Archive for February, 2011

When Paris Becomes a Cow Town

If you’re currently looking for something to do in Paris, the Salon d’Agriculture might be something you’d enjoy if: 1.) You hate yourself. 2.) You hate your family and/or want to punish them for something. I kid, but just a little.  It’s a fun family outing in theory, and truly, the first forty-five minutes of our […]

Hipsterdom Hits the 5th

Most modern cocktail enthusiasts will tell you that Bond had it wrong. But regardless of shaken or stirred, there’s no denying the longstanding pop-culture link between the king of cocktails and the super sexy secret agent. So I made my way to the Seven Hotel – home of the 007 Suite and Bond-themed evenings – to see […]

One Hungry Gator

“Eighty percent of Lacoste sales are men’s items,” Christophe Chenut, the company’s CEO, told me last week. “But 80% of the Lacoste clothing that is sold is bought by women.” Hello, opportunity. Lacoste, the French fashion label synonymous with preppy, founded in 1933 by tennis champ René “The Crocodile” Lacoste, is expanding like never before. Au […]

Safer Than You’d Think

I found these bikes in the 10th arrondissement, near the Passage Brady. If you think riding a bike in Paris is dangerous, well ,you’re wrong! In fact, according to stats I found on this blog, there are 6 times fewer accidents on bikes than there are on motorbikes…even though most cyclists don’t respect traffic lights, in to […]

Passion for Fashion

The ’90s and the first decade of the new millennium brought us an entire spectrum of emotions that the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has decided to commemorate in an intimate look at some of the most influential designers, in the second volume of their retrospective exhibition : “Histoire idéale de la mode contemporaine.” Starting with […]

Can Modern French Films Be Funny?

In 2008 Dany Boon’s comedy “Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis” was a surprise box office hit that went onto become the top-grossing French film of all time (and neither Catherine Deneuve nor Gerard Depardieu were even in it). He also wrote, directed and starred in his latest comedy, “Rien à Déclarer.” But can it possibly live […]

Le Rude Awakening

The Scene: Restaurant Taillevent, 15 Rue Lamennais, 75008 Paris. The Players: La Single Girl (moi, before becoming La Mom), Ze French Lov-air, Le Serveur The Food: Heavenly (although I only had a few bites) The Apéritif: Kir Royale Cerise Griotte The Wine: Château Mouton Rothschild 1983 The Dialogue: La Single Girl: Thanks to your tongue, […]

City of Drops

The droplets of water snaking down the window remind you of something you heard recently – Paris is a wetter city than London. English rain comes little and often, but in Paris, when it rains, it really rains. Tuesday night the skies have opened up and you’re stuck in this bar. The staff are unfriendly, and […]

Paris Museum Pass: Oui ou Non?

If you are visiting more than one museum per day, yes, buy a Paris Museum Pass. The best buy is the 4 day pass-50 euros, which averages 12.50 euros a day, or the 6-day pass, 65 euros, which averages 10.83 euros a day. If you are here 4 days or less and are going to […]

Amazing French Women

Want to learn about French women? Then put down those books on how to dress, shop or flirt and visit the 200 stars of “Photo/Femmes/Féminisme.” This exhibition is all photos: portraits of ladies with fascinating stories to tell. Many of the amazing shots—all from the Marguerite Durand Collection—have never been seen in public before. (Durand is […]

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