Archive for November, 2011

Sponsored Post: Things I Miss About Paris When I’m in London

Paris is a magnificent city – romantic, historic and cultural. But having been away for a few years, there are a few things that stand out when I think about what I miss… The Metro Why I miss it: Despite its ingenuity, the London Tube is something all Londoners love to complain about. The Paris […]

Any Excuse to Celebrate!

Last weekend marked the 5th anniversary of the re-opening of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. To celebrate, they offered a buy one, get one free deal on ticket entrance (normally 9€) and set up 10 special interactive displays encouraging visitors to experience the museum in a new way. There are three locations for the Musée des […]

The Other Henry IV

Look familiar? It’s La Samaritaine in the background—a department store named after a water pump located right by the Pont Neuf—and the statue of King Henri the IVth (of France, not Henry the IVth of England), a king that said to promised that all French households would eat at least a chicken a week. The Samaritaine is closed […]

Our Annual Tradition: Art Buchwald’s “Le Grande Thanksgiving”

One of our most important holidays is Thanksgiving Day, known in France as le Jour de Merci Donnant . Le Jour de Merci Donnant was first started by a group of Pilgrims ( Pelerins ) who fled froml’Angleterre before the McCarran Act to found a colony in the New World ( le Nouveau Monde ) where they could […]

Avoiding Tourists-Trap Restaurants

I feel terrible for the tourists eating at the tourist traps in Paris posing as French restaurants that I simply must share some tips for avoiding these places. If you appreciate good food that is thoughtfully prepared, and if you often mark a lunch or evening meal as the high point of your day, beware of these […]

Paris Off the Beaten Track

article contributed by Chris Reynolds of For those of you who have never been Paris, there is so much more to the city than the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and playing blackjack or poker at the Aviation Club. The following are a few suggestions for those that like to go off the beaten track. […]

A Rare Fire in Paris

Most fatal fires are caused by cigarettes, when people fall asleep holding them. A new European-wide regulation requires all cigarettes sold to be self-extinguishing. It went into effect last week. Usually the firemen don’t have much firefighting to do in Paris. The buildings are fronted in stone and there are not nearly as many fires […]

There’s an App for That

GPS has replaced maps for tourists visiting Paris. I’m nostalgic for the old days, but I have to say, I love my Paris apps. They make my life easier and enrich my adventures. Here are the Paris apps I download for my guests before they head out the door. RATP The official app of the […]

Oops, I Did It Again

On Thursday I stopped in my local pharmacy to pick up a prescription, and it went a little something like this… Me: (in my best be-nice-to-be French) Bonsoir Madame Pharmacist! I need this prescription filled, please. Madame Pharmacist: (in rapid-fire French) blah blah blah blah blah blah…that’s a lot of iron. Are you sure that you need 8 bottles […]

Christmas in Paris!

What better way to kick off the holiday season, then with some holiday windows, lights, games, cartoons and a letter to Santa? The French postal service has a section of its site dedicated to kids wanting to do just that. (For English instruction on writing to Santa in France, go here. The Champs-Elysées is illuminating Paris […]

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