Vive les livres imprimés à Paris

Image: WSJ

Eliot and I were in Paris twice this year. Both times we marveled at the number of book stores that were still in existence, and the number of folks who were perusing the bookstalls along the Seine.

We were wondering why the printed book was still doing so well in Paris while everything was going digital in the States. We didn’t have to wonder very long. The Wall Street Journal recently announced that the Parisian bookstalls are in trouble. The newspaper said France is falling out of love with the printed book. The internet has taken over.

Two hundred kiosk venders are in trouble. They are even being forced to sell more and more souvenirs to stay in business. They also have a new plan. Read about it here.

Photos To Ponder

When I first saw this photo on Facebook I completely went weepy. I just had to share this story with you.

Longtime friends Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, shared a hug backstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Click here for the story in the Boston Globe

Thank you Michael Schneider for posting this photo on Facebook. It’s a good lesson for all of us.

Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2018. Click here for the VentureBeat story.

WWDC 2018: Everything important Apple just announced. Click here for the Re/code story.

Dining with Miami Beach friend, Tom DeSantis, at Ralph’s (as in Ralph Lauren) in Paris. We head home tomorrow.

An Afternoon In Paris  

Jews are alive and living well in Paris. We hear different in the U.S. but after questioning a few Jewish folks in Paris, the general response was, “At the moment everything is fine, but we live in a crazy world so we don’t take anything for granted.” Eliot was asked to put on Tefillin (also called phylacteries) by a local rabbi who spotted Eliot on the street in the Marais area and they said a prayer. Tefillin is a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. They are worn by male observant Jews during weekday morning prayers. 


We went to the Picasso Museum in Paris today and guess who I saw? I couldn’t believe my eyes. What a treat. My interview is below.

Pablo Picasso

Lois:  Pablo, what are you doing here? I thought you were dead. 

Pablo: I was, but after I heard about Harvey Weinstein, I wanted to come back to defend myself. I don’t want people to think I attacked women. I loved them. I never had one complaint. All of them were  happy. Harvey ruined it for all men who like a little variety. The last few women I flirted with immediately called their lawyers. I don’t need heartache. I’ve had enough.”

Lois: Are you still painting?

Pablo:  Painting? You call that painting?  All of my work in this museum was done when I was suffering from migraines. I would shut my eyes and swirl the paint brush around on the canvas. These weird looking women would appear. I didn’t say anything because everyone seemed to think they were genius. 

“I just finished listening to the audio guide they hand out when you enter the museum. Where do they get that crap? I didn’t paint a plant coming out of a woman’s uneven breasts. I dropped my caesar salad  on the canvas. That’s where it landed.  It’s so obvious that I can’t believe that millions of folks listen to the so called art experts. They don’t know what they are talking about. It’s fake news.”

Lois:  What do you think of Donald Trump? 

Pablo:  I’m glad I got out when I did. 

More photos from our afternoon at Picasso’s museum.

Paris, Day One

We love to travel. In fact, right now we are in Paris because on Tuesday, the CES Show, the most famous in terms of innovation and size, is hosting an exhibition for tech start-ups. I wanted to attend the show, called CES Unveiled Paris, because by the time these companies arrive in the United States, some other PR agent has grabbed them up. 

CES hosts tech start up exhibitions all over the world, but this year the French are really flexing their muscles (how’s that for a pun) in tech innovation. A lot of French companies are getting involved in robots, augmented reality, the Internet of Things and drones.

We walked into the ground floor of LE BHV Marais, the world-famous department store, and the first thing we were greeted by was a robot. I’m sure I will be seeing more of this product at Unveiled Paris. 

We will all own robots one day.

The sign that explains why everyone needs to buy one.

It takes a while for folks to figure out what they are looking at.

I really went to the LE BHV Paris because I heard they opened an Anthropologie boutique on the first floor. Saw it, loved it. Not big enough for my buying habits. Most of my 35 kimonos come from Anthropologie. Yes, I counted. I’m obsessed with kimonos. I love being able to throw one on over TV shirts and jeans, and then being dressed up.

We walked all over Paris today thanks to my long time friend Bob Risse who lives here, South Beach, Rio, San Francisco and one other place I can’t remember. He rents out his homes as  Airbnbs so he just keeps piling the properties on. 

Bob, Eliot and I met in the early ‘90s. Bob had one of the first website building companies, and a few years later sold it to a travel company for millions. He has been traveling and buying real estate since. Tomorrow, we are visiting Versailles together.

We actually walked more but this is what was captured.

Celebrating the Olympics coming to Paris.

The Luxembourg Palace, built (1615–1645) to be the royal residence of the regent Marie de’ Medici, mother of Louis XIII of France

Bob is a selfie professional.

It doesn’t take much to get Bob to show off his tattoos.

Celebrating our 30 year friendship