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A Car-Less Champs-Elysees?!

For the first time ever, the Champs-Elysees will be closed to automobiles in observance of July 14, or what Americans (but not the French) call Bastille Day. From 2pm-6pm, the famed promenade will be for pedestrians only. Most Parisians and savvy expats avoid the Champs-Elysees, a morass of tourists and chain stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch.This […]

The Goat Moat!

You may have noticed, while strolling through the Jardin des Tuileries, that there are goats in the grassy “moat” near the Grand Bassin (on the east end of the gardens). Don’t feed them! These are an endangered breed of goats (Chèvres des Fossés) brought in to “mow” the grass in the steep ravines that are […]

A Place for Paris Pooches

After lobbying by groups such as Chiens en Ville, Paris now has a real dog park, Le Square Jacques Antoine. It’s just off the Place Denfert-Rochereau in the 14th. It’s open 24/7, with special gates and chain-link fencing between the wrought-iron fencing to prevent escapes. You can let your dogs off leash, but you can’t bring […]

Day Trip Compendium

Within the first five pages of An Hour from Paris, I was swept into a desire to quickly read the entire book grab my camera, my Navigo, a bottle of water and head out. The personal update acknowledgements that first meet the reader introduce me to the author, Annabel Simms. Her manner of explaining her method […]

In a Land Not So Far

Although the Temple of Sybil, in the Buttes Chaumont, may not appear all that high on the cliff, it is indeed a hike and a suspension bridge away. How can all of this be only a mile or two from the center of Paris?

Succulents in the 13th

Two friends have a thing for the California desert, and visit it pretty much once a year. The large terrace of their 13th arrondissement apartment has become a sort of homage to the Southwest US. I’m amazed that their cacti and succulents, some of which are several years old, have survived the Paris weather. The […]

Albert Kahn’s Gardens

These amazing gardens really are a Paris secret. At four-euros admission, they are also one of its biggest bargains. There is a Japanese garden (as well as a “Japanese Village”), a rose garden, a jardin à la française and an English garden. But there’s also a Marais (“swamp”), a Blue Forest, a “winter garden,” a […]

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Happy Autumn

It may have felt like fall already, but today is the first official day. Enjoy!

Free Concerts in the 12th

This charming pedestrian Bercy Village (shops, cafés, movie theater, and a big park) in the 12th is hosting free live music concerts every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm through August 29th. The program is eclectic, with a mix of pop, jazz, punk, blues, folk, soul and rock music performers from around the world. >more summer […]

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