A ‘Moveable Feast’ at Hemingway’s Former Haunt

Closerie des Lilas

Located on the south side of the Jardin Luxembourg on the Boulevard du Montparnasse, Closerie des Lilas is unlike the other two favorite Hemingway cafes we visited – Aux Deux Magots and Café Le Flore on Boulevard Saint Germain. At those restaurants it felt like there were many more tourists than French people, […]

Beggars CAN Be Choosers in Paris

On a rainy day at a café on the St. Germain, NLEH and I sat behind a stylish Parisian couple with their little Bichon Frise.  A homeless woman approached them with a cup and the gentleman dug in his pocket and retrieved a coin which he deposited.  All hell broke lose as the […]

Waking to a Marching Band

It’s Sunday in Paris! Our plan is to have a lazy morning in our quiet apartment, followed by breakfast (un petite dejeuner) in a corner café with giant Café au Laits. I am sitting in my bathrobe just waking when I hear what sounds like a marching band outside the window. Going to the […]

Free Paris

Peonies in Paris

Last summer it cost almost 1.50 to purchase one euro and today it costs 1.20. That means that dollars stretch further today than they did one year ago. Maybe it’s because I’m intoxicated by this city, but so far I’ve noticed how affordable the good life can be: Triple cream cheese, […]

Paris Encore

Sometimes life is better than, well, life! My friend Sarah said, “Why don’t you do for other writers what you did for me? You could take them to museums, go to restaurants, show them Paris?”

The clock at Musee D

This is the most brilliant idea ever!

 

Deciding to test the waters, […]

Paris Redux: The 107,000-Mile Ticket?

During the winter holidays in Paris the Eiffel tower and the Champs Elysees are strung with twinkling lights. I’m imagining how beautiful that must be, even as I’m writing from the winter wonderland of Jackson Hole, where our Town Square with its famous antler arches is draped in sparkling blue lights. Still, I dream […]

Au Revoir

I don’t know how this could happen but the suitcase that I brought to Paris is no longer big enough for all my things. I didn’t do a lot of shopping but I did buy a few books, a couple pairs of little black flats, some gifts that I will not describe because my […]

Le Business Meeting

First let me say that my computer has gone haywire. For some strange reason, spell check has switched to French. So when I type, every English word that I type appears underlined like it is misspelled. But the French words are not underlined, in other words, c’est parfait. I may have typos now because […]

Versailles Chateau in 30 Minutes or Less

Marie Antoinette never said, “Let them eat cake.” There is no historical documentation that she ever said this. Still there is plenty of info about her extravagances–estranged husband (and boyfriend) and I are curious to see her lovely digs at Versailles so we are going on an excursion. Upon the advice of our reliable […]

O is for Museum: Orsay and Orangerie

I have looked forward to visiting the Orsay and the Orangerie with their important Impressionist collections. The Orsay Museum picks up where the Louvre collection leaves off—1848 to 1914– with the best general collection of Impressionist work: Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Gauguin.

Located in a former train station, the physical […]