Archive for January, 2009


Valentine's Day with Dita von Teese

  Still looking for something fun to do with your Valentine? The most famous fetish-burlesque performer of the moment, Dita von Teese, will be returning to the Crazy Horse Cabaret from February 1st-15th, performing four exclusive acts. I got to see Dita perform here in 2006, the first guest star in the history of the legendary cabaret, and […]

Prepare for Thursday's Strike

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go…except on Thursday. In fact, I won’t be going anywhere at all. Not when there’s a huge strike announced for the day. Sure, there will be almost 100% bus and tram service, about 60% metro service, and 30% train service, but I’d rather not deal with the angry […]

In the Swim

So the French regime of no exercise and daily croissants may work for French women, but unfortunately, it ain’t working for me. And believe me, I have tried! Chalk it up to portions, but I never did get the hang of just eating half of a croissant. So, with winter still in full swing, I […]

French Bleu Bloods?

A while back, I was dropping off one of my kids at a friend’s and when I went to push the buzzer, I noticed that one of the other residents of the building was “Comtesse de”…well, I forget what she was the countess of, but a countess nevertheless. I asked the mom of my child’s […]

Win a Trip to Paris

The company that makes M&Ms is holding a writing contest in which the winner gets the grand prize of a getaway to Paris. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. See details here. But remember not to eat too many M&Ms.

Pete Doherty, Parisian?

According to the Sun newspaper last week, British indie legend Pete Doherty is planning on moving to Paris and has apparently been residing amongst us here in the capital for the last few months. Something my mate Harry can confirm as he posed for a photo with the Libertines and Babyshambles frontman whilst strolling around […]

Bag Lady

You like this suit? Don’t you think the cape adds a cool note to it? Well, take a closer look. Yes, this white silky material is… plastic from garbage bags! Don’t go thinking it’s the latest fashion in Paris, or that the crisis struck us so bad in France that we have no money left […]

Send Lucy to Paris: Week 3

  Coincidence? The latest photo Lucy’s mother sent me has the little girl dressed in a sweater not unlike the classic French fisherman style embraced by Jean Paul Gaultier, one of France’s greatest fashion designers. Keep in mind, people, that this girl lives in Kentucky, and is not (yet) under the total influence of her […]

Bush Triples Roquefort Tariff

  I used to say that if I got to choose my last meal, it would be primarily composed of brie (plus a few perfectly ripe kiwis and a bean burrito). But since I got here, I’ve changed my tune. The artisan fromager (Chèvres de St. Vrain) at our market (Place Maubert, Saturdays and Tuesdays) sells a […]

Cell Phone Service Options Expand

What a jungle out there. It used to be just the Big Three: Bouygues, SFR, Orange. Now there are a ton of budget and specialty mobile phone providers, including Coriolis (which uses SFR network), Virgin Mobile, Simpleo (which has a €100 reimbursement for anyone switching to their service before the end of January), NRJ Mobile, Tele2, Ten […]

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