Archive for January, 2014


Money Machines in Shops

There are a few new things you might notice on your next trip to France. Many small shops like bakeries have begun using special automated change machines (les monnayeurs, en français) where the client inserts the cash payment and gets change without the staff ever having to touch your money. These were originally adopted to […]

Casinos in Paris

Paris has one of the oldest and most diverse heritages of any city in Europe. The nightlife reflects this with pavement cafes, clubs and even a decent choice of Casinos which we’ll look at in this article. The Left Bank is known more for its laid back style café culture style whereas the Right Bank […]

The Portable Vide-Poche

Sometimes the best and most useful gifts are the simplest (and most affordable). This was waiting for me as I arrived in Paris to spend the month of December. Snap together the four coners of the thick felt, and you’ve got a colorful vide-poche. No more scrambling for keys, Navigo pass, wallet and glasses before […]

Those Pipes!

The design of this ornate organ in Saint-Louis des Invalides is attributed to Jalues Hardouin-Mansart. It is the only example of the Louis-XIV era among the organs of Paris. The instrument was built by Alexandre Thierry (1687). Major revisions were carried out in the mid 1800s and more recently in 1957. The organ is not […]

Love in First Class

As delighfully French as a simple fromage blanc with fruits rouges, Love Is in the Air (Amour et Turbulences) is a romantic comedy confection starring Ludivine Saigner and Nicolas Bedos as star-crossed former lovers. Three years after their tumultuous breakup, they wind up seated next to each other in first class on a flight from […]

Drunk on Paris: The Book

PJ Adams‘ recent book, Intoxicating Paris: Uncorking the Parisian Within, is a combination of helpful hints all rolled into one. It is a personal insight, lightweight travel guide with suggestions, partial psychological and psychotherapeutic guide to American and French cultural differences, and a marketing tool for other authors. I was able to identify myself in […]

Back at Ya

Who has not marveled at Paris reflected in a body of water or a window? Prete-Moi Paris has a lovely gallery of such images.

Making a Memory

Photos and videos are the way many people chronicle and remember their vacations. For me, it’s perfume. By buying and using a fragrance on vacation that’s native to a country or region, or better yet, made from native plants (or smelling like them), I am sure to create an olfactory memory that will always conjure […]

Chic Bike Helmets

I’ll admit I never wear my helmet when riding around Paris on Vélib’. Not because it looks stupid, but because it’s inconvenient to carry, and I don’t always know when I’ll be hopping on a bike. But I may be inclined to carry one of the cool, collapsible helmets made by Closca in my tote bag. […]

A Paris Memoir

André Schiffrin was born the son of one of France’s most esteemed publishers, in a world peopled by some of the day’s leading writers and intellectuals, such as André Gide, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. But this world was torn apart when the Nazis marched into Paris on young André’s fifth birthday. Beginning with the family’s dramatic […]

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