Archive for July, 2010

A Sip of the Past

On the corner of the Rue de Belleville and the Avenue Simon Bolivar is perhaps the best example of a ghost sign in Paris today. Ghost signs are the traces of hand-painted wall adverts which are fairly common in rural France but comparatively rare in Paris, but this one for the St Raphael quinquina drink […]

Posh Address, Bargain Meal

My wonderful and fun tour clients from last year, Doris and Alfred, were in Paris for the week earlier in July and they were so sweet to ask if they can take me for an under-20-euro lunch. Doris and Alfred are die-hard Florida foodies and they were the perfect candidates. I chose Willi’s Wine Bar, which […]

Cinematic Paris–Free!

Every August, the Forum des Images gives Parisians a summer gift: free cinema under the stars. Their Cinéma au Clair de Lune moves from quartier to quartier, showing films that feature Paris in different parts of the city. This year, from August 4 to 22, you can follow the series from Montmartre to the Marais—seeing work by […]

Chateau Country Jaunt

The Lone Wolf and I slipped onto the TGV and sat down in our single seats facing each other in the First Class car. We were escaping from Paris. Yes, even though it’s pleasure to live here one still needs to get out of town. And it was a fast 46-minute train ride to Vendome […]

It’s a Seine

Pierre: You call this a wave? Jean-Francois: Staycations suck.

Hand-Pulled Noodles

France 2’s investigative documentary program, Envoyé Spécial, highlighted, in a 2004 documentary, the poor and downright disgusting hygiene and food storage in some of Paris’ Asian restaurants. The program has been re-shown on France 2 and there has been a huge commotion surrounding the whole affair. Many Parisians have been put off the idea of […]

Walking Tour App!

In collaboration with New Zealand-based My Tours App, I have transformed my Invisible Paris walks into downloadable iPhone guides! The three tours currently available are the following: From Sainte Rita to Saint Lazare Contemporary architecture Street art in Belleville All information has been updated and new photos have been included. Best of all though, with the integrated […]

Must-See Excess

Linda Donahue, Editor-in-Chief of, recently asked me to fill out a questionnaire about some of the places I love in Paris. For an indecisive person such as myself (which I prefer to think of as open-minded, curious, and appreciative), making choices like this can be like deciding which of my children I’m leaving at […]

In the Pink

Hard to believe but apparently there’s more than one pink limo in Paris. This one was parked on the corner adjacent to Lanvin, Hermes, and Tod’s. Plenty of room in this car for all the shopping bags one might accumulate on the rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

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