Archive for September, 2010

The Artistic Paris You Dreamed Of

Flateurville is a perfectly bohemian artistic hangout hidden behind a pedestrianised street in Paris’ 10th arrondissement, showcasing art and events in a warehouse style setting with an eclectic vintage decor to die for. The labyrinthine space leads you from a loft type bar area through to a study, to a bedroom, to an artist’s studio, to a […]

A Cocktail Chez Ralph

I hate being told no. On two previous attempts at cocktails in the bar of Ralph Lauren’s eponymous restaurant I called ahead to make sure they were open, yet arrived to find them closed for a private function or not open at all. On both occasions I grumbled to the staff how annoying it was […]

King Kong Invades the 9th

Until October 10, Printemps, one of the two large department stores at the Boulevard Haussmann, is celebrating New York City. Thus, on top of fashion related items (like exclusive T-shirts) they also have little attractions and an NYC art exhibit. One of them is this 4-meter-high King Kong created by street artist Mr Brainwash.

Top Day Trips from Paris

Auvers sur Oise Van Gogh’s final resting place and site of many of his famous paintings. In addition to paying homage at his grave site, you can visit the inn where he lived and the home of Dr. Gachet, one of his patrons.  There is also a museum dedicated to the work of French artist […]

Is He Into You?

I have come up with a little theory though, and believe i have found an excellent way to tell if someone is actually interested in you, or not, straight from the outset. Thus eliminating painful moments spent wondering, and saving your precious time. It’s quite simple. Speak French. No matter how bad your French is (and […]

Season of Strikes

Welcome to the season of back to school, new literary releases, openings for art exhibitions and restaurants, and strikes. France experienced its second major strike of the season yesterday. Just how effective these are in affecting public policy remains to be seen. For the moment, there’s no agreement even on the number of people demonstrating: […]

The City’s Tallest Steeple

Within earshot of the noisy péripherique motorway and on the very limit of the city stands the tallest steeple in Paris. Why was the Sainte Odile church built here though, and what is its significance today?  The 1920s and 30s were a boom-time for church building in Paris and the surrounding region, with over 50 […]

A Grown-Up Bistro in the 10th

I’ve bemoaned the lack of a good bistro in the 10th arrondissement since moving here last winter. With the opening of Philou, I can stop complaining. There’s nothing wrong with young and hip, bobo and branché, but Philou is a bistro for grown-ups, run by an experienced chef. Owner Philippe Damas (former patron of the […]

Monet Blockbuster Opens!

The Grand Palais yesterday launched the biggest show of this (and several other) autumn seasons with a vast retrospective of the work of the impressionist Claude Monet. More than half a million people are expected to visit the exhibition over the next four months, and long queues can be expected at all times. However, if you […]

Used Bike Fair

Looking to buy or sell a bike? Head to the Bourse aux Vélos on October 2nd on the Boulevard Auguste Blanqui (13th, metro Corvisart or Place d’Italie). If you want to sell you bike come from 10am-12:30pm with your ID and a price in mind (you come back at 5:30pm to pick up your money or your […]

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