Archive for March, 2013

Today and Tomorrow Student Art Fest

Creative people are respected and protected in France, and this is evident nowhere more than at the Ici et Demain festival. Every year, in an effort to give encouragement and audience to young, up-and-coming student performers and artists, Ici et Demain gives those artists performance space and opportunity to show us what they’ve got. Best of […]

A Flea Market Superior to Clignancourt

The famous flea market that visitors mean when they want to go to the Puces is the Puces de Saint-Ouen, just north of the Porte de Clignancourt and therefore not technically in Paris at all but in suburban Saint-Ouen. Right now is a great time to go to the Puces [flea markets] because a lot of Parisians […]

Not True, But Cute

“In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.” –Geoffrey Cottrell

Notre Dame de Lorette

The construction of this grand church was started in 1823 under the reign of Louis XVIII and was completed in 1836 under Louis-Philippe. The elaborate murals were painted directly on the walls and one can see sections which are being restored. Considered too modern, too bright with gas lighting, the walls are entirely covered with […]

Of a Certain Age

“Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.” -John Berger Film still from Goodbye Again, the 1961 movie starring a 24-year-old (Anthony Perkins) in love with a 40-year-old (Ingrid Bergman). Yves Montand plays the more appropriately aged (but cad) steady.

3 Courses for 6 Euros?!

It’s an unfathomable thought: a three-course meal in Paris for 6€? A three-course meal anywhere for 6€? It just couldn’t be possible! But when heard whispers of the incredible deal available at La Muraille du Phenix, I knew I had to try it for myself. And, it turns out, this may be the cheapest meal in […]

But They Can Try

“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” -Honoré de Balzac

France’s Online Lag

Perhaps it is not altogether a bad thing that the French, in general, are not very branché Internet. It may be because they are close to their families and friends, don’t generally move far away from them, and prefer to do things in warmer ways, in person. But it’s true that compared to Americans of the […]

A French Film Premiere

Last Friday, I attended my first Parisian movie premiere. There was no red carpet, although we were just off the Champs Elysées. Having been to movie premieres in New York and Los Angeles, I was wondering how this experience would match up. The film was The American Tetralogy by Phillipe Terrier-Herman. It stars Andy Gillet. […]

Songs by Neighborhood

An interactive online map highlights the musical geography of Paris, but what does it tell us about the city? The map, originally created to accompany an exhibition held last year in Paris, plots the lyrical locations of over 200 songs that have Paris as a theme. It’s a simple, fun tool to use, allowing you to […]

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