Hot chocolate and crowds at the Café Flore
Juliet in Paris
by julesparis2013
5d ago
Where? The Café de Flore, 172 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris’s oh-so-chic 6th arrondissement When? Saturday, 4 pm. Why? Because I’ve been going to this legendary café for decades (I took my parents there once) and their hot chocolate is good. I also wanted to show my visiting 18-year old god-daughter where the beau monde of Paris meet. Good for celebrity watching. Years ago, I saw Lauren Bacall there, Bette Midler and Tina Turner (not together). And BHL (Bernard-Henri Lévy). It’s his neighborhood hangout. Tourists call it The Café de Flore, Parisians call it simply Le Flore. It used to be a s ..read more
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Off to the Café Flore which apparently is ruined by Emily in Paris fans
Juliet in Paris
by julesparis2013
6d ago
More on the office party in my next blog post, but for now I’m off to the Café Flore this afternoon (for their famous hot chocolate) with my 18-year old god-daughter and a friend/office colleague. No sooner had I sent an email to my friend/office colleague to confirm our 4 pm rendezvous, when I read this article in today’s The New York Times – American Expatriates in Paris Wish Emily Cooper Would Go Home Real-life Emilys in Paris complain that the show’s heroine, clad in over-the-top couture and barely able to speak French, is giving them a bad name. Since its premiere in late 2020, the popul ..read more
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Black Thursday. major strikes in Paris. pandemonium in the streets.
Juliet in Paris
by julesparis2013
1w ago
Oh boy. This is going to be a big one. You can feel it building up already, and we’re only Tuesday night. WHY? To oppose the government’s recent pension reform. WHERE? Nation-wide. WHO? Everyone, it seems. But primarily the national trade unions who are calling on their adherents to stop work and strike – The CFDT (Conféderation française démocratique du travail) The CFE-CGC (Conféderation française de l’encadrement et la Conféderation génerale des cadres) The CFTC (Conféderation française des travailleurs chrétiens) The CGT (Conféderation générale du travail) – The General Confederation of La ..read more
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Michael Jackson
Juliet in Paris
by julesparis2013
1w ago
I’m dancing around my small flat on this cold and sunny Sunday morning … a cold spell is coming … we have our annual post-Christmas office party on Thursday night. And wouldn’t you know it: Thursday January 19 is the day all the labor unions have chosen to go on strike against the government’s recent retirement reforms. The venue for our party is clear on the other side of Paris. So private coaches will be hired and we’ll all be bussed, like schoolchildren, to Bercy Village. This song below is so pure and uplifting I wanted to share it with you. Michael Jackson would be 64 today. Another trage ..read more
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Lisa Marie Presley
Juliet in Paris
by julesparis2013
1w ago
I was deeply saddened when I learned the news yesterday. Reading the online article brought tears to my eyes. Too young. Too tragic. Leaving orphans in her wake. Why? As a teenager I’d lie on the carpeted floor of my bedroom and, two small speakers placed either side of my head, listen to an Elvis album on my record player. He was the King, and I an ardent devotee, one of millions who liked to believe he was singing directly to me. There’s a beautiful duet of Lisa Marie singing along with a recording of her father. Go onto YouTube and type in – In The Ghetto Elvis Presley With Lisa Marie Presl ..read more
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Offending women and meddling authoritarian figures
Juliet in Paris
by julesparis2013
1w ago
I’m reposting this because it was faintly amusing and outrageous at the same time. The incident occurred in September 2020. Two days ago, a French woman named Jeanne was barred from entering the famous Musée d’Orsay art museum. Why? Because she was wearing a dress with a devilish décolletée and a portion of her boobs was showing. This in a world-class museum that hangs famous paintings of naked women and men on its walls (Degas, Renoir, Manet.) I was not aware that in France women’s bodies were regulated and condemned in this way. We are not in Saudi Arabia. This is a slippery slope that ..read more
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Two birthdays and galette des rois at the office
Juliet in Paris
by julesparis2013
2w ago
Two of my colleagues shared a birthday today, so last night I went to my local boulangerie-patisserie and bought a large apricot-pistachio tart. I lugged it home (it was heavy), then lugged it to work on the bus this morning. We ate it during our morning staff meeting. In the afternoon, we ate a galette with cider. Because it’s galette season. The French have been serving up galette des rois since the 14th-century. Traditionally, it’s served on January 6th to celebrate Epiphany, a religious feast day commemorating the arrival of the Three Kings to the manger where Jesus was born. Today, it ..read more
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Hilary Mantel – Royal Bodies
Juliet in Paris
by julesparis2013
2w ago
I know my writer friends will appreciate this critique on the British Royal family because it is so well-written and at times caustically funny. Sadly, Dame Hilary Mantel passed away last year. She compares the monarchy to pandas and adds that the royal family are like trapped, caged animals whom the public never really know. Here is the essay published in the LRB (London Review of Books). You can also listen to it. https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v35/n04/hilary-mantel/royal-bodies ..read more
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More random photos
Juliet in Paris
by julesparis2013
2w ago
Park Avenue, New York, 1981. Photographer Arthur Elgort. Me in Santa Margherita, Italy in the 1990s. No, not Santa Margherita … Portofino, just across the bay. My maternal grandfather, Abraham Ballin, who fled Riga, Latvia for Sheffield, England at the turn of the last century. Part of the exodus of Eastern European Jews taking flight from the Russian pogroms. William Shakespeare’s Ophelia. From Hamlet. Bubbly, on the occasion of Monique’s birthday. A glove shop in Rome. Longing to return. Italian gelato. Tortellini in brodo. An elegant meal for one in Bologna, Italy. Longing ..read more
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Muddy Waters – Got my mojo workin’
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by julesparis2013
3w ago
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