Archive for September, 2012


The Annual Ham Slam!

The 85th annual Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons is a mix of over 800 stands selling antiques and bric-a-brac, plus an entire section dedicated to regional French foods, particulary pork in all its varieties. Back in the Middle Ages, this same fair took place outside Notre Dame Cathedral, but now it’s spread out […]

A Shocking Statistic

Back in my early years in France, after I had finished my French classes and was starting to look around for a job, there was a statistic that shocked me: 50% of French people earn less than 1500€ a month. Of course at the time, I still had my American salary expectations and I hadn’t […]

A Mysterious New Tea

Mariage Frères recently launched a new tea flavor that intrigued me: Full Moon Party tea. For the mad hatter in me, this sounded like just the perfect beverage for my next unbirthday party. Chéri and I took a stroll to the Marais and stopped in the Mariage Frères boutique and salon du thé on rue Bourg-Tibourg. I […]

A Dying Breed

I was in an office near the Bastille and suddenly, over the noise of the city and the nearby construction, I heard a once-familiar sound– the ringing of a handbell, persistent and traveling. I rushed to the window, thinking it might be the glass man who used to walk through my neighborhood occasionally. He would […]

Inside the Hotel de Ville

For this year’s National Heritage Days, I visited the Hotel de Ville–Paris’s Town Hall. I was blown away by how beautiful it was, and would go as far to say that it rivaled Versailles in its ornateness. Everywhere you looked, there were intricate details, glowing chandeliers, gold-leafing and frescoes. There was also a library that […]

Podcasting Veteran Launches New Series

Many of you may remember Katia and Kylie Mac’s fabulous K&K Podcast. After 491 hilarious episodes, Kylie Mac returned to the US to pursue new adventures, and sadly, the podcast came to an end. But now Katia is back with a new show, The France Project, “a podcast exploring the je ne sais quoi about life in […]

Who Was Gordon Bennett?

English people finding themselves on the Avenue Gordon Bennett – probably when attending the French Open tennis tournament or visiting the Serres d’Auteuil – must smile in surprise when they see one of the street signs. For those not familiar with the name, ‘Gordon Bennett’ has been used as an expression of surprise in England […]

Have You Met Miss Lunch?

If you think that Occitane beauty products smell good enough to eat, I have great news for you. Olivier Baussan, the founder of Occitane, has sponsored a little eatery, unique among cafés in Paris, called Miss Lunch, near the Aligre food market in the 12th Arrondissement. He has stocked it with a selection of exquisite […]

Sophie Calle’s New Show

French contemporary artist Sophie Calle has a new solo exhibition, “Pour la dernière et pour la première fois,” at the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery in the Marais. Calle, arguably one of the most important artists of our time, explores intimate subjects and produces emotionally intense and profoundly moving work (the exhibition “Rachel, Monique”, about the death of her […]

Margiela’s Architecture

With its original and unique stylish boutiques, the Martin Margiela fashion brand has been a pioneer in terms of architecture for more than 15 years. Founded in 1988 by Belgian artist/fashion designer Martin Margiela, the company opened its first store in 1998 in Tokyo. Each boutique offers a spectacular setting for the collections while the […]

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