Archive for April, 2014

What’s in the Pot?

I passed La Bague de Kenza recently and discovered it has a full Middle Eastern food menu and a three-course lunch for 18 euros. The front of the shop is for take-out food and pastries, and that’s where I ordered my lunch. They kindly took my order and invited me to sit either outside or […]

Tuesday Open Mic Night!

Every Tuesday from 8:30pm to midnight, Club Rayé on rue Dussoubs hosts an evening of song and good cheer. Anyone can get up and sing, though you may be intimidated by the talent if you are not a quasi-professional! It’s OK, you can also just go and listen to the piano (played by Matthieu Naulleau) […]

Wave of the Future?

A friend and I were standing on a metro station platform, and I looked longingly at the snacks in the vending machines. “I didn’t bring any change, too bad these things don’t take cards,” I said. Then I noticed the huge sign on the side of the machine showing a Visa card with a payWave symbol. […]

A Bridge Too Far

It should have been the pride of Paris; a stunning suspension bridge leaping clear across the Seine. It should have been one of the crown jewels of both Paris and the career of Claude Navier, one of 19th-century France’s most brilliant mathematicians and engineers. But things don’t always work out as they should. This sketch […]

More Cafe Cuteness in the 9th

Created by sisters Margot and Scarlette, Marlette began as an organic food brand selling bread and cake mixes (stocked at choice Paris addresses such as Claus and Causses), and has now branched out to include the freshly opened Café Marlette, serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and snacks. The charming space on the trendy rue des Martyrs – with […]

Outdoor Art Market

Seen here on a market day (Thursdays and Sundays), almost anything from produce, seafood, bread, flowers, cheese, and other food items to household goods are sold at the Marche Bastille. However, on Saturdays, this sprawling area is transformed into a street market of “art and creation,” an opportunity to explore, to buy, and to talk […]

Too Cool for Its Environs

In any city, the three most important words for real estate are location, location, location. Sometimes though, even if you do manage to find a spot in a desirable district you may find that your face just never seems to fit in. This has always been the case with Galerie Argentine. Picked up and placed […]

Nazi Artifact Auction Cancelled

The Nazi Hermann Göring, who died 68 years ago, was in the news again this week. The reason: a Paris auction of 40 Nazi artifacts which included Göring’s passport. The auction, which had been scheduled to be held on April 26, has been called off due to pressure from several Jewish and anti-racism groups as […]

Rooftop Season Is Here

Le Perchoir opened its doors last summer, filling a gap in the Paris bar and restaurant scene: a place on an open rooftop where guests could enjoy an amazing view of the city. The enviable location of this bar offers a 360-degree view of the City of Light. Le Perchoir is divided into two parts: […]

The Layers Above the Seine

Taken from the Pont Saint-Michel, this image shows layers of buildings along the quay; the bouquinistes; the level under the street; the banks of the Seine; and finally the Seine herself. How have I not noticed the walkway under the street level on this south side of the river? What are those open spaces in […]

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