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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger    I like this post, so here it is again.   .  Some of you read this post, but there is one addition* regarding Madeleine Peyroux the jazz singer working a corner in Paris.    The year is 1991, and we were visiting with our son Michael. We had been there before and we liked the Left Bank the best, especially the area near the oldest church in town  (St. Germaine des Pres)  located on the Boulevard St. Germaine.

You can walk that neighborhood and find bookstalls along the River Seine, Musee D’Orsay—home of the Impressionists, funky neighborhoods near the Sorbonne, antique shops, bistros where you can’t get a bad meal, small hotels with floor to ceiling windows and no elevators, and wonderful food markets.


Boats moored along the Seine. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Boats moored along the Seine. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


Behind the old church where the Blvd. St. Germaine meets Rue de Rennes, is a tiny park where you can relax, called the Rue de l’Abbaye—a respite from the bustle all around it.  But also at that intersection is the famous Café Les Deux Magots where Hemingway, Picasso and other artists and intellectuals used to hang out. It’s so much fun to sip an espresso there and people-watch.


Park adjacent to the church: St. Germaine des Pres. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.


One evening Michael, Eileen,  and I took a walk.  At the corner, in front of the church and across from the café, we heard a street band playing. They were called “The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band,”  composed mostly of American musicians.  But we were most intriqued by their vocalist, a seventeen year old young woman from New York and California who sounded like Billie Holiday.

She had been living in Paris since she moved there at age 16 with her mom.  Madeleine Peyroux is now a jazz star who performs around the world, but we think of her standing on the sidewalk with a floppy hat on, charming the crowd.

Below is the Café Deux Magots which dates back to 1875—just a few years younger than Ocean Grove.

And below that is Madeleine Peyroux singing in French. The song is “J’ai Deux Amours”  (I have two loves).  It is from her album “Careless Love.”    That’s a good song for an album with that name.


Cafe Deux Magots. Paris. 1991. By Paul Goldfinger


Presenting Madeleine Peyroux: *  I just found a photo which I took that evening in 1991 across the street from Deux Maggots and on the corner of the church. For years I wondered why I didn’t photograph her.



The teen age Madeleine Peyroux singing with an American band in Paris. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Copywrite. 1991.




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SOUNDTRACK. From the film “Midnight in Paris” (Woody Allen 2011). Dana Boulé: “Parlez moi d’Amour” (Speak to me of love)

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Paris Left Bank, along the River Seine.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Paris Left Bank, along the River Seine. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

JULIETTE GRECO: “Sous le Ciel de Paris.”  (Under the Paris Sky)



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