Bonne Annee!

Paris Fireworks

I’ve never been in Paris on New Year’s Eve, which is celebrated with elaborate fireworks displays at the Eiffel Tower. Someday, I’ll be in the City of Light to ring in the new year. Until then, I’ll just have to satisfy myself with pics and videos. Bonne Annee, tout le monde! Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2014! Continue Reading →

Joyeux Noel!

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I am — and always have been — a huge Christmas Queen. And the City of Light is a delight during the holiday season. Here’s a peek at some of my experiences from my visit a year ago. There’s lots o’ pics here, so you’ll really get a good sense of what the holiday season is like in Gay Par-ee. For me, it was an absolute thrill and provided me with holiday memories I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Joyeux Noel! Continue Reading →

Visiting Paris This Week? Here’s What’s Open

Le Grand Colbert all decorated for Xmas

From my friends at Paris by Mouth … a comprehensive look at what’s open (and, more importantly, what’s closed) during the holiday week. Continue Reading →

Christmas at Galeries Lafayette

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From my friends at My French Neighbor — the gorgeous Christmas tree at the incomparable Galeries Lafayette department store on the Boulevard Haussmann. Such a wonderful time of the year to visit the City of Light! Continue Reading →

Celebrating at the Trocadero Christmas Market

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From my friends at My French Neighbor. Christmastime in Paris is simply magical! Continue Reading →

Gorgeous Churches: Eglise Saint-Paul–Saint-Louis

St. Paul-St. Louis

As a lover of Paris, and particularly the Marais neighborhood, I’m always awed by the gorgeous Saint Paul-Saint Louis church on the Rue Saint-Antoine. One of the main draws inside (aside from the gorgeous white marble altar and impressive pipe organ) is the Delacroix painting “Christ In Agony on the Mount of Olives,” which was commissioned specifically to hang in this Parisian house of worship. Continue Reading →

I’ve Got a Craving for Frites

Chicken confit with frites

One of the foods I love eating in Paris is frites (what we call French fries, but which are actually Belgian in origin). I’ve never had bad frites in France — always golden brown and crispy. Yum! Continue Reading →

Paris Says ‘Non!’ to McDonalds. But Is it Too Late?

Americanization of Paris

Parisian officials have reportedly rejected a bid by McDonalds to open up a shop on the fantastic market street Rue Montorgueil, saying that the international fast foodery would drive up rents and squeeze out character.

While I’m thrilled at the city’s efforts to prevent its historic core from turning into another Americanized mini-mall, I wonder if the change of heart has come too late. Continue Reading →

My Own Private Paris

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From my friends at Paris Attitude. So very true. Continue Reading →