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City cat, country cat

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Every time I write a post about cats, I fear it will be my last. Felines in France hide, you see, they curl into cozy apartments, or cool shadowed corners. They’re difficult to spot and almost impossible to photograph. But then you see one, and then another, and — here’s the tricky part — capture […]

Watch cats

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

They’re not easy to spot — shy and a little stealthy — but there they sit, behind glass storefronts: Watch Cats. It has taken me months to collect these photos of Paris kitties in shop windows. They’re a secret French feline force keeping the mice at bay. I’ve never eaten at the restaurant Lard d’Enfance in […]

Maine Coon cats

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Last weekend we were in London where we visited some friends for dinner and fell under the spell of their Maine Coon cats, the fluffiest pair of felines to ever have clawed a scratching post (not pictured here, alas — I forgot my camera). I was totally enchanted by their size and sweeping tails and […]

French felines

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

If you were a cat, could there be a better place to live than France? The 35-hour work week means your owner is around more for cuddles. The national love of foie gras makes for excellent snacks (authorized, or not). Yes, as my photographic research shows, I think any French feline would declare life here […]

French felines

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I love cats. I love Paris. I love cats in Paris. But it turns out French felines are a little bit harder to capture on camera than their canine counterparts. Still, with a careful eye, you can find them slinking around the City of Light’s quiet corners.

Pups of Paris

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The French love their dogs, it is true. Pups pop up everywhere in Paris. Everywhere? Mais oui, and I’ve the photographic evidence to prove it. They’re hanging with their pals, enjoying coffee at the café (photo above)…

Château de Versailles, by night

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Last week, I felt honored to be included in a special, private tour of Versailles by night. I’ve been interested in the 17th-century palace since I read this biography of Marie Antoinette, and saw Sophia Coppola’s film, but seeing its grandeur bathed in nocturnal shadows was both spooky and poignant. What did I see?

Holy hot hammam!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Have you ever been to a hammam? I hadn’t. Until last week, I’m not sure I could even accurately define “hammam” (it’s an Arabic word, meaning steam bath). Paris abounds with these Turkish baths, and when my friend Heather came to town, she had the bright idea of getting steamed and scrubbed. After extensive internet […]

Twenty years ago

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I was only 14 when the events at Tiananmen Square took place. I remember the images — especially the lone man in front of the tank — but I didn’t understand their significance at the time. That all changed when I moved to China in 2003, and met some very brave people — some who […]

CtB goes DIY (and some unfortunate news about overdue library books)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Ta da! Here are the results of my very first DIY project! I inherited this particle board dresser from a friend six years ago. I forgot to take “before” photographs, but it started out an uninspiring “birch” color, with various stains, scratches and ugly nicks. I’d long wanted to paint it but was intimidated by the process, […]

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