After Paris…

… I’m already at home for 5 days and I’m still not right … every time after arrival, I have a problem…  I don’t know why…

The idea around what is called “old Paris” is more based on fantasms than on an ancient reality.
People have some preconceptions about Paris and if what they see doesn’t meet these preconceptions they believe it’s because Paris is not anymore the same. Obviously Paris is evolving like any other cities but many of the preconceptions about what Paris was once are false.
Paris is a large city and it has been a large city for a very long time.

I love the old traditional paris cafes and brasseries, but this year I tried new ones and I was pleasantly surprised. Finally, very good coffee in Paris… Strada CaféKB Café ShopFringe CoffeeLa Fontaine de Belleville and of course Boot Café.

All the photos were made with the iPhone … others follow. By the way, D-70 to Warsaw … I can not wait.

La Fontaine de Belleville 
La Fontaine de Belleville
La Fontaine de Belleville
KB Café Shop
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fringe coffee
fringe coffee
Airport Jožeta Pučnika Ljubljana
Café de Flore
fringe coffee
Boot Cafe
Boot Cafe
Barcafe at home Airbnb
Boot Cafe
Boot Cafe
Barcafe at home Airbnb
Au Petit Fer à Cheval
KB Café Shop


34 thoughts on “After Paris…

  1. Welcome home, Tom! I can empathize with your not feeling “quite right” after you return from Paris, though — it happens to me every time too. But looking at one’s photos helps, doesn’t it? And you have some great ones here. The Café de Flore especially … and the two that feature you, too. The Boot Café storefront and that last shot of the KB are appealing too. Never mind: I LOVE THEM ALL! And here’s a tip for the next time you go back: Try La Caféothèque at 52 Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s charming on they roast their own coffee on the spot. Mmmm. Anyway. Lovely post! Can’t wait to see any other photos you care to share.

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  2. Love the name Fringe Coffee 🙂 Our first two days in Paris years back all my pics were from upstairs windows of coffee shops, lol! Had a heck of a time finding “American” coffee, glad to hear that might be different now. Doesn’t take anything away from being in Paris, I think, a city of thousands of years of histories and changes, and yet, keeping its essence (at least from this outsider’s view) 🙂

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  3. You are right – Paris has changed. This afternoon I went in search of a Chocolatier in the 8th arr. off the Champs-Elysees. The area is so crowded now – I was quite dismayed. I had not been there for a long time – I tend to avoid it, and probably will do so in the future too. Can’t imagine what it will be like in high tourist season…

    Funny about the iPhone. I have not really used my good camera much at all while I have been here living here in Paris. iPhone has been doing all the hard work. Something I never expected would happen…

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    • But I had the feeling that this year Paris is empty, fewer tourists. It’s true that Paris is under construction. Everything for the next Olympic games 😉
      Well I still trust to the Nikon, iPhone is just for the snapshots 😁😉


  4. I normally drink black coffee, but when traveling to another country, I like to try their coffee. I have to agree that Italy’s are the best, but I’ve also had some good one’s in Paris. I’ll need to visit the café’s you recommended. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Welcome home! Love the photos. I’m longing to travel – if only for the coffee! I never feel ‘right’ after coming home from a trip abroad. I believe I could happily live out of a suitcase for a good long time!

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  6. Hah! I totally agree with you about the coffee. I bring my own from home & a travel French Press. I ran out close to the end and bought a bag from the nearby Starbucks. The best coffee I’ve had while traveling was at a gas stop in Italy. It came in a paper cup with a napkin square on top, twisted expertly at the corners to keep it on. Liquid heaven.

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