An accidental tourist


Having lived in North America for the past 20 years, I had forgotten how much one walks in Paris! Perhaps this is also the secret of Parisians being so slim and fit.

kiraz-les-parisiennes-8  Kiraz and Gruau are my all time favorite illustrators. They both depict the Parisienne just as one would “envision” them.

Rene Gruau

Rene Gruau

Paris is, of course, a walker’s city. But which direction to take? And to what destinations? Does it really matter? Hold on to le file d’Ariane and let me show you a few fun things and sights …


Le Bon Marchéaubonmarche.jpg


Musée CarnavaletLe Museé Carnavalet is dedicated to the history of the city.



Statue of seated Victory by Antoine-François Gérard- Garden of the Carrousel du Louvre.

 Pigeons everywhere.

lebatoivre.jpgPoetry on walls. Le Bateau Ivre by Arthur Rimbaud. His poetry, as well as his life, influenced many 20th-century writers, musicians and artists, including Pablo Picasso, Dylan Thomas, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Vladimir Nabokov, Bob Dylan, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Patti Smith, La Liga del Sueño, Giannina Braschi, Léo Ferré, Henry Miller, Van Morrison, Penny Rimbaud, Jim Morrison … just to name a few. ( Name dropping is also a very Parisian thing).

R.I.P Lovers. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre

JPSimone.jpgPause éclair , Rue Cler



While enjoying my giant pastry, I cannot help thinking of this fetching song by Thomas Dutronc (Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc’s son) : “J’aime plus Paris”

Window display Rue des Francs-Bourgeois

lunettes.jpgGuess Who? (Level 1)

personalities.jpg Le fils de l’Homme René Magritte

Magritte.jpgRue de Bourgogne, a flying frog

IMG_5664And another timid Parisienne


Vitrine.jpgSlim , slim, slim …


How can you not love to jaunt in such motivating surroundings?


  1. Lila says:

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  2. faranak Mansour says:

    Merci pour ce joli petit tour! Tu m’as fait replonger dans un passé que j’avais complètement oublié:sur la balançoire avec ma cousine entrain de feuilleter Jour de France pour retrouver les parisiennes de Kiraz….!

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