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Champagne in Champagne

Over brunch one Sunday years ago, a friend raised her glass and said, “Thanks for introducing me to champagne.” I responded, “You’d never had it before?” And she said, “Well, at weddings. Not, like, every day.” Regrettably, I don’t drink champagne everyday. It’s more a once-a-week thing. Though I can be cheap in other areas […]

Day Trip Compendium

Within the first five pages of An Hour from Paris, I was swept into a desire to quickly read the entire book grab my camera, my Navigo, a bottle of water and head out. The personal update acknowledgements that first meet the reader introduce me to the author, Annabel Simms. Her manner of explaining her method […]

Using QR Codes at Museums

QR codes are a handy way to visit Paris. The Paris transportation system (RATP) uses the code at the bus stops. The Arts and Decoratifs Museum uses the codes for some of their exhibits. Two QR code readers available for my smart phone are Mobiletag and QRReader. Bus stops post the time before the next […]

A Sip of Reims

Not long ago, we spent two days in Reims, and while it was fun, it wasn’t quite as champagne-filled as I was expecting it to be. We visited two of the big Champagne houses: Tattinger and Pommery (many of the others close during the winter months). I think I’d like to go back again one […]

Krautrock Forbidden

Auguste Perret’s Salle Cortot offers a blank exterior to passers by, but its interesting interior can be experienced for free duringlunchtime concerts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Salle Cortot on the Rue Cardinet in the 17th arrondissement is the concert hall of theÉcole normale de musique de Paris, an institution that was created in 1919 […]

White Brights

Can’t get enough images of Paris in the recent snowfall? Here’s a fantastic album.

Paris to Nice for 19 Euros!

The softer, subtler neighbor of Cannes, Nice is like if Venice and France had a baby and it lived beside the ocean. The old city is full of winding, narrow streets composed of colorful buildings, and the rest of the small city boasts a modern art museum, a beautiful park that overlooks the sea, a […]

Postcard Expo

“Wish you weren’t here” might be the message on a postcard such as this one commemorating one of the great floods of the Seine. As for the one at right–I’m at a loss for a great caption (suggestions welcome!). I love postcards, especially (almost exclusively) the ones that don’t glamorize the subject. For fellow fans, […]

Grape Harvest Festival in Montmartre

Incredible though it may seem, the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, which is in full swing this weekend, celebrating the grape harvest on the northern slopes of the city, is the third-most-attended event of the year in Paris, after the Nuit Blanche and Paris Plages. I’m not sure how they actually go about counting these […]

Louvre to Show Fake Mona Lisa

Madrid’s Prado Museum has announced that it has had a copy of Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa in its vaults for some years, and has now discovered after a restoration which removed several layers of paint and an x-ray analysis that it is the oldest original copy (or replica) of the early-16th century masterpiece. Da Vinci […]

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