Archive for January, 2015


Fashionable After All These Years

Pierre Cardin, one of the most prolific fashion designers of the 20th century and the first designer to mass market his name and products, is still going strong at age 92. His latest project is a fashion museum in a former factory in the Marais. Last week at the museum I time traveled to the […]

7-Day Slosh

Paris Cocktail Week has just kicked off so I went out and got it all warmed up for you. In addition to specials in 35 bars across the city, PCW’s programme includes other goodies like special tastings, master classes, food fun and even a couple of PopUps in The Chamber. I started Saturday at the […]

The Monsieur of Notre Dame

Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc renovated the crumbling walls and put his imprint on about 100 French monuments, including Vézelay, Pierrefonds, Notre-Dame de Paris, Carcassonne, Saint-Sernin. The poster for an exhibition on him at Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine resembles a Pierre-Jules Hetzel edition of a Jules Verne novel. Cité gives no reason for the choice […]

An Odd Coincidence

Street names in Paris are one way to discover the history of France. With over 5,000 streets, avenues, boulevards, cul-de-sacs and dead-ends, the street often has a simply phrased history beneath the name. An example is rue Nicolas Appert in the eleventh arrondissement. Nicolas Appert (1749 and 1841) was a French confectioner who made pastries […]

Multi-Media Arc de Triomphe

The Paris Mayor’s Office brought in the new year with a spectacular display of “video-morphing” on the Arc-de-Triomphe. The spectacle lasted 20 minutes and ended with fireworks from the top. Wherever you were on December 31, you can relive a slice of the moment virtually on their Daily Motion (think: French YouTube) channel. Visit the […]

New Year Price Hikes

– Metro tickets went from €1.70 to €1.80 and a carnet of 10 rose from €13.70 to €14.10 (however any tickets purchased before January 1st are still valid). Monthly Navigo passes are up 4.3% to €70. – Airport RER/bus tickets rose on the Orlyval (€9.30 euros), the Orlybus (€7.70), and Roissybus (€11). – The minimum […]

Oh, Kei!

Dining in Paris has gotten more exciting this year with the addition of Kei to the roster of divine Parisian restaurants. As a student of Ducasse, Piège and Moret, Kei Kobayashi is known for bringing together the finesse of Asian cuisine and the strong tastes of local French dishes – this, obviously just reeled me […]

Multi-Platform Terror

The website for a university in Paris has been hacked by Islamic militants. Here’s what a student friend of mine found when she went to her school’s website today.

Shorten Your Wait at St.-Chapelle

Many visitors want to go to Sainte Chapelle, the only chapel in Paris that you have to pay to enter (because it’s no longer used for religious services, as it’s inside the Palais de Justice (Supreme Court) walls. Lines are long because of the security measures to enter, so don’t end up having to queue TWICE […]

The Man Who Made the Cow Laugh

For years, Benjamin Rabier (1864–1939), the illustrator who created the jovial red cow, was an inspector at Les Halles, the central Paris markets, where he could observe animals up close. But he also drew and painted, creating a menagerie of creatures with distinct personalities, which appeared in books, journals, and children’s papers, in series that […]

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