Monday, March 31, 2014

And the new mayor of Paris is...

Anne Hidalgo! She was the deputy Mayor of Bertrand Delanoe, the previous mayor that managed Paris for 14 years. Needless to say that she probably knows the job! Her tag line is "Paris qui ose" (Paris that dares - doing things), we'll see! Welcome to the job Anne! More in English here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

When the Eiffel Tower has an earth hour moment...

Like a thousand monuments in the world, last evening the Eiffel Tower participated in the Earth Hour ("one hour for the planet" in France). Only "for security reasons" (really?!) the Eiffel Tower hour only lasted.. 5 minutes. But it made it to the news, so I suppose it was enough to raise the awareness of many people on the necessity to turn off the lights when not needed! I'll be honest, I did not take this photo while the lights were out, but a long time ago. I just thought it was perfect for the occasion...  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Leaving San Jose...

I'm sorry if all my photos tend to look the same lately, but the sun was so inspiring before I left that I kinda over used it! Anyway, when you read this I'll be on the plane, trying to get some sleep(!) on the way back to Paris. I'm happy to go back home I must say and to get to take new and different looking pictures! This is, as you all recognized, one of the 4 (or is it 3?) statues of Liberty replicas that we have in Paris.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Paris in the spring time...

I hear it's lovely in Paris at the moment, so once  again I feel like playing with the sun. Here is a nice view from the rue Saint Roch (the garden in the background is Le jardin des Tuileries). Meanwhile in California it's... raining!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

San Jose PDP Gathering

You might have seen that I'm currently on the West coast of the US at the moment and I took advantage of it to gather a few Paris lovers who follow PDP from California. I picked a restaurant in San Jose, close to my hotel and there you go! I really had a great time, being surrounded with people I mostly know virtually though the comments they make on PDP or Facebook. Some even thought of bringing some of my favorite Ceasar salad dressing, for me to take back to Paris ;-) A big thank you to (from left to right): Denis, Jeanne (aka French Twist), Eileen, Mariatta, Sara, Jim, Jocelyn, Suzy, Daniel, Beverly. More on Facebook, if you're on it! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Marriage photo shoot

The Bir-Hakeim bridge is a double bridge combining a metro railway and a road. It was built between 1902 and 1905 and it's a real masterpiece. No wonder then that a lot of photoshoots take place on it. Last Saturday it was not a fashion photo shoot that I witnessed, but a "simple" marriage one. Beautiful, isn't it?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hold up at Colette's

I only posted once about colette (not the writer!), but the "concept store" located in the very chic rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré that was created in March 1997 by Colette Rousseaux. It's a place to visit, just for fun, even if you're not the kind that is after the latest trends in the world! The reason why I took this photo (which has a lot of reflexion, I know, but is still kinda cool!) is that on March 22 colette was robbed! They stole about 600 000 euros worth of jewelry! I'm sure colette will get over it...

Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 Paris Art Fair

On March 27 the 2014 Paris Art Fair will start at the Grand Palais. There will also be a lot of art happening within Paris and it's always fun and interesting. To start with, here is the giant iron fist that Chinese artist Liu Bolin (劉勃麟) had installed in front of Le Grand Palais, where I took this photo on Saturday. A beautiful and massive piece of art (7,60 meter high - 25 feet) and 7 tons) that is also - according to Liu Bolin - a political claim.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

California eatin'!

Like I mentioned in my caption yesterday, I'm off to San Jose in California for a trade show until the end of the week (come to the little PDP gathering on Tuesday if you're in the neighborhood!) . I looked everywhere for a California related photo that I could take in Paris and ended up on this website, promoting a food truck called Cantine California... I went to where the site said it was located at lunch time yesterday and did not resist ordering a burger... And I did not regret it!  I'm telling you, this is the best burger place I've ever eaten at in the whole world! I'll be back, for sure...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Giant piece of art

This is Bibliothèque nationale de France - the French National library, I already posted about several times. I took it from the left right bank where you can see the giant piece of art on one of the facades (the big upside down female head). I have been totally unable to find any additional info about it... have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are in this world (BTW, if you happen to pass by San Jose on Tuesday...)

Friday, March 21, 2014

And the best macarons are...

Believe it or not there is a macaron day in France, and it was yesterday (march 20!). I just found out about this very important "cause" (in fact it IS a real cause, because all the money collected goes to Cystic fibrosis) in an article in Le Figaro, in which they elected the 5 best macaron places in Paris. The winners are: Jean-Paul Hévin, Pierre Hermé, Sadaharu Aoki, Arnaud Larher, Dalloyau. I did not know most of these places...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

An American woman in Paris....

Those who have been following PDP for a long time will recognize Lynn aka PHX-CDG who used to comment a lot until I changed my layout and puzzled a few people with the new login rules... Anyway, yesterday she invited me to witness - and take part in! - her little gig in front of of group of American women from... the American Women's Clubs Overseas - Paris. Purpose of the meeting: taste the hot chocolate from Le Grand Colbert (among the 5 best ones in Paris apparently) and answer a quiz about Paris (which believe it or not, I failed!). It was fun! A big round of applause for Lynn who was born to live on stage! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dinner au Petit Trianon

On the boulevard Rochechouart, not far from Montmartre, there is a nice little theater called Le Trianon. It was renovated about 3 years ago which was also the occasion to reopen a very old restaurant (it was opened in 1894!) called Le Petit Trianon. That is where I had dinner last evening and I don't regret it... A place that is worth the visit: very nice decor, very good food, excellent service and... an affordable check in the end.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I took this photo on a bridge that runs over the Canal Saint Martin in the 10th arrondissement. Nothing much to add except that I like the shadow effect among the trees.

Monday, March 17, 2014

More sun

I was away in the North of France this weekend (for the wedding of a God daughter) and when I returned to Paris, the weather was absolutely stunning. I took this photo in the rue Lafayette on the bridge that allows the cars to go over the tracks of the Gare du nord.  Today to fight pollution, the authorities have decided that only cars with an odd number on their licence plate could run.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Election time

It's election times... At the end of this month we have to elect the future mayor of Paris... In fact it's a little more complicated: we vote for a mayor in our arrondissement (there are 20 in Paris), then these mayors elect a super mayor who becomes Le Maire de Paris. The French political scene is not too inviting at the moment in France (is it anywhere?!), but I'll vote because it's a right only few people have in the world... 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Commemorate what never happened!

You know how in Paris - and in many other cities of course - you can see on several buildings a plaque on which some important historical fact is reported. Like "this was the house of Victor Hugo" or "in front of this wall X people have been shot by the Nazis", etc. Well this one is much funnier! It says "On April 17, 1967, nothing happened here! It's a remain of an art "movement" that took place around 2002: "Celebrate non historical moments", was their (apparently they were two!) intention...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Things change!

Paris March 13, 2013

Paris March 13, 2014

It's really incredible! Here are two photos that I took exactly on the same date, one year apart. The snow is fun, but the sun is fine, especially when you can lay in it, like these people in the Jardin du Luxembourg. It won't last forever, or course, but at least until  Sunday ;-)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Back to the Paris 13 tower

Do you remember my post about the Paris 13 tower? A building that was about to be destroyed and was turned into an art squat until the end of last year? Well I passed by it yesterday and it's still standing (it takes months if not years to do anything in a big city like Paris because of all the regulations we have), but it really looks like it's going to be taken down soon now. I so wish I could be there when they do it! In the meantime, have another look at the website they made, it's really good.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pollution alert!

Paris is still the world's top tourist destination (well the Londoners find it hard to believe ;-)), but it may also be one of the most polluted cities. Look at this photo I took at the Trocadero yesterday; can you see how "foggy" it is? Well it's entirely due to the pollution which, at the moment, is pretty high. An NGO has even pressed chargers, claiming that the Government does not take enough measures to fight pollution and that it is responsible for the premature deaths of many people! [Sorry for the jpeg compression effect on the right - where the sun is - it's not the pollution, but Blogger!]

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PDP, the last year!

Today is the 9th anniversary of PDP...  Had I known when I started PDP in 2005 with a little Sony camera that I would still be running it 9 years later,  I would have never believed it! Everything has to come to an end though and... well, today is the first day of the last year of PDP. I have one more year to grab the essence of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I do hope you'll stick with me for one more round ;-) Happy anniversary to you too!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Street talent

Some street painters are really talented! Look at what I found at the end of the Pont d'Austerlitz. I think the  big brown cabinet shelters the electric wiring of traffic lights (there is a big crossing nearby with lots of traffic lights) and this painter - I think it's right to call him or her a painter!- used it beautifully. I thought it was a good way to start the week ;-) Update: thanks to a reader (Eugen Sitta), I now know who painted this: Christian Guémy aka C215.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Bibliothèque nationale de France

The "Bibliothèque nationale de France" or "Bibliothèque François Mitterrand" (after the name of a previous French President) is the largest of the 7 sites that compose the French National Library. It's made of 4 main towers in which no less than 10 million books and publications of all sorts are kept (more here). Yesterday, with the sun it was absolutely gorgeous.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

A good ole classic!

Yes, I know, you've seen this a million times already, but I could not help stopping and taking this shot last evening, as I was coming back from a dinner party at my niece's! Have a good weekend everyone.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Paris yesterday!

A-ma-zing! Spring is one month early in Paris... Spotless blue sky, - almost - warm weather (14°c/57°F) and big smiles on people's face. People who all gathered at cafe terraces to have lunch in the sun (including me LOL!). And this? This is Le Louvre, of course... (But you knew that I'm sure...)

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The second most expensive city in the world!

I just found out this morning that I live in the second most expensive city in the world, after Singapore. I'm a bit surprised (I would have thought London would be more expensive than Paris for instance), but apparently this result is based on true facts: the comparison of prices of 160 products and services in 140 cities. More on the website of The Economist. I thought this golden door knob that I shot today on my way to the doctor's office was perfect to illustrate this sad fact!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Sun deck

When you want to sit in the sun in the middle of Paris, you generally have to look for a garden and a bench (except in the Tuileries or Luxembourg gardens, where they also have chairs). Well, I've found the only place in Paris (to my knowledge!) when you can sit in a chair and watch the Parisian world go by... Where is it? In front of the Gare Saint Lazare, probably the most urban spot in the whole city!! Needless to say that these chairs are strongly attached to the pavement... 

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The new Carreau du Temple

In the 3rd arrondissemment, there is a beautiful building all in cast iron, called Le Carreau du temple. It  has a very interesting history and used to be among many things, a covered clothes market that lasted until year 2000. In 1976, the local mayor thought of tearing it down to replace it with a... parking lot! but people protested and the stupid project never saw the light of day. Between 2007 and now, it has totally been renovated and turned into a 250 seat auditorium and - below ground level - sport and cultural facilities, including a recording studio. I cannot wait till I visit the inside!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Just married!

On Saturday I was quietly working at my computer when I heard loud music outside my door. I rushed downstairs wondering what it was and it turned out it was a wedding. The young couple had probably just left a church and was heading towards a reception hall, located in Le Passage Jouffroy. Only they had a big music band following them (and their guests!). Huge success ;-) and many smiles on people's faces around them, including me...

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Jack Le Black

Cool poster that I found off la rue Montorgueil, recently. I like the contrast between the vivid colors and the stone background.  It was made by "Jack Le Black" an artist I had never heard before who also sells T-shirts on the Internet apparently. Have a great Sunday everyone, I'll be working all day today ;-(

Saturday, March 01, 2014

People on the street...

You know how I dislike to post photos of people (the French law is very strict about this, even though nowadays, with all the cameras, smartphones and social networks, this law is obviously outdated...), but for today's theme day (people on the street)  I'll make an exception. And I am sure that these two young ladies won't mind ;-) Happy CDP theme day everyone!