The Poodle of the Place des Vosges

I just finished adding some (mostly doggie-centric) pet info to the Pets in Paris section of the Resource Guide. Would love to hear your suggestions on what else I should add to the page.


If you've ever eaten at Ma Bourgogne (and you should, yum yum!), you may have seen the resident poodle making himself at home.



Café de l'Homme Photo

Here's a photo of the Eiffel Tower (duh) taken from my table at the Café de l'Homme. Read all about it in the May Newsletter.



TRIK at Le Paris-Paris

Saw the Franco-American group TRIK last night at Le Paris-Paris. Read all about it (and peek at the pics) on the Naughty Paris Blog.



Music and Poetry

Last week the Canadian Club organized an evening of poetry by Australian William La Ganza (seated in the photo) and music by Dushan di Concilio of Uruguay at the home of a Brazilian artist Sonia Daly.


Abbey Bookshop owner Brian Spence (standing) -- and probably the only actual Canadian in the Canadian Club (which, we are told, is not really a club) -- introduces the evening in typically bilingual aplomb. The Canadian Club will be celebrating ten years of being neither a club nor strictly Canadian on June 22. Stay tuned for details...



Welcome to the Dark Side

Black Calavados, aka BC
40 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 8th
Tel 01 47 20 77 77

Back in the 1970s this place was the hotspot for French rockers like Serge Gainsbourg. It was reopened during Fashion Week in March and has become the coolest place to see and be seen by the fashion and music crowd. The address is right off the Avenue George V, and the €17 Gray Goose cocktails reflect the local real estate prices. But unlike most of the poseur bars in the 'hood, this place is actually very cool.

It's very, very dark. Good thing the furniture is lit up!

There's a restaurant upstairs, and a bar downstairs (both have their own entrance on the street; the one with the bouncer is the bar). Both are decorated almost completely in black (like the clientele) and stainless steel. It's a wonder anyone can see each other! It got instant fashionista cred when John Galliano threw his post-catwalk party there, and instant street cred when everyone found out that Grunge legend Chris Cornell (originally of Sound Garden, now of Audioslave) is one of the owners.

I got there just before midnight on a Thursday. It does take a few minutes for the eyes to adjust. The staff were super friendly, which is almost suspicious in this part of town. I was told that Thursdays are "hard rock" nights, and they were indeed blasting Guns 'n' Roses, AC/DC, Marilyn Manson, and Nine Inch Nails. I was introduced to two "regulars" (they were at the launch party), Ginnie and Elodie, and we staked out a booth as the crowd started growing. Just after we ordered our second round of drinks, one of the servers told us we'd have to move to the next booth over because "that's the owner's seat, and he'll be here in a minute."

With cool chicks, Elodie (left) and Ginnie (center), at BC.

I may be too old to scream and throw my panties at rock stars, but I'm not too old to drool (good thing it was dark). Monsieur Cornell was in fine shape, indeed (as was his wife, sigh). The crowd was made up of beautiful people sporting more fashionable piercings and tattoos than Chanel and Versace, and by 2am there was barely enough space to move at the bar.

Too bad this girly had to work in the morning, or I would have stayed for another Vodka-Apple. I left Ginnie, Elodie and their friend Edouard (aka Eddie Munster) plotting the rest of their night out.

If you go, don't arrive earlier than midnight...




From Belleville's Portes Ouvertes

Belleville has more artists than any other district of Paris, and every May they open their ateliers to the public. Many of them are in squatted or temporary buildings, often surrounded by greenery and graffiti that you wouldn't find elsewhere in Paris. Here's a peek:

The entrance to La Forge on Rue Ramponeau, where a huge mural decorates the wall on the way to the building where over a dozen artists work.

The Miroirterie on Rue Menilmontant (at the crossroads of Rue des Cascades) is still an illegal squat, but several well-known artists use the old garages as ateliers (here, a sign by KTÜ).

Another view of La Miroirterie. On Sunday nights they've started hosting punk concerts. How long the neighbors will put up with that is anyone's guess...

Despite the symbols carved into the walls, the gang at La Miroirterie are actually very friendly. ;)