Archive for March, 2010


Art Deco Drama in the 20th

What is the best-preserved art deco building in Paris? Surprisingly, the answer may well be a little-known neighbourhood church in the 20th arrondissement. Spotlight on a fascinating structure that merits greater recognition. Approaching from the south, the view up towards Saint Jean Bosco is misleadingly Mediterranean. With a backdrop of lustrous blue skies, the whitewashed reinforced […]

Dancing in the Streets

Sundays are sacrosanct—slow motion mornings made for sleeping in or wandering empty Paris streets or lazily reading piles of newspapers, punctuated by coffee and croissants. For one band of merry Parisians (seemingly straight out of central casting), Sundays are a marathon of music … and a reminder of all that is good about France. They […]

Brunch Options Expand

Brunch is a strictly American concept, and because being Anglo-Saxon is quite cool in Paris these days, going to brunch has become THE thing to do.The American restaurants are popular with the natives: Coffee Parisien,Thanksgiving and Breakfast in America cater to sellout crowds.But there are local options that are more exotic for visitors used to brunch at […]

The Veiled Monologues

The “Veiled Monologues,” at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles from tonight to 27 March 2010 offer a rare opportunity to enter the intimate sphere of Muslim women’s life without prudishness or voyeurism.  This original project started in 1998 in Amsterdam, when the director Adelheid Roosen was hosting in her kitchen four Moroccan women living in the Netherlands, […]

Vuitton’s Unofficial Cantine

Cojean had my favorite Ceasar poulet sandwich this week so each day, I dutifully stood in line to order my lunch. Today there was an especially long line so I did what always helps pass the time and keep a smile on my face: I people-watched. And then I started counting: 1-2-3- Mahina bags; three […]

Obscura Day

The first international Obscura day on Saturday celebrated the strange and the wonderful around the world. In Paris, around 20 people met up to visit the impressive Musée Fragonard where anatomical curiosities mix with French architectural classicism. Saturday is caught on the cusp of winter and spring, and the clouds don’t know whether to let sun […]

Where the Mitterand Library Fails

After moving to Paris, I made it my aim to explore the city’s many stunning bibliothèques, like the gorgeous Bibliothèque Mazarine, a dream of a library if there ever was one, and eventually I made my way to the biggest library in the city: la Bibliothèque Nationale de France Site François-Mitterand, called “la Bibliothèque Mitterand” for […]

Top Spring Art Shows

A great season of exhibitions is upon us.  It is a coming together of beautiful minds being offered up to the citizens and visitors of  Paris. 1.   Edvard Munch at the Pinacothèque de Paris: February 19th, and until July 18th, 2010. Munch is one of the most mythical artists but also one of the most mysterious of the end […]

Granny’s Careful

I’ve come across this ad in a few places around Paris and each time it cracks me up. It’s not unusual to see ads in the city advocating the use of condoms, but this is the first one I’ve noticed that uses a senior citizen as the model. The headline says that condoms protect from […]

Paris’s Latest Concept Shop

In the back streets of Bastille is a small hideaway that will shake your senses as soon as you cross the threshold.  Contrary to its name, The Lazy Dog is a multifaceted hang out for dynamic creative types, a bookshop, boutique, and “concept store” all rolled into one. English-speakers will soon become addicted to this little […]

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