Archive for August, 2015


The Unofficial Flower of Paris

We’ve seen them on boats. We’ve seen them on the façades of chic hotels. We’ve seen double-decker arrangements of window boxes. Why is the geranium so popular in Paris? For one thing, as Anne Wilkinson points out in The Passion for Pelargoniums, it is “easy to grow, easily available, and stands up to a considerable […]

The Central Park of Paris?

6km to the north-east of Paris, the Parc Georges-Valbon is so big that it spreads across the territories of five suburban towns. With the future Grand Paris aiming to redynamise the region, it is perhaps not surprising that such a facility should become one of the new focal points, and plans are afoot to transform […]

Learning French by Mastering Your Coffee Order

Ordering a coffee in France and more specifically in Paris can be seen as a difficult task. Even if you were to take the time to search out the answer on Google, you would see endless results on the proper way to get that perfect caffeinated treat (seriously, give it a try). If you enter […]

Avoiding Paris Tourist Scams

Like any large city, Paris has its fair share of scammers, pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Visitors don’t need to be paranoid, but being aware of the most common tactics used by thieves will help you be prepared in case they decide to target you. Safety Scouts Advice is a series of animated videos created by former […]

Korean Cocktail Adventures!

The Quixotic Project team (Candelaria, Le Mary Celeste, Glass) is once again ahead of the curve with their latest opening: Hero, Korean Restaurant and Bar. Rather than rest on their laurels, this group has brought something fresh and unique to the scene with each new opening, earning them a fiercely loyal legion of foodie and […]

Metro Fares Drop!

If you have a monthly or annual Navigo pass covering Zones 1-2 (which is for metro/bus/tram and RER rides in Paris and its immediate suburbs), you can use it in any zone through August 16. That includes both Paris airports as well as Versailles and Disneyland; a savings of well over $10 per trip. Even […]

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