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A WWI Survivor

Sufferings and betrayals in Paris under the German Occupation in the Second World War have been recorded in many memoirs, novels, and movies, but the literature on the city in the First World War is more sparse. I decided to look through our collection of postcards and books to learn more. I have two postcards […]

Right Bank Wifi Cafes

If spending a sunny day cooped up indoors and working away on your laptop sounds like torture, then head to les Têtes Brulées. This sunlit spot, located just off the legendary rue Montorgeuil, boasts one of the sunniest terraces in town. Thanks to the service continu, you can order a snack or even a full-blown […]

Here in Provins…

The stone and timber construction of this home is punctuated with the weathered but sturdy door. Each of the homes along the main street leading to the upper town of Provins is graced with lace curtains. From the bolted repairs of this door, one might think it abandoned, but the delicate touch of fabric at […]

Off the Beaten Path

On the secluded southwest corner of the grounds of Hôtel des Invalides is this quiet topiary garden walled off from the Avenue de Tourville. It is far away from the entrances to les Invalides and the tourists. In my many visits here I have seen families, lovers, readers, walkers, and not infrequently a single person […]

French Cats Don’t Get Fat

Lyon is considered the gastronomic center of France. Restaurants do not give out doggie bags, so plenty of food goes uneaten. This cat lives next to several restaurants in Vieux Lyon, the historic center of the city. Why is he skinny?

Do You Vapoter?

They say the best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a good one, and now that electronic cigarettes have become all the rage in Paris, let’s hope the fruity-scented vapor replaces the tobacco tar stink that still hangs over the city’s sidewalk cafés. In the past two months I’ve seen […]

Spa Treatments from Luxe to Frugal

It has been a long, long winter, and now that the sun is making timid appearances, you may be interested in gently reintroducing your body to the world with a trip to the spa. For a posh swim and gourmet pastries at a historic palace hotel, book an afternoon of “Gourmandise Sportive” at the Shangri-La (10 […]

Not True, But Cute

“In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.” –Geoffrey Cottrell

White Blanket

The Figaro newspaper has a beautiful gallery of images taken during this past week’s snowfall in Paris. Enjoy (Hat tip to Prete-Moi Paris.)

Jewelry Classes in Paris

I had thought it would be easy to find courses in basic jewelry design in Paris. After all, the city is the world capital of fashion. There are independent jewelry stores all over the place. But no. What little I could find were studies that took at least a half year. I finally landed on […]

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