Life in Paris

I went into a shop, Gab & Jo, that sold things only made in France, along with some antiques. The owner loved all things American-he even took a piece of my American Trident gum-but there he was selling French items.

A stuffed rooster, the symbol of France, was in the window.

This was cute.

I liked the sun from the window on this scale, an antique.

And this lamp made of a polaroid camera.

This napkin was in a window next door. I really liked it. I would have found out the price but it was closed for lunch.

Right off of Rue Jacob is a street full of interesting places.

Inside this courtyard is a very nice cafe called Treize-a baker’s dozen. It’s owned by two Americans and has really great food and drinks.

Hard to resist old stairs.

This cafe is attached to a hotel with the same name.

The interior of the cafe- a little blurry because I didn’t use my flash.

The very nice lobby of the hotel.

A nearby florist-so Parisian.

I went to lunch with a friend in the Left Bank and took a few photos as we wandered around.

This was in an art gallery on Rue Jacob. I don’t know if the little boy is taking a star down from the sky or putting one up but I liked it.

An arched entrance into a courtyard. Always magic.

Art for sale on the sidewalk.

Another courtyard.

I took this photo from across the street. I really liked the frame.

A few photos taken in the last couple of days in Paris:

Lovely theater by the Palais Royal.

Over the top architecture in the 9th. Used to be a house of ill repute if you know what I mean.

Went to dinner and had some very good “bio” wine which is wine where no insecticides were used on the vines.

My wine glass with a candle beneath it.

Delicious gazpacho.

Saw this on the way to the metro stop, the Rex movie theater at 1 Boulevard Poissonnière. Very dramatic at night. It’s in the 9th which we noticed was full of young people, many new places to eat and lots of activity.


Cole Porter, an American who for a time lived in Paris, is still well known for his songs-Anything Goes, Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love are just two of the many. A show is being put on in Paris about his life and music which starts at the end of August and goes into September. Be sure to go and see it if you can. I certainly plan to. Here is the write up about it:

On stage, a singer, a guitarist, and two dancers retrace the important steps of Cole Porter’s life. Dive into the pleasures of Paris during the roaring 1920s, the pizazz of Broadway, and the passion of Hollywood!

“Cole Porter unveiled…” This was the title of an article by Jean-François Mondot for Jazz Magazine’s blog discussing the Cole Porter Project, duo created by Mathilde and Vladimir Médail almost two years ago. This desire to “unveil” Cole Porter, going beyond his facade of a unique and provocative dandy, lead them to join talents with director Ariane Raynaud and choreographer Emma Scherer.

Cole Porter wrote songs as he lived his life: with levity and ease, but also with profound melancholy. A millionaire dandy, he was a prominent figure in Paris in the 1920s, and ended up a successful musical theater composer throughout the 30s and 40s. His whole life, Cole Porter lived with the obsession to please women in society, men in secret, and, above all else, to please the audience.

Together, we have worked to highlight the contrast between the two opposing facets of Cole Porter’s life: the social facet, worldly and full of levity; and the intimate facet, dark, even tortured. In this show, the music, the lyrics, the choreography, and the staging communicate and come together to draw the portrait of this star of Broadway musical theater, strangely still so unknown.

from August 24th to September 9th

Théâtre de Belleville
94 Rue du Faubourg du Temple
75011 Paris

Sunday, August 24th at 8:30pm
Monday, August 25th at 8:30pm
Tuesday, August 26th at 7:15pm

Sunday, August 31st at 8:30pm
Monday, September 1st at 8:30pm
Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:15pm

Sunday, September 7th at 8:30pm
Tuesday, September 9th at 7:15pm

For more information:

French speakers can reserve tickets here:

After trudging around Paris looking for the book mentioned in the previous post, I met up with a friend for lunch. We almost always have some sort of oriental food, often Thai, as we did this day.

This has nothing to do with my post but I wanted to show you how pretty the clock is on the side of the Conciegerie. It works too.

Afterwards, we decided to have a drink. We went into this hotel first and this photo is of an unusual book with its pages folded into a design and then framed. I liked it. We didn’t get waited on quickly and we got to talking about the really good liquor made of elderberry flowers called St Germain and my friend said, “I know a place just around the corner that makes a really good drink using it!” So off we went changing our plans from tea to a cocktail.

We ended up in front of this window with a light breeze blowing in.

This was the drink. Doesn’t it look fabulous? It was made of the St Germain liquor, some proseco and some lime juice. So refreshing. A very friendly man seated us and talked to us about the various drinks made of St Germain and then he rushed off before we could decide which one we wanted. Service was slow but we finally got out drink. Later the nice man came by to ask how we liked them and my friend said, “Where did you disappear to?” We thought he would be taking our order. We kind of had to beg a waitress to wait on us. He apologized and rushed off again. We had just finished our drinks when he appeared in the window as he was clearing off a table outside and offered us another drink on him. I’m not sure why. That is not the French way. It must have been our charm so we decided, why not? So we had two and then staggered home. It was a fun afternoon.

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