Paris

Bridges of Paris: the Pont Neuf

Paris has 37 bridges, of which the Pont Neuf is the oldest actually standing. Ironically, Pont Neuf means the New Bridge, and it was the first stone bridge to be built in Paris. It connects both banks of the Seine river, as well as the tip of the Cité Island, which is the larger […]

Select Paris Perches

The skyline of Paris viewed from a height is distinct, with a display of continuity through most of the city, and an unobstructed view of its many unique buildings, which stand out. Seeing its skyline is one of its most agreeable perspectives, so here are a few perches from which you can enjoy the […]

The Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris

Here is a short history of the most visited cemetery in the world, with more than 3 Million visits per year, as well as the most popular cemetery in France. It is especially known for the amount of great personalities of the art world who are buried there. It was one of the cemeteries […]

The Champs Elysées: a story of the most famous avenue in the world

Almost everybody has heard of the Champs Elysees avenue: its malls, cafés, cinema theaters. It is one of the busiest places in Paris. It is also one of most symbolic streets, and a gathering place on special events. For example, after France won the soccer world cups in 1998 and just recently in 2018, […]

Fashion neigborhoods in Paris part 3: rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré

The Madeleine-Palais Royal district and more specifically the Saint Honore street is probably the most traditional Paris fashion neighborhood… After having spoken of the prestigious fashion neighborhood located avenue Montaigne, let us now talk about the place where Kings and Queens and later the Parisian bourgeoisie came to dress up. It is the place […]

Fashion Neighborhoods of Paris part 2: the Avenue Montaigne and the Golden Triangle

Fashion and the city of Paris are two old friends. Ever since the royal courts of France took up residence in or near Paris, centuries ago, social codes and fashionable dressing developed. And as fashion thrived, so did the merchants and the businesses that plied the trade. Colbert, who was Minister of Finances under […]

Corot – The painter and his models

Exhibition from Feb 8th to July 8th 2018

 

The lovely Marmottan Monet Museum presents (until July 8) a rare display of intimate paintings of one of the great French masters of the 19th century.

Camille Corot (1796-1875) was mostly known and trained in the neoclassical style which featured landscapes and traditional themes. But he was also […]

Paris Expressways converted to Pedestrian Malls… revisited?

Some of the issues that have divided Parisians to the point of bitter debate have been the Paris municipality’s decrees ordering the closure of some of its expressways to vehicular traffic and their conversion into pedestrian malls. The two most important were the Left Bank and Right Bank expressways.

The Left Bank expressway conversion was […]

By |February 24th, 2018|Daily life, Paris|0 Comments|

Paris Weather

In Paris we don’t talk about the weather unless something really unusual happens. Unusual by Parisian standards, of course. In the summer if the temperatures rise above 27° C (80° F), which does not happen often, everyone laments their lot, with constant bleats of “il fait chaud” (It’s hot !).

This week we got 10 […]

By |February 9th, 2018|Daily life, Paris|0 Comments|

Paris Flooding, 2018

Paris is experiencing another flood, reminding us of a fact that we tend to suppress: the City of Light historically has experienced a super flood more or less every century, and the last one was in 1910, which now puts us in overdue territory. Could this be the start of the next big one?

It […]

By |January 28th, 2018|Daily life, Paris|0 Comments|