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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
The French railway network is justifiably one of France’s pride and joy assets, affording an extensive network of comfortable rail transportation services in nearly every corner of France. It is rated as one of the best in the world, when taking into account speed, comfort, punctuality, price and safety. Each day 14 million passengers […]
Of the 130 museums in Paris, no less than seven of them relate to the world of fashion. This one was created by the Foundation Pierre Bergé — Yves Saint Laurent and is located in the headquarters of the YSL haute couture house from 1974 to 2002, the year the house closed and was […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
Almost everyone who visits Paris has heard of Montmartre, but few know that the butte is such a storied place. So many fantastic events, many gruesome, have taken place on it for so long, since the dawn of time, that most tourists have no clue of its amazing history. Not many visitors even know that […]