another village perched on a high hill. It’s known for rock formations of ochre, that produce the rich, warm color used for paint pigment, We caught a glimpse of the ochre deposits in the center of the village. There’s a designated ochre trail you can follow but we opted not to do it because of the impending he...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, John, Provence, Rossignol, John Baxter, Luberon, Perrier, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Cucuron, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John, Puyvert, Roussillon Loumarin


Vacation In Provence: Lauris

One of our morning trips from Puyvert was to the village of Lauris, less than ten minutes by car but a whole other world away.   High atop a rocky cliff, Lauris has magnificent views of the Alpilles, the Durance Valley, and the Luberon. A former grand chateau has a formal garden open to the public, also with great views. We strolled through the serene garden with a straight line of manicured plane trees and circular pond with avocado green water.   Next we walked through narrow street...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, John, Provence, Vincent, John Baxter, Luberon, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Alpilles, Lauris, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John, Puyvert, Durance Valley


The Louvre Museum

I had wanted to be one of the lucky people to enter the Louvre Museum on the first day it reopened after the confinement but I wasn’t in Paris on that date. It wasn’t until almost the middle of August that I finally made it in. I made a reservation online for a 9 am entrance thinking I would be one of a small group but I was surprised to find a long line when I arrived. I had gone to the entrance downstairs in the Carrousel but it wasn’t open so I got to stand in the sun while we waited for the ...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum, Winged Victory, Lobby Staircase, Venus di Milo, Carrousel


Vacation In the Luberon Region of Provence

As I mentioned in last week’s blog posts, I was on vacation. Vincent and I were invited by a couple that we know from Paris, he’s American, she’s French, to their house in the Luberon region of Provence.   We took the TGV from Gare de Lyon to Aix Provence, a three-hour train ride, and traveled with another couple who are mutual friends with the couple in the Luberon. I have only been to Provence once before about ten years ago to Egalieres, near Saint Remy, so this was a new part of Prove...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, John, Provence, Vincent, John Baxter, Gare de Lyon, Luberon, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Saint Remy, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John, Luberon Region, Aix Provence


Paris Photos

More photos around rue de Buci (in July). Coffee at Paul, known for their bread. Across the street from Paul. Note the guy in the window. Quite a few tourists too. Doesn’t this look inviting? Inside a quiet passageway. I went into St Germain des Pres to look at the freshly painted interior. Gorgeous. A look to the side.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Eating In Paris, PAUL, Rue de Buci, Outdoor Eating, St Germain des Pres


Mulch and the garden path

On Thursday, our next door neighbor had contractors in to remove two very tall pine trees that grew very close to her house. She's been planning to do this for a few years. In fact, we thought she had changed her mind because nothing happened after she told us about it. I think her contractor flaked out on her and because she lives in Paris, making alternate arrangements can be difficult.  The pile of mulch in front of the garden shed. Earlier this week, a landscaper came through the ham...
Tags: Travel, Paris, WCS, Garden Flowers Plants


Best of Eye Prefer Paris: Everything’s Coming Up Roses in Paris

If it seems I am posting beaucoup garden photos lately it’s because I can’t get enough of Paris in the springtime. It’s now the season of the roses and I’ve been chasing their bursting blooms all over town. There’s a hidden gem of a rose garden in the Marais, which I always go to this time of the year to literally smell the roses. They didn’t disappoint this season with their perfume tingling my nostrils. I got word yesterday of a special rose show in the gardens of the Palais Royal and...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, France, Paris, John, Gardens, Parks, Shangri La Hotel, John Baxter, Palais Royal, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John


Back in Paris

Post written July 4th. After a few days of recuperation from the Camino trip, I finally headed out for a much need haircut. My salon happens to be in a great area of Paris. Right across the street from the high rise area is the Beaugrenelle shopping center. They are happy to be open as things are returning to normal in Paris. You have to wear a mask and the hand gel is there to use as you enter. The beautiful Cour de Saint André des Arts. Most of the places to eat along this passa...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Haircut, Benjamin, Left Bank, Rue de Buci, Buci, Cour Saint André des Arts, Maison Sauvage


Looking Around

Once again on our Sunday walk we stayed at street level above the Seine and did some exploring. An ancient clock still working. 600 years old! We stopped for another petit dejuner. I only had one of these. I thought they looked so pretty in the light from the window. Yet another picture of the Seine, a bridge and reflections in the water. I’m addicted. An interesting decoration on a building that was once a restaurant called The Silver Bell. I think the artist wh...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Street Art, Seine, Seine River, Clock 600 Years Old, Pain Au Chocolate, The Silver Bell, Silver Bell


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


HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 31 July 2020

Ascott Residence Trust to Sell Guangzhou and Paris Serviced Residences for SGD191.4 Million, Seychelles Reopen Borders to International Arrivals from 1 August 2020, Long Holiday in Thailand Welcomed a Number of Tourists to Surat Thani, IHCL Signed Pact to Become 100% owner of Sea Rock Hotel Site.
Tags: Travel, Thailand, Paris, Guangzhou, Ascott Residence Trust, Million Seychelles Reopen Borders, Surat Thani IHCL


A Sunday Walk

We had another great Sunday morning walk (this post was done back in June). The day started out cloudy but then the sun came out and there was blue sky between the clouds and it was just beautiful. The Orsay Museum across the Seine with a reflection in the smooth water. The sun reflected in the Seine. Sort of Van Gogh looking. The serene Place Dauphine full of mulberry trees. One restaurant was setting up tables outside for lunch. King Henri IV called the Vert Galan...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Reflections, Van Gogh, Seine, Marie Antoinette, Seine River, Place Dauphine, Orsay Museum, Henri IV


The Station: ADA turns 30, Panasonic’s new battery tech and delivery (data) woes

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Before we get into all the mobility news and analysis of the week I wanted to flag an upcoming event that might be of interest to the budding entrepreneurs out there. TC Disrupt, that BIG annual...
Tags: Travel, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Elon Musk, New York, Indonesia, Washington, China, Germany, Berlin, Singapore, New York City, San Francisco, Tesla, Walmart


Pullman Hotels & Resorts Launches Global Brand Campaign in Partnership with Paris Saint-Germain

Pullman Hotels & Resorts has unveiled The Art Of Pullman brand campaign in collaboration with one of the world's most popular football brands, Paris Saint-Germain, an official partner of Accor's lifestyle loyalty program ALL- Accor Live Limitless. The global campaign is inspired by the brand passion for art and design and interprets different hotel experiences in a modern, aspirational and artistic way. The campaign celebrates the power of art through the Paris Saint-Germain players, show...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Accor, Paris Saint Germain, Pullman Hotels Resorts


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


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


Les Hotels Baverez Selects IDeaS Revenue Solutions to Boost Competitiveness in Paris

One of Paris's leading luxury hotel groups, Les Hotels Baverez, has selected IDeaS G3 Revenue Management System (RMS) to improve its forecasting capabilities and boost its competitiveness in Paris.
Tags: Travel, Paris, Baverez, Les Hotels Baverez


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


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


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


How many British people live in the Dordogne?

HOW many British people live in the Dordogne? It is 7,198 according to the French statistics authority, INSEE. Using census figures from 2016, the research body claims that the Dordogne is the second most popular place for British people to live in, behind Paris. Overall, there are around 148,000 British...
Tags: Travel, Current Affairs, Paris, Dordogne, INSEE


listening to joni: #15: turbulent indigo

Turbulent Indigo, 1994 Front Cover Turbulent Indigo is a rich album, one that demands repeated listening. Every time I hear it, I discover new sounds and meanings, and I find that it has slyly become one of my most beloved of Joni's work.The name of the album is itself enigmatic. Many reviewers have noted that it echoes an earlier masterpiece, since the colour indigo is a form of blue. I don't find much in common between 1972's Blue and this one. On Turbulent Indigo, the music is spars...
Tags: Travel, Music, Australia, James Brown, Canada, Ireland, Paris, United Nations, Beethoven, Catholic Church, Leonard Cohen, Mitchell, Van Gogh, Allan, Jackson Browne, Yvette


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



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