Archive for September, 2011


Nuit Blanche Oct. 1

Good news for this 10th edition of the Nuit Blanche event – the current prediction is for a warm and dry weekend. Although many of the installations are inside, very often you’ll need to queue outside for long periods, so it’s always better if it’s not raining! The event is divided across four zones, loosely […]

Discovering Gustave Moreau

The Musee Gustave-Moreau was actually Moreau’s own home. His father was an architect and designed the lower floors, which acted as the living quarters. After his parents’ deaths, Moreau moved into the home and lived there until his own death in 1898. These rooms have been preserved as they were when Moreau lived here. They […]

Sports-Minded?

Here’s a chance to make a quick €60 just by spouting your opinions. If you are a native Anglophone, have at least one child who is one or older, and you have bought products from the apparel/sports/camping equipment brands Decathlon, Quechua, or GO Sport, a market research company wants to have a word with you. […]

Offended by “Mademoiselle”

Caption: It’s absolutely none of our business but we still demand to know if you are a virgin, unmarried, divorced, a widow, or just a naïve young thing…. Someone sent me this article, from a website called Madame ou Madame. It’s about a new campaign against the word Mademoiselle. Mademoiselle—One box too many Have you ever wondered […]

A Night at the Opera (Restaurant)

The first impression when entering the Opera Restaurant at the Palais Garnier is being in a grotto. I imagined growing mushrooms. My husband imagined the grotto in Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera. We were both right. Contrary to your normal grotto though, this one is full of light and color. The fantasy of the menu […]

The Other Famous Waterway

Although you may first think of the Seine, the banks of Canal Saint Martin provide a quiet spot to watch the boats and people.  You can watch the locks as boats pass through in this section of the canal, listen to the sounds of a guitar, enjoy a picnic in the shade of the trees, or […]

A Family in Concrete

I have written previously of the works of architect Auguste Perret (particularly his Mobilier National building), but not as yet of his two creations that also became his offices and homes. As these buildings are separated by 30 years (and around 500 metres!), it is also interesting to note how tastes and techniques changed in […]

Messing with History

The ads on the side of the Conciergerie are becoming just plain cruel. Look at the nonsense that’s up there now. Really, Conciergerie? Isn’t that kinda mean, featuring a painting of Marie Antoinette without a face, and a title of “Ghost Save the Queen” on the side of the building where she was held prisoner […]

Pink Gin in a Purple Bar

This ain’t your granny’s drugstore. The shiny Drugstore Publicis sits in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe (133 Ave des Champs Elysees) and serves as a one-stop upscale shop for books, food (both sit down and to go), drinks, cigarettes, movies, magazines and more. I’ve passed this place countless times and never been moved […]

Mmmaubert Mmmutualité

Maybe I’m just lazy, but I like one-stop shopping: a single trip on the métro, rewarded by a multitude of destinations. Especially when all the destinations are related to food. Today, I’m excited to share some of my favorite shops in the neighborhood at métro Maubert-Mutualité. There is the excellent fromagerie, Laurent Dubois, a meilleur ouvrier […]

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