Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Salon Coqs d’Or, Petit Design Katsumi Komagata, Maison de la Culture du Japon

On Sunday, even though it was rainy, overcast and I forgot ligne 14 doesn’t run on Sundays, I went to the annual Salon des Coqs d’Or
It’s def one of the creme de la creme of foodie events in Paris. A superb collection of top French artisanal producteurs. Many never come to Paris except for this pre-Christmas tasting salon. 

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Friday, November 25, 2022

Thanksgiving à Musée d'Orsay


Last night I went to Musée d’Orsay looking for Degas dancers and found Monet’s turkeys/dinde🦃 You never know what the Impressionnistes will get up to. 

The Information desk (rather curtly) told me I could  Degas’ dancers🩰by taking the escalator all the way in the back 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

November Paris Opera Letter


While some of you will be stuffing your turkeys 🦃  for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll be stuffing envelopes 💌 with the New November Advent Letter💌

I’ve been thinking about the November Advent letter all month and going round Paris doing research.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Why I ❤️ Ibis

 I almost always stay at an Ibis in France

So easy. Très reasonable. No complicated egg-boiling machine either 👍

Friday, November 18, 2022

Rendez-vous du carnet de voyage, Clermont-Ferrand


Best laid plans etc. You think you’ve figured out all the angles

I even did a test run yesterday to Paris-Bercy station on ligne 14, the fastest metro in Paris, because last time I went in 2019 to Rendez-vous du carnet de voyage in Clermont-Ferrand I got awfully lost in the pitch dark finding the station…the train always departs at 6:57 am (a 4 hour ride to the l’Auvergne). You miss it you’re toast.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Made In France/MIF expo, Porte de Versailles


Last year when I went to the annual Made In France/MIF expo 🇫🇷at Porte de Versailles (on through Sunday), I never found the Gastronomie section.

This year I got directions and made a bee-line 🐝 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

A Japanese Bestiary, Maison de la Culture du Japon


A new show just opened at one of my favorite small museums in Paris ; a Japanese Bestiary at Maison de la Culture du Japon.

Organized with the Edo-Tokyo museum, more than 100 works of art showing how animals were integrated into quotidien life in Tokyo (18th - 19th century).

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Fine Arts Paris Biennale, Carrousel de Louvre 2022


A pet monkey and dog are arguing amidst delicious chaos. Still lives are trending this Fall since the Louvre’s major exhibit, Les Choses opened. Painted by Flemish painter Jan van Kessel, a painter active in Antwerp in the mid 17th century, born 1629. It did not indicate whether it was the younger or the elder? He did paint a lot of bugs also.

Yesterday I went to a preview of the preview for Fine Arts Paris held in the
Carrousel de Louvre and on view through Sunday, the 13th.

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Chocolate is good for you, Salon du Chocolat


I went back to the Salon du Chocolat on Monday to see what I had missed opening night like this giant sculpture by Francois Daubinet. Is it really made of chocolate? The Answer: OUI from M. Daubinet 👏

There were many chocolate sculptures. Animals are always a favorite. So far no one had taken a bite.