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Chic Bike Helmets

I’ll admit I never wear my helmet when riding around Paris on Vélib’. Not because it looks stupid, but because it’s inconvenient to carry, and I don’t always know when I’ll be hopping on a bike. But I may be inclined to carry one of the cool, collapsible helmets made by Closca in my tote bag. [...]

Sports Bars: They Exist

Many travelers over the years have asked me the best place in Paris to catch a televised sports match of their team “back home”. There are quite a few “sports bars” in Paris, but usually you have to call every single one in advance to find out if they’re broadcasting the one you want to [...]

Renting Velibs Sans European Charge Card

Since July 2007, when the City of Paris inaugurated a wildly successful system of low-cost bike rentals called Velib’ (vel-leeb), it’s really hard to resist the temptation to do so. Quite simply it’s fun to check out these high-tech, sexy looking bikes and take them for a spin, dropping them off at bike stands with [...]

Velib 101

When the weather’s good and the Métros are too stuffily hot or crowded to bear, the absolute best way to get around Paris is in the Vélib’. This clever bike-sharing system makes wheeling around town easy and, best of all, affordable. There are over 1,200 Vélib’ stations and 18,000 shared bikes in Paris, making it the [...]

Disco Skate!

Le Grand Palais is a magical palace in Paris. Built to show off the country’s industrial prowess for the 1900 World Fair, this glass-and-steel marvel now hosts spectacular events throughout the year: the Chanel fashion shows, the exclusive Biennale des Antiquaires and the Saut Hermès equestrian event. This year the Réunion des Musées Nationaux has [...]

A Secret Gentlemen’s Club

On a curve of the Rue de la Cavalerie, not far from the Ecole Militaire and Eiffel Tower, stands a rather grandiose art deco parking structure. Even more impressive than its exterior though is the fact that tucked away on its 6th floor is an unexpected Basque pelota trinquet. Looking above the ground floor it is [...]

Holiday Ideas for this Winter: Master Méribel

Skiing… the word conjures up images of log cabins, exhilarating days, and warm nights spent by blazing fires. There is nothing better than whizzing down a piste in the company of family and friends, or enjoying the camaraderie and laughs of ski school. Arguably, the best skiing available in Europe is to be had in [...]

Paris-to-London Bike Route

I haven’t heard much fanfare about it, but I recently learned that a cycling route between London and Paris opened over the summer. L’Avenue Verte is a 406 kilometer (252 mile) low- to no-traffic itinerary linking the two capitals (via the Dieppe-Newhaven ferry; they haven’t figured out biking on water yet!) The route winds through a [...]

News Olympics

You really get a different kind of Olympic coverage on French radio. France Culture just ran a LONG philosophical discussion lamenting both the advent of clothing in the Olympics (athletes originally competed butt-naked) and the decision to drop poetry competitions. On a more modern topic, they debated whether photographs taken at the games capture moments [...]

Learn to Play Petanque!

For something leisurely (and French), stop at the Hotel de Ville where 20 terrains (what do we say in English? Courts? Pitches?) will be set up and ready to use, with the necessary metal boules also freely available. Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 9pm >more activities for this weekend in Paris

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