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Interview with Pharmacist Student Malou Labreque

Malou Labreque is a Canadian pharmacy student studying at Paris Descartes. As part of her studies, she works part-time at the Pharmacie du Marais, a few doors from my apartment. I asked Malou if I could interview her for Eye Prefer Paris, as I thought it could be informative during the Covad-19 crisis in France. Here’s what she had to say.   What was it like to suddenly have to leave university and work in the pharmacy on the so-called front lines? What are your new hours at the pharmacy...
Tags: Travel, Interviews, France, Canada, Paris, Quebec, Antoine, Malou, Richard Nahem, COVAD, Malou Labreque


Lockdown in Paris: Day 26

A fresco depicting "Le Bal des Ardents" on Rue Gustave Geffroy in the 13th The coronavirus pandemic has now caused 12,210 deaths in France. On the conservatively optimistic front, the daily death toll in French hospitals decreased for the second consecutive day to 424 deaths, down from 562. "We are gradually curbing the epidemic," said Jerome Salomon (French Health Minister). However, "if we can hope for a plateau (in the pandemic) it is a very high plateau and we must remain extremely careful...
Tags: Travel, NYC, France, Paris, Ben Jerry, Bryan Pirolli, Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, COVID-19, Jerome Salomon, Rue Gustave Geffroy


Powerful LGBTQ-related monuments

For centuries, LGBTQ people were forced to lead invisible lives. You couldn’t find them in the pages of history books. No one erected monuments in their honor. Throughout history, defiant social reformers made visibility one of their chief concerns in the fight for LGBTQ rights. In 1978, Harvey Milk shouted, “Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out!” During the AIDS epidemic, the LGBTQ community stopped traffic in city streets while holding signs that read “Silence = Death.” Today, trans ...
Tags: Travel, England, New York, France, Germany, Berlin, New York City, San Francisco, Earnest, Chicago, United States, Paris, Amsterdam, Turing, Nazi, Lgbtq


Rooftops from Paris and Toulouse

As you know, I love to take photos of Paris rooftops. Whenever I am in an apartment, hotel, store, or office in Paris on a high floor with good views, I take photos.   Today it’s two sets of photos, the first from an apartment in the Marais in Paris, the second is from the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette in Toulouse, on a warm, sunny day from last September.   Would love your feedback.   Toulouse    [Author: ...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Toulouse, Marais, Galeries Lafayette, Richard Nahem


Re-Launch of Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

I realize I haven’t selected a new book for the Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month since last June. I decided now the perfect was time to re-launch the Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month, since most people are at home during the lockdown, and have extra time to read.   For April, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, translated from French into English, is the enchanting story about the relationship between a concierge at one of the best addresses in Paris in the 7th arrondissem...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Books, Paris, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Amazon Click, Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month, Muriel Barbery


Going Home

I put this post together back in February. What a long time that seems to be now. We are still hunkered down in our apartment where the bright spot of our day is at 8 PM when we join others at our window and cheer for the helpers still at the front lines doing their job. When this first started it was still dark but now with the time change and the move towards Summer, it is still light out. Seen at the end of my day. The covered arcades of the Palais Royal. The tulip trees in the...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Sunset, Palais Royal, Tulip Tree Blooms


Comfort Food Recipes from Chef Charlotte Puckette

I invited my cooking class partner Charlotte Puckette to write a guest post today and share her comfort food recipes.   As the quarantine becomes more widespread and restaurants, bars and cafés close, many of us are eating more of our meals at home. But preparing food can be more than just a way to fed ourselves and others. Cooking during the confinement can be therapy for the cook and a delicious homemade meal can be a source of comfort for those around the table. Normally this time o...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Charlotte, Le Cordon Bleu, Richard Nahem, Cherry Tomatoes, Charlotte Puckette, Ethnic Paris Cookbook, Food & Gourmet Shops, Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes, Massaman Curry Sauce, Whole Orange Cake, Asparagus Cream and Lemon Savoury Clafoutis


Lockdown in Paris: Day 19

On this 19th day of the Coronavirus lockdown in Paris I thought it might be helpful to give you a list of some useful links, whether you want to make yourself useful by helping others, or simply entertain yourself while helping out by staying INSIDE. ;-)  Live Piano Concerts Kit Armstrong is a young British-Taiwanese-American classical pianist and composer who has been traveling the world performing since he was a young child. But for the lockdown he is doing free daily Facebook Live perf...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Finland, DHL, Montmartre, Lily, Health & Safety, Armstrong, Amiens, Ile de France, Around Town, Lily Heise, Coronavirus, COVID-19, FB 3pm Paris


Around Paris

Another mix of photos as I showed family around Paris. I saw these dramatic clouds which led to a hard rain storm. Notre Dame under reconstruction. An old shutter on an old window in the Latin Quarter. This corner is often seen on Instagram. The area around the Seine is starting to flood. I think this was etched glass and thought it was so pretty. Saint Severin Church with its famous columns. The Abby Bookstore. The marvellous tapestry...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Netflix, Paris, Flooding, States, Notre Dame, Montmartre, Seine, Latin Quarter, Heb, Cluny Museum, Saint Severin Church, The Lady and the Unicorn


Lockdown in Paris: Day 17

A sad Tuesday, with 499 deaths in the past 24-period, bringing the total to 3,523 in France. There are currently over 5,500 covid-19 victims in France on life support, as the French government scrambles to add more hospital beds to intensive care units.  Swan Lake If you’re looking for something beautiful to distract you from the 17th day confined to your home, the ballet company of the Opéra de Paris are broadcasting their full two-hour performance of Swan Lake online until April 5th: ...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Swan Lake, Health & Safety, Paris Orly Airport, Around Town, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Roissy CDG


Cherry Blossoms on Rue Saint Antoine

As of last week, there was another set of restrictions put in place in Paris to protect against the virus. Now, we are not allowed to travel more than one kilometer from our homes, so now instead of taking my morning walk on the quai on the Seine, I walk up and down the walkway in my courtyard garden. Last Saturday I went out for groceries, and on my corner was a moment of happiness that I captured for you. The cherry blossom trees are in full flower and the pink flowers against the azure sky...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Paris, Gardens, Antoine, Parks, Haussmann, Richard Nahem


Lockdown in Paris: Day 15

This is the 15th day since the French government announced closures and then confinement to try and stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Some of you have asked what it’s like in Paris under the lockdown. I usually write my newsletter based on what I see and test around Paris, but since restaurants, shops and museums are closed, events all cancelled, and I can’t even run more than a kilometer from my apartment, all I can share with you now is what I can see from my little corner of the city,...
Tags: Travel, France, Netflix, Paris, Health & Safety, BFM, Le Parisien, Le Figaro, Around Town, Rick Steve, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Grains de Sel


Tuleries and Beyond

We did quite a bit of walking looking at the Tuleries Garden and the area around it (with family before having to isolate). A look into the garden just getting ready to have green leaves on the trees. A look at Place Vendome. Pretty Spring window of Goutal Perfume shop. Lauderée is doing a planetary thing right now for some reason. The Village Royal has changed their umbrellas from a mix of bright colors to shades of pink. Here they are from underneath. Th...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Netflix, Paris, Norway, Umbrellas, Tuleries Garden, Plaza Athénée, Lauderée, Village Royal


Lockdown in Paris: Day 14

Another weekend in confinement, but at least it’s warm enough to enjoy my (government approved) one-hour run within 1km of my apartment. Circles around the Square I did 8 laps around the Mitterrand National Library, aka (TGB – Très Grand Bibliothèque), whose elevated boardwalk is exactly 1km all the way around a central "forest" . Without cars, bikes or scooters to worry about, I can just pop in a podcast and do my laps, and marvel at the number of other runners doing exactly the sam...
Tags: Travel, France, New York City, Paris, Italy, Square, North America, Health & Safety, Notre Dame Cathedral, Seine River, Men s Fashion Week, China France, Around Town, Air Liquid, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Thoughts from Amalfi during Coronavirus

Over the past 13 years, I’ve written a lot about the Amalfi Coast. About beautiful beaches, about my favorite hikes through quiet villages, about food, about the people, and really most everything in between. Plot twist. So here I sit at my tiny desk inside our small house right in the historic center of Amalfi. Thankfully, I can see a few lemon trees and the bright bursts of purple as the bougainvillea in the neighbor’s garden starts to bloom. We have a little balcony off the bedroom that overl...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Usa, Instagram, Lifestyle, America, Rome, Paris, Italy, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Amalfi, Positano, Nicki, Coronavirus


Le drive

In France, what we Americans call a "drive-through" at retail establishments is known as un drive. Whether it's fast food, a pharmacy, or a supermarket, the signs for le drive are everywhere. Except at banks. I don't think there are drive-up tellers at French banks. Not sure about drive-up ATMs, but I can't think of one. On Friday, I did the supermarket drive for the first time. This is not our Super-U and it's not my photo. I got the image from the internet. "Location" means "rental," most s...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Ken, WCS, Whatnot


International LGBTQ films and TV

Let’s go on a gaycation. We can fall in love in Italy or have a San Francisco affair. We can don our best drag for an Australian road trip, or visit small-town America to shake up the local scene. If lounging by a lake in Provence is more your style, we can do that, too, though Miami’s waters are far warmer this time of year. Better yet — let’s do it all. We don’t need a train, plane, or automobile to get there. As long as you’ve got a secure WiFi connection and a device that can stream cont...
Tags: Travel, Hbo, Australia, NYC, Washington, New York City, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Netflix, United States, Paris, Dolly Parton, Italy, Sydney, Oscar


The Marais

Friends of my granddaughter are staying in a hotel in the Marais so we joined them there and walked around. We went to the beautiful Place des Vosges. This door leads to the garden behind the Hotel de Sully. Inside the door. There is a stained glass window frame there that I like to put people behind for photos. The very nice bar in a luxurious hotel. Grafitti on Rue des Rosiers. Just liked this green on the sidewalk.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Garden, Paris, Marais, Place des Vosges, Hotel de Sully, Hotel bar


Lockdown in Paris: Day 13

It has been a long week, so today’s update will be brief. Unsurprisingly, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe made the official announcement that the confinement will last until April 15th (but, once again, everyone assumes it will be extended through the end of April). Sadly, there are now 1995 Coronavirus deaths in France, including a 16-year-old girl with no prior health issues and a cashier working in a large suburban supermarket just outside Paris. Solidarité in ActionBut it’s not just ...
Tags: Travel, Google, France, Paris, French Navy, Health & Safety, Les Enfants, Paris Saint Germain PSG, St Malo, Edouard Philippe, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Marcel Carn, Paris Solidarit, Roman Duris


Travel memoirs to read

So the only view you have right now is the one outside your bedroom window. It’s easy to feel cramped, your longing for travel stifled by your equally strong urge to protect public health. There is a way to travel while you’re stuck indoors though. All you need is the right book. These travel memoirs, part personal journey, part travelogue to new and uncharted territories, will lead your imagination on wild adventures to places far beyond the confines of your couch. Dog sled across the arctic...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Greece, Indonesia, California, France, China, Germany, India, US, Netflix, Vienna, United States, Ireland, Chile


Parisian of the Month: Cori Coppola

I am excited to have my new friend, Cori Coppola as my Parisian of the Month.   Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Hollywood in a little bungalow apartment. It wasn’t a great neighborhood, but it was one of those leftover bungalow areas that had originally been built for the larger studios. It was a two-bedroom with one bathroom, and I could go outside and play under the huge palm trees. Then we moved to Hancock Park which I loved, and I could bike or walk ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, New York, Hollywood, London, Patricia Highsmith, China, San Francisco, David, West, Paris, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, Liam Hemsworth, Napa, Harrison Ford


Lockdown in Paris: Day 11

France now has 1,331 fatal cases of Covid-19 in its hospitals, an increase of 231 in 24 hours. The number of people in intensive care rose from 2,516 to 2,827. "We are only at the beginning of the crisis,"  warned the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe. President Macron speaks to the nation from the heart of the worst hit city. A New Attestation It’s most likely the lockdown will go through April 28th now. And there’s a new attestation with additional boxes to check and a specific spo...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Indian Ocean, Health & Safety, Macron, Roissy, Mayotte, Around Town, Orly Airport, RATP, Mulhouse, Edouard Philippe, Eastern France, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Take a Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs is “one of those places,” wrote photographer Félix Nadar, “that everyone wants to see and no one wants to see again.” If anyone would know, Nadar would. He spent three months in and out of the underground city of death, with its macabre piles of skulls and crossbones, taking photographs (see here) that would help turn it into an internationally famous tourist attraction. In these days of quarantine, no one can see it; the site is closed until further notice. But if you’re th...
Tags: Travel, Google, College, Life, History, Paris, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Roman, Josh Jones, Nadar, Paris Catacombs, Durham NC Follow, Allison Meier, Felix Nadar, Jean Paul Marat


Visitors

My Daughter in Law and Granddaughter are visiting us from Texas (this was before we all went into isolation. They were told to do self isolation when they returned to the States.) The first thing we did was walk from our place to the Eiffel Tower. A view with the Eiffel Tower behind the carousel. The Seine is running high as you can see. The ducks are in an area you can usually walk on and no boats are running as they can’t get under the bridge. We showed them the Statue of Li...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Family, Texas, Paris, Flooding, Eiffel Tower, Napoleon, Seine, Beaugrenelle


Lockdown in Paris: Day 10

The government hasn’t given an exact date, but have announced the lockdown is most likely to last “several more weeks”. Strict Rules for Runners Today the government announced that from now on anyone going outside to exercise, such as running, can only do so once per day, for a maximum time of one hour, and within 1km of your residence. To enforce this, you need to now write the TIME on your attestation each time you go out (as a reminder, you need a new attestation for each time you...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Brittany, Rice, North Africa, Health & Safety, National Assembly, Around Town, Edouard Philippe, Portugal Poland, Coronavirus, COVID-19, ANEFA Association Nationale, WWOOF Reduced Public Transport Bus, French Society for the Protection of Animals


Views of Ile Saint Louis

Since my gym is closed because of the virus, I take a brisk walk every morning along the quai near my house, to get my cardio in. (The government lockdown states you are allowed to go outside to exercise), Last Thursday was a beautiful day just on the cusp of spring. and on my walk, I can see the Ile Saint Louis across the way, so I took some photos for you.   I want to thank everyone so much for your kind and generous comment and congratulations on my 44th anniversary blog post and I...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Outdoors, Architecture, Paris, Alan Cumming, Gardens, Parks, Vincent, Louie, Île Saint Louis, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Louie Alan Cumming


Lockdown in Paris: Day 9

For the moment we still don’t know how long the lockdown in Paris will last. The Conseil Scientifique report that was supposed to come out today has been pushed to Tuesday, but President Macron has made it clear that he doesn’t want to restrict the French to total confinement…for now. All quiet on the Quai François Mauriac, 13th Stay off the Lawn! (And the Riverbanks)The streets are certainly emptier in Paris than they have been for the past week, but that could also just be “Monday”. Many p...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Paris, Seine, Sncf, Health & Safety, Le Parisien, Macron, Fontaine, Around Town, Jean Jacques Goldman, Mars Eiffel Tower, Berges, Fabrice Luchini, Mauriac


This and That

Well, here I am in Paris and we are still living a live in isolation here on March 23rd, 2020. There is a huge area around our apartment building with very few people about and we sometimes go and walk around there, Maurice especially. I ventured out early one morning to our closeby Monoprix for groceries. We ordered online and found they won’t deliver anymore but we can go pick up what we ordered but not for a few days so I decided to go get a few things anyway. Things have changed. First of al...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Louvre, Florist, Maurice, Church of Saint Germain, Cafe Marly, Heart Grafitti


Lockdown in Paris: Day 8

The French National Assembly had a late-night session to vote on the Emergency Health Bill that would allow the government to enact more strict confinement measures over the coming two months as well as solidify the economic measures to support businesses. It’s still up for debate in the Senate, but seven if the details aren’t agreed on yet, everyone is expecting the news on Monday to announce the extension past the original 15 days. The good news is that the Parisians are beginning to get ...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Paris, Army, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joan, Le Monde, Health & Safety, National Assembly, Around Town, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Emergency Health Bill


Lockdown in Paris: Day 7

It's been a full week since the beginning of the lockdown, and adjustments are still being made in the rules and how the rules are enforced. French police and gendarmes are using drones – I’m not making this up – to patrol areas closed to the public. They even blast out a pre-recorded message: « Restez chez vous, l’accès à cette zone est interdit » (Stay home, access to this area is forbidden). We really are living in a sci-fi film now. The health minister Olivier Véran announced today that w...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Health & Safety, Around Town, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Olivier V eacute



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