Archive for July, 2011

Wine in Baby Bottles?!

It can be difficult to keep a night out drinking in Paris on the thrifty side. Even those from other capital cities can be astounded at the price of a simple glass of wine. Part of the reason for this is a tax on wine served in glasses. But Le Refuge des Fondus has gotten […]

Seriously Old

The Cluny Museum, or National Museum of the Middle Ages, holds a premier collection of religious sculpture, stained glass, art and artifacts from the Middle Ages – in particular the famous 15th century Unicorn tapestries and original statues from Cathedral facades. And if the 11th century isn’t early enough, there are Roman baths on the […]

Too Perfect?

The tables, the chairs, the font on the awning: It looks like a typical Paris café, but it’s a little bit too perfect to be true. The name of the place, “Home in Paris,” does not exactly sound French to me! This restaurant is managed by 3 people, including Guillaume Gomez, who is a deputy […]

Yet Another Burger Joint

A large brasserie between Bastille and Gare de Lyon called Les Atleliers recently put on a new outfit as an an American burger joint : US Ateliers. Maybe they are trying to ride the wave that the Ralph Lauren restaurant brought last year when it opened up. But these people took the idea to heart, […]

Lamenting the Casting Couch

My upstairs neighbors are  moving, and I’m so sad.  They’re the only people in the building I really felt were kindred spirits. They are buying a movie star’s apartment in central Paris. The eldest is an aspiring actress, a pretty girl who speaks perfect English, has excellent credentials and had both talent and the support […]

Chateau d’Angers

One of the things I’ve always liked about the Château d’Angers is that it’s so different from most of the other castles in the Loire Valley. As you can see from the pictures, instead of being an opulent palace like say Chenonceau or Chambord, it’s more of a fortress. According to the signage outside, the current structure […]

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Paris

We all love to laugh at celebrity vanity projects, but Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP website is irreproachable. So I trust her recommendations for a trip to Paris–it’s not all four-star restaurants and stolls down the Champs-Elysees. Her first trip to the City of Light was with her father: On the plane back to London he asked […]

Summer Specials

Several places in and around Paris dress themselves up (or down) for summer, putting on a series of special events. Here are some of the most interesting: La Bellevilloise: La Grande Prairie is a 500m2 loft with artificial grass, fake flowers and deckchairs, but also a cool venue with cocktail bars, massages and events scheduled throughout […]

10th Time’s a Charm

Daily life in the City of Light holds many challenges, but few are greater than finding the right baguette. When this year’s best baguette in Paris was recently chosen, crowds immediately flooded the winning address (Au Levain d’Antan, 6, rue des Abbesses). They went to check out the loaves of Pascal Barillon, who had entered the competition […]

Yet Another Crime

I was taking a mid-afternoon nap when I heard “thud, thud, thud, thud, thud.” I tried to sort out what it could be… sounded like luggage going up or down stairs. I figured maybe it was the girl upstairs, moving something. As I lie there, thinking up plotlines for my web series, my dog starts […]

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