Standing on the steps of the Madeleine church in the 8th arrondissement, looking down Rue Royale, you can see the Place de la Concorde. Where Rue Royale meets Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, across the street from Gucci, you’ll see the mint green awnings of maison Ladurée, home to the macaron (pronounced mah-kuh-ron)—meringue like cookies, the […]
Notre Dame Cathedral, on the Ile de la Cité, sits on the Seine between the Left and Right banks of Paris – literally and figuratively the center of the city, and of France. As NPR notes, it is “convenient and inescapable for the estimated 13 million people who visit it every year. Just outside, a […]
The magnificent cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is a technological and artistic marvel. Staggering in its beauty, Notre Dame has survived intact through the ages – the Reformation, the French Revolution, the Nazi invasion and other horrors of the 20th century, the WSJ reminds readers. The world grieved yesterday as it watched Notre Dame burn. […]
The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has burned, and most of it has collapsed. On Wednesday, Debbie and I will be in Paris and get a firsthand look at the remains of the cathedral, an architectural marvel. There is already encouraging talk of rebuilding the cathedral, but Melissa Mackenzie notes at The American Spectator that […]
Weekly protests in Paris turned violent on Saturday as protesters smashed windows on the Champs-Élysées. The protests, which have gone on for 18 straight weeks, had been calmer recently, but grew in size and violence this past weekend. Noemie Bisserbe reports for The Wall Street Journal: French officials vowed to step up a crackdown on […]
Dick and I are heading back to Paris late in April. A good part of the fun of our planning is the reading, studying, and dreaming of all things francaise. David Lebovitz’s video of a visit to one of Paris’s wonderful open markets always inspires. We’ve stayed often at the Hotel Lutetia on Blvd. Raspail […]
Originally posted on November 1, 2018.
Originally posted on November 15, 2016.
Debbie and I first stayed at Paris’ Hotel Lutetia back in 2010. After many other stays, the Lutetia closed for three years for a top-down needed makeover. It is now back, and it has reclaimed its rightful spot as the #1 grand hotel on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche). I would be shocked if within […]
Originally posted February 24, 2015. In a recent Washington Post interview, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo was asked, “You said you were going to sue Fox News over its allegations that there are “no-go” zones in France—areas where only Muslims can go. Aren’t there places in Paris where people are afraid to go?” Mayor Hidalgo responded, […]