Archive for August, 2014


Crowded, Noisy and Recommended!

Le Petit Marché is on rue Béarn, a small street just north and directly off of the Place des Vosges. Le Petit Marché is not for those who want a quiet, romantic dinner. It’s busy, noisy, jam-packed café perfect for a quick lunch and people-watching. Most of the staff speak English. Start with the Chinese […]

Le Food Fad

Went out for dinner tonight to a nice place in the 16th arrondissement and was surprised to see that since the last time I was there, they have added cheeseburgers to the menu. They are now officially fashionable in Paris. But not cheap. That’s $33 a cheeseburger.

Tippy Top!

  Aw, shucks. We’re thrilled to be named the top expat blog for France by MyCurrencyTransfer.com. The accolade actually goes to all the blogs you see to your right under the header “The Paris Blog Bloggers.” Those writers and photographers, who each run their own blog about life in the City of Light, are like the […]

Heavenly Cakes and Teas

One of my favorite indulgences right now is Ciel, a Japanese tea room that only has one kind of pastry: light and airy angel food cakes with cream filling in flavors like strawberry, yuzu, chocolate, matcha, Griotte cherry, vanilla, or black sesame. They are beautifully presented for eating at the small counter space or to […]

Seeing the Metro Differently

I’ve always had a fascination with the colored seats of the metro and photographed them before but there was always something missing from the photos, either the lighting was poor or the reflection of the fluorescent light marred the color. While waiting for the metro last month, I looked at the metro seats in a […]

Ready for Lift Off

The luxury hotel Peninsula has made Paris its European point of entry, introducing a few new drinking and dining options to the city. The rooftop restaurant and bar, L’oiseau Blanc, was named after the French plane that attempted to make the first non-stop flight from Paris to New York in 1927 but mysteriously disappeared. Fittingly, […]

Summer’s Last Gasp

Summer isn’t quite over yet, despite the cool, wet weather in Paris the past two weeks. There are many events for the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris (August 1944), including a free sound and light show tomorrow evening commemorating the historic events followed by live dancing and a Bal Populaire (dance party) on […]

Carving up the City

A reader named Philippa has informed me that the arrondissement system that divides the city is a fairly new element of city geography: The organization of Paris into its 20 arrondissements, spiralling out from the Ile de la Cité, seems so well established that you may be surprised to learn that the arrangement is only […]

Champagne in Champagne

Over brunch one Sunday years ago, a friend raised her glass and said, “Thanks for introducing me to champagne.” I responded, “You’d never had it before?” And she said, “Well, at weddings. Not, like, every day.” Regrettably, I don’t drink champagne everyday. It’s more a once-a-week thing. Though I can be cheap in other areas […]

Chic and Ew

The two extremes of Parisian style for women of a certain age were displayed across the aisle from each other on my subway ride this morning.

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