Visiting with the dead at Père-Lachaise

Ordinarily I would not go to a cemetery unless it was absolutely unavoidable, but living in Paris makes you do strange things. I spent a good part of a morning reading headstones and photographing graves. Yep! I did. Le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is actually a tourist attraction listed as one of the places to visit…

C’est l’été!

The French celebrate the summer solstice with music. In and around Paris, as well as in other parts of the country there are music festivals abound. Free music shows from early this afternoon with some carrying on until the end of the week. Coming from a country where our celebration of the longer days and…

The Japanese revolution in France

Two months ago, Jardin d’Acclimatation had a Japanese exhibit in their gardens, with workshops, shows and presentations of all things Japanese. This following on the last Paris Book Fair in March at which the guest country was Japan. The Musée Guimet is dedicated to Asian arts and culture, and had a long-running exhibition on contemporary…