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Yesterday’s walk

Click to enlarge I know, enough with the photos of bakeries. This is chez Dominique Saibron. To die for. A tiny corner park, with chess board. In Parc Montsouris – as everywhere in France –

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old friends

I’m at the hotel – wifi! I am linked to the planet – “a ta tribu,” to your tribe, as my friend Jean-Louis said the other night. Here we are, en famille, on Sunday night. In

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Sunday morning  8.30 a.m. And it’s pouring. If it was just drizzling, I was going to see the Fondation Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne today, or go to the flea market in the Bastille

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More Montparnasse Cemetary

 Baudelaire, on the right. Hard to see because it was his parent’s site. A woman on the left tending her loved one. Serge Gainsbourg the singer – the Jim Morrison of Montparnasse Had to really

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nice places to live, or die, in Paris

Lunch at the cafe – delicious, poached salmon on a bed of leeks in cream, with rice. The waiter brought me a little stool for my computer, and I made lists. Drinking water, you note

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Enfin, tout va bien

Friday It took a week, but today I had one of those moments of sublime happiness that Paris so easily brings. I’d heard of the Jardin du Palais Royale, a park that is tucked away

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Friday pics – the sun!

Click to enlarge. Tried to be subtle, taking this picture of scores of Japanese tourists, almost all on their phones, lined up at Galeries Lafayette to buy Chanel bags, which cost hundreds if not thousands

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Man in the Gare Montparnasse playing honky-tonk piano.  Impossible to capture the beauty of the windows and interior of Chartres with an iPhone  Hope you can read it – not every day you read a

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finding peace

Friends, I have regained mon equilibre. A few rocky days there, no question. And last night, I came back in the rain to the quiet apartment after emailing and blogging and asked myself, What the

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It’s 9 a.m. Wednesday morning and the test of my character continues. I woke at 7.15 to delicious silence, a few birds, nothing, and appreciated the hell out of it, because at 8 the pounding

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About Beth

I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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