Archive for August, 2011


The Homeless World Cup?!

Running through August 28, the Homeless World Cup brings together 64 national teams for a street soccer tournament on the Champs de Mars. Under the watchful eye of a large iron tower and a burning sun, the players – both male and female, some very young, some a little more experienced – began the tournament […]

Sponsored Post: Finding out What You Already Know About French

There are so many possible languages to learn. Most people make their choice based on an interest in the culture which the language represents. For those keen to learn French it is a proud language, representative of high culture. Its speakers in France are vigilant in efforts to guard it from the influence of other […]

A Playboy’s Plight

Arnaud Lagardère, heir to one of France’s largest and most powerful industrial empires, likes a pretty girl. No would would care except that, according to The Economist, the 49-year-old has been playing hooky from board meetings. Now this wouldn’t matter either, if Lagardère were a little family-owned business. But, sadly, it is not. It is a […]

Coral-like Exteriors

The facades of buildings in Paris may be compared to many things, but rarely are they likened to coral. This however was the inspiration behind my latest challenge, a question that I received recently from Mary Kay; When I was in the States recently, I took a photo of a cross section of coral that my […]

Zaha Hadid’s First Solo Show in France

Architect Zaha Hadid‘s mobile art container has been donated by Chanel to the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Having travelled the world, the pavilion is currently showcasing an exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s work within its walls, and then will be used by the Institut du Monde Arabe to house contemporary art from Arab countries. As the […]

The World’s Largest Antiques Market

Les Puces de St. Ouen–ala Clignancourt–is the largest antique and flea market in the world, with more than 2500 vendors, sprawling across 17 acres on the edge of the city. 120,000 to 150,000 people arrive every weekend searching for treasures. The market officially started in 1885 but before that, scrap metal and rag and bone […]

A Bistro Named “Contact Lenses”

Jadis, in the 15th arrondissement, has joined the parade of Paris bistros that have opened offshoots, with a new address in the 5th called Aux Verres de Contact. The name means “contact lenses,” but “verres” means “glasses,” intimating that this is a place to drink. That said, this feels much more like a bistro than a […]

An Odd Request

I often get weird emails requesting I mention something-or-other on my blog. I rarely pay them any attention because I’m not interested. I don’t write this blog for money so there’s no need to pimp it out. But this guy…. this Damien…. this guy was different. He had something special. Here are the most important […]

Vending Machine Baguette

There is something truly Parisian in this – and truly unique: a baguette vending machine (on the left hand side)! A boulanger (baker) managed to create a baguette dispenser that can operate 24/7 (it’s more than a dispenser, actually, as it completes the cooking when you pay, so that it’s crunchy like a fresh baguette). […]

An “Amélie” Photo Shoot

I was asked to assist Robert & Kathleen Trenske in sourcing locations and vendors for a 2-day Paris photography seminar and photo session. The images from that romantic Parisian rooftop wedding were featured on Style Me Pretty a while back, but the photos from the Amélie Poulain-inspired Montmartre photo session were just posted on Robert and Kathleen’s blog […]

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