Archive for October, 2013

La Defense, People-Free

Managing to film the La Defense district without any human extras is impressive, but it also seems entirely appropriate. The rather threatening music and long takes in static, empty environments brings a tension to the short film which also ties in well with the futuristic (and sometimes dated) architecture of La Defense. By the end […]

Albert Kahn’s Gardens

These amazing gardens really are a Paris secret. At four-euros admission, they are also one of its biggest bargains. There is a Japanese garden (as well as a “Japanese Village”), a rose garden, a jardin à la française and an English garden. But there’s also a Marais (“swamp”), a Blue Forest, a “winter garden,” a […]

A Building Full of Street Art

Tour Paris 13 is quite a remarkable art project. Located in a building slated to be demolished later this year, Tour Paris 13 is a collaboration of Galerie Itinerrance along with the 13th arrondissement city hall working with the cooperation of building’s landlord to bring forth a most original art installation. 100 street artists from […]

Cream of Calvados?

Although the Normandie region is just two to three hours from Paris, it’s hardly considered “local.” At least not by the proud Normans! I always get the urge to visit in the fall when the apples are in season to stock up on my favorite French liquor, Crème de Calvados. If you’ve never heard of […]

Booze in Bastille

The streets around Bastille are bursting with bars serving cheap drinks that pull in a young, lively crowd. And while there is no shortage of options, there aren’t many that manage to stand out from the crowd. However, I stopped in at the Café Moderne with my friend Caroline recently, and found they’re well on […]

Mimes…Oh, My!

The first time I ever saw a mime was in that wonderful movie, Children of Paradise, which a more sophisticated friend introduced me to when I was 19. Baptiste, the mime in the movie, is first seen on stage, saving the heroine, who was in his audience, from disgrace by showing the crowd that the real […]

Ladies’ Wine Delivery

Are you reading this because you’re hoping some lovely ladies will deliver you a bottle of wine? Well, it’s a little more bizarre than that. Les Décanteuses is a company that delivers two bottles of wine (by La Poste) to your door each month. You don’t have to be a woman, but for some reason […]

A Top Restaurant in the 20th

Roseval was named the best Paris restaurant of 2013 by Le Fooding. I always take these awards with a grain of salt, but needless to say, it has been on my list of Paris restaurants to visit for a while, but between time in the United States and life, I didn’t get there until recently. The […]

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Gallerie Vivienne Gathering

If you frequent the side halls in the famous covered passages of Paris, you will likely see gatherings of students sketching the century-old architecture. The arches, the moldings, the skylights, and even the floor tiles are worthy of a sketch. You will see students in the not-so-famous covered passages as well.

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