Archive for August, 2017


Gluten-Free Comes to Paris

In the baguette capital of the world, it is hard to find places that sell gluten-free food. But there are a few, mainly in the Marais, catering to tourists and people in the glamour trades. The helpful site GlutenFreeinParis lists just one gluten-free spot in the entire 18th arrondissement. So a gluten-intolerant friend and I […]

Secondhand Behemoth

Emmaus is the closest thing to Paris has to a Salvation Army or Goodwill chain. It’s an organization that helps people get back on their feet, and their social enterprise component is a handful of secondhand stores. One of the largest, if not the largest of those stores is Emmaus Defi at 40 rue Riquet […]

Le Rentree

La Rentree has an official date (this year it’s Sept 4) but the term more frequently applies to the entire end-of-August period during which tanned vacationers reluctantly return to Paris (and other metropolises) to work. Until then, many of our local parks, such as the one inside the Archives Nationales, look like this! Aaahhh…. There seems […]

A New Eye on Eiffel

We all know that the Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889 for the Universal Exposition; only meant to stay in place for a short while; and was reviled by many Parisians at the time. But that’s just the tip of the steel iceberg, as I learned last week on a fabulous 1.5-hour night tour of […]

France Outlaws OTC Codeine

Party’s over. In line with a new awareness of the widespread abuse of opiates in the Western Hemisphere, France last month instituted its own law requiring a doctor’s prescription to buy painkillers and cough suppressant medications that contain codeine. Paderyl and Prontalgine, two popular medications for symptoms such as headaches or dry coughs, will no […]

The Moment Has Passed

Three years ago I wrote this post about a shop for dowdy women’s clothing. The inevitable has recently happened: the shop closed, and something else has appeared in its place: a Franprix Nano (a mini grocery store). Instead of being sad, however, I find myself relieved that the replacement isn’t something ridiculously trendy, like a […]

Navigo vs. Decouverte

I was recharging my Navigo pass (formerly known as the Carte Orange) and was told the Navigo pass is being retired in exchange for the Decouverte card. (I am not seeing anything to this effect on the official SNCF sites, but France is still behind the times when it comes to that kind of thing). […]

Top 7 Tips for Traveling to Paris with Kids

We all know Paris for its magical atmosphere and the fact that it, more than any other city in the world, embodies in the collective imagination the stereotype of romantic destiny par excellence. Yet Paris is not just this. It is also a city that is surprisingly suitable for children. If you’re travelling to Paris […]

The Snail!

The current shape and configuration of Paris dates from 1860, when the City annexed a series of surrounding villages and established 20 arrondissements. The numbering started in the center and spiralled out from there. Previously, the city had been smaller and had had only 12 arrondissements. Why the spiral arrangement? The story goes that the […]

A Comparison Between Netflix US and Netflix UK

There is no denying the fact that the amount of movies and TV shows you get on Netflix these days, they’re good enough to keep anyone amused and entertained for a long time! Whether your purpose of subscribing to the service is to enjoy some blockbuster films, or documentary movies or simply to keep the […]

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