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Free: Food Dictionary Download!

Passé simple? No problem. Irregular verbs? Bring ‘em on. But when it comes to French words on restaurant menus, I’m forever. Have you, too, settled for the steak frites because you had no clue what aïgo bouido, gargouillau and macaire mean? Well, we’re finally in luck. The new Kindle e-book A French Dictionary of Food [...]

A Brassai Show — Free

“Brassaï, pour l’amour de Paris” is the current free Hôtel de Ville exhibition until March 8, 2014. The exhibit is a Paris panorama from 1930 to 1950. The exhibition catalog is available in English and French. The free flyer at the entrance is available in Spanish, French and English. The best times to visit are at the [...]

Free Shuttle to Ikea!

Just a tip for those looking to take advantage of the soldes at Ikea – I just saw there is a free shuttle bus from Denfert Rochereau to Ikea Thias on Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays.  There are departures at 11, 1:30 and 3 pm on Wednesdays, and everyone 1.5hrs from 9:30 to 3:30 pm during [...]

Free Concerts in the 12th

This charming pedestrian Bercy Village (shops, cafés, movie theater, and a big park) in the 12th is hosting free live music concerts every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm through August 29th. The program is eclectic, with a mix of pop, jazz, punk, blues, folk, soul and rock music performers from around the world. >more summer [...]

Trashy Lady

I like to think of myself as a good citizen of the city. I even clean up the square outside my apartment building now and then. But I did the opposite of what Carlos Danger would call a “solid” when I lugged an old mattress to the sidewalk outside my building, thinking (hoping?) someone would [...]

Monoprix’s “Beauty Happy Hour”

Monoprix stores may have sizable cosmetics sections, but you won’t find clerks in the area putting makeup on for you. Til now. Each Saturday in June (except for June 22), a selection of Monoprix stores will host “Happy Hour de la Beauté” from 3-9pm. Customers can get free makeup applications and recommendations, then hit the [...]

Free Visit to the Notre Dame Crypt

It’s Archeological Days in France this weekend (June 8 and 9). What that means to you? Free entrance to peep the creepy innards below Notre Dame. Once you attend you’ll be able to tell your own “Tales from the Crypt.”

Jazz Babies of Paris

For many years I’ve been reading about how jazz is dying. It seems to stay alive, but it’s definitely not one of the top music genres in the U.S., even in the region where it was born, the South. (Although this weekend is the New Orleans Jazz Festival, which I heartily recommend even to non-jazz-lovers. [...]

A Weekend of Open Artists’ Studios

I love going to Portes Ouvertes, or weekends where artists in a selected neighborhood open their ateliers for visitors to come and check out their working spaces (often also their homes) and view their work. It can also be a great opportunity to buy art directly from the artist, often at a lower price than you’d [...]

Free Museum Entrance, Late Into the Night

Complain all you will about the bureaucracy and weather in France. But you have to admit the country does right by its citizens (and visitors) culturally. As a result, the average French person is culturally sophisticated and curious. The latest free treat for the eyes and ears: La Nuit Européenne des Musées. It takes place [...]

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