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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 […]

Paris Double Rainbow!

Winter blues have set in over Paris. But try to look on the bright side! The cold months bring their own visual charm to the City of Light. Have a look at the amazing photo essay at Secrets of Paris for a reminder of the the stark beauty of l’hiver.

Dog + Pet Cemetery!

Le Cimetière des Chiens is in Asnières-sur-Seine, a commune in the suburbs just to the northwest of Paris proper. Don’t despair, it’s really not very far; only a 25-minute métro ride (if that) from central Paris — plenty close for you to pay a quick visit during your Parisian vacation! While the cemetery is commonly […]

19th Century Paris

“Le Peuple de Paris” running at the Musée Carnavaet until February 26, 2012. It is a sociological investigation into the lives of the working classes in Paris in the 19th century, looking particularly at how these people and their lifestyles, were portrayed by artists and the media at the time, and provides an intruiging and original […]

Heritage Days Picks

One of the highlights of September in Paris is the annual Journées du Patrimoine (heritage days) weekend, where access is given to a wide range of normally closed to the public locations. Popular opinion will tell you that the event can involve nightmare 2-hour queues to visit some places (the Palais de l’Elysée, or President’s […]

Sitting Guard

I fell in love with this sphinx! Really stunning. I came across it by chance while walking in front of the Hotel de Salm, a former hotel particulier (a private house generally built by aristocrats before the 18th century, mostly) that is now the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur (a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802).

Gertrude (and Leo) Stein’s Art Trove

How many of you never got to see last year’s Monet exhibition at the Grand Palais? It was so popular that tickets sold out months in advance and the lines stretched for three-four hours – in winter – around the block. So it might be a good idea to buy advance tickets for what will […]

Lou Doillon’s Rock Bar Hangout

Le Fanfaron is one of the favorite Parisian bars of my girl crush du jour, Lou Doillon (daughter of Jane Birkin). In a very caché backstreet off Ledru Rollin (near Bastille), my girlfriend and I found what seemed to be a bit of a local secret. Situated on a narrow residential street, Le Fanfaron is […]

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