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The 21st Century, Seen by French in the 20th

Molecular cuisine and mobile homes were predicted long before they became a reality. Other notions about the future, such as a barber shop where machines tended to your haircut and shave, didn’t quite happen. Either way these illustrations by French artists in the year 1900 (and thereabouts) are a delightful look at what the French […]

Where to Stay in Paris, Nice, Rome and Venice

Guest Post Summer’s over. But vacation? That’s a year-round treat for globetrotters like you. In France, Paris and Nice are top destinations. For Italy, it’s Rome and Venice. Savvy travelers want the benefits of a convenient location as well as authentic charm. But they also require modern amenities such as wifi (that works). That’s why […]

Jim Morrison’s Mysterious Door

The death of Jim Morrison is not the only mystery in the Rue Beautreillis. On this street where the leader of The Doors spent the last few months of his life and where he (probably) died, another door stands curiously alone. This large stone gateway is the last remaining element of the Hotel Raoul, a […]

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 […]

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