One of my favorite Facebook friends is an artist I knew long before she picked up a brush. Baret Boisson began painting as an adult, and she’s entirely self-taught. Her work is enchanting, but I also love the delightful, intelligent essays she posts on her Facebook page about objects she’s collected or encountered, or images that spark her interest (including, most recently, photos of what turn-of-the-century ladies wore hiking — way, way too much; and a couple of the Cottingley Fairies photos — … Read more
You’ve met Ralph the Bichon a couple of times now, since his person Anne has kindly allowed me to post pictures from his trips to France. Anne was also the source of a really sensible travel ID tag solution involving an e-mail address that generates an automatic (and infinitely customizable) reply. This July, she wrote to me from Paris with a recommendation for a dog groomer she turned to when Ralph got a glob of gunk stuck in his paw. I’m … Read more
This was the last long walk we took before we left Paris last fall, and it was a perfect way to say good-bye to the city. The Île aux Cygnes (“Isle of the Swans” — nope, we didn’t see a single one) is a long, thin island in the Seine. Just southwest of the Eiffel Tower, it’s a little bit off the beaten path, but not so much so that it’s tough to get to. It was created in the … Read more
It’s a bit tricky to identify English-speaking veterinarians in Paris, so I’ve been posting names as I’ve learned them, and now I have two more to add to your list.
Rather than make you search for my past posts on the topic, I’ll recap: Back in August 2009, I told you about Dr. Pierre Métivet, and a year later I mentioned La Boetie Clinique Vétérinaire (which I think now has the clever name Clinique Vétérinaire Labo & Cie, but is still … Read more
Paris’s citywide bike-on-demand system was just being installed the last time we visited, and we exclaimed in disbelief as impeccably dressed people (including women in skirts and heels —but not helmets, no, never helmets) launched themselves into the maelstrom of traffic on the Rue de Rivoli. More power to them, we thought, but join them? Non. Jamais.
Jamais is a long time, though, and the last of our hesitation disappeared … Read more
I’d been looking forward to visiting the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, because it’s one of the few parks in the city that welcomes dogs — and by that I mean that dogs are still required to be leashed, but at least they can walk with you throughout the park (the official rules say that they are allowed on “les allées périphériques seulement,” so don’t be offended in the unlikely event that you’re challenged).
The park is every … Read more
My thanks to reader Joan for this recommendation — she saw my recent post about Moustaches and BHV La Niche, two major pet stores in Paris’s Marais neighborhood, and mentioned that she’d found a good pet store near her Montmartre apartment last year. Off we went to check it out, and I was delighted with what we found.
In its compact space, I Love My Cleps contains … Read more
What else would a dog travel blogger do on her first full day in Paris but drag her husband (and her dog, but Chloe hardly needed dragging) to pet stores? Both are in the Marais neighborhood, and one (BHV La Niche) I’ve written about before. It’s still going strong in its location behind the main BHV store, at 42 rue de la Verrerie:
Reader Kristina (who recommended the Found My Animal leash I wrote a blog post about a short while ago) recently returned from a trip to Paris with Kara, her Chinese Crested, and bubbled with joy: “WOW! Paris was so awesome with dogs! They allowed dogs inside the restaurant, and in this particular one Kara was actually up on the couch-seat with us. It was great, she is a quiet girl so she just laid there while we ate and had a glass of wine.”
Before New York’s High Line, there was Paris’s Promenade Plantée (also known as the “Coulée Verte”). This elevated park, built on an abandoned railway viaduct, runs from just behind the Place de la Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes, nearly 3 miles away. The main thing to notice is that it’s elevated, so there’s no street traffic to dodge, or even think about — and the views, down streets and into the courtyards of neighboring buildings, are unusual and interesting. … Read more