It’s fun to speak love with surprises. I have a special friend who often surprises me with an out-of-the-blue gift — a little something that means a lot. It may be heart shape to add to my collection, or a delicate origami bird in flight, a beautifully veined rock or a piece of green sea … Continue reading Just because ….
I’ve been thinking back over my Paris trips in recent years, musing about the special moments, those times sans pareil. If I had to choose, which would be my peak experiences ? It’s a tough call, there have been so many magical memories … like the Vivaldi concert at St Chapelle, with the setting sun igniting the … Continue reading Signature Moments
Posts ended up reversed …. Read Cobbles, Canes & Curiosities first and Want to Buy a Piece of Paris last …. I’ll get the hang of this one day !! Continue reading OOOOOOOOOpppphhhhs
Gradually, the historic cobblestones of Paris are being torn up or paved over. Each year now, eight to ten thousand tons of then pile up. So ………… Where do the old cobblestones go? Is there a secret cobblestone burial ground in Paris? A few years back, city officials in Paris decided rather than dumping the … Continue reading Want to buy a piece of Paris?
It’s not easy walking on cobblestones. Especially with a cane. And there are a lot of cobblestones lining the narrow, winding streets of the Maris, my neighborhood in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement. Cobblestones and Paris have a long and, well, bumpy history. The famous stones have cobbled the streets of Paris for more than 800 years. … Continue reading Cobbles, Canes & Curiosities
Women (and a few men), 60,000 strong, fired the opening salvo of the French Revolution on this day in 1789. Bread – that essential staff of life – was expensive and in short supply at the time in Paris. Then reports came that at Versailles, the royal family and noble guests were feasting and celebrating. … Continue reading Women, bread and the beginning of the French Revolution
Stepping over broken cobblestones I made my way to morning’s light wondering how the path of day would stray where I would find myself midway and then if the end -ing would come as surprise or disappointment depending my course over cobblestones, if my ankle twisted or my sole steadied Then above as I downed … Continue reading Stepping Over
This trip has been so much more than a seeing of sights or a collection of ahhhh-ahhhh moments. Those have, of course, popped up as unexpected pleasures, but more this visit really has been a meander, a flaneur through small streets, with stops along the way to sit at a café and sometimes make a … Continue reading Mid thoughts
Today is a visual post … with tremendous historic value. You may want to download the photos because no one will believe you when you tell them Paris was EMPTY today !! Let’s start with a walk toward Notre Dame, past empty cafes and the cavernous (and empty) courtyard in from of the Hotel de Ville … Continue reading Sights and Sounds of Absence
There I was this afternoon, all dressed up and ready to go — eagerly anticipating a Bach concert in an historic Left Bank church… but no Uber in sight … Blame it on my useless phone or the malevolent city system known as Paris Free WIFI. It won’t provide connection without my username and … Continue reading Uber-Lost in the Afternoon