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A Chi Chi Spa on Place Vendôme

Aquamoon, one of the most luxurious spas in Paris, is tucked into a discrete corner of the Place Vendôme. It is surrounded by Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef et Arpels. With the Ritz soon to re-open next door, it is the perfect place for weary walkers to come take a load off and rest themselves […]

Saturday Silliness

Why do the French make omelettes with just one egg? Because one egg is un oeuf.

Ossifying France

I am thrilled that Paris is holding its spot as the most-visited destination on Earth. However. The refusal to modernize its social programs and economy in general is turning the entire country into one big museum. Have you ever gotten the feeling that France is increasingly becoming a vacation from the modern world instead of […]

I’m Thai’d Up

You never really know which of the mom-and-pop massage spas in Paris are really just massage parlors. I had been frequenting one in the 18th—next to a police station, no less—that I came to be convinced was the latter after the boss (or should I say madame?) took phone calls when she gave me a so-so […]

Locked in Emotion

Guest Post by Make Love Locks We are continually delighted by the unique words and images people choose to customize padlocks via our website, MakeLoveLocks. Thanks to Instagram, we are not the only ones who get to be charmed by these heartfelt messages. The metaphor of a lock with two keys has proved especially meaningful to couples […]

Spa and Swim on the Cheap

There are many spas with hammams (steam baths) in Paris, but the cheapest ones are usually around €35, which can be a bit steep if you’re just looking to unwind or enjoy a spring detox. But did you know that some of the Paris municipal pools are equipped with saunas? My favorite is the Piscine […]

May Day!

May 1st is both the Fete du Travail (Labor Day) and the Fete du Muguet (Lily of the Valley Day). The latter is a spring celebration dating back to the Middle Ages. Flowers were given by men to women they liked as a form of spring courtship. The Labor Day part of the holiday started […]

Omniscient America?

Many French people have what seems to be a sincere belief that the U.S. government is in charge of things. Watching over the world. Blundering, doing things wrong, but omniscient. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard conspiracy theories based on the idea that the U.S. government had to know. Among the things that […]

Star-riffic!

Belief in astrology: it’s sort of like autism. Or sexuality. It’s a spectrum, not a black-and-white thing. Like many people, I don’t believe the planets guide our every action, but there’s little denying that the movement of our solar system (and beyond) has a real effect on us earthlings. Just look at the tide, or […]

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