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Metro Fares Drop!

If you have a monthly or annual Navigo pass covering Zones 1-2 (which is for metro/bus/tram and RER rides in Paris and its immediate suburbs), you can use it in any zone through August 16. That includes both Paris airports as well as Versailles and Disneyland; a savings of well over $10 per trip. Even […]

Hit the Beach!

Every summer since 2002, Paris closes off sections of its quais to traffic and transforms the riverbank along the Seine into “Paris Beach.” Paris Plage started up again a fortnight ago (July 19th) and will run through August 17th. Paris Plage runs roughly from the Louvre to the Pont de Sully, about 2 kilometers east. There is also […]

The Vomiting Man of Paris

Could I track down the location of an unusual Paris façade and unveil the story behind this building’s cover? I enjoy receiving unusual missions, and the one sent by a reader was atypical. “Somewhere in the 16e arrondissement is a building with a vomiting man sculpted into the façade,” he wrote. “Please can you tell […]

A Strange Sight

Recently as I approached the Villette ofCanal de l’Ourcq, I saw first one, then another adolescent jump into the canal. Green, and with bits of garbage floating in it, the questionable nature of the water proved no deterrent for energetic teen boys needing to cool off. I don’t wilt easily in heat, but I was […]

France on Pinterest

French villages, antiques, interiors, architecture, bar ephemera, old travel posters, gardens and French florists…they all inspire me. There are more photos of French places you want to visit on Pinterest than anywhere else on the web I think. After 25 or 30 years of gleaning inspiration from France and Paris in particular and being lucky […]

Find Your Own Paris Appartement, and Live Like a Local

Guest Post by Paris Attitude In recent years, travellers seem to have discovered that travelling doesn’t have to mean not feeling at home. Whether you’re visiting Paris for a romantic weekend or boarding a long-haul flight, it’s nice to know that when you arrive and put down your suitcases, you’ve become one of the locals. […]

Have a Seat

Park chairs, known as Luxembourg chairs, come in upright and relaxed models in a restful shade of green. Today, these are manufactured by a company called Fermob. According to the Fermob website, “the legendary chairs and armchairs of the Jardin du Luxembourg [were] created in 1923 in the Paris parks department workshops, and…Fermob still manufactures […]

The Edgier Side of the Flea Market

A banquet for the eyes: antiquated furniture, crate-loads of jewellery, sacred artifacts from across the world, ritzy vintage and couture clothing; marvels that once belonged to another person, another era. These are the sights at the heart of the St Ouen marché aux puces, a popular flea market located in the poorer area of north […]

An Odd Coincidence

Street names in Paris are one way to discover the history of France. With over 5,000 streets, avenues, boulevards, cul-de-sacs and dead-ends, the street often has a simply phrased history beneath the name. An example is rue Nicolas Appert in the eleventh arrondissement. Nicolas Appert (1749 and 1841) was a French confectioner who made pastries […]

Soaring Over Paris

As you may know, touristic helicopter flights one Paris are not permitted. (Not hearing helicopters is one of the myriad joys of the city.) But for a rare bird’s-eye view of the town, here’s a eagle to guide you.

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