Archive for December, 2012

’70s Glam Cocktails: Le Coq

The brains behind le Coq have more than enough cocktail cred to make a bar work on their names alone.  Local industry experts, Thierry Daniel and Eric Fossard have teamed up with cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro of 69 Colebrooke Row. They’ve brought along Marcis Dzelzainis from London to oversee the show. And pros like these are more used to […]

Holiday Concerts – Some Free!

Many English and American churches offer traditional carol services in December. You can also choose from a smorgasbord of classical music offerings, from opera to string quartets, often performed in historic surroundings. Many quite inexpensive classical concerts are held in Paris’s churches. A popular venue for concerts is Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre on the left bank. This ancient […]

Crafty Christmas Market

This weekend in Paris, there is a Christmas Market with a difference taking place: Joyeux Market at our favourite Seine-side venue in town, Wanderlust. On Saturday 15th December from 2pm to 11pm and Sunday 16th December from 11am to 7pm you can get your Christmas cheer on with some festive shopping at stalls from some of […]

A Dali Blockbuster!

The first major tribute since 1979 to the king of Surrealism, Salvador Dali, has just opened at the Centre Pompidou. The 200+ works, which are shown chronologically, are in three themed categories. Also on display are rare drawings, photos, objets, and excerpts from film and television shows. The show promises to be a blockbuster, since […]

Gifts with a French Accent

My favorite boutique for French-themed gifts is Nathalie Seaver. Its owner–that would be Nathalie–is a Franco-American fashion designer. In addition to her chic womenswear, her shop stocks the creme de la creme of affordable French products. All of these can be ordered on the shop’s website. (If you don’t see the item on the site, […]

Bugarach Braces for the End

Esoterics, quoting the Mayan Calendar, believe that on December 21 our world will cease to exist. However, one could survive this Apocalypse but only if one will be in the village of Bugarach which is in the Aude department of France. Yet, just being in Bugarach won’t suffice. No, you have to be on the […]

The Best French Wine Regions for Holidays

With its sweeping vineyards, award-winning restaurants and quality rural produce, France is an obvious choice for a gastronomic break – or if you already live here, a day trip – in the pleasant surroundings of the Rhone Valley or the hills around Dijon. But which are the top destinations for a tipple when you’re out […]

Paris: Oui to Wee-Fee

Sure, lots of cafés and stores have wi-fi for you to connect easily and check your email while you’re munching on that pain au chocolat. But did you know there’s free wi-fi (pronounced wee-fee in French, totally adorable) all over Paris? Think parks, town halls (like the Hôtel de Ville), libraries and museums. If you’ve […]

BHV: Furniture, Decor…and Shoes?

When I worked in study abroad, I used to tell my students who came here to Paris, that if they needed anything and couldn’t find it they could always head to the BHV. I used to say that at the BHV, you could more or less build, decorate and live in a house with everything […]

Naked Ladies of Paris

I’ve been thinking about the sheer number of naked ladies of Paris. Naked STONE ladies, that is. Most of them, oddly enough, were set in place at a time when good girls were covered from head to toe.  I wonder how those girls felt as they walked around the stone nudities of Paris! I remember […]

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