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Hit the Beach!

Every summer since 2002, Paris closes off sections of its quais to traffic and transforms the riverbank along the Seine into “Paris Beach.” Paris Plage started up again a fortnight ago (July 19th) and will run through August 17th. Paris Plage runs roughly from the Louvre to the Pont de Sully, about 2 kilometers east. There is also […]

Bastille Day in Paris

There’s much to see and do on and around La Fête Nationale, aka Bastille Day, July 14th. This is a rundown of just some of the best options, including the dance parties, parade, and fireworks show, as well as some logistical tips on using public transportation, when you can legally drink alcohol on the Champ […]

Free French Classes in Paris

The Paris Mayor’s Office has added a “Learning French” page to its website with tips on who can take classes and where. Staying in Paris awhile? Check your with your local mayor’s office (each arrondissement has one) for information on free municipal classes. No restrictions on nationality or residence status, but students must be must […]

Get Illuminated

Hordes turned out for the annual Festival of Light in Paris. Take a photographic tour here without getting bumped by hot wine-addled spectators.

Photo Show Opens This Week

by Meredith Mullins It has been fun to plan “Paris and Beyond” with my friend Richard Nahem. We have both been settled in Paris for eight years, and we both live to explore . . . and see things that have not been seen before. The exhibit opens this Thursday, September 25, at Le Galerie 102. Our […]

Summer’s Last Gasp

Summer isn’t quite over yet, despite the cool, wet weather in Paris the past two weeks. There are many events for the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris (August 1944), including a free sound and light show tomorrow evening commemorating the historic events followed by live dancing and a Bal Populaire (dance party) on […]

Free Museum Night!

The European Night of Museums takes place tonight. Dozens of museums in the city will be open late, many of them until midnight. Here’s the full list. And yes, the Musee D’Orsay is participating, so you can see this famous naked lady painting on your ramble.

Radio Free Paris

The spherical Maison de Radio France overlooking the Seine just south of the Eiffel Tower is home to the family of state-run radio stations in France (including my two favorites, the eclectic Fip and the only decent French rock station, Le Mouv’). But you can also attend live music shows as they’re recorded, including “Un […]

Learning French Free

There are lots of free ways to learn or improve your French language skills. My favorite is by listening to the radio. Tuning into the news on RFI, France Culture or France Info, all of which stream on the Internet, swells my vocabulary, seemingly by osmosis. It also familiarizes me with different accents and varying […]

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 […]

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