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How to Hail a Taxi in Paris

Guest Post by Vincenzo Castrogiovanni Paris is one of the most popular and highly visited tourist destinations in the world due to its various tourist attractions like Disneyland, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and numerous others. There are many different transportation options while you are visiting Paris. One of the most suitable way, if you are new […]

Renewal Blues

Every ten years I have to renew my US passport. When you live in Paris, you do it through the US Embassy by mailing in your old one with the fee and photo and special forms you need to fill out and print. There are very specific directions on how to do this, so it’s not […]

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 […]

The Museum of Shopping

No one nails Paris like Adam Gopnik. He has written about the city for the New Yorker and in book form, and has edited (what I consider to be) the best anthology of writings about the city, too. This week he takes on the recent glut of luxury stores that, he believes, are helping to […]

Origins of the “Lost Generation”

The hectic pace of life in the 1920s–the jazz, the gin, and the flappers–reflected unease as much as release from WWI. And although the Americans had participated only in the last 18 months of the war and had not suffered the same catastrophic loss of life, they too felt the anxiety underneath the gaiety. Ostensibly, […]

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 […]

Le Brain Drain

Yet another missive about the growing moroseness among young French people. I have to admit I agree with increasing number of articles about France’s top-heavy government and the country’s general bitterness dashing the dreams of hardworking entrepreneurs. Couple that with the Parisian pastime of complaining, and your have a beautiful country full of amazing sensual […]

Expat Health Insurance

You packed your guidebooks, your laptop computer, and super-fancy camera. All set to move abroad? Not yet. A debarking expat fantasizes about the great meals, rich experiences, and lifelong friendships that await us in our new home. What we don’t consider is health insurance. And guess what? Your Universal Health Care is not valid overseas. […]

Air Travel Alert

Yep, another strike in the offing. This time it’s the air traffic controllers–meaning that if you plan to fly in or out of France next week, Monday through Friday (the 27-31), you may want to try to make other plans. Here’s the article (in French) if you want to know what the union demands are […]

Attention Stamp Nerds!

If all you sending home from a trip to Paris is a postcard, at least put a decent stamp on it. Ask for the Versailles Collector stamps at any Parisian post office (or order online), which are valid for international mail (there is no postcard rate in France). They also have Eiffel Tower Collector stamps (they cost […]

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