Archive for February, 2013


Ebaying 4 U

If you live in Paris and are looking to sell a bunch of stuff but don’t want to have to bother with opening an eBay account yourself, you can instead try the services of EncherExpert, an eBay consignment company that – for 10-30% percent of the sale – will take your items, photograph them, write up [...]

Fiction and Reality

Here’s the story behind this evocative book cover and the view from which if was depicted.

The French Film That Almost Got an Oscar Nom

Untouchable, the comedy drama directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, soared to international success when it hit cinemas last November. It quickly became the most popular French film since the cult hitAmélie. France was appalled when it wasn’t nominated for best foreign film for this year’s Oscars. It’s the story of the unlikely friendship [...]

A Fashionista, Forgotten

There are not a lot of private houses in Paris. Let alone private houses with a direct view of the river and the Eiffel Tower. So 34, avenue New York, home of the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture, is already something out of the ordinary. We went there last December to see an [...]

A Show of Mail Art

Stephanie Land, an incredible artist, photographer and printmaker, hand-makes stationery and writes the most wonderful and timely notes. Her mail is regarded amongst its recipients as true art. I thought of her this weekend as I visited Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton’s Correspondances exhibit on the Champs-Élysées. First thing you need to know: to get up to [...]

A Royal Ring No One Gets to See

The engagement ring Napoléon Bonaparte gave Joséphine de Beauharnais in 1796 will soon be on the finger of some lucky lady. The ring, being called here in Paris the toi et moi ring, with reminders of the toi et moi ring Dodi Al Fayed bought Princess Diana but never gave her because death intervened, has been [...]

Fun and FREE at Roissy

It used to be such a pain to have to get to the airport two-three hours before your flight, or worse, to end up sitting there for hours because of delays. But now there are so many FREE things to see and do at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2 that you may not want to [...]

The #1 French Author

After years of studying France’s literary top brass – Baudelaire, Hugo, and Flaubert among others – it was a much different kind of storyteller who officially ushered me into expat life in Paris. Marc Levy, the most widely read French author in the world, is known for his narratives of impassioned love, searing loss and buoyant hope. As [...]

The City’s Densest Building

In what is already Europe’s most crowded capital city,it is perhaps an unenviable honour to be labelled the densest building in Paris. Though undoubtedly hefty and imposing, the building that claims this crown is not without a certain grace and charm – and one or two surprises! Designed by the architect Léon Nafilyan in the 1930s, [...]

The Seine Also Rises

It has been raining and even snowing a lot in Île-de-France, the Paris region. As a result, the Seine is much higher than usual and you can see big waves in the river. The authorities have had to close all the express roads along the riverbank. The standard I’m-a-Parisian measure of flooding in Paris is [...]

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