Archive for October, 2014


A Chi Chi Spa on Place Vendôme

Aquamoon, one of the most luxurious spas in Paris, is tucked into a discrete corner of the Place Vendôme. It is surrounded by Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef et Arpels. With the Ritz soon to re-open next door, it is the perfect place for weary walkers to come take a load off and rest themselves […]

Season for Savories

Americans aren’t used to seeing huge pork legs in the window, but many epiceries in Paris sell the highly prized Iberian Ham now officially known as Jambon Pata Negra (an appellation created by Spanish Royal Decree in January 2014). My favorite is the newly-opened hole in the wall in the Passage des Panoramas, Les Grands […]

Halloween Costume Shopping

Parisians aren’t really into Halloween,  but what if you are invited to a costume party? Where will you find a costume? For those of you on the eastern half of Paris, you have the boutique Cotillon Moderne. They also sell online! In the 17th–metro Brochant–you have an address for a real costume shop. Smack dab in the center […]

Best Steak in Paris?

I don’t see the point in ingesting a steak unless its fatty, well aged and worth the calories. Like everything now, sourcing the very best gets you 90% of the way there. And by accident I stumbled the other night into the best steak in Paris that I’ve ever had. It was with no expectations […]

Le Petit Paris!

It’s fun to look at this old map of Paris, which I took a picture of at a map dealers, and see that Paris was once much smaller than it is now. Everything between the Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne is Paris now. The project of Le Grand Paris was launched under French president […]

The Train to the Palace

In 2012 The Palace of Versailles in conjunction with the national rail system SNCF, launched a series of train cars on the RER C decorated with views of the palace in photographic panels. It’s not on all the trains and the last few times I visited Versailles I didn’t get to see them but last […]

Paris on the Silver Screen

To see where scenes from films set in Paris were shot, check out Set in Paris Movie Tours, which have daily walking and small bus tours in English from their cool Latin Quarter headquarters. Bonus points for their blog post Top Ten Music Videos Shot in Paris. The big film news in town this season […]

Let’s Be Frank

We might as well just rename October “Frank Gehry Month” in Paris: not only is the legendary architect’s spectacular, vessel-like building for the Fondation Louis Vuitton opening on the 27th this month, but the first major retrospective in Europe dedicated to the his career is also opening this week at the Pompidou Centre. The exhibition […]

Paris in Motion – Part 5

Another armchair trip to the City of Light. This has become quite a popular video genre!

What the King Heard

Every year the Festival Marin Marais, first held in 2006, celebrates the birthday of the musician and composer Marin Marais, who played in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King, for 40 years. This year 18 Baroque concerts will be performed now throught November 9 at 3 different venues for a one-time price of […]

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