Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris – just around the corner

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris– just around the corner. American author Gertrude Stein lived in Paris. She followed her brother Leo to London in 1902 when she was twenty-eight years old. She had lived in Paris before, but only as a three- and four-year-old with her parents, before the family returned toContinue reading “Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris – just around the corner”

The alibi: When I was in Paris, Boul’Mich

The alibi: When I was in Paris, Boul’Mich. Do you need an alibi if you are arrested for murder somewhere? Well, you could always say you were in Paris. On Boulevard Saint-Michel, specifically, and in 1904 to be even more precise. It has to be said in the most natural tone, of course. Nothing pretentious. Continue reading “The alibi: When I was in Paris, Boul’Mich”

A Gargoyle Face on Rue Saint-André-des-Arts

A Gargoyle Face on Rue Saint-André-des-Arts. Today I am looking for gargoyles.  Days after President Macron lifted the two-month ‘deconfinement’ of citizens for their protection during the Coronavirus pandemic, I’ve resumed walking more than the previously imposed one-kilometre distance.  During the two months, citizens required a permission slip with name, age, address, and reason forContinue reading “A Gargoyle Face on Rue Saint-André-des-Arts”

Dr. Borsch Eye Clinic

James Joyce had frequent eye problems. In Paris, Dr. Victor Morax operated on Joyce’s right eye in 1921. At the end of May 1922, Joyce was in “great pain” and, for relief, Nora bathed his eyes with ice water. His publisher Sylvia Beach recommended the American oculist Dr. Louis Borsch, who had opened an eyeContinue reading “Dr. Borsch Eye Clinic”

Hotel Victoria Palace

In August 1923, after a refreshing holiday at the seaside in England, James and Nora Joyce booked into the Hotel Victoria Palace at 6 Rue Blaise Desgoffe in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Hotel Victoria Palace still exists. It is located on a side street off Rue de Rennes, a shopping street in the Montparnasse-RennesContinue reading “Hotel Victoria Palace”