Archive for January, 2012


A Video Valentine to Paris

American synth-pop duo Class Actress have just released their latest video, for the track “Bienvenue,” set in none other than the city that we heart so much, Paris. Directed by Gregory Faure and Clement Gino, the video was shot at various Paris landmarks, including the Canal St. Martin and Gare du Nord, and a roof […]

Knit Wits

Grab your knitting needles, embroidery threads, patchwork and hoops. The Paris Needlework Fair (l’Aiguille en Fête) takes place in February (February 9 and 12, 2012). The fair is not restricted to age or gender. The men are knitting along side the women and there is even a sporting event: Speed Knitting! The annual Paris needlework […]

The Historic Brasserie Wepler

Brasserie Wepler is just up the street from my work.  It’s one of those famous artists’ cafés that could have easily fit into Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (i.e., Picasso, Utrillo, and Modigliani slurped here)…if it were still in its original state.  It’s not, but who cares?  It’s still a great place to go and […]

A Tiki Lounge in Paris

Since 1931 when Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt aka Don the Beachcomber set up the first tiny tiki joint in Hollywood, this kitschy culture has been injecting a bit of South Pacific fun into cocktails and given birth to some of world’s most notorious rum based drinks like the mai tai and the Zombie. Tiki style bars […]

Cézanne in the City

Through February 26, Musée du Luxembourg hosts a special exhibition of paintings that Cézanne did while visiting Paris. Known best for his pastoral paintings of Provence, Cézanne also made more than twenty trips to Paris, where he learned a style of painting that he would continue to develop in Provence, ultimately attracting interest and praise […]

Sponsored Post: Top 5 Nightlife Areas in Paris

Paris is regarded as one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolises in Europe and with good reason. If you are planning a stay in cheap Paris hotels and are keen to sample the city’s nightlife, here are five of the best districts to visit. Latin Quarter Favoured by students who attend the nearby Sorbonne […]

On the Dot!

An American woman I know here was complaining that she invited some people for dinner at 7:30 p.m. and that at 8:30 p.m. they were just arriving. That is because in France, dinner is always (sauf exception) at 8:30 p.m., which means the guests will start to trickle in at 8:45. (If you are rude […]

French Tapped to Compose Obama Reelection Song

According to Le Figaro, United States President Barack Obama has chosen two French composers from Bordeaux (yes, France!) to write his campaign theme song. The ditty, entitled “What’s More,” was written by Tony Jazz and Mathieu Billon. Raised in the infamous 9-3 (the Seine Saint Denis region just outside Paris), Jazz at 26 had already racked up credits […]

The Slang Time Warp of Expats

I’ve noticed lately that a lot of my expat friends seem to be in a slang word time warp. Do slang words learned before moving abroad stay through the years in one’s expat life? Does slang stand still over time? Je pense que oui. It seems to be the case in La Mom’s entourage. Here’s […]

Snagging an Artist’s Visa to Stay in France

My visa expired towards the end of November. For months, I’d been dreaming up schemes that would help me to stay. The option that held the most appeal, but would be by far the hardest to get, was to try again for the Competences et Talents visa. There are a few different ways to get […]

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