Archive for July, 2013


A Highway Serial Killer?

A little more than years ago  – July 19, 2011 – Xavier Balignant, a 29-year-old, was shot to death. The divorced father was driving home to the town of Pont-à-Celles in Belgium after a camping holiday in the Ardèche department of the French region of Rhône-Alpes. (France is divided into regions and each region into […]

Qu’est-ce Que C’est?

A favorite from a gallery of Paris abstractions by Meredith Mullens.

The Architecture of Tax Dodges

Whenever I buy postcards or other pictures of Paris, I gravitate to anything unfamiliar. So when I was leafing through some inexpensive engravings at an antiques fair on the Place St-Sulpice in June, I was immediately drawn to this one. Barrière de la Cunette? “Where was that?” I asked the young woman who was in […]

Trashy Lady

I like to think of myself as a good citizen of the city. I even clean up the square outside my apartment building now and then. But I did the opposite of what Carlos Danger would call a “solid” when I lugged an old mattress to the sidewalk outside my building, thinking (hoping?) someone would […]

The Wonders of Summer

Paris in July! What’s not to love?

Summer in the City

Guest Post by Katie Belle Many Parisians may leave their native city during the height of the summer, heading for fashionable St. Tropez, Cap d’Agde or the Ile de Ré. Visiting during July or August means the city exudes a happier, less stressed vibe than during other parts of the year, as tourists replace working […]

Boxer Shorts Bar

The word of the day for the non-French speaking readers is caleçon, which means boxer shorts. And not long ago, two young frenchies combined the concept of “calecon” with “bar” to create the Calbar; where the boys behind the bar sport boxers shorts. I first stopped in several months back to have some fun for […]

Gone Fishin’

The Experimental Group expansion continues at an impressive clip with their sixth local opening. Just next door to their already established Beef Club, the Fish Club brings Peruvian-inspired drinking and dining to Paris. Recently, Catherine and I stopped in to taste test and talk cocktails. Designed by Dorothee Meilichzon, this venture is a change from […]

The Museum Cashier

Me: What time does the museum close for lunch? Cashier: We’re open continually. Me: Your website says you close for an hour at mid-day. Cashier (to fellow cashier): See? I told you. That’s the second time today. (to me) Could you tell that woman over there? It’s not our department. Me: Um, I’m actually here […]

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