May 22 2019

Le Portalou

32 Rue du Pont Neuf
75001 Paris, France

Looking out to St Eustache.

Skinny people are easier to kidnap. Stay safe, eat cheese & cold meat.

Ha ha ha … you know what they sell, don’t you? Good stuff. And funny. Will return.


May 22 2019

A morning in Paris

Marché Montorgueil
Rue Montorgueil
75001 Paris, France

May 22 2019

La Petite Périgourdine

39 Rue des Écoles
75005 Paris, France

The worst restaurant I’ve been: belittling waiter and un-deveined shrimps.

Where should I begin?

When we walked in, it was pretty empty. The waiter indicted the table by the entrance. I asked if we could sit two tables away from it.

“It’s reserved.” He said curtly.

The ensuring limited interactions with him were humiliating … We were hungry and have the Chopin recital in exactly an hour, I tolerated him. The foods are below average.

Toward end of our dinner, a couple came in and sat down at the ‘reserved’ table. I couldn’t help but to ask them if they’ve reserved it.

“No, of course not.” The lady said.


May 22 2019

Chopin night

Église Saint-Éphrem-le-Syriaque

17 Rue des Carmes
75005 Paris, France

Having visited his grave, we spent an evening at a piano recital, which was held at this church. The cute little church was opened in 1733. The interior is shabby. The pianist and the works he played, could be better and the concert cost €31 ($34.92) per ticket, is grossly overpriced. Americans seemed to be the main audience.

I’ve been to many concerts, chamber music and recitals in the churches or castles in Europe but the experience were far more memorable, and less expensive. Of course, none of them had this many Americans in attendance.

May 22 2019

Panthéon & Sorbonne

Place du Panthéon, Paris


This area is pretty academic, with Sorbonne @ Square Paul Painlevé and College de France @ Square Auguste-Mariette-Pacha. 



May 22 2019

Promenade Khalil-Gibran & Tour Eiffel

Left Bank of Paris: Promenade Khalil-Gibran (ex-Promenade des quais de Grenelle et André-Citroën) is between Square Belà Bartók and Eiffel Tower on the Left Bank. Lebanese-American writer Khalil Gibran is credited as the third-best-selling poet of all time, only behind Shakespeare and Laozi of China… em, Laozi was a poet? As we were walking toward the Pont de Bir Hakeim, a couple groups of men were arguing, politics, perhaps?

Pont de Bir Hakeim, Pont d’léna and Eiffel Tower

Jardins de l’Archipel des berges de seine Niki de Saint Phalle on Esplanade Habib-Bourguiba. Le Prairie; plague that reads

Archipel des berges de la seine
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002)
sculptrice, peintre, plasticienne

May 22 2019


22 rue des Saints Peres
75007 Paris

Apēgo is a neat little cafe next to SciencePo, better than campus canteen, and the price reflects it. The foods are fine. The seatings are pleasant but we went to picnic by Seine.


… we picnic by the Seine

May 22 2019

The statue of Henry IV

Equestrian statue of Henry IV at Pont Neuf in Paris, or the crossing of Île de la Cité. The old photo is from wiki, taken around 1900.

May 22 2019

MEP by Le Bon Marché

128 Rue du Bac
75007 Paris

The Paris Foreign Missions (missions etrangeres) is close to Le Bon Marché and the gourmet grocery store La Grande Épiceries de Paris. The crypt is very nicely laid out.

They close on Mondays.


From the other side of the street corners is the Le Bon Marché

May 22 2019


66 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet
75015 Paris, France

Since I’ve been drinking tea, I’m constantly in need of hot water. Starbucks is one of my sources, in and outside of US. Most times, I’ll get a cup of tea and ask them to fill my own bottle. There has been no problem at all. Other times, I’ll just offer to pay for hot water and was always told, “no … it’s ok …” Not just Starbucks but other businesses too – I got my first refusal today at this location.

We’ve just had our fill at Montparnasse – Bienvenüe branch and don’t want an extra cup. So I asked for the hot watering English. Two girls were manning the desk. One of them said something in French and shaking her hands and head.

“No hot water?”

“No hot water.” She said.

“Starbucks has no hot water?”


“Do you sell hot tea? Pls keep the tea bag out.”

That worked for her. In any case, she didn’t offer me the tea bag nor receipt. I’m wondering, how does the store do inventory at end of that day?

An American in Paris

The number of Starbucks in Europe is a bit surprise to me – I never thought MacDonald would flourish in China too. There was  the anti big corporation movement in France not too long ago. The cafes are still everywhere and filled with people but in general I’d say people in a Starbucks is slightly outnumber patrons in a near by cafe. On the menu, there is an item called Americano. Why do I feel funny upon seeing it?

Another observation is, someone walking the street with a Starbucks drink in hand – nine of ten or nine is an American. Not Americano -:).